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Celebrating Thanksgiving All Year Long

by Katie Goodman | November 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm | comments

We often associate being thankful with the month of November as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive all year round. Acknowledging the things in my life that I am thankful for, not just during Thanksgiving, most definitely makes me a happier person.  The Together CountsTM program serves as a great motivator to gather around the family table,

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Take a Hike! Four Healthy Hiking Tips

by Together Counts Partner | November 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm | comments

As the weather cools down, it’s time to get out in the brisk air to enjoy all that nature has to offer. But don’t limit yourself to walks around the block, challenge yourself and take a hike! Avid hiker Annie Parsons offers her top four tips to make your hike part of an active lifestyle. 1. You don’t have to head for the hills to make it a hike. A

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The Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes 2013

by Katie Goodman | November 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm | comments

I don’t view recess as something that takes time away from my kids’ learning. In fact, I believe that physical exercise prepares kids’ minds for learning – and leads to better behavior in the classroom. A quick search will bring up dozens of research studies to support this.  As an ambassador for the Together CountsTMprogram, I know the importance of an active lifestyle. Just think about it from an adult

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Meal Planning for Success

by Together Counts Partner | November 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm | comments

Being a full-time working mom, I find it quite challenging to keep up with the day-to-day tasks of running a household and being the wife and mom I want to be. As the school year gears up, my family’s schedule is bound to grow even busier. So, between work, school and extra-curricular activities, I have found the only way to keep up is to maintain a structured routine for the

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Memories Are Made In The Backyard

by Caleb Gardner | November 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm | comments

Last year, our neighbor caught us in a compromising situation. My son, Miles, had taken one of the big boxes from the move into our new home and turned it into his own private playhouse. Naturally we encouraged this imaginative play, cutting out windows for him and drawing pictures on the outside.  The Together CountsTM program teaches that activities for the entire family can come from a variety of places,

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Indoor Activities for Kids

by Together Counts Partner | November 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm | comments

Fall can be a time for new beginnings, with a new school year offering fresh perspectives to both children and parents alike. However, fall also brings chillier weather, which means finding indoor activities for kids. Instead of staring out the window, or letting the kids complain all day that they’re bored, try these fun and simple indoor activities for kids. Getting kids moving is an important part of an active

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