OF Purp Nov2010
   January 2020                                                                        Volume 16  Issue 1

Upcoming Events

Healthy Choices Grants
Rolling Deadlines April 15,  July 15, October 15

Oliver Foundation 16th Annual Rodeo Contest
Applications due February 12, 2020

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
March 3 - March 22, 2020

Oliver Teen Advisory Board Holiday Party
December 8, 2019

Hess Corporation Annual Gingerbread event
December 14, 2019

Members from the Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board, Summer Brown, Zoe Price, Aarthi Annamalai and Mia Price volunteered at the annual Hess Corporation Gingerbread Event December 14, 2019 in Houston. The teens helped the children of Hess employees decorate their gingerbread cookies. Teens have volunteered at this event for the past several years and is one of their favorite activities.

Wunderlich Intermediate, Klein ISD

The Oliver Foundation, recently presented a $5000 two-year Healthy Choices Grant to Dr. Joice Jeffries,  Wunderlich Intermediate, Klein ISD,  for her "Thyme to Cook" after school program.  Students from her Principles of Human Services classes will meet bimonthly for the Cooking Club. The students will learn about nutrition, the importance of healthy eating and how to prepare healthy foods and snacks. 

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.  
Jackson Litts, Board Member
Memorial High School - Houston, Texas 
Teen Board Member 2019 - Present

Jackson is a junior at Memorial High School where he is on the varsity football team and rugby team. He is a Life Scout for Boy Scouts working on his Eagle Award. He founded the volleyball student section for MHS and is in various other school clubs. Jackson volunteers at his church and school. He loves working at his family ranch, loves hunting and is interested in politics or studying finance in college.

Get Your Z's

Scientists say that quality sleep is as important to health as food and water. Without a good night sleep you can have: memory issues, mood changes, get sick more often, concentration problems, more likely to be in an accident, high blood pressure, gain weight and have an increased risk for diabetes. At night your body cycles through different sleep stages: light sleep, deep sleep, awake, and REM (Rapid Eye Movement).  Surprisingly light sleep is really important. It typically makes up most of your night and promotes mental and physical restoration.   Deep sleep helps with physical recovery, memory and learning. It also helps you feel refreshed in the morning.  Most people do not think of being awake as part of the sleep cycle but y ou typically wake up 10-30 times each night. However, most of these moments are so brief that you will not even remember them. REM typically occurs later at night and has been shown to be important for your memory and mood. During this stage dreams are more vivid, heart rate is elevated and breathing is faster.  Your body naturally moves from light sleep to deep sleep, back to light, then into REM. 

The recommended number of hours of sleep depend on a person's age:
  • Babies need about 16 hours of sleep
  • Toddlers 11 to 14 hours
  • Preschoolers 10-13 hours
  • Primary and Middle School 9-12 hours
  • Teens: 8 to 10 hours
  • Healthy adults should get about 8 hours of sleep at night 
To help you get better sleep in all of the Sleep Stages try to:
  • reduce stress
  • establishing sleep routines, and begin earlier in the evening
  • use an eye mask to block light
  • sleep in a cool room
  • exercise
  • eat a healthy diet
  • listen to "White" or "Pink" noise
  • Meditate
  • Not consume alcohol or caffeine
There are also reasons you may not be getting a good night sleep and feeling tired when you wake up. Interestingly, not getting enough sleep or getting too much sleep can disrupt your sleep stages. But there are health conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, that should be addressed by a healthcare provider to uncover why so you can start getting the proper Z's!

Jackson Litts
January 2020

Anshumi Jhaveri
Co-Event Coordinator
YEAH Teem Board Nov2010
Six-ingredient Basil Tomato Soup

  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 18 to 20 fresh basil leaves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • In a large saucepan, bring the tomatoes and broth to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add basil and sugar. Reduce heat to low; stir in cream and butter. Cook until butter is melted.
Prep time:  20 minutes
Servings: 9

Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 214 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 410mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. 

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