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Summer Reading to Inspire Outdoor Time

by Together Counts Partner | July 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm | comments

According to a recent study from the Journal of Sociological Inquiry, an emphasis on nature in illustrated children’s books has declined over the past few decades, and today’s generation of children is losing an understanding and appreciation of nature. You can read NWF’s original blog post about that finding here. This is why I was pleased to see that the Horn Book’s 2012 Summer Reading List for Children includes a

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Energy Balance by Design

by Together Counts Partner | July 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm | comments

Product placement is a popular buzz word in the marketing arena, and the retail industry has become experts in it and its powerful influence on consumer behavior. As a mom and nurse, I decided to formulate a “product placement” plan of my own to create the opportunity for my family to make optimal health and wellness choices. To be powerfully effective, I set out to do what advertisers and retailers

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On the Go with Activity Bingo

by Together Counts Partner | July 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm | comments

Any time I try a new exercise class, the following thoughts pop into my head: I hope it isn’t too obvious that I have no idea what I’m doing. There’s a good chance I’ll be sore tomorrow. Despite 1 and 2, I’m having a blast. Trying new and challenging classes breathes new life into my exercise routine and keeps me engaged and excited about fitness. How can you help your

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Finding Fun at the Family Dinner Table

by Lauren Wisniewski | July 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm | comments

Dinnertime is often the busiest time in a family’s day. With school activities, soccer practices and doctor appointments, combined with technology distractions like email, texting and TV, getting the family together for quality mealtime may seem nearly impossible. However, the benefits to children and parents alike are worth the extra effort. There are numerous studies that prove how spending quality time together as a family, eating dinner and communicating with

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Getting Family Fit with Yoga

by Together Counts Partner | July 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm | comments

People are always looking for the next big thing when it comes to fitness, and yoga was it a few years back. Interestingly, yoga is no longer the next big thing, though. That’s because it is now mainstream. The closest yoga studio is probably only a stone’s throw away from you, and it’s a safe bet that the classes are packed. Yoga is considered to be a physical, mental and

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Red, White and Blue Holiday Fun

by Katie Goodman | July 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm | comments

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and what better opportunity to combine some fun family time and good food! Since we’ve recently moved out of state, I can’t wait to ask our neighbors and see what is happening in our community for this fun holiday. I have fond memories of red, white and blue desserts, bike parades and sparklers from my childhood.  Red, White and Blue Desserts

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