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Health Together Truly Counts

by Together Counts Partner | September 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm | comments

1,742. That’s how many calories someone my age, height and weight should consume each day. To be honest, I’ve never really thought about calories. I grew up in a family of people with “gifted” metabolisms. I’ve always been able to eat whatever I want and not worry about weight. As a child, my mom and I loved to eat together. Sometimes we were in the mood for ice cream, other

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Walking it Off

by Together Counts Partner | September 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm | comments

Ever since I moved to Chicago, I’ve become a much more active person. Living in the city requires you to walk almost everywhere (even with the help of public transportation) and now that my body is used to it, it doesn’t like inactivity. The days of lying around the house for hours, walking only as far as to the kitchen or bedroom are done. My body needs activity. Fortunately, it

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Time Together Never Goes Out of Style

by DianaKelter | September 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm | comments

I can name plenty of haircuts and fashion choices from my childhood that I hope will never come back in style. Despite my less than perfect fashion choices, there is an aspect of my childhood that I will never outgrow. Trips to my grandparents’ home in Michigan have always been a reminder of comfort and familiarity. Family traditions have been created through the years, including long walks to the beach, collecting rocks

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Creating a Kitchen Tradition

by Brian Azzarello | September 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm | comments

Growing up in a large and loud Italian family, I quickly learned meals weren’t simply events to feed our bodies before rushing out the door – far from it. Our family would gather as a whole in the kitchen, and each member was responsible for some aspect of the cooking process, start to finish. While the kids took on the mundane tasks of setting the table or rinsing the vegetables

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The Benefits of a Daily Family Walk

by Ana Flores | September 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm | comments

I complain–a lot–about the fact that my family of three can never manage to eat a picture-perfect family meal together. Mornings are too chaotic and we honestly prefer sleeping in 15 more minutes rather than using that time for a breakfast at the table. Then off we frantically go to face our days: my husband gets in his car for his hour-long commute in L.A. traffic, and I go drop

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Darden Restaurants Make the Change

by Lisa Gable | September 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm | comments

By now you may have heard the great news that Darden Restaurants, the world’s largest full-service restaurant company and owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants, has vowed to reduce calories and sodium in their meals and provide greater variety on its children’s menus. During the press conference last Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama praised Darden for this “breakthrough moment” and doing something to fight obesity that no restaurant

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The Balancing Dance

by Together Counts Partner | September 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm | comments

After years of failed attempts at getting fit I finally had an epiphany after my birthday this year. I was chronically tired, needed to improve my eating habits and was completely inactive. I couldn’t keep up with my own lifestyle and finally decided to make an attitude shift.  I incorporated what I like to call the balancing dance into my lifestyle, instead of the common diet overhaul. For me the balancing

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Creating a New “Play List”

by DianaKelter | September 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm | comments

Earlier this Summer I attended the EVO Conference in Park City, Utah. I was struck by many memorable moments, but one message truly stuck out in my mind. During the keynote address, Meredith Sinclair, blogger for, highlighted that at a certain age we forget how to play. The gift that comes so natural to us as children gets lost behind responsibility, parenting and the fact that it’s not “socially acceptable” at a certain

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Moving from the Sidelines to the Field

by Jessi Langsen | September 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm | comments

I will start this by telling you something as candidly as I know how – I am the human equivalent of a housecat. I am perfectly content to lie in the sun and be fed roast chicken from the table with a nice stretch thrown in every few hours for good measure. I love fresh air but I am not a natural athlete nor do I have the grace and

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September Back to School Sweepstakes

by Brian Azzarello | September 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm | comments

The back-to-school season can mean many things for families – new schedules, shopping for school supplies, after school practice, helping with homework – but getting back into a routine doesn’t have to be stressful or come at the expense of family meals and exercise. Instead, look at this month as the perfect time to set new exercise and nutrition goals as a family. Sometimes the activities that minimize back to

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