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Have you Made These 4 Easy Changes to Your Diet?

by Together Counts Partner | August 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm | comments

Resolutions. They never seem to go away. Another year goes by, and millions of people are once again bound and determined to make some significant change to their lifestyles. Some succeed at this drastic change but most don’t. I have a challenge for you. Instead of making life-altering behavioral modifications, let’s do the baby steps approach! You ready? Here are four simple things you can do to improve your eating habits, and

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Give Kids a Break: The Value of Recess

by Together Counts Partner | August 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm | comments

The new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics about the importance of recess time brought back some vivid memories of my days on the playground. I remember when my grammar school in San Francisco had two recess periods: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Since the weather was mild most of the year, recess was something we could count on year round. Recess is Time

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Discover How Kids Refuel Around the World with Tips from Kraft Foods

by Together Counts Partner | August 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm | comments

If you’re tired of the same lunch routine day after day, travel around the world for inspiration. In several countries, lunch is the main meal of the day where families gather around and spend time catching up with one another. Take some tips from a few countries below and your kids will get a lesson in geography as well as a full stomach. What Does Lunch Look Like in France?

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Meal Planning Basics: Setting the Stage for Success

by Estela Schnelle | August 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm | comments

As a busy working mother of two little girls, I have learned that when it comes to consistently feeding my family and keeping them healthy, meal planning is key. As a Together CountsTM program ambassador, I find it easiest to go back to the basics and make a plan for balanced eating. Our lives are getting busier by the minute. Setting a goal to provide our family with three nutritious meals

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Getting Creative in the Kitchen

by Together Counts Partner | August 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm | comments

With childhood obesity rates more than tripling in the past 30 years, it’s important to take a proactive role in encouraging healthful eating for the entire family when dining out or at home. One way to diversify your child’s palette is to creatively present nutritious dishes and get them involved in the cooking process! Not only does cooking with your children provide time to spend together as a family, but

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Making Family Meals Work When You’re Not the Greatest Cook

by Liz Thompson | August 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm | comments

I have a love/hate relationship with cooking: love to cook; hate it when I simply cannot find the time or inspiration to, you know, actually cook something. My 12 year-old who declares herself a semi-vegetarian (at least twice a month) and each of my 3 teens have issues with food:  the two oldest girls love meat and potatoes, as long as they don’t touch each other on the plate, while

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5 Ways to Jump into an Active Summer!

by Together Counts Partner | August 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm | comments

During summer vacation, kids have an unlimited amount of free time, and it can be difficult to think of ways to keep them active.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends children get 60 minutes of physical activity each and every day, which is doable during school months thanks to in-school fitness opportunities like recess and gym class. But throughout the summer, this becomes a bit more of

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A Little Nudge Goes a Long Way

by Together Counts Partner | August 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm | comments

It’s clear that we have a growing health dilemma in America today; but how can we make small changes for ourselves and our families which can lead to a healthy, active lifestyle? What we need is a “nudge” to encourage us to make healthier choices. And while it might not seem like an obvious choice, this nudge could come from our health plans. This is where a company like Linkwell

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10 Reasons Summertime Shouldn’t Be Spent Sitting Indoors

by Together Counts Partner | August 1, 2013 at 10:13 am | comments

The close of summer is quickly approaching, and far too many people have been sitting indoors and need to get out of the rut. As a Together CountsTM member, we’re always thinking of different activities for families.  The best way to achieve energy balance is to step outside this summer and spend some more time with nature. Here are 10 great reasons why you should get outside and get active:

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