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Inspire Balance with Fall Fitness Ideas

by Toni Anderson | October 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm | comments

Now that the school year is in full swing it is easy to get consumed with homework, extra-curricular activities, chores and life in general. It is important, even during the busy school year, to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine to help instill good habits in your children while they are young. According to the Department of Health and Human Services the percentage of children ages 6-11 who are

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4 Halloween Family Traditions to Start Today

by Audrey McClelland | October 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm | comments

Halloween is a time of year my family just loves! We decorate the house with pumpkins, mummies, bats and skeletons and spend the 31 days of October embracing all the fun that Halloween brings. With four sons, you can imagine the amount of excitement Halloween brings our family. When my oldest son, William, was born in 2004, we started family Halloween traditions. For me, it’s all about creating memories that

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How Nutrition Changes as Kids Age

by Together Counts Partner | October 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm | comments

As a clinician, I’m often asked by parents how they can determine if their child is eating too much or not enough. Since children have a variety of caloric needs, and as total calories increase to accommodate a child’s growth, it’s important for parents to help their child eat and grow properly. Ellyn Satter, MS, RD, LCSW, BCD, a well-known author and expert on child and infant feeding, has said,

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Halloween Sweets as Treats

by Together Counts Partner | October 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm | comments

The doorbell rings. The door opens slowly to find pirates, princesses and pumpkins with outstretched arms shouting, “Trick or Treat!”These welcomed guests wait with anticipation to see if one of their favorite treats will be added to their bounty. This annual tradition of celebrating TREATS actually provides a teachable moment to model balance and moderation. Consider the following tips this Halloween. Moderation Before treat collection begins, it’s good to talk to

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Mom was Right, After All: Go Outside and Play!

by Together Counts Partner | October 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm | comments

Celebrate Take it Outside Week October 14 – 20th   For many of us, the phrase “Go outside and play!” has deep roots in our histories and memories. In fact, it’s almost part of our DNA. We were much more likely to spend after school playing backyard games and going on neighborhood adventures with our friends than we were to be sat in front of a television or enrolled in an

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5 Ways to Cut Video Game Time at Home

by Audrey McClelland | October 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | comments

As a digital mom, I spend a great deal of time online. I’m on, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram…and a whole lot of sites throughout the day. Part of my job as a digital mom is updating and making sure I’m constantly creating content through postings, videos, tweets and status updates. I may not work a regular 9-5 job, but I feel I have a great set-up the

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Fall Fitness Starts with Family Fun Runs

by Katie Goodman | October 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm | comments

I am so thrilled that fall is finally here! My favorite kind of exercise has always been spending time outdoors being active, and for me that is easier to do in the fall when the temperatures are cooler. Though we did spend a lot of time at the pool swimming this summer and in swim lessons, and while swimming is a great exercise, we’re looking for new activities now that the pool

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Satisfying Your Picky Eaters

by Together Counts Partner | October 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm | comments

Almost all children go through food phases of being picky eaters: they only want pasta for every meal and nothing else, or they may only eat a certain color of food (white/yellow foods) for a month. While food jags are common, there are some things you can do to help expand your picky eater’s diet. Tips to Increase Food Variety It’s a numbers game – It can take a child

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