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Empowering Girls to Take Care of Themselves and Each Other

by Together Counts Partner | August 25, 2016 at 8:07 am | comments

By Heather Pressley, PhD., Vice President of Programming, Girls on the Run International Let’s face it. Sometimes adolescence is viewed in a negative light, but as youth workers we can view adolescence differently. And at Girls on the Run, we do. As a Together Counts™ partner, we choose to see adolescence as an opportunity—to help girls explore their budding interests, to use increased emotionality as a way to explore empathy

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Getting Ready for Back-to-School Routines

by Together Counts Partner | August 23, 2016 at 8:42 am | comments

Ah, the days of summer. Between loosened schedules, random adventures and extended bedtimes, there’s no doubt that kids love the relaxed fun only summer can bring. But as the calendar moves further into August, one thing becomes clear: back-to-school season is here! As a Together Counts ™ partner, we realize after following a less-structured schedule for the past couple of months, it’s important to ease back into routines, helping ensure a

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5 Smart Ideas for a Healthy Family Routine

by Together Counts Partner | August 17, 2016 at 11:00 am | comments

Summer is coming to an end, and a new school year is looming on the horizon. As you and your family purchase school supplies, sign up for fall activities and adjust to new schedules, don’t forget to make health a daily priority. Getting back into a healthy routine right from the start will help make it a great year! As part of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living,

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Five Things to Love about Frozen…(food)

by Together Counts Partner | August 16, 2016 at 9:46 am | comments

Have you ever said you are too busy to eat better? Or that you don’t have time to prep food after a busy day? Lucky for you, frozen food extends your options to make better choices, no matter how busy the week becomes. As part of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we realize that nutritious food comes in all varieties, and frozen food is no different. Frozen

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Preventing the “Summer Slide” in Fitness

by Together Counts Partner | August 11, 2016 at 9:11 am | comments

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant It’s summertime and letting your children recuperate from the constant hustle and bustle of the school year sounds healthy. You may be thinking, “Hey, my kids deserve to relax and enjoy a lazy summer.” For some, that may be the right approach, but perhaps not everyone. Research shows there’s potential to lose fitness if children who were involved in school-based fitness

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Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

by Together Counts Partner | August 9, 2016 at 10:32 am | comments

Close your eyes and picture your favorite meal or snack. Picture someone offering to make it for you and how happy that makes you feel. Now, picture yourself enjoying it. Chances are, there’s at least one component that is better for you, like a seasonal fruit or vegetable. And chances are, there’s also one component that’s a little decadent. That’s a great canvas for balanced eating over time, something that

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6 Fun Ways to Cure Summer Boredom

by admin | August 4, 2016 at 9:18 am | comments

If your family is at all like mine, the first two weeks of summer were fantastic. You rocked it as a parent and had an almost unlimited list of activities to keep your children entertained, engaged and learning all summer long. Keeping kids healthy and active is one of the top priorities for The OrganWise Guys and Together Counts™ program. Now here we are, heading towards the end of summer

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4 Ways to Keep Your Kids Engaged This Summer

by admin | August 2, 2016 at 9:26 am | comments

Summer break is an important time for children to bond with family and friends, participate in enriching outdoor activities and enjoy a break from school. As a Together Counts™ partner, we realize that while enjoying the free time and taking advantage of all the season has to offer, it is essential that children do not take a break from learning. Research shows that children experience learning loss when they do

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Beyond the Tips: What to Do When You Forgot to Plan Ahead

by Together Counts Partner | July 28, 2016 at 10:43 am | comments

When it comes to shopping for food, these are tips that surface time and time again. As a Together Counts™ partner for active, healthy living, we realize that while they are certainly helpful, all is not lost if you happen to miss one or more of these grocery shopping musts. Here are four of my favorite things to do when you find yourself at your Hometown Proud IGA hungry, without

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10 Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

by Together Counts Partner | July 26, 2016 at 8:35 am | comments

Establishing healthy habits at an early age is something that we, and our friends at the Together Counts™ program, strongly believe can help your child stay healthy for a lifetime. Try these 10 tips to raise a healthier kid: Set a positive example. Whether you realize it or not, you are a role model for your child. Set a healthy example by eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly.

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