OF Purp Nov2010
 Happy Holidays

From The Oliver Foundation Staff 
and Teen Advisory Board

Good things do come in small packages, especially calories.  We just finished eating our Thanksgiving meal and now we are on the way to the next feast.
By all means enjoy your holiday meal, but remember the reason for the season is not to gain weight.  Most of us will put on a couple of pounds from Halloween to New Year's Day - but 
it's not a given.
  • Serve your holiday meal on small plates.  Keep the high calorie choices off the table.  If you have to get up to get another serving, you may skip it altogether.   
  • Make a commitment to exercise for at least 15 minutes every day during the holiday season - walk, dance, jog or yoga - just move.  Once you get started you may find yourself working out much longer.
  • Remember the reason for the season.  Plan dates with your family and friends that aren't focused on eating.  Spend an afternoon shopping, wrapping gifts or volunteering. Start a new family tradition.  If weather permits, go outside and play a game of touch football, take the family dog for a walk, the important part is to bring physical activity into your day. 

Oliver Teen Advisory Board Holiday Party
December 3, 2017
Peruvian - Argentinean Cuisine enjoyed by all!
2017-2018 Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board
Teens participated at the Hess Corporation Annual Gingerbread Event

Teen Board Members Summer Brown, Chase Provo and Ricardo Banks II, volunteered recently at the FBISD Health Awareness Day. They displayed Healthy Snacks and sugar content in beverages.
Upcoming Conferences and Events

Texas Action for Healthy Kids Annual Summit
 United Way, Houston, Texas February 9, 2018
Keynote Speaker:Marlene Schwartz, PhD, Director, Rudd Center for Obesity & Food Policy.  
Other Sessions Include: Health Equity in Schools, Working with Grants, Engaging Youth, Wellness      Policies and SHACs and a special Post Summit Session on Parent Engagement.
Registration opens early January.

Oliver Foundation Rodeo Contest
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 
February 27 -  March 18, 2018
Enter your Healthy Activity to win Rodeo tickets!

Healthy Recipe
Summer Brown, Co-event Coordinator
No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter or other nut or sun butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup quality honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
  1. In a medium bowl, add 1 and 1/2 cups oats, peanut butter, pumpkin, chia seeds, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir to combine well. You want the mixture to be soft but not too sticky. If you pick up a generous spoonful, you should be able to roll it into a ball and only make a minimal mess (it should stick together when rolled but still feel tacky on your hands). Depending on the type of oats you used (old-fashioned or quick oats), you made need to add up to a half-cup more oats and stir until you reach the desired consistency. Again, it's ok if it's a little sticky because the oats will absorb some of the moisture after a little time passes, but unworkable sticky isn't the goal.
  2. When the mixture is workable, add the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Scoop a large spoonful into your hand and roll into balls. Repeat with remaining dough. Keep these in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.

Meet the Oliver Teen Advisory Board
YEAH Teem Board Nov2010
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.  

Rob Deloit, Secretary
The John Cooper School - The Woodlands, Texas 
Teen Board Member 2015 - Present

Rob is a junior at The John Cooper School. He participates in a variety of sports including baseball and football. He was a 2014 Duke Talent Identification Program attendee (must qualify by scoring in the top 5% on the SAT). He was also a 2014 Duke TIP Gold Star. Rob enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports.

The Holiday Season

With the Holiday season comes all the great celebrations and feasts with family and friends but it is important for everyone to remember how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. As the temperature drops, it gets easier for people to stay inside and become inactive. But you don't have to go outside and run around to stay active because there are a number of things you can do inside your own house to help keep your body in shape and healthy. For my family and I, we invested in a home gym that everyone could use instead of having to go to a gym anytime we want to workout. A home gym can be extremely beneficial to people that are involved in athletics and can be used to lift weights, do yoga, or a number of other activities to stay fit. In addition to working off all the calories that will be consumed during the holiday meals, people need to maintain a healthy diet. Pies, cookies, cakes, and all kinds of desserts are a staple of the holiday season and it is ok to indulge yourself every now and then but maybe instead of grabbing that extra slice of apple pie opt for a healthier dessert like Greek yogurt pumpkin bread. You don't have to sacrifice the taste of a traditional holiday dessert to stay healthy.

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