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The Importance of Play

by Together Counts Partner | October 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm | comments

Autumn brings so many welcome changes — it is the season of nature’s beautiful color show, aromas and tastes of pumpkin and apple are abundant, cooler air sets in and the promise of new learning and fresh starts are brought by the school year. With this fresh, new season upon us and the humidity and rain of the summer behind us, autumn is a fantastic time to get outside and

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Family Fitness Challenge

by Lindsay Ferrier | October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm | comments

As a mom to four and seven-year-olds and stepmom to 18 and 20-year-olds, I have by no means been a perfect parent. But I am proud of the fact that my husband and I have managed to integrate fitness and a balanced diet very naturally into our kids’ lives. We decided very early on to be an active, adventurous family – and for us that has meant plenty of trail hiking, bike

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Green Time for Sleep Time

by Together Counts Partner | October 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm | comments

Many U.S. parents are surprised to learn that their children suffer from persistent sleep deprivation – as much as two hours per day. While there is no single reason for the cause, their lack of rest may be due to busy schedules, addiction to television and electronic games and lack of knowledge about the amount needed. The reality is American children are spending an average of 7 hour and 38

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Semi-Homemade Meal Magic

by Brian Azzarello | October 24, 2011 at 3:23 pm | comments

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I was fortunate enough to grow up in New Orleans with a family that gravitated towards the kitchen. I was practically packing meatballs by the age of three and understood the “Holy Trinity” of Creole cooking before I knew the phrase in its original context. Clearly our family loves to cook. While I grew up and made friends from different backgrounds, I quickly learned

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Together Counts for Family Halloween Costumes

by Carrie Lundell | October 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm | comments

As a family of six juggling school activities, church activities, a small business and a lawyer dad’s long hours, we often feel pulled in four different directions at once. Amid the crowded schedules, we desperately try to maintain enough “free time” to enjoy personal interests and quality family time. It’s not an easy task, but opportunities for family togetherness are all around us. Some require planning, some happen spontaneously. Some require

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Preventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents

by Together Counts Partner | October 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm | comments

Nearly one in three American children is either overweight or obese. At the current rate, experts predict that without intervention this generation of children will have a shorter lifespan than their parents. It is a serious situation. In the short term, overweight children are more at risk for bone and joint problems and often suffer from social and psychological issues like low self-esteem and stigmatization. Long term, overweight children are

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Defining the Family Meal

by DianaKelter | October 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm | comments

There is a strong perception that dinner is the one, true family meal. While it’s a wonderful moment to come together and share news of the day, it’s not the only game in town. Between school activities, sports and various work schedules, every family can define the table time that works for them. For as long as I can remember, breakfast has been my favorite meal. It represents a peaceful

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Surviving the Dressing Room with Positive Thinking

by Together Counts Partner | October 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm | comments

As the season changes, finding fresh fall fashions is on the minds of many women wanting to update their look. While shopping and trying on clothing is often a taxing experience, this season you can go into it with a new, positive outlook. Let’s face it, size variations can often feel overwhelming. Some women even experience stress and feel as though there is something wrong when they have to try

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Finding Your Fall Fun

by Brian Azzarello | October 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | comments

Summer may have ended, but just because you won’t be sporting your swim suit doesn’t mean you should be any less active. With cooler winds ready to replace the summer heat, Fall is the perfect season to enjoy a new outdoor activity. Whether it’s as simple as an early evening walk around the block or as intense as a row on the lake, it’s important to find something you enjoy to

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Dining Out (with a Growing Family) Can be a Piece of Cake

by Together Counts Partner | October 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm | comments

I’m a busy working mom and have three (almost four, due in January) small children ages six, four and two. Between trying to balance schedules and my general pregnancy fatigue, we’ve started to dine out more. Going out to eat as a family has quickly become our way to reconnect and spend quality time together during the busy week. Dining out with kids is an adventure, and I always approach

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