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Recent Entries

Rising to the Find Your Balance Challenge

by Together Counts Partner | June 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | comments

One of the greatest benefits of working at the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is seeing our programs make a real difference in the lives of children. Just this spring we announced the winners of our three sweepstakes competitions, and with the support of our partners, we gave away thousands of dollars worth of sporting equipment, playgrounds and grants. Our Find Your Balance Challenge competition, however, was more than just a

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Celebrating National Fruit and Veggies Month

by Together Counts Partner | June 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm | comments

In the spirit of June being National Fruit and Veggies Month, and the wider assortment of fruits and veggies available at grocery stores and farmers markets, we’re challenging you and your family to eat at least two cups of fruit and three cups of veggies every day. Fruits and veggies are not only packed with nutrients and antioxidants, but they’re also filled with fiber and water, which means they help

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The Great American Backyard Campout

by Rachel Matthews | June 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm | comments

It’s time to break out the tents, for tomorrow is the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout. It’s the annual National Wildlife Federation celebration that encourages parents across the country to get out and camp with their families. Whether it’s in backyards, local parks or beaches… they just want you to get together and have some fun! If you register your campout you get your own dedicated page to

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Life Balance 101

by Katie Goodman | June 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm | comments

Transition is hard on our families and bodies. Even if the transition is a positive experience (like moving into a new home or having a baby), the stress that accompanies these changes is hard on us. The best thing anyone can do is to take care of their body and family during these hard times. Here are five tips I learned that helped balance our family life during our big

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Eating Well at Work

by Together Counts Partner | June 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm | comments

Your workday lunch can be a simple way to manage your budget—and your waistline. Just think, two $4 lunches per week add up to over $400 per year, not to mention add extra calories. Taking the time to plan a nutritious lunch, complete with lean protein, fiber and even a little healthy fat, puts you in control of your food choices, portions and calories. In an effort to bring a

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Father’s Day – An Opportunity for Self-Reflection

by Fred Goodall | June 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm | comments

Father’s Day is special to me. Although getting gifts is fun, I never dwell on that part of the day. I always focus on how fortunate I am to be blessed with three beautiful children who call me “Dad.” Because of my past issues with my father, I don’t take the title “Dad” lightly. Along with being a husband, being a dad is the most important job that I’ve ever

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Camp Shane Transforms Kids Lives

by Together Counts Partner | June 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | comments

Anyone who thinks it’s easy being a kid doesn’t remember the pressure of being one. There is pressure to perform at school, fit in with friends, be cool, look good and feel good (when sometimes you just wish you could disappear). Now imagine you’re an overweight kid:  the pressure cooker just got turned up to “boil”… But at Camp Shane, we’ve been helping kids turn down the temperature for nearly

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A New Look at How We Count Calories

by Together Counts Partner | June 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm | comments

The American Society for Nutrition recently released a statement on energy balance and implications for keeping a consistent body weight. In general, the statement supports much of the currently held beliefs about the importance of maintaining appropriate energy balance over time. It helps to clarify that there is no magic bullet; changes to the amount and types of foods we eat and our activity levels must be permanent to lose and

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