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Black Friday Feature

25 Family Activities for Black Friday

by Allison McDonald | November 26, 2014 at 10:42 am | comments

When I first moved to the United States (I was born and raised in Western Canada) I had vaguely heard about Black Friday but never experienced it. Now after living in the United States for over 10 years, I spend the day with my kids, who are home from school, and use this day together as a mini break from our everyday routine. As a Together Counts™ ambassador, I’m always

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Thanksgiving Activities Feature

Family Thanksgiving Activities for Together Counts

by Holly Homer | November 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm | comments

I love Thanksgiving because everything surrounding the holiday supports family togetherness and the spirit of gratitude.  And while much of the preparation may be over the family meal, as a Together Counts™ Ambassador I know the memories will be made all day. Adding a little play into the mix can get everyone active and giggling.  Here are some activities that can be added into the mix.  You never know which

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Parfait Feature

Low-Calorie Seasonal Favorites From Hungry Girl!

by Together Counts Partner | November 12, 2014 at 9:24 am | comments

Just in time for Thanksgiving, this delicious, low-calorie pumpkin parfait from Together Counts partner Hungry Girl is a cinch to make for your family and friends. Enjoy your favorites while cutting calories this holiday season by whipping up smarter recipes with simple, no- or low-calorie ingredient swaps! For more lightened-up recipes, food finds, tips ‘n tricks, and more, sign up for free daily emails at hungry-girl.com.   Hungry Girl’s Pumpkin Pie Parfait Entire

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Young Leaders Feature

Young Leaders

by Together Counts Partner | November 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm | comments

As a volunteer with the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital ‘Young Leaders’ program, one of my favorite activities is ‘What is Energy Balance?’ using the recommended daily food plan from choosemyplate.gov, in the Healthy Habits Booklet. It’s a part of the Girl Scouts Wonders of Water (WOW) Journey. I enjoy this lesson because it is both informative and interactive. I always start by asking the girls what their favorite food is.

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Fall Activities Feature

Three Favorite Fall Family Activities and Meals to Make Together

by Allison McDonald | November 6, 2014 at 9:57 am | comments

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to stop! As a Together Counts™ Ambassador, my family and I have learned to embrace fall’s crisp days as an opportunity for more outdoor activities. Here are my 3 favorite ways to make the most of fall: Pumpkin Patch Whether you live where pumpkins really grow on the vine or if your pumpkins are trucked in, making an

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NCA Candy Feature

Now, About All That Candy…

by Together Counts Partner | November 4, 2014 at 9:47 am | comments

Well, it’s over. Halloween has come and gone for another year. Time to put away the plastic jack-o-lanterns, take down the make-shift graveyard you constructed for the front yard, and try your best to get the overly large cobwebs from the front hedge. Once all that is done, there’s still the matter of all that candy. In the National Confectioners Association’s recent consumer survey, 81 percent of parents said that

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Jeff Halloween Feature

Achieving Moderation Before, During and After Halloween Night

by Jeff Bogle | October 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm | comments

Halloween may not be known for moderation – or balance, for that matter, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy “smart sweets” during the spookiest season of the year. For many parents, including a certain Together Counts™ Energy Balance Ambassador who shall remain nameless, this is an extremely difficult time of year to get the concepts of balance and moderation to cut through the non-stop spooktacular festivities. Fear not!

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hungry girl feature

Sweet Swaps From Hungry Girl

by Together Counts Partner | October 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm | comments

Chocolate, cake… For some, these are a special treat to have on occasion. But did you know you can still enjoy your favorite sweets while cutting calories? Together Counts partner Hungry Girl is always looking to whip up smarter recipes with ingredient swaps that will help you enjoy the food and drinks you love.  The key is simply swapping in no- or low-calorie ingredients! Looking for something tasty tonight? Watch

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Teaching Balance Feature

Teaching Kids about Balance

by Mariah Bruehl | October 23, 2014 at 7:54 am | comments

Being a Together Counts™ Ambassador has inspired me to continually look for ways to actively involve my children in living a balanced lifestyle. One way to inspire children to make wholesome choices is to involve them in the process of selecting and cooking their own food. With the busy lives we all lead, it is easy to forget that so much of the food we eat grows from the earth, which

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Teaching Moderation Feature

Benefits of Teaching Kids About Moderation at a Young Age

by Lisa Gulley | October 21, 2014 at 10:32 am | comments

For a kid these days, there seems to be food offered at every turn. Birthday parties, class parties, sports teams, celebrations, etc. — you get the point. Having kids learn about moderation at a young age helps them make balanced choices in a world where food is available to them 24/7. They do not have to eat just because the food is there (i.e. soccer snacks, friend’s houses) — they

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