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5 Tips for a Safe and Memorable Halloween

by Jenny Rapson | October 31, 2013 at 3:38 pm | comments

Fall is here and it’s time for pumpkins, corn mazes, and every child’s favorite fall celebration – Halloween! As soon as the calendar hits October, the Halloween anticipation starts building in my house.  The Together CountsTM program is all about balance, and what better holiday to practice this than Halloween?  The kids start obsessing over costume choices, nagging about pumpkin carving, dreaming up tricks and begging for treats from the

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The Trick to Treating

by Together Counts Partner | October 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm | comments

Costumes, spooky music, being out after dark and your favorite candy…there’s a lot for a child to love about Halloween.  For parents, many are looking for ways to strike the right balance when it comes to the treat part of trick or treat. Although Halloween costumes may be scary, parents should not fear Halloween, it is the perfect time of year to begin practicing moderation and mindfulness in eating treats. 

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Beyond the Net

by Lisa Gable | October 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm | comments

Looks of bemusement were displayed across the faces of the 7-9 year old Haitian Jacmel United Futball Club (JUFC) players when my 15 year old daughter handed out their first toothbrushes and proceeded to demonstrate usage.  Giggles erupted when she explained tongue brushing and heads shook solemnly during her admonitions to use clean water and never share. In addition to support services, Goals Beyond the Net gives JUFC team members

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Introducing Kids To A Variety Of Foods Helps Later In Life

by Together Counts Partner | October 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm | comments

Whenever my extended family is around my house at mealtime, they are always joking about the foods I serve my daughter. While most 2-year olds are eating more standard lunchtime fare, my child is a little more adventurous with her taste buds. In an effort to provide balanced meals, I’ve tried to introduce her to a wide variety of foods so that she learns to enjoy them and make balanced

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Let Them Be the Coach

by Allison McDonald | October 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm | comments

Being a kid is tough, probably much tougher than we care to remember. It’s easy to feel like you aren’t important, don’t know what you are doing and aren’t as good as you want to be at something. As a mom it makes me sad to see brave faces that you can tell are hiding those feelings but as a teacher I need to find a way around it. That’s

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The Lifelong Importance of Family Meals

by Together Counts Partner | October 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm | comments

No matter who you consider your family to be, it’s vitally important to everyone’s health and well-being to sit down regularly and eat meals together, according to Miriam Weinstein, author of The Surprising Power of Family Meals. “In our over-scheduled, hyper-individualized culture, there are endless forces pulling families apart,” she says. “One of the reasons that family meals are so important is that there are so few things that families

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Fresh in the Fall

by Caleb Gardner | October 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm | comments

Fall is the season I look forward to the most. Between the crispness of the air and the football games, autumn serves as an emblem of new beginnings. Although I’ve been out of school for, ahem, several years now, my mind still tracks time in semesters and backpacks. And now that I’ve married a teacher and my son is in kindergarten, I’m pretty sure that will always be the case. As my

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It Seems Size Really Does Matter

by Together Counts Partner | October 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm | comments

Over the past 50 years the average dinner plate has increased from 9 inches in diameter to between 11 and 12 inches. A two to three inch increase may not seem like a big deal until you understand that increasing the plate size ever so slightly allows for an extra 50% surface area to fill when you’re dishing up dinner. It isn’t surprising that our waistbands are expanding right along

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5 Quick Dinner Ideas for Busy Nights

by Together Counts Partner | October 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm | comments

We all have those days when the clocks strikes 4:00 and we have no idea what we are making for dinner.  It can be a struggle to find the time to have a family dinner together. Instead of stressing over mealtime, read these simple ideas for an easy meal! 1. Sandwiches They’re a kid favorite anyway, so break out the bread and let everyone make their own dinner. Cold cuts,

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month over Dinner

by Melanie Edwards | October 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm | comments

As we enter Hispanic Heritage Month (celebrated from September 15 – October 15), I am reminded that my culture is one I love to share – with my children and others interested in learning more. I grew up in a traditional Puerto Rican household, eating a lot of delicious and nutritious traditional Puerto Rican dishes that I now share with my own family. Passing on my Latino heritage to our

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