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Bring Recess Home for The Summer

by Allison McDonald | June 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm | comments

On summer vacation kids want to leave a lot of their school work at school, close the books for a few months and just relax. Who can blame them? Kids need down time too. As parents, we know that it doesn’t work like that. As a blogger representative for the Together CountsTM Program, I know it’s equally important to make sure they keep moving all summer too! Three things kids

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Celebrate Summer Outdoors

by Katie Goodman | June 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm | comments

My kids have recently discovered the fun world of camping – even better, you don’t have to go far, to sleep under the stars. Backyard camping is a fun way to take a stay-cation this summer,and is also a perfect introduction to camping for young families that might not be ready to venture out into the full wilderness. Logan and Madeline have already camped out in the backyard this summer

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Eat Right to Play Hard

by admin | June 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm | comments

Active kids need fuel for sports, school and everyday health, as well as normal growth and development. When young people are involved in competitive athletics, their need for power foods and fluids is higher than usual. If you have specific concerns about your child, consult a registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition. If your child is on a team, talk to the coach and arrange for a registered dietitian

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Meal Planning with Food Restrictions

by admin | June 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm | comments

Making time for meal planning can be a challenge for every busy parent. First, you have to take the time to plan what you’ll eat, when you’ll eat it, and then you actually have to get to the store to buy the ingredients that will turn those plans into reality. Throw in a food allergy and a picky eater or two, and meal planning can easily be upgraded from “challenging”

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Walking with Friends

by admin | June 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm | comments

When you hear the term 4G you might think it’s in relation to the speed of a phone, but that’s the exact opposite of what I mean when I say I’m a member of the 4Gs. As  a member of the  4Gs, I’m a dedicated walker. Four generations  of  active family members who realize that walking is key to a  healthy lifestyle. There’s my 85-year-old mother, 63-year-old me, my  33-year-old

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Father and Sons

Growing Up on Father’s Day

by Caleb Gardner | June 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm | comments

I was having a conversation with a friend recently about what it’s like to be a parent. He has older children, so he’s a little ahead of the game compared to me. We were talking about how difficult it is to make the transition into parenthood — how it’s such a big lifestyle change; how suddenly you have this little human who is completely dependent on you for every need,

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Eating Nutritious Foods Starts With Getting Organized

by admin | June 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm | comments

When your desk is in order and schedule is up-to-date, your work is likely more effective, efficient and of higher quality. The same goes for your diet. When your meals and snacks are organized, it’s easier to make nutritious choices. Here’s how to organize three main components of your life in order to make healthful eating easier. Your schedule:  Although it might sound funny to schedule your meals and snacks,

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Moving to Music: Making Exercise Fun!

by admin | June 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm | comments

Think back to the last time you danced. Not a little side-to-side swaying when you’re in a good mood, but a full-body boogie that put a smile on your face, put your arms in the air and allowed all of your inhibitions to melt away. Wouldn’t it be great to do that every day as a form of exercise? Well, dancing is a bona fide weight loss workout-in a fitness

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Balancing Treats and Activity

by admin | June 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm | comments

The question that I am asked all the time by my friends who know I am a food blogger is: “How do you stay so thin with all the food you cook?” It is a complete mystery to them. We eat what I cook. Food isn’t thrown away. The mouths in my home, including mine, enjoy the recipes that I cook, and as a Together CountsTM ambassador, it is really

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