National School Lunch Week October 15-19, 2018
Southern Obesity Summit
October 22-24, 2018 Charleston,WV
Healthier Texas Summit
October 25-26, 2018 Austin,Texas
October 31, 2018
Oliver Healthy Choices Grants
Deadline October 15,2018
Teen Board Kudos
Mehaaa Amirthalingham, Teen Board Member, participated at the Oliver Foundation Booth, displaying Healthy Snacks at the WELLCON conference held at U of H, Sugar Land on
September 15, 2018.
Teen Board member Chase Provo recently presented at the Jack & Jill of America,
Carol Robertson Memorial Ceremony.
Meet the Oliver Teen Advisory Board.
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.
Zoe Price - Co-Event Coordinator
The Kinkaid School - Houston, Texas
Teen Board Member 2017 - Present
Zoe is a sophomore at The Kinkaid School. She is on the girls' cross country and track teams, and she is part of Engineering club and Model UN. In her free time, she enjoys reading and drawing, and she hopes to become an engineer.
Stay Healthy and Stress-Free
School is now in session, and staying both healthy and stress-free is a challenge that most high school students face. Here are some tips for how to manage your schoolwork and live a healthy lifestyle:
This one seems obvious when it comes to staying healthy, but exercise can also help relieve stress. Almost any form of exercise, whether it be running, swimming, or yoga, can act as a stress reliever. Even if you are not an athlete, or if you are not in shape, exercise increases your overall health and sense of well-being. Physical activity helps increase the production of endorphins, your brain's feel-good hormones. It can also help clear your mind; when you begin to focus on a single physical task, you shed your daily tensions, resulting in energy and optimism that can motivate you to complete your schoolwork.
2. Eat healthy
While this one is also quite obvious, I find that it is the hardest to follow through on. I have a pretty big sweet tooth and a love of junk food, but I recognized that I couldn't eat these things constantly. At lunch, I usually get sandwiches or pasta with chicken instead of pizza and burgers, and I try to eat fruit and vegetables at every meal. Fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins have numerous health benefits and do not contain the harmful chemicals and extra sugars that junk food does. However, I also eat junk food and desserts several times a week because I enjoy it. I have found that foods that are considered unhealthy are okay in moderation, as long as you exercise and eat healthy the rest of the week.
3. Get enough sleep
Everyone understands the enormous workload high school students receive each night, and we all feel the pressure to complete every last bit of it, even if it means we only get three hours of sleep. However, when we do not sleep long or well enough, our bodies do not get the full benefits of sleep. Sleep allows our brains and bodies to rest and recharge, and even slight sleep deprivation can affect our memory, judgment or mood. Most people also tend to feel more stressed when they do not get enough sleep. Ideally, every student would be getting eight or nine hours of sleep each night, but that is not always reasonable. Do your best to get at least seven hours consistently.
Sometimes we all have those nights where the work just keeps piling up, and we do not have time to complete it all. I have found that the best way to manage an enormous load is to make a list from most important task to least important. Things like tests, quizzes, papers, and projects tend to count for more of your grade than homework, so these should be at the top of the list. You should also consider the due date; if you have a project due in a week, you should complete all assignments due the next day before working on it. Remember, weekends are a great time to catch up on work you may have fallen behind on, or you can use the time to get ahead. Finally, your teachers just want to help you. When I feel I have too many assignments due on one day, I often talk to one or more of my teachers about getting an extension. I have found that they are usually happy to give you extra time, as long as you have a valid reason.
5. Do something you love
As I mentioned above, students have such heavy workloads that they do not have enough time to sleep, let alone pursue their hobbies. However, finding even half an hour each day to relax and do something you enjoy can help calm you and clear your mind. An easy way to find time is to sign up for an elective that you would have fun taking. For example, if you enjoy drawing, sign up for art. It will give you a nice break in your day to collect your thoughts and lower your stress levels. You can also use the weekends to hang out with friends, read, play an instrument, or do whatever else you might enjoy.
Tropical Lemon Cranberry Coconut Chia Bars
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (approx 1.5 lemons)
- 1.5 cups regular oats, ground into a flour in food processor
- 1/2 cup regular oats (not ground)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut + additional for sprinkling
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup Agave nectar
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup pistachios
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the chia seeds and lemon juice. Set aside to gel up while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Take your 1.5 cup of oats and process them in food processor until a flour forms.
3. In a medium bowl, mix together the oat flour (regular oats processed into a flour), baking powder, 1/2 cup regular oats, kosher salt, lemon zest, dried cranberries, pistachios, and shredded coconut.
4. In another small bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, applesauce, and agave nectar. Mix in the gelled up chia seed mixture until combined.
5. Add wet to dry and stir well until blended. It will take a while to mix it thoroughly. Scoop the mixture into the prepared pan and spread out smoothly with a spatula. Sprinkle additional coconut on top before baking.
6. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350F until golden around the outer edge. It will very lightly spring up when pressed.
7. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes before transferring onto a cooling rack for about 30 minutes. Cut into 16 squares. Approx 200 calories per square.
Packed with chia seeds, dried cranberries, pistachios, and lemon, these bars are chewy, light, and tropical. I like to think of them as a tropical macaroon bar. They also make a perfect breakfast when you are running out the door!
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