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Houston,TX December 05, 2015
Hess Corporation Gingerbread Event
Teen Board members Sky Chen, Nikita Ghosh, Annika Gandhi, Summer Brown, and Jahnvi Jain attended the annual Hess Corporation Gingerbread Event as volunteers. They volunteered as receptionists, fitted chef's hats for the children, and also had lots of fun decorating their own Gingerbread men! Afterwards, they also got a fantastic tour of the Hess kitchens from the Manager of Global Dining and Food Safety at Hess, Randy Fournier.
Houston, TX October 18, 2015
Power Up Rockin Resiliency 2015
Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board Members Bradlee Few, Nikita Ghosh and Jahnvi Jain presented a panel discussion Creating Change for a Healthier You at The Women's Fund Rockin' Resiliency 2015 Luncheon.    Complete Press Release
Houston,TX October 11, 2015
Judge Vanessa Gilmore Speaks to Teen Board
Judge Vanessa Gilmore, United States District Judge, was the guest speaker at the Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board Meeting on October 11, 2015. Her presentation, “Staying Your Path” was extremely informative and enjoyed by all.
Houston, TX July 07, 2015
The Women's Fund Body Works Class
Teen Board Treasurer Jahnvi Jain presented a Body Works class in Spanish to a group of women and girls as part of the Women's Fund for Health Education and Resiliency summer program offered in the Houston area. Body Works is a national program that was designed to help adolescents and their caregivers improve healthy eating and activity habits. The curriculum provides hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight. Participants made a healthy snack and enjoyed learning some Bollywood Dance moves from Jahnvi.
Houston,TX June 24, 2015
Fort Bend County Kids & Cops, Inc.
The Oliver Foundation presented the Fort Bend County Kids & Cops, Inc. a $3000 Healthy Choices Grant to support their 18th Annual Summer Camp for kids. The camp is run by a group of Fort Bend County deputies. The purpose of the camp is to bring together citizens and law enforcement personnel to assist the youth by promoting leadership, team building, motivation, nutrition, physical activity, drug and alcohol resistance, legal awareness and problem solving techniques. The Oliver Foundation is proud to support this great program for the third year.
Houston, TX May 27, 2015
Healthy Choices Grant Recipients
The Oliver Foundation is proud to announce the April 15, 2015 Healthy Choices Grant recipients: Fort Bend County Sheriff's Kids & Cops, Inc.; Turner Elementary, Pasadena ISD; YES Prep Brays Oaks; Boys and Girls Club of Denison, TX; Landrum Middle School Teen Board Grant, Spring Branch ISD; Albright Middle School Teen Board Grant, Alief ISD; Mata Montessori, Dallas ISD; Martin Elementary, Alief ISD; Glover Elementary, Fort Bend ISD.
Houston, TX April 12, 2015
NASA Space Center
The Oliver Foundation Teen Board held their April meeting at NASA’S Johnson Space Center, Gilruth Facility. Teen Board Parent Kerri Knotts Wilson, aerospace engineer, talked about her position in Mission Operations supporting Shuttle and Space Station as extravehicular activity systems expert, training astronauts in everything they did to go outside the space vehicle. Navy Seal and Astronaut Christopher J. Cassidy (Captain, U.S. Navy) shared his personal experience in space. He spent 6 months on the International Space Station and completed 3 space walks.    Complete Press Release
Houston, Texas May 03, 2015
Girls on the Run Spring 5K Run
Girls on the Run (GOTR) Greater Houston is having their Spring 5K Run at Uptown Park, Houston, TX on Sunday May 3, 2015 starting at 8:00AM. The race is open to all, men, women, girls and boys are welcome to participate. GOTR are partnering with Undies for Everyone, so please bring new packaged Undies and Socks to donate on Race Day. To register and learn more, visit www.gotrgreaterhouston.org.
Houston,Texas April 02, 2015
Should I Eat This or That?
Teen Board Member Bradlee Few was recently awarded a $400 Healthy Choices Grant for her program, Should I Eat This or That, for 3rd grade students at Yellowstone Academy, Houston, Tx. Bradlee teaches nutrition lessons and interactive cooking demonstrations for the 3rd grade students. She encourages the children to make healthier choices, gain knowledge about nutrition and be more willing to try healthier foods.
Sugar Land, TX February 28, 2015
WATCH Health Fair
Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board members Shelby Barhorst, Nikita Ghosh, Emily Mueller, Camryn Odom, Annika Gandhi, Summer Brown and Sky Chen participated in the WATCH Health Fair Kids Zone held at Sugar Land Town Square. The teens were in charge of the inflatable obstacle course and Sports Center. This is the 10th year the Teen Board Members have been in charge of the Kid Zone activities. The event is sponsored by Fort Bend ISD and the Fort Bend Medical Alliance. Over 50 community members provided wellness booths, screenings and information.
