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5 Ideas for Exploring Nature with Kids this Winter

by Together Counts Partner | January 17, 2017 at 9:09 am | comments

In the mid-Atlantic region, we tend to experience a winter of wild temperature fluctuations and snowfall. Most of us would like nothing more this time of year than to snuggle up with a warm drink and a good book or old movie. For me, though, a “snow day” involves entertaining a busy toddler who would rather be out tromping through the fluffy white stuff than spending the day inside. As

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Treat Your Family Well – Eating Out for Better Health

by Together Counts Partner | January 12, 2017 at 9:14 am | comments

The New Year is here and, chances are, it was ushered in with lists of resolutions. If your family’s New Year’s resolutions include health and nutrition-related goals, eating out at restaurants doesn’t have to be thrown by the wayside to achieve them. As a Together Counts™ ambassador, we at Healthy Dining recognize the importance of adding healthy habits into each and every day, and that includes when you and your

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3 Ways to Get Your Family Cooking for Life in 2017

by Together Counts Partner | January 10, 2017 at 9:11 am | comments

Every January, millions of Americans resolve to ring in the New Year with healthier, more active lifestyles. Making healthy habits a daily ritual can be difficult, especially without a dedicated support system. Common Threads, a partner of Together Counts and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, provides hands-on healthy cooking and nutrition programs for kids, parents and teachers throughout the country, providing a common language around wellness and fostering environments jam

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Introducing the 2017 Together Counts Partner Blogger Series

by Together Counts Partner | January 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm | comments

As the calendar flips to 2017, we are thrilled to announce the continuation of our partner blogger series which focuses on fun and simple ways for families to stay healthy and active throughout the year! In 2016, we teamed up with nine partner ambassadors to produce 30 unique blog entries from across the country. This year, we are bumping it up to 10 wonderful partners. Featuring eight returning bloggers and

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Staying Active during the Winter

by Together Counts Partner | December 29, 2016 at 8:30 am | comments

By Brian Godfrey, Physical Education Teacher, Richmond Elementary School, Richmond, VT Living in Vermont where it’s cold and snowy for up to six months of the year, it’s important to find ways to be healthy and active during the winter. As a physical education teacher, husband and father of three, I’ve found that skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding or even going for brisk winter walk are great ways for

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Tips to Save Time and Eat Healthy During the Holidays

by Together Counts Partner | December 27, 2016 at 9:35 am | comments

If you’re trying to keep up with end-of-year shopping sales and a long list of events on top of your regular, hectic schedule, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself with a healthy diet and regular exercise. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we think this strategy is a great defense against holiday burn out, sickness and stress. Save time and

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8 Ways to Improve Your Health Right Now

by admin | December 22, 2016 at 9:32 am | comments

When January 1 rolls around, we are often more determined than ever to get fit and feel great. Research shows that only 8 percent of us actually achieve New Year’s resolutions, however. The main reason? We make dreamy resolutions but fail to follow up with the planning and work needed to achieve them. Instead of waiting to make a New Year’s resolution when it comes to your health, get ahead of the

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Keep Kids Active With These Healthy Gift Ideas

by Together Counts Partner | December 20, 2016 at 9:51 am | comments

It’s no secret that your children are likely to become less active throughout the winter months. The end of October to the beginning of the New Year oftentimes can mean an increased likelihood of unhealthy indulgence, while physical activity levels decrease. Fortunately, as a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we understand that with the right stimuli, most children love staying active, and this time of

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Food Brings Us Together

by Together Counts Partner | December 15, 2016 at 9:30 am | comments

“Food feeds the soul. To the extent that we all eat food, and we all have souls, food is the single great unifier across cultures.” – Amy S. Choi The holiday season is known for its food and fellowship. We gather together to spend more time with family and friends, often over traditional meals. Depending on your culture, you may be looking forward to ham, latkes, curry, fish, turkey, goose,

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Can a Healthier Lifestyle Promote Good Character in Kids?

by Together Counts Partner | December 13, 2016 at 9:43 am | comments

The early years make up an important developmental phase in any person’s life. Up to the age of 18, we’re constantly learning new habits, information and behaviors – while establishing foundations that will shape our experiences as an adult. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize childhood represents both opportunity and vulnerability when it comes to promoting a healthier lifestyle. For children to thrive, they need support and stimulation both

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