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Chef Spotlight: Donnell Long

by Brian Azzarello | August 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm | comments

Being a home cook who uses a recipe book as often as a whisk (can’t forks do the same thing?), I’ve always been fascinated by what inspires professionally trained chefs to create intricate and innovative dishes, especially ones that are simple enough to create quickly and satisfy many. I recently had a chance to catch up with Chef Donnell Long of the Olde Towne Inn in Maryland to talk about recipe development, family mealtime

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School in Session – Healthy and Strong All Year Long

by Together Counts Partner | August 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm | comments

Your summer was spent eating nutritious food and embracing the fresh air with an array of outdoor recreational adventures. Now that school is in session, are you concerned your child’s healthful habits will go down the drain with cooped up classrooms and many sweet treat rewards? Not necessarily! As a parent of a school-aged child, you are a powerful influence on the school environment. Your family is part of the

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Family Travel Creates Lifelong Memories

by Fred Goodall | August 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm | comments

While playing Stack the States  on my iPad, my 11-year old daughter turned to me and said, “Daddy, I just realized that I’ve been to 12 states.” “That’s cool, sweetheart,” I said. “But you still need to visit 22 more to catch up with Daddy.” “Don’t worry,” she said confidently. “I plan to get to all 50.” I certainly hope she does. Travel is an important part of personal development,

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School Lunchbox Love

by Katie Goodman | August 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm | comments

It’s getting close to that time again….back to school! My kids are super excited! We’ve had a fun summer, but I think they are ready for some structure and, of course, meeting new friends. We moved to Colorado at the beginning of the summer and will be starting at a brand new school this year. We toured the school while out on a house hunting trip so the kids would

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Finding Your Motivation to Move

by Together Counts Partner | August 16, 2012 at 8:30 am | comments

When it comes to revamping your lifestyle, you’re probably already aware of what you should be doing. Maybe you need to eat more nutritious foods or add a bit more strength training to accompany your cardio workouts. Bottom line—you have a plan. But even if you don’t know what you should be doing to improve your health and wellness, it isn’t all that hard to find out. There are plenty

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Creating a Family Fun Bag

by Jenn Fowler | August 13, 2012 at 8:30 am | comments

How often have you found yourself with spare time between your kids’ activities or errands? You’d love to swing by the park or the pool with the kids, but you didn’t plan ahead and aren’t prepared? Never fear! You can make it easy to stop and have some spur of the moment, active fun on-the-go by creating a family fun bag! A family fun bag is simply a kit you

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Meals on the Go – Balance on Family Vacations

by Together Counts Partner | August 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm | comments

Summer vacation is a time to relax and revitalize while enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of new places. When it comes to maintaining a healthful eating plan, consider ways your family can enjoy new foods that come with the traveling experience without worrying about excess calories. So How Do You Do It? Sample small amounts of high-calorie foods. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, just reduce the

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7 Tips for Successful Staycations

by Toni Anderson | August 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm | comments

If your budget is tight this year, consider exploring your city from the comfort of your own home.  Staycations have become very popular, but in order to make your staycation a true vacation you need a plan. Here are seven tips for having a successful, fun and relaxing staycation.  1) Make a List Plan your staycation like you would any vacation. Make a list of everything you want to do

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Ideas for Summer Family Fun

by Together Counts Partner | August 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm | comments

Summer is a great time to explore new adventures and spend time with your family. Whether it’s a bike ride in the park or a picnic in the backyard, take the time to participate in and enjoy the warm and sunny weather while you can. Go at your own pace and have fun! Below are a few examples of summer activities to with the kids around the house: Find Neighborhood

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