OF Purp Nov2010

March  2019                                                                       Volume 15  Issue 3
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 events should promote and reinforce healthy eating, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education.

Congratulations to our 
Rodeo Contest Winners
Jackie Caver, Physical Education Specialist, Turner Elementary, Pasadena ISD 

Brandi Bowlen, RN, Epps Island Elementary, Klein ISD

Rodeo Time at Turner Elementary

Kelly Rhodes, RN at Barrington Place Elementary,
Fort Bend ISD is pictured with her HYPE students. The students recently held their annual CHOPPED competition.  Winners were awarded for Creativity, Presentation and Best Taste.

         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.  

Mehaa Amirthalingam, Board Member
Travis High School - Sugar Land, Texas 
Teen Board Member 2018 - Present

Mehaa is a freshman at the Global Studies Academy at Travis High School. She is a passionate dancer trained in Bharatanatyam and Odissi (two classical styles from India). Mehaa has performed in over 100 dance performances in Houston over the last 7 years. She has won several science-related awards in building a model structure of a Mars Rover, Science Olympiad, and Science Fair. Mehaa enjoys photography and videography and has performed solo and with her school choir in various occasions including the University Interscholastic League and All Region Choir. Recently, Mehaa placed second in the national Discovery Education 3M Y.

Simple Ways to Relieve your Stress   
As we're entering the second semester of school, we are all aware of the fast-paced nature of the next 3 months. Engulfed with AP exams, Finals, EOCs and preparing for the next school year, we can sometimes get too wrapped up with the grind and risk the health of our mental state. Your mental health is as important as your physical health (if not even more) and even if you are on a strict schedule, there are simple things you can do, that aren't very time consuming or strenuous to ease your stress. Here are a Few: 
  1. Studies show that going for a brisk walk or doing a small workout helps reduce stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins that act as natural painkillers. Sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed with work, I really like stepping outside and just getting a breath of fresh air or just busting out a few sit-ups as it gets my mind off of what I'm worried about and it clears my mind. The next time you feel overwhelmed, try running around the house or breaking out your jumping-jacks and see the results.
  2. Drinking hot tea is also shown to relax your mind and body as it increases serotonin levels and brings warmth to your body. Consuming lemon balm and Omega-3 fatty acids are also proven to help relieve stress and anxiety.
  3. This may seem a little silly, but during the nights when I have loads of work, I take dance breaks. Yes, dance breaks. I have a playlist with my favorite hype songs and I just let loose and dance to get my mind off of work for just 3-5 minutes. I feel so much more energized and motivated to get my work done and I normally work faster after these breaks.
  4. When you have too many things going on and you don't know where to start, take out a sheet of paper and write down everything you're worried/stressed about and read it through and organize your list from your first priority to your last priority. Having the things, you have to do written on paper really clears your head as everything you have to do is organized in an orderly way.
Mehaa Amirthalingam
March 2019  

Zoe Price 
Co-Event Coordinator
YEAH Teem Board Nov2010
Yogurt Guacamole

This is a light version of traditional guacamole. I find that it makes a great snack when eaten with various kinds of vegetable chips.
-       3-4 avocados
-       1-2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
-       1-2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos or fresh
-       ½ finely chopped medium onion
-       Juice of one lime/lemon
-       ½-1 cup of yogurt
-       Salt to taste
-       Personal choice: if you want something red in your guacamole, you can dump in a little of         your favorite salsa or chop up some tomatoes to add to the mixture
1.     Peel, pit, and mash the avocadoes

2.    Add the remaining ingredients to the mashed avocadoes


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