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Setting Time for Quality Family Meals

by Together Counts Partner | March 28, 2013 at 1:00 am | comments

There’s a funny scene from The Simpsons where Marge Simpson painstakingly creates a smiley face out of fruit and bacon on Homer’s pancakes, only to watch him eat everything without even looking at it. In real life, it’s not so funny. We’re more like Homer than we care to admit. Someone spends time shopping, chopping, preparing, cooking, setting the table and serving a meal, only to have it all disappear

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5 Effective Ideas for Family Fitness

by Together Counts Partner | March 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm | comments

Many children I talk to during my school visits as Miss Virginia admit to feeling like exercise is sometimes boring or too difficult. In our society, where the average child spends over seven hours a day on technology/media, it’s about time we get inventive about making sure they have every opportunity to live a long, healthful life. Living a more active lifestyle doesn’t have to be something dreadful or even something all

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Celebrating National Frozen Food Month

by Estela Schnelle | March 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm | comments

Have you ever bought fresh fruits and veggies only to have them go bad a few days later due to hectic schedules or picky eaters? If you’re anything like my family, this scenario happens quite regularly. For those who don’t know, March is National Frozen Foods Month, the perfect time to remember all the great reasons we love our frozen foods! As an ambassador for the Together CountsTM program, I’ll be

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Making the Most of Meal Time

by Jenn Fowler | March 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm | comments

Family dinner is one of my favorite times of the day. As the Together CountsTM program mission states, it’s important to have a balance of family activities and meal time. It can be hard to carve out time for everyone to eat together, but the physical, mental and emotional benefits for your kids make it worth the effort. According to research from Medical Daily, “Kids who more frequently ate with

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Get Crafty This St. Patrick’s Day

by Allison McDonald | March 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm | comments

One of the tricks I use to get my kids involved in family dinners is to have them make crafts for special occasions. St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect holiday to bring out the green galore and get them involved in the fun. Even if you aren’t planning a big family meal on St. Patrick’s Day, you can still make these easy napkin rings with your kids for a fun

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5 Meals that Please Picky Eaters

by Audrey McClelland | March 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm | comments

I have two picky eaters: William and Alexander. Ever since they were babies, they’ve been the most difficult little men to feed. These little guys have set standards of what they like to eat, making it a challenge to consistently fit balanced meals into the planning routine. They would (and could) eat PB&J every night of the week (and for lunch, too!). It’s been a way of life for me,

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Friday Night Special: Wrestling Edition

by Fred Goodall | March 7, 2013 at 9:00 am | comments

When I get home on Friday evenings, my five year-old son rushes to greet me. “Hi, Daddy,” he says as he wraps his arms around my legs. “Do you know what day it is?” “Yes,” I say as I give him a big squeeze. “I know what day it is. Do you?” “It’s wrestling day!” He yells. My kids and I are huge wrestling fans, and we can’t wait until

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Starting Dinner Chats: Conversation Plates

by Allison McDonald | March 5, 2013 at 9:00 am | comments

Me: “How was your day?” Them: “Fine.” Me: “How was school?” Them: “Fine.” Getting your kids to talk at dinner is not always the easiest, but once they get going, the floodgates are open and the family connections are strengthened. The difficulty is figuring out how you get started. The solution – making conversation plates! This is really easy to do and the payback is a fun dinner time filled

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