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10 Ways to Stay Active during the Holidays

by Melanie Edwards | December 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm | comments

The holidays can be an extremely busy time for many families between holiday preparations, family gatherings, school functions, shopping and fun holiday activities. In our family, we also have three birthday celebrations in the month of December – both of my children were born a day apart the week before Christmas and my husband also celebrates his birthday just two days after our son’s birthday. December sure is a busy

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Behind the Scenes of the Holidays

by Caleb Gardner | December 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm | comments

There was a time, long before getting married and having children, when this time of year was magical. The chill wind that arrived in the air was an advance notice of family time, thankfulness and gift giving with those I loved. Then I became an adult, and I realized none of that magic happened on its own. Now in the role of magic-maker, my children especially depend on me to

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Move, Move, MOVE! 5 Tips on Keeping Your Family Active In the Winter Months

by Together Counts Partner | December 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm | comments

The weather is a getting a little chilly and our schedules a bit more hectic but winter is a great time to be active with your family! It isn’t a time to hibernate! Making time for physical activity, even in the cold, is important to make sure our kids grow up fit and healthy. By making exercise a family affair, we are not only showing our children that we care

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Cultivating Culinary Kids

by Together Counts Partner | December 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm | comments

Give a child a fish stick, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a child to cook and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. Forgive the twist on an ancient proverb, but it’s true. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, we know that basic cooking skills are essential, and a good foundation will set your child up for a lifetime of good cooking- and eating! Keep it simple- and

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How to Keep Active in the Winter Months: Celebrate Family Fun Nights, Indoors

by Liz Thompson | December 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm | comments

My husband and I have never been to a tropical island for a stress-free vacation, so visiting places like Jamaica, Hawaii and Tahiti are on our “life list.” Until then, we try to decompress from the week with Family Fun Night: usually celebrated on a Friday or Saturday night at our house, when we make it a point to slow down, play a couple of video games together, get in

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What’s for “Brinner”? Three easy “Breakfast-for