March is National Nutrition Month®, first organized by the Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics in 1973. The month focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The Oliver Foundation promotes similar guidelines through our "Seven Healthy Messages"
The theme for 2018 is "Go Further with Food" such as starting the day with a healthy breakfast, proper food fueling before an athletic event and choosing the right foods. Think and work your healthy day with the "Seven Healthy Messages" in mind.
Help your school become healthier with a
Parents for Healthy Kids or School Breakfast grant for the 2018-2019 school year. Receive funding and technical assistance to increase physical activity opportunities, improve nutrition initiatives, engage parents in school wellness or increase breakfast participation.
Visit the Texas Action for Healthy Kids website to apply.
Action for Healthy Kids
Every Kid Healthy Week April 23-27, 2018
Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances.
Teen Board Member Devanshi Udeshi participated in a youth panel at the Texas Action for Healthy Kids Annual Summit, February 9, 2018. The moderator was JJ Moses, Houston Texans Ambassador and formerTexans NFL player.
Ricardo Banks II participated at the AKA Heart Healthy Dance Event held in Houston February 10, 2018. He promoted Healthy
Snacks and provided BMI's for the participants.
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, Social Media Coordinator
Clements High School - Sugar Land, Texas
Teen Board Member 2016-Present
How to stay healthy during flu season
Every year we dread the inevitable flu season. The month of March is a prime time for many people to catch the flu. This year, the flu has intensified causing hospitalization and even death among children and young adults.
Here are a few ways you can avoid the flu and stay healthy during the month of March:
Make sure you are up to date on your flu vaccines!! Getting the flu shot is important because it can prevent you and others around you from catching the virus.
Wash your hands frequently; especially after blowing your nose, sneezing, being around ill people and especially before you eat. It can prevent germs from spreading.
Stress in a major factor in catching the flu. Stress causes your body to weaken and therefore make it easier to catch the virus. Reducing stress can really help you stay healthy. There are many ways to reduce stress. For example, the ways I like to relax after I've had a stressful day or week is to take a hot bath or shower and/or hang out with my friends. Find out what is the best stress reliever personally for you and take time to relax and not worry about anything else for a little. This can strengthen the body and mind therefore making it harder for the virus to enter your body.
Eat right and get regular exercise. Remember to put natural and wholesome things into your body. There are many healthy choices you can make for your food. You can even go to the local farmers market and get fresh fruits and vegetables! Getting regular exercise at least twice a day is also highly important so make sure to keep your body active.
Lastly, if somehow you catch the flu get plenty of rest and keep hydrating so that it will be easier for the body to fight off the virus
Stay safe and make sure to use these helpful tips to help prevent getting the flu!