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Curiosity to Play Feature

Embracing Childrens’ Curiosity Towards Play

by Mariah Bruehl | April 24, 2014 at 11:25 am | comments

Children have a natural instinct to play. It is evident in their early smiles, their giggles when we are silly, and their first games of peek-a-boo. As parents, we can harness this natural inclination that our children have to play and help them to grow into happy, active, and confident people. It can be easy to overlook the importance of explicitly teaching children active motor skills such as running, jumping,

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Smucker Garden Feature

Fun and Easy Tips for Gardening with Kids

by Together Counts Partner | April 22, 2014 at 9:13 am | comments

Looking for ways to get your kids eating new foods and spending time outside? Try gardening and see what a great time you’ll share as a family. They’ll learn about the care of, planning for, nurturing and enjoying the benefits of a garden. Kids are generally more likely to want to eat fruits and vegetables if they have a hand in tending to them and you don’t have to be

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Pantry Shop Feature

Grocery Shop Your Pantry

by Holly Homer | April 17, 2014 at 10:13 am | comments

I am not the most organized person when it comes to meal planning, which is why I am an expert in grocery shopping my pantry and freezer! In fact, it is a near daily occurrence at my house around 4:30 pm. Although meal planning is not my strong suit, my ability to create a pantry that delivers meals has improved over the years out of the fear of family starvation.

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Every Kid Healthy Feature

Celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week

by Together Counts Partner | April 15, 2014 at 9:43 am | comments

We’ve all heard that one in three American kids is overweight or obese. That’s why it’s essential for everyone who cares about children to take action to improve their health and increase their opportunities for academic success. Luckily, there’s never been an easier way for all of us – especially parents and teachers – to work toward that goal during Every Kid Healthy™ Week, April 21-25. Launched by Action for

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Spring Cleaning Chore Feature

Spring Cleaning as a Family Doesn’t Have to be a Chore

by admin | April 10, 2014 at 10:00 am | comments

When I was growing up in rural Michigan, spring was one of my least favorite times of the year. It really should have been my favorite – considering we’d most likely been buried under a snow bank and hadn’t seen the sun in months. But at our house, spring meant a lot more than finally seeing the sunshine again. It meant spring cleaning. As a family. And it was never

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Hershey Starting Line Feature

Run Jump Throw: Teaching Kids the Fundamentals for a Lifetime of Physical Activity

by Together Counts Partner | April 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm | comments

Not every child will be a star athlete, but being physically active is a critical part of the foundation for a balanced lifestyle.  Many children don’t have the opportunity to develop fundamental skills such as running, jumping and throwing and can quickly be left behind when it comes to being active.  A new national youth activity initiative, Run Jump Throw, which partners the USA Track & Field (USATF) and The

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Kid Workouts Feature

What Do Workouts Look Like for Kids?

by Lisa Gulley | April 3, 2014 at 10:41 am | comments

When my kids look inside a gym, they always ask me why people “do exercise” in there. I guess through their eyes, the gym looks like a cramped, crowded room full of big obnoxious machines (and they are right!). Kids view the world as one giant gym. They love to jump on couches and leap off stairs. They race from room to room just because they can! They roll down hills

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PHIT 5 Feature

5 Great Reasons to be Active and Fit

by Together Counts Partner | April 1, 2014 at 11:20 am | comments

When it comes to your own physique, it’s time to use it or lose it!  Based on research conducted by PHIT America, the positive side effects of being active are powerful. “The comments from the medical profession about an active lifestyle are convincing and energizing,” said Jim Baugh, founder of PHIT America, a cause designed to create a Movement for a Fit and Healthy America and partner of the Together

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TBT Allie Feature

Throwback Thursday: Sharing Games and Family Meals From Your Childhood

by Allison McDonald | March 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm | comments

“Mama what was it like when you were little?” My kids have inherited my curiosity of the past and beg me to tell them about what life was like in the olden days, which for them means the early 80s. The questions that pop up the most are always about food and play. When you think about it that makes sense because for kids, meals are something that they know

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Tangerineberry Feature

A Tangerine and a Cranberry Walk Into a Restaurant

by Together Counts Partner | March 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm | comments

A tangerine and a cranberry walk into a restaurant. It may sound like the beginning to a questionable joke, but this pair is really a match made in heaven – especially when it comes to boosting some of your personal health goals. These two first met on a blustery winter day, and it’s been culinary magic ever since between the Asian-native tangerine, and the cool North American native, cranberry.  These

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