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Back to Cooking Basics with Common Threads

by Together Counts Partner | January 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm | comments

In the fight against childhood obesity, we are getting back to basics. We know that simple things like eating more plant-based foods, exercise, nutritional knowledge and portion control can have a huge impact. It is generally understood that there is no single solution, rather we need to work together to address this epidemic and realize that everyone counts— the very song that the Together Counts™ program has been singing for

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5 Brown Bag Lunches Under 500 Calories

by Together Counts Partner | January 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm | comments

Winter is the epitome of hearty dinners, holiday parties and family celebrations filled with laughter, loved ones and some of our favorite sweet indulgences.  As you take part in your family’s favorite holiday food traditions, consider making a commitment to the Together Counts’™ emphasis on energy balance by packing a balanced lunch for yourself and your kids. These five easy options will not only help you keep tabs on your

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5 Simple Ways to Involve Kids in Meal Planning

by Toni Anderson | January 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm | comments

Over the years I’ve found that children tend to be less picky at meal times if they are involved in the process of getting food on the table. For a long time I thought that meant letting them help prepare meals (and it still does), but like Together CountsTM often mentions, the process really begins at the planning stage. Kids love to feel valued and important, and getting them involved

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Developing New Year Family Goals

by Fred Goodall | January 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm | comments

At the beginning of each year, my family and I sit down and develop family and personal goals. We never call them resolutions because resolutions are easily broken. Goals are more tangible. We begin our goal setting session by reviewing our written goals from the previous year. If we fall short, we don’t make excuses. Instead, we analyze our short-comings and strive to make improvements in the upcoming year. If we

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The Value of Volunteering

by Jenn Fowler | January 4, 2013 at 4:22 pm | comments

Sometimes trying to get your child to talk about school seems like an impossible task. I’m sure you’ve had conversations like this: “So how was school today?” “Fine.” “Did anything interesting happen?” “Nope.” Where do you go from there? Study after study shows that kids who have involved parents do better in life – the parents who value family mealtime and schedule family time into the daily routine. However, sometimes

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