Texas Action for Healthy Kids Annual Summit
United Way, Houston,TX February 9, 2018
Heart Health, Stroke Awareness and Prevention Dance Fitness Event
Saturday Feb. 10, 2018 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Hearthstone Country Club
7615 Ameswood Rd, Houston, TX 77095
Show and Rodeo
Feb. 27 -
Mar. 18, 2018
Enter your Healthy Activity to win Rodeo tickets!
The Oliver Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity.
Healthy Choices Grants
April 15, 2018
Healthy Super Bowl Snack
1 cup canned garbanzo beans
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp Tahini
2 tsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp reserved garbanzo bean water
salt and pepper to taste
To prepare the hummus
- Drain garbanzo beans and reserve liquid, rinse
- Cut lemons in half. Squeeze juice into a bowl.Remove the seeds.
- Peel and mince garlic.
- Place garbanzo beans, lemon juice, tahini, and garlic in a food processor. Pulse.
- Add oil and reserved garbanzo bean liquid. Blend until almost smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- If hummus is too thick, add 1 tablespoon of water.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Use veggies and baked pita chips for dipping
Yield - 2.5 cups
The perfect gift this Valentine's Day is the gift of heart
health. February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.
Action for Healthy Kids Announces
2017 Healthy School Hero Award Winners
CHICAGO (January 22, 2018) - Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) announces the 2017 Healthy School Hero Award winners, recognized for their work to improve health, nutrition and physical activity among students nationwide. Since 2004, AFHK has recognized educators, parents, health professionals and community leaders for their exceptional dedication and service towards the vision, mission and goals of AFHK - to make every kid healthy, active and ready to lear
n - through volunteer work in their schools and communities. Sandy Bristow, Oliver Foundation Program Director, was one of the national winners.
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.
Sasha Lobo, Board Member
Clements High School - Sugar Land, Texas
Teen Board Member 2017 - Present
Sasha is a junior at Clements High School. She is an officer of the CHS Best Buddies chapter and is a member of the Girls Varsity Soccer Team. She volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, Shape-up Fort Bend, and ASA. Sasha is a teen board member of Hope for Three, a member of the Girl Scouts and plays competitive soccer. Sasha enjoys being active, playing the piano, volunteering in her community, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Healthy Tips for February
Follow a healthy diet plan
Eat foods high in Omega-3's (fish), varieties of nuts, and plenty of berries to keep your heart healthy during the month of February, also known as Heart Health Month.
Be cautious of your calorie intake because February equals Super bowl time which is also the 2nd highest calorie consumption day of the year. This means lots and lots of parties, food, and sitting around instead of being active.
Remember to get outside and moving for at least 45 minutes to an hour everyday to keep your blood circulating and to maintain your blood pressure. Some ways I like to stay moving are going for a run (especially since the weather has been so pleasant), playing soccer outside, or even just going on a walk with my family to burn up some calories after a good home cooked meal.
Uproot any bad habits you have formed over the years and replace them with good ones. For example, replace your 5 or 6-hour sleep schedule with a full 8 to 9 hours every night. Or even try eating home cooked meals instead of choosing the easy but rather unhealthy alternative of going out all the time.
Avoid eating too many sweets and chocolates. As we all know, February is Valentines Day and that means an overload of chocolate in particular. Most chocolate is high in fat which is certainly no good for your body, therefore, if you are tempted, try turning to a healthier alternative such as dark chocolate with at least 72 percent cocoa (much better health benefits for your body and is still delicious).
Reduce your stress this month. I, being a student, realize how much stress is packed into a single day for us kids in school these days. Trying to finish homework and studying while incorporating several afterschool activities and enough sleep into our schedules is too much to possibly fit into a 24-hour day. However, this stress builds up overtime and leads to harmful and maybe even fatal effects in the future. That's why it is crucial to take at least 15 minutes a day to just slow down and relax. Try mediation, a short nap, or even just slow easy breathing to reduce this stress at anytime of the day.
You make a change. No matter how big, no matter how small. You be the one to make at least one of these switches in your daily routine. Although these options all seem relatively simple, incorporating these changes into your day is certain to improve your health one step at a time, one day at a time.
Important days this month:
February 2: Groundhog Day
February 4: Super Bowl LII
February 14: Valentine's Day & Ash Wednesday
February 16: Chinese New Year
February 19: Presidents Day
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