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Indoor Play Feature

5 Ways for Indoor Active Play

by Small Fry | January 22, 2015 at 5:26 pm | comments

As a Together Counts™ ambassador, I’m always looking for new ways to play with my little ones. When the weather gets colder, being active together definitely requires more effort. If you have little ones that aren’t big enough for outdoor sports or sledding, this adds another roadblock. Since our family with littler tots are all in this category, we wanted to share our favorite ideas where we can be active

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Introducing the 2015 Together Counts Partner Blogger Series

by admin | January 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm | comments

Together Counts is teaming up with a few new and current members of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to highlight some of the exciting energy balance efforts happening in 2015 here on the blog. Stay tuned throughout the year for updates on healthful activities for kids, tips for eating better and key holidays and events you can participate in throughout the year. Learn more about the members we’ll be spotlighting

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Resolutions that Count Feature

Resolutions That Count: 3 Ways to Stay Active as a Family in the New Year

by Jenny Rapson | January 15, 2015 at 9:40 am | comments

Happy New Year! If you’re like most of us, you made a list of things you’d like to change this year, but as a Together Counts™ Energy Balance Ambassador, I’ve got one simple thing I’d like you to add to your resolutions list: be more active with your family. Why? Well, because spending time with your kids bonding and working on your energy balance is pretty much the best thing

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New Activities Feature

Trying New Activities as a Family

by Small Fry | January 8, 2015 at 10:13 am | comments

We are Utah girls, and the winters here are long, with snowfall from October until April each year. With little ones, sometimes it feels like we are very literally trapped inside for seven months. As Together Counts™ Ambassadors, we love breaking out of our daily routines and anything we can do in the winter months to get outside, get fresh air, exercise and maybe a little Vitamin D, is a

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6 Ways Feature

6 Ways to Find Balance over the Holidays

by Together Counts Partner | December 23, 2014 at 11:17 am | comments

  The holiday meal is typically one of the biggest of the year filled with foods like pies, crescent rolls, creamed corn, and much more. No matter how health-conscious we might be throughout the year, the holidays tend to be a day centered around food. While enjoying a day like this every now and then isn’t a bad thing, we want to avoid making holiday choices that stretch all the

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Potato Soup Feature

Sweet Potato & Coconut Soup Recipe from Evette Rios

by Together Counts Partner | December 22, 2014 at 10:12 am | comments

My family loves this Sweet Potato & Coconut Soup – the flavors remind me of my family’s roots in the Caribbean! This recipe is made with sweet potatoes that are loaded with nutrients, and there’s no heavy cream. I hope you enjoy with your family! Happy holidays! Evette Rios is a partner of Together Counts™, a program that inspires calorie balance from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. She is also

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Holiday Cookie Swap Recipes from Evette Rios

by Together Counts Partner | December 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm | comments

Looking for a special twist on your annual holiday cookie swap? This week, I’m spotlighting some delicious versions of my favorite holiday treats with simple calorie-saving swaps! Surprise your family and friends this season with these great-tasting cookies everyone will love!! Evette Rios is a partner of Together Counts™, a program that inspires calorie balance from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. She is also host of “Recipe Rehab” on CBS.

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Recipe Swaps for Festive Family Parties

by Together Counts Partner | December 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm | comments

If your family is anything like mine, we’re always finding an excuse to gather for meals and parties. Especially around the holidays, it kicks into high gear. And as a Latina, the food defines our gatherings. In my mind, no holiday party would be complete without fried plantains, which I bake instead of deep fry, and rice and beans, which I swap out for brown rice (or even quinoa) and

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Ham Feature

Holiday Ham Recipe from Evette Rios

by Together Counts Partner | December 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm | comments

Is ham the centerpiece of your family’s holiday meal? They are delicious, but ham recipes can be packed with calories. When I’m making ham for my family, I use no-calorie cola to make a sweet, great-tasting baste without additional calories!! Try this with your favorite no-calorie cola! Evette Rios is a partner of Together Counts™, a program that inspires calorie balance from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. She is also

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5 Ways to Cure Holiday Break Boredom

by Together Counts Partner | December 18, 2014 at 11:54 am | comments

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the much anticipated holiday break from school. With so much free time, kids tend to get stir crazy when just hanging out in the house. So, if your kids are showing signs of boredom, we are here to help with some entertaining ideas to make sure everyone survives the holiday break. Here are some entertaining ideas to ensure everyone survives the holiday break: Get outside –

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