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Join a Team for More Family Time

by Kelly Lewis | November 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | comments

I’m a huge fan of kids participating in team sports. Not only is it a great excuse to get your kids outside and active, but teams are a great opportunity for kids to learn new skills, build self-esteem and so much more. Unfortunately, after signing our own kids up for team sports, we realized just how time-consuming they can also be. With several practices and games a week and multiple

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Done with Thanksgiving Dinner? Get Up and Move!

by Jenn Fowler | November 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm | comments

Here in America, Thanksgiving is all about the meal. Sure, we spend time with family and think about the things in life we’re thankful for…but really, we’re all just waiting for supper. Every year we sit down to a table laden turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie. When it’s all done folks sprawl on the sofa softly groaning while the football game drones on in

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5 Reasons for Family Dinner Time

by Together Counts Partner | November 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm | comments

Today’s families are spread thin. Between soccer games and track practice, jobs and choir rehearsal, and the many meetings, appointments, homework assignments and work responsibilities, parents and children are, quite simply, busy. It can be challenging to find the time to be together and connect as a family, but this time is so valuable. Families should ensure spending time together is built into their weekly schedule. And since we all

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by Renee Ross | November 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm | comments

As the air turns a tad bit cooler here in Atlanta I am happily renewing our family’s commitment to outdoor family exercise. Atlanta is most commonly referred to as “HOTlanta” and with good reason! During the summer we average in the 90’s on a daily basis and although last year I trained for a half-marathon during the heat, it was not pretty. And it certainly was not conducive to having

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Cooking Together Counts

by Kelly Lewis | November 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm | comments

Looking back on my childhood, many of my favorite memories revolve around our kitchen – it truly was the heart of our home. Family dinners and Saturday morning breakfasts were important meal times, not just because we ate together – because we also cooked together. Helping my mom prepare meals for our family represent some of my most cherished memories. Just thinking about spending time with her and my siblings

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One Mediocre Campground + 40 Years of Family Tradition = Priceless

by Carrie Lundell | November 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm | comments

The first year my husband came to my annual family camping trip I remember him being a little disappointed in the whole experience. He didn’t have a bad time, it just did not live up to the expectations I had set by my inability to stop raving about it for months beforehand. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t understand the awesomeness! That’s when I realized something. If you look at

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Trying A New Workout on the Trapeze

by Together Counts Partner | November 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm | comments

Although I love having a workout routine, I’m prone to boredom. I feel like a robot going to the gym, getting on an elliptical machine and lifting weights. If my mind and body aren’t challenged, I’m not getting the most out of it. I’m currently on the hunt for ways to mix up my workout, and one physical activity I was dying to try was the trapeze. I may be

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Choose Your Meal

by Kelly Lewis | November 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm | comments

My entire family gathered around the dinner table… it’s a reoccurring dream I have often. Talking, laughing, passing food to one another – really and truly enjoying one another’s company. Unfortunately, busy schedules make it nearly impossible for us as a family to eat together every night for dinner. Like most families we are juggling work, sports, tutoring and more. But just because we can’t eat dinner together every night

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New Eating Habits for a New Lifestyle

by Together Counts Partner | November 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm | comments

Friendship is essential to the soul, and I can speak from experience and honestly say my friends are a special and unique breed. While I’ve relied on their support in more ways than I can count, soliciting support for my eating habits hasn’t been one of them. Quite the opposite, actually, with remarks like, “Nakea, you can eat anything. You’re skinny!” From ribs and lasagna to strawberry shortcake and banana pudding, I

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Finding A Balance through Group Activities

by Together Counts Partner | November 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm | comments

I’ve never been a fan of exercise. I’ll wake up one morning and tell myself I’m going to start going to the gym every day. I’ll be so diligent for about a week and then just get bored. It’s always been a challenge for me. Then I moved to Chicago. And what happens when you put someone who loves to eat in a city like that? I think we all

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