It's February, the shortest month of the year with three (not all recognized) holidays: Super Bowl Sunday (well, weekend for Texans and especially Houstonians this year), Valentine's Day and President's Day three-day weekend. Whew, all in 28 days.
Remember you just made your New Years resolution to "lose" the Holiday five you gained. Can you see how this weight gain can stay with you year after year without planning?
Depending who you are - either Thanksgiving or the Super Bowl is the day of the year that you may ingest the most calories! (Remember we have Rodeo Houston coming up soon with all its great food on a stick).
The game lasts for four hours, and researchers from Cornell University tracked grocery purchases and found the average American will eat more than 6,000 calories by the end of the day. You'd need to run a marathon to burn off all of those calories off; that's 26.2 miles.
The average American caloric intake is about 2400 per day, less for women. Remember each extra 3,500 calories is one extra pound on the body, so that about 1 ½ pound for one day.
Watch out, Valentine's Day and a three-day Holiday are coming up next.
Eat and drink healthy before the game. Remember water.
Think your drink during the game.
Put the chips, snacks and food you eat on a plate and fill it ONCE.
Picking up chips and dip one after another mindlessly and drinking those calorie laden drinks can add 1000-3000 extra calories before you realize it- plus you may not even feel full, so you have more food.
Have a plan and practice that plan throughout the month, you have to be ready for the rodeo and tight jeans.
Above all, remember it is Heart Month, so be kind to your body and heart health.
Teen Board Kudos!
Teen Board member Ricardo Banks II and his After Burner teammates, competed January 7, 2017 at the Texas A & M High School Track & Field Meet. They placed 4th in the 4 x 800m relay. On January 14th, the team won first place in the 4 x 800m relay at the Carl Lewis High School Invitational Track Meet at the University of Houston.
Congratulations to Ricardo and his team!
Teen Board Member Lauren Lowe also competed
January 6-7, 2017 at the Texas A & M High School Track & Field Meet, running the
200m, 60m hurdles, and the 4x400m.
Teen Board Event Coordinator, Summer Brown, recently completed a spinning class along with her parents. Way to go Summer!
Upcoming Conferences and Events
Texas Action for Healthy Kids Annual Summit
Keynote: Jessica Lawrence, Director, Cairn Guidance
PLUS sessions on ESSA, Recess, USDA Final Rules, Adaptive PE and legislative priorities
for the upcoming session! And an optional special workshop on wellness policies immediately following the Summit!
FREE PAL Training preceding Summit on February 9, 2016
On Thursday, Feb 9, fifty individuals will have an opportunity to participate in a Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Learning System event training. This is a full day, action-focused development training that prepares you to be the best possible champion for physical education and physical activity in your community.
Oliver Foundation Rodeo Contest
Deadline to enter February 17th
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
March 7-26, 2017
Enter your Healthy Activity to win Rodeo tickets!
Amanda Stoner - Co Event Coordinator
Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice
1 medium head cauliflower, stem removed
3 teaspoons canola oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cloves garlic, minced
One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup frozen mixed peas and carrots, thawed
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 cooked chicken breasts, diced
Cut the cauliflower into chunks. Working in batches, pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until coarse in texture, like rice. This recipe uses about 4 cups of cauliflower rice. If you have any leftover, save it for another use.
Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of the canola oil. Add the eggs and quickly scramble. Transfer the eggs to a plate and set aside. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons canola oil. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add the peas and carrots, scallions and cauliflower. Stir-fry until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
As the vegetables are cooking, whisk the soy sauce and sesame oil together in a small bowl. Stir the sauce and chicken into the cauliflower mixture. Cook an additional minute or two.
Stir the cooked eggs back into the mixture.
Recipe courtesy of Katie Lee modified by Amanda Stoner
Meet the Oliver Teen Advisory Board
The Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board is a 12-18 member
organization represented by students across the Houston area.
Each month you'll meet a different member who will share their
perspective on living a healthy life.
Meghna Tripathy, Board Member
Clements High School - Sugar Land, Texas
Teen Board Member 2016-Present
Meghna is a freshman at Clements High School. She is both a scholar and an athlete. Meghna is a member of her school's varsity tennis team and the US Tennis Association. Even though she just turned 14 she is a tennis super champ and ranked in top 10% in
Texas for girls under 16 years old. Meghna volunteers at the Sugar Land Animal Shelter
and at the Fort Bend Teen Service League. She enjoys music, healthy cooking and exercising and wants to become a dermatologist.
Meghna's Healthy Tips
Keeping your Heart Healthy in February
Along with Valentines Day, the month of February is American Heart Month. It is time to take care of your heart and start the New Year off right. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in America even among young adults. This awareness month is a time to learn the preventative measure you can do to keep your body healthy. Along with health professionals, families and teenagers can make a huge difference for
people to make healthier choices.
Here are a few tips you can do this month to take care of your heart:
- Watch you diet- I know February is filled with eating greasy junk food just in time for the Super Bowl (which is in Houston this month!) but you really have to limit the intake of high cholesterol foods, heavy carbohydrates, sugars and instead substitute them for healthier alternatives. Fruits, veggies, and lean meat are the key to having a clean heart.
- Spread awareness by making small changes - As teenagers, there is a lot of influences we could make to everyone around us. Encourage your friends and family to make small changes. For example, instead of using butter in your foods you can use olive oil. Another option is tell your family to use spices to flavor your food instead of salt.
- Get regular checkups - Recently, one of my best friends was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This condition causes the walls of the heart to become unusually thick which obstructs its ability to pump blood effectively. It is very common in young athletes but by going to a doctor routinely and checking up on your body with regular physical examinations is very important. It is always better to seek medical help if you have any concerns.
- Exercise- As I am a teenager, I am naturally active. Sitting down all day in a classroom can really take a toll on your body. Make sure you break up your sitting time while in school. Make it a priority to exercise for at least 45 minutes a day to keep your heart pumping clean blood.
- Take Action! - There are many things you can do to take action. You can use social media to talk about American Heart Month. You can also host events around your neighborhood about where they can learn about health resources.
Hope you enjoyed reading about some of my ideas and make sure to keep
your body healthy.
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