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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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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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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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Childhood Obesity: It’s Time To Think Outside the Box

by Lisa Gable | March 20, 2014 at 11:28 am | comments

It’s hard to believe, but only 3.8% of U.S. elementary schools offer daily physical education classes for their young students, and only nine states require that elementary schools offer recess. How can this be? As any parent knows, the chance to have kids run around and burn up some of their boundless excess energy is good for their bodies AND their minds. To deprive children of that opportunity is to

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Just Start Walking Feature

Add Up to Seven Years to Your Life: Just Start Walking

by Together Counts Partner | March 18, 2014 at 9:54 am | comments

While the benefits of exercise may be obvious, many people might be surprised to find that brisk walking can add as much as seven years to your life! Recent stories in the Daily Mail, Associated Press, USA Today, and BBC News have reported on the astounding health benefits of brisk walking, as little as 150 minutes a week. Representatives from Harvard University and the U.S. government’s medical research agency analyzed

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Lucky Charm St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

by Small Fry | March 13, 2014 at 9:58 am | comments

One thing we love about holidays is that they offer us the chance to learn and teach about topics and events in history that would normally never come up around the dinner table. Even better, our kids are so excited about the upcoming festivities for each holiday, they seem to be extra inquisitive and excited to learn as well. This scavenger hunt is a nice little nudge and reminder to

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