Houston,TX February 08, 2015
Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board Members Bradlee Few and Myles Fucci presented on Childhood Obesity and Healthy Choices at the Healthy Living Soul Food Luncheon.
Houston,TX February 07, 2015
Big Brothers Big Sisters Voyage '15 Conference
Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board Members, Jahnvi Jain, Annika Gandhi, Nikita Ghosh and Sky Chen presented at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Voyage Conference held at the United Way.
Houston,TX November 05, 2014
Healthy Choices Grants
Austin Parkway Elementary, Fort Bend ISD, was recently awarded a $3000 grant to support their program, "Moving to Healthier and Smart Students." Oak Hill Elementary, Austin ISD was awarded a $3000 grant to support their program, "Growing Healthy Kids." Two separate $3000 grants were awarded to Texas Recreation and Park Society to support the program :making Healthy Living a Year-round Success" in Deer Park, Tx and McAllen,TX
Houston,TX November 03, 2014
Girls on the Run - Buffalo Creek Elementary SBISD
The Oliver Foundation presented Girls on the Run (GOTR) a $3000 Healthy Choices grant to support the GOTR Team at Buffalo Creek Elementary in Spring Branch ISD. Girls on the Run is an after school program for girls 3rd - 8th grade that uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self respect and healthy living. This program was designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, make new friends, build self confidence and develop strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences.
Atlanta, GA October 18, 2014
Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition Annual Meeting
Deborah L. Woehler, MS, RD, LD, Oliver Foundation Executive Director, presented "The Effect of a School-Based Obesity Intervention on Academic Grades" poster at the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics held in Atlanta, GA ,October 18-21, 2014.
Houston, Texas October 09, 2014
Davis High School, HISD Awarded Healthy Choices Grant
Students in Davis High School’s culinary arts program will soon be delivering lessons on cooking and healthy eating to their peers, thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Oliver Foundation. Davis recently became the second HISD campus to receive a grant from that organization. The first was Condit ES in September. The grant money will be used to purchase a mobile cooking demonstration cart, which Davis students will take to nearby elementary and middle schools to teach students about nutrition and food preparation.    Complete Press Release
Louisville, KY October 07, 2014
Southern Obesity Summit
Teen Board members Kathrin James and Bradlee Few presented at the 8th Annual Southern Obesity Summit in Louisville, KY this past week end. Their presentation on Food Deserts in Low Income Urban Areas and Turning a Food Desert into an Oasis was followed with a panel discussion on Youth Perspective/Food Access and Advocacy with Diana Manee, Youth Empowered Solutions from North Carolina.
Houston, Texas October 02, 2014
Nottingham Elementary, SBISD
Nottingham Elementary School’s Linda Chavers and Sarah Chu have been awarded an Oliver Healthy Choices Grant by the Houston nonprofit Oliver Foundation. On Thursday, Oct. 2, Oliver Foundation Program Director Sandy Bristow and Executive Director Debbie Woehler kicked off a yearlong student health and fitness program at the elementary school. The grant was issued for the educators’ Moving and Grooving Program, which will help expose Nottingham Elementary children to healthier lifestyle options by using Xbox360 Kinect DDR Energy Fitness equipment during fitness classes and school-based family fitness nights.    Complete Press Release
Austin, TX September 09, 2014
Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony
Teen Board member Summer Brown was selected as Runner Up for the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living’s Rising Star Award at the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony at the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas in Austin, TX. This award is given to Texan youth leaders for their passion and advocacy in obesity prevention. Summer (age 12) attends First Colony Middle School in Sugar Land. Congratulations Summer! The winner of the Rising Start Award was Shayna Underwood, senior at New Braunfels High School, New Braunfels, TX.
Houston,TX July 15, 2014
Oliver Healthy Choices Grants
Oliver Healthy Choices Grants were recently awarded to: Nottingham Elementary School, Spring Branch ISD - Moving 'N Grooving; Houston ISD Nutrition Department - Culinary Club - Eating for the Health of It; Girls on the Run Greater Houston; Holy Family Catholic School, Fort Worth, TX - First Tee National Golf in School Program.
Austin, TX June 23, 2014
It's Time Texas Summit
Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board members Nikita Ghosh, Shelby Barhorst, Joyce Chen and Karina Arnold presented "Peer Mentoring: Move Forward with Youth" at the 2014 It's Time Texas Summit in Austin, TX. Dr. Jeremy Lyon, Frisco ISD Superintendent, was the opening Keynote Speaker. The 4th Annual Summit was attended by over 300 health champions committed to making healthy the norm.
