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How to Encourage Girls to Go After Their Dreams

by Together Counts Partner | March 21, 2017 at 8:49 am | comments

We all want the girls in our lives to go after their dreams, but the media, our celebrity culture and social media can send mixed messages that affect their confidence. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we want to share our tips to encourage your daughter, granddaughter, niece, younger sister or any girl you know to have the confidence to work toward her goals.

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Getting Prepared for the Special Olympics with Alpine Skier Jennifer Troutman

by Together Counts Partner | March 16, 2017 at 5:30 am | comments

On March 18, 2017, more than 2,500 athletes from 107 countries will gather in Austria for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. For the next week they will show the world their talent, bravery, determination and spirit. One of those athletes is Jennifer Troutman. She is a member of the Special Olympics USA alpine skiing team and will be competing in the Giant Slalom and

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Spring Produce Guide: 3 Fantastic Foods to Try for National Nutrition Month®

by Together Counts Partner | March 14, 2017 at 5:30 am | comments

Spring is right around the corner, and gardens, farms and fields across the country will soon be bursting into bloom. Accompanying the dawn of spring every March is National Nutrition Month®, an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s campaign encourages people to make small and simple, but well-informed choices about the foods they eat to create lasting healthy habits. Common

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5 Surprising Things You Can Find in the Frozen Food Aisle

by Together Counts Partner | March 2, 2017 at 9:08 am | comments

You do your best to balance all parts of your busy lifestyle including remembering to be active and keep a balanced diet. This is where frozen foods can be a reliable source for planning ahead and staying on track. Why? Frozen foods are real foods that just happen to be frozen retaining all the flavor, quality and nutrition as when they were made. Did you know March is Frozen Food

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The Public Agrees: Parks and Recreation Are Vital to Healthy Communities

by Together Counts Partner | February 28, 2017 at 9:24 am | comments

Parks and recreation are leading the charge to make our communities healthier. Whether by providing increased opportunities for physical activity through its vast network of parks, fields, trails, pools and recreation centers, offering healthy food options or educating the public on healthy lifestyle options, local park and recreation agencies positively impact millions of people every day.  As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, NRPA is dedicated

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Hunger, Health & Nutrition Education the FFA Way

by Together Counts Partner | February 23, 2017 at 9:04 am | comments

Many children – and some adults – can find it challenging to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Like our national partners, Together Counts™, the National FFA Organization supports the need to educate youth and their families on the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles. Based on stakeholder input FFA has further realized its responsibility to include literacy and advocacy as foundational skills for their student members as these young

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How I trick myself into running

by Together Counts Partner | February 21, 2017 at 9:27 am | comments

I’m not naturally athletic. I didn’t grow up running track. I’m much better at watching cat videos on the internet than I am at any sport. And even though I have long legs, I’m not great at basketball, and I’m definitely not a fast runner. Yet somehow I’ve fallen in love with running and I’ve come to believe it’s an activity that nearly anyone can enjoy. Even if you’re like

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4-H Is Growing True Leaders

by Together Counts Partner | February 16, 2017 at 9:30 am | comments

Leadership is a valued skill in our society, but any young people today aren’t being given the opportunity to learn the tenacity, strategic-thinking and people skills that they’ll need to lead – now and in the future. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living we realize that these are important skills for our youth to have. For me, leadership started at home as a big

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3 Ideas for an Easy Valentine’s Day with the Family

by Together Counts Partner | February 14, 2017 at 9:46 am | comments

Valentine’s Day and restaurants seem to go hand-in-hand. The idea of sharing a meal out with that special someone has long been a favorite way to spend this love-filled holiday. That doesn’t mean you can’t start some new traditions, especially when you have kids. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we recommend getting creative and celebrating a healthy Valentine’s Day with food, fun and

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Healthy Lifestyle: Teaching Your Child to Cook

by Together Counts Partner | February 9, 2017 at 10:10 am | comments

Cooking—a basic life skill – can be helpful for future health and wellness when  taught as young as possible. A familiarity with the kitchen leads to lifelong talents that will be practiced at least 3 times a day! As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we want to share five reasons why you should get your child of any age involved in cooking to encourage

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