Water is essential to the human body and one of the most important nutrients in your diet.
Your body needs to be hydrated to function at its optimal level.
Most of us think of drinking water when you exercise but truth is we need to stay hydrated every day, no matter what the season or temperature outside.
Hydration affects essential body functions such as circulation and helping your organs get the nutrients they need. Dehydration can affect your mood. You may feel cranky, irritable or even have a headache due to dehydration. You may mistake dehydration for hunger, when what your body really needs is water.
Some functions of water include:
- main property of blood, which carries nutrients to cells and carries wastes out of the body
- helps convert food into energy
- regulates body temperature
- essential for our senses to work properly
- one of six nutrients essential for life (water, fat, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals)
Remember, the human body can last up to six weeks without food, but only one
week without water.
Healthy Choices Grants
Next Deadline April 15, 2019
Rolling deadlines for grants: April 15, July 15 and October 15.
Texas Action for Healthy Kids
Seventh Annual Every Kid Healthy™ Week:
April 22-26, 2019
Host an Every Kid Healthy Event at Your School
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. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts our school partners are making to improve the health and wellness of their students. Schools are invited to host an event during Every Kid Healthy Week or any time in April. Consider making your field day or other school-wide event health focused. Click below to learn how to host an event!
Texas Obesity Awareness Week
2019 Rising Star Award
Sponsored by a coalition of professional health organizations as a part of the
annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week and the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony, the Rising Star Award will be presented to young Texans (9-12 and 13-18 years of age) who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in his or her community in an effort to raise awareness and reduce the burden of the obesity.
The 2019 Rising Star Award will be presented at the 12
th Annual Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony held during Texas Obesity Awareness Week (September 8-14, 2019) in Austin.
Deadline to apply is May 10, 2019
National School Breakfast Week
On Wednesday, March 6th, the students and staff at Ridgemont Elementary, Fort Bend ISD,
celebrated National School Breakfast Week by hosting the Dairy MAX Breakfast Games!
Ridgemont Elementary won a visit from Houston Texans defensive end D.J. Reader through a school breakfast challenge. The Dairy MAX Fuel Greatness Breakfast Games highlights the successes of Fort Bend ISD child nutrition services to encourage students to see food as fuel to start their day.
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.
Jason Few, Board Member
St. John's School - Houston, Texas
Teen Board Member 2016 - Present
Jason is a high honors senior at St. John's School. He is a member of the varsity basketball team, Co-founder of the Spike Ball Club, Special Events Coordinator for the African American Affinity Group and was recently counselor for the freshman orientation retreat. Jason is also a Senior Aide on the Mayor's Youth Council and Vice President of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Houston chapter. This summer Jason attended Leadership in the Business World, a 4-week intensive program at the Wharton School of Business. Jason enjoys all sports, reading, and hanging out with friends during his free time.
As we approach the end of the school year, it is important that we remain focused and on task. I know it may seem tempting to skip a homework assignment or wait until the last minute to write a paper; however, we need to push through! Below, I will provide you guys with some tips that I find useful and have helped me stay focused during this period.
1. Keep a calendar
One easy way to stay on track is to keep an updated calendar, schedule, or planner. Your calendar can have all of your tests and paper due dates, club meetings, sports games, and extracurricular events. Always knowing when you have an assignment due or a meeting coming up, will help you with planning in advance and staying locked-in. If you prefer to use electronics, I recommend Google Calendar or the Reminders App.
Another great way to make you stay on top of your work is to communicate with your teachers. Teachers are a great resource for us if we are ever confused on a particular topic, concerned with a specific grade, or need any additional help. I certainly take full advantage of office hours and find that they drastically improve my grade.
3. Reach your Goals
My final piece of advice for finishing the year strong is to stay focused on the goals you
set at the start of the year. Try not to let them slip away! Whether your goals were to
maintain straight A's and score all 5's on your AP Exams, or reading the textbook every night and doing extra math problems, work hard and try your best to achieve them-we are approximately one month away from the finish line.
Hopefully the aforementioned tips will help you with finishing the year off strong-they certainly help me! You have all summer to do whatever you want!
Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese room temperature
- 2 cups plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 10 ounces frozen spinach defrosted and drained
- 1/2 cup jarred artichokes drained and chopped
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup Feta cheese crumbled
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
- 1 lemon zest and juice
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1. Mix together all ingredients until well incorporated and transfer to a 1 quart baking dish.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until light and fluffy
3. Serve with veggies, tortilla chips or pita chips.
- I used artichokes jarred in water from a 14 ounce can. I did not use the whole jar.
- If you don't have a lemon use 1/4 cup milk in place of lemon juice.
- Spinach Artichoke Dip will last for 3-4 days in fridge.
From: A Mindful Mom
5535 Memorial Drive, Suite F, #256
Houston, Texas 77007