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   October 2020                                                                    Volume 16  Issue 7

National School Lunch Week October 12-16, 2020

Join the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) in celebrating National School Lunch Week, Oct. 12-16. Schools across the Lone Star State will use TDA resources to encourage students to Blast Off with a Healthy School Lunch. Materials include cafeteria posters, morning announcements, suggested menus and more.
For more information click here

The Texas Department of Agriculture has created new resources to help school districts promote fall meal service to students and families. These marketing templates and resources can be used to increase awareness of meal service. Marketing resources are available for schools implementing the National School Lunch Program and Summer Meal Programs. These resources and more are available at www.squaremeals.org/fallresources
October is National Farm to School Month
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) recognizes school nutrition professionals and Texas farmers and ranchers as the local food heroes they are for their extraordinary efforts to feed Texans, now and always.

Healthy Choices Grants
Next Deadline 
October 15, 2020

Dairy Max
 Looking for support to continue or expand school feeding operations during COVID-19?  Check out Dairy MAX's comprehensive list of solutions and resources to support school nutrition departments in serving meals that nourish students' bodies and minds.
 Garden Grants  
Do you want to start an edible garden at your school? Consider applying for the Annie's Grants for Gardens program. If selected, the funds may be used to purchase plants, seeds, wheelbarrows, raised beds, or any equipment appropriate for an edible school garden. The application window closes November 1, 2020 

Meet the Oliver Foundation 
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.  

        **Applications for the 2021-2022 School Year will accepted December 15, 2020 - February 15, 2021.
Contact sjbristow@oliverfoundation.org for more info.


Katherine Zhang, Co-Community Outreach and Social Media Coordinator
The Kinkaid School - Houston, Texas 
Teen Board Member 2019 - Present

Katherine is a sophomore at The Kinkaid School. She is a member of the Chamber Music Group - International Music Academy, Debate Team, Cross Country, Track Team and the Academic and Citizenship Honor Roll. Katherine volunteers at Houston Pets Alive, Books Between Kids and the Houston Food Bank.

Staying Active During Quarantine

As a high school student athlete, I live by the seasonal sports, and my efforts are usually tailored towards the final competitions at the end of the year. Naturally, when the quarantine abruptly cancelled my running season in March, I found myself spiraling into a very unmotivated state. It was hard to get outside, much less have a quality run and train for the upcoming year. However, throughout the summer, I learned through trial and error different methods to keep exercising despite the lack of structure during the pandemic. Here are a few of them:

1.  Make a plan. Regardless of whether you're walking around the block for ten minutes, or preparing for a competitive season, making a plan is instrumental in consistently getting exercise. A plan can be simply a set time every few days that you allot for exercise or a certain distance you want to hit on a run. Exercising with a goal in mind makes it easier to create a schedule for yourself to incrementally improve.


2.  Accountability. One of the easiest ways to consistently motivate yourself is having an "accountability partner." It's a lot simpler than it sounds. An accountability partner is just a friend or family member who you need to report your exercise habits to. I have found that sending a simple message and picture to a friend describing my workout really motivates me to exercise on days when I might feel like slacking off. Also, I like having a friend send me messages about their workout because it encourages me to keep up with their consistency. This method is super fun and another good way to keep up with your loved ones!


3.  Don't be too hard on yourself. This is perhaps the most important tip. Remember that quarantine is hard for everyone. We're all experiencing a totally new situation. It's okay to feel less energized, less fit, or less healthy than usual. If we try to compare ourselves now to time before the quarantine, it's actually quite regressive and doesn't do much in terms of physical or mental health, at least for me. Learning to cope with quarantine isn't something that happens overnight. Take things day by day, step by step. Stay positive with yourself and your exercise habits.

The moral of the story is: exercise to the best of your ability. Exercise is such an easy way to improve your physical and mental health. A sense of purpose in unstructured times is crucial to maintaining a positive mindset. I hope this helps and remember to stay safe during these uncertain times!
Katherine Zang 
October 2020
YEAH Teem Board Nov2010

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