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Spring into Activity

by Allison McDonald | April 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm | comments

Spring has been slow coming this year for most of the country, but we need to get our kids outside and active again so the winter lethargy doesn’t turn into a year round habit. What better time to get outdoors than Screen-Free Week, a week that kicks off today devoted to get families playing together, moving, dreaming and creating their own entertainment. It’s the perfect chance to practice some of the basic

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10 Nutritious Foods to Kick Start Mornings

by Together Counts Partner | April 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm | comments

We have heard it before; breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Starting your day with a healthful diet that provides you with the right nutrients to help your body get a kick start is a good choice. “A healthy breakfast should be a variety of foods like whole grains, low-fat protein or dairy sources, and fruit,” says Andrea Gorman, MS, RD, manager of clinical nutrition at Rhode

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Having the Talk: Nutrition & Kids

by Together Counts Partner | April 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm | comments

There are many conversations you’ll have with your children as they age. While some are easier than others, talking with your kids about health and nutrition should fall on the easier end of the spectrum. Whether your child is below weight, above weight or just right, talking about the importance of good nutrition can go a long way in ensuring your child’s diet provides energy, strong bones, endurance and an

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Simple Swaps: Healthful Takes on Family Favorites

by Together Counts Partner | April 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm | comments

Spring is here, and my thoughts have turned to favorite foods of the season. I live on a small ranch between Carmel and Big Sur and am the mother of two young boys. Like moms everywhere, I want my kids to grow up healthy and active and have a great appreciation for good food, which is why I’ve encouraged them from an early age to help in the kitchen as a way

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5 Ways to Teach Positive Body Image to Kids

by Together Counts Partner | April 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm | comments

Body image is how we feel about our bodies. Whatever their size or weight, children can develop either a positive or negative view of their bodies. Body image disturbances begin as early as preschool, so parents and other adult role models need to play a pivotal role in promoting a positive body image for children. Why? Young people with a positive image of themselves feel more comfortable and confident in

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From the Sidelines

by Liz Thompson | April 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm | comments

My three youngest children participated in recreational soccer all through elementary school, and once they entered middle school, I was very excited to watch my son and middle girl finish out wrestling and field hockey season (respectively) with all of their body parts intact. My oldest girl, however, showed very little interest in sports. My husband and I insisted she try something and, although Holly enjoyed playing recreational volleyball in middle

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Energy Balance Brings Families Together

by Together Counts Partner | April 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm | comments

Poor habits, busy schedules, lack of knowledge and fewer family meals can lead to less nutritious food choices and poor eating habits, including excess eating. This is happening at a time when obesity is at an all-time high…is this coincidence? The body functions on the basis of survival: when you take in excess energy (food), the body saves it for a time when nutrients may not be easily available (in

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Eat Your Veggies: Tricks that Work for Kids

by Together Counts Partner | April 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm | comments

When you were a kid, you probably sat at the dinner table, facing the impossible plate of brussel sprouts and asparagus. “Eat them,” said Mom, “or you are not leaving this dinner table.” Oh, the memories of learning to eat nutritious foods. Are you facing the same thing with your kids, or do you have a better plan? We know our kids need to eat their fruits, vegetables, and whole

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Fit Learning: Bringing Physical Activity to the Classroom

by Together Counts Partner | April 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm | comments

Teachers are often faced with difficulties keeping students engaged in the classroom throughout the day. Whether it is battling for kids’ attention or motivating them to continue learning, I noticed something could be done in my own classroom to keep my students from becoming restless. After being inspired by a fellow teacher who engaged her students through movement and whole brain activities, including using yoga balls as students’ chairs, I

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