Houston, TX May 15, 2014
Healthy Choices Grant Recipients
Oliver Healthy Choices Grants were recently awarded to: Fort Bend County Kids & Cops, Inc., Summer Camps; Wichita Falls YMCA, Eat Well, Live Well, Feel Well Summer Program; Turner Elementary, Pasadena ISD, Hunger Games; Epps Island Elementary, Klein ISD, Trim Epps Island; YES Prep Public Schools, A3: Adolescents As Agents of Change; Brazos Bend Elementary, Fort Bend ISD, Wake Up with Coach; Martin Elementary, Alief ISD, GoNoodle; and Condit Elementary, Houston ISD, Be BRIGHT-Eat RIGHT.
Sugar Land, TX March 07, 2014
Parent Praises Oyster Creek Elementary Yoga Club
Oyster Creek Elementary Principal Joy Schwinger, FBISD, received this letter regarding the Oyster Creek Elementary Yoga Club after their presentation at the recent FBISD/Fort Bend Medical Society Alliance WATCH Health Fair held in Sugar Land Town Square. The OCE Yoga Club was made possible through an Oliver Foundation Healthy Choices Grant. "Last weekend our family had the opportunity to attend the “Oyster Creek Elementary School’s Yoga Club” presentation at Sugar Land Town Center (WATCH Health Fair). I was so impressed by the organization of the whole event. Ms. Farrugia and Nurse Cartie have done an exceptional job with this group. The students were calm, collected, confident and represented the school as an innovative and advanced community.    Complete Press Release
Sugar Land, TX March 07, 2014
Teen Board Members Visit Lexington Creek Elementary
Teen Board Members Joyce Chen, Sydney Fucci, Nikita Ghosh and Jahnvi Jain visited Lexington Creek Elementary, Fort Bend ISD, during WATCH Week on March 7, 2014. The teens gave a presentation on the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and lead physical activity workouts for the 4th and 5th grade classes.
Sugar Land, TX March 01, 2014
WATCH Health Fair
The Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board participated at the WATCH Health Fair with an activity obstacle course for the children. This was the 7th annual event sponsored by FBISD and the Fort Bend Medical Society Alliance. The Health Fair is the kick off for WATCH Week held in FBISD March 3-7, 2014. WATCH stands for Weight, Alcohol, Tobacco, Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure. FBISD focuses on these health issues throughout the week on all campuses.
Houston,TX November 21, 2013
Arizona Fleming Elementary Receives Oliver Grant
Arizona Fleming Elementary, Fort Bend ISD, was a recent recipient of a Oliver Foundation Healthy Choices campus grant to support their program, TEAM AFE. Team AFE is a sport theme nutrition and exercise program developed by the campus nurse. Teachers in each classroom select a student to be a health ambassador for the class. The health ambassador's duties are to model good nutrition choices and take part in physical activity. The ambassadors pick a vegetable, fruit, and exercise of the month to be the focus campus-wide. The projected outcome of this program is to engage students to eat healthy and exercise on a daily basis.
Houston,TX November 21, 2013
Glover Elementary Receives Oliver Grant
Glover Elementary, Fort Bend ISD, was a recent recipient of a Oliver Health Choices campus grant to support their program, Glover Goes for GeoMotion. GeoMotion provides a fun, safe, and easy method to encourage learning (including nutrition education), physical activity, and fitness. This movement-based product and curriculum increases fitness levels and academic achievement.
Houston,TX November 21, 2013
Epps Island Elementary Receives Oliver Grant
Epps Island Elementary, Klein, ISD was a recent recipient of a Oliver Foundation Healthy Choices campus grant. The grant will fund their program, "Trim Epps Island." The goal and objective for the Trim Epps Island Program are to build a foundation which fosters obesity prevention and health consciousness in their community. The program incorporates healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity by providing parent engagement seminars, nutrition education classes and leading by example.
Houston,TX November 20, 2013
Westwood Elementary Action Lab
The Oliver Foundation recently donated a Lightspace Wall, Makato System, Exercise Bikes with Playstation gaming screens and an iStep DDR to the Westwood Elementary Action Based Learning Lab in Spring Branch ISD.    Complete Press Release
Nashville, TN November 17, 2013
Teens Present at Southern Obesity Summit
Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board President Danielle Fournier, Treasurer Cameron Markoff and Teen Board Member Kathrin James were part of the youth leadership and presented at the three day conference. The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional event in the United States with over 600 participants from the 16 Southern States joining forces to fight obesity. The conference offered networking opportunities, breakout sessions, workgroup meetings and plenary sessions that focused on cross-state collaborations, best practices and youth leadership in obesity prevention.
Houston, TX October 21, 2013
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dr. Craig Johnston, Baylor College of Medicine, Danielle Fournier, Oliver Teen Board President and Deborah L. Woehler, MS,RD,LD, Oliver Foundation Executive Director, presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Their presentation title was "Partnering Teens and Tweens to 'STOP' Childhood Obesity, A Teen Mentor Tells All". The conference of over 10,000 attendees was hosted in Houston, TX.
Houston, TX September 21, 2013
Oliver Foundation Fund Raiser
Le Creuset at Village Arcade, in partnership with the Oliver Foundation, is pleased to present a cookbook signing event with local award-winning cookbook author Shubhra Ramineni and her newest book:" Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking, Easy Recipes for the Hurry Home Cook." Saturday, September 21st from 5:30pm  7:30pm., 5515 Kelvin Boulevard, Suite 120 Houston, TX 77005    Complete Press Release
Pasadena, TX September 19, 2013
Turner Elementary, PISD Receives Oliver Grant
The Oliver Foundation awarded Turner Elementary School, Pasadena ISD a $3000.00 Healthy Choices Grant. The grant funding will be used to support their Calories In - Calories Out Program.    Complete Press Release
Austin, TX September 12, 2013
Danielle Fournier Awarded Rising Star Award
Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board President, Danielle Fournier, was recently awarded the Rising Star Award for Texan youth leaders in obesity prevention at the 2013 Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony in Austin, Texas. Danielle, a senior at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas, has organized several obesity prevention efforts in her Sugar Land Community. She helped to improve curriculum for STOP 2048®, an accredited nutrition and physical activity program at YES Prep Public Schools and worked with faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, Children’s Nutrition Research Center this past summer preparing a. research paper showing the cost-effectiveness of the STOP 2048® program.    Complete Press Release
Houston, TX June 24, 2013
Teen Board Presents at IT'S TIME TEXAS SUMMIT
Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board President, Danielle Fournier and Teen Board Member, Kathrin James presented "Today's Teens Making a Healthier Life for Others" at the 3rd Annual IT'S TIME TEXAS Summit in Austin, TX, June 24, 2013. The summit, sponsored by ACTIVE Life and their allies, H.E.B., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, unites school and community health champions to share, collaborate and commit to making healthy the norm in Texas.
Fort Bend County, TX June 10, 2013
Fort Bend County Kids & Cops, Inc. Receives Grant
The Oliver Foundation awarded a $750.00 Healthy Choices Summer Program Grant to Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department Kids & Cops, Inc. Summer Camp program. Over 500 students from Fort Bend County participated in the camp.    Complete Press Release
Houston, TX March 11, 2013
Oliver Foundation to present at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has selected "Partnering Teens and Tweens to STOP Childhood Obesity: A Teen Mentor Tells All" submitted by the Oliver Foundation to be presented at the National meeting in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center October, 21 2013. The presentation is about the STOP 2048® program and classes instructed by Baylor College of Medicine and the Oliver Foundation at YES Prep Public High School, Southeast campus, Houston, TX. The program is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas through its "Healthy Kids, Healthy Families" initiative . "Were proud to give our support to the Oliver Foundation as a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families community partner," said Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, vice president and chief Medical officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.    Complete Press Release
Houston, TX February 11, 2013
Healthy Choices Grants Available
The Oliver Foundation has new funding opportunities available, $750 - $3,000 for 2013-2014 for both summer programs and school year that are directed toward the prevention of childhood obesity, teach healthy eating habits and physical activity. Programs should be sustainable. The Healthy Choices grants are available for individual teachers, campus grade level and campus wide programs. Teachers, nurses, principals, health fitness and any campus staff member may apply.    Complete Press Release
Houston, TX September 12, 2012
The Oliver Foundation Receives Grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield
The Oliver Foundation announced today that it received a $193,000.00 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) through it's Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative. Because of our commitment to teach kids and families to Make Healthy Choices for Life!®, we are now partnering with BCBSTX in the prevention of childhood obesity. "Were proud to give our support to the Oliver Foundation as a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families partner", said Debbie Cox community affairs manager for BCBSTX. "Through the Oliver Foundations work, we expect to see measurable improvement in childrens health by the implementation of their "STOP 2048®" Program at YES Prep Public Schools, Southeast campus".    Complete Press Release
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