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Water Activities Feature

Five Fun and Creative Ways To Use Your Kiddie Pool For Active Play

by Allison McDonald | July 31, 2014 at 9:15 am | comments

Summer is in full swing, and as a Together Counts™ ambassador, I’ve been on the hunt for ways to stay active while staying cool. You don’t need a beachfront estate or even an adult sized pool to have fun and get active with your kids this summer. All you need is a simple kiddie pool! Here are five fun ways to splash and move with your little (and not so

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Frozen Feature

The Facts on Frozen

by Together Counts Partner | July 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm | comments

Did you know that there is virtually no difference between fresh and frozen vegetables in vitamin and mineral content? Prepared meals that are frozen deliver fresh taste, convenience and value while also helping with portion and calorie control. Here are some of the reasons you can rely on frozen foods when planning meals: Freezing Locks in Freshly Prepared Goodness Freezing is a natural method of preservation that upholds quality, prolongs

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Summer Festivals Feature

Making Balance Count This Festival Season

by Anna Luther | July 24, 2014 at 8:10 am | comments

Summer is in full swing, and our family is taking advantage of every opportunity to be outside. We’re taking trips to the pool, joining in backyard barbecues and attempting to attend as many summer festivals as we possibly can. While it’s tempting to celebrate summer by enjoying goodies roasted over the fire and attempting to eat at every single food truck in town – as a Together Counts™ Ambassador, I’m

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PE Weekend Feature

Active Weekend Ideas for Families

by Together Counts Partner | July 22, 2014 at 11:21 am | comments

Children learn their most impactful lessons at home. The examples parents set have a greater effect on the choices children later make than any other outside force. Parents can teach wholesome cooking, eating, and fitness lessons through conversation, but it is better understood through practice. The work week is busy, especially if parents work outside the home. When the weekend rolls around, though, there are plenty of opportunities for families

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Community Impact Feature

5 Keys to Community Impact

by Together Counts Partner | July 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm | comments

Want to create sustainable, healthy changes in your community? Learn from our panel of 2014 Smart from the Start PTA Council Grant winners. It’s true that one person can move mountains when their mind is set on it. But what if there were 10 minds? And what if each one is backed locally by dozens of stakeholders and nationally by a proven platform loaded with free tools to inspire and engage

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Heart Health Feature

10 Foods for Heart Health

by Together Counts Partner | July 15, 2014 at 5:56 pm | comments

We all know the heart is one of the most important parts of your body. What we don’t always know is how to eat to ensure we take care of the heart just like we would for any other part of our body. Here are 10 foods that, when combined with healthy habits like regular exercise, reducing stress and maintaining a healthy weight, can help you treat your heart well:

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Summer Recess Feature

Recess in the Summer – Fun Ways to Keep Your Family Moving

by Anna Luther | July 10, 2014 at 7:00 am | comments

School may be out for summer, but I still try to incorporate a few school lessons in every part of our day. We do a little reading, a little writing, a little bit of fun math (like how many popsicles has the 3 year old eaten today?) – and of course – RECESS! It’s all too easy to spend our days in the air conditioning rather than running around and

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AND Breakfast Feature

Tips for Better Breakfasts

by Together Counts Partner | July 8, 2014 at 5:25 pm | comments

Based on modern science, and the wisdom of mothers throughout the ages, breakfast is a very important meal. Research shows breaking an overnight fast with a balanced meal can make a major difference in overall health and well-being, especially for children and teens. Eating breakfast can help improve behavior and school performance, as well as foster a healthy weight. On the other hand, skipping breakfast is a no-brainer, quite literally.

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5 Ways Feature

5 Ways to Play This Summer

by Mariah Bruehl | July 3, 2014 at 8:00 am | comments

Nothing feels better then ending a beautiful summer day with the feeling of having spent quality time outdoors. There is something about engaging in play that brings us back to a time when the days stretched on and summers felt long. Play is defined as “engaging in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” In other words, choosing to engage in fun simply for the sake

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HWCF Breakfast Feature

Wholesome and Quick Breakfast Ideas

by Together Counts Partner | July 1, 2014 at 10:17 am | comments

There is no better way to start the day than with a wholesome breakfast; however, finding the time to make that breakfast isn’t always easy to do. Healthy Dining Finder’s readers shared their breakfast questions with a registered dietitian and her answers are below. Rachel Rothman, M.S., R.D. Question: What are some good, quick breakfast ideas that I can either buy when I’m on my way to work or are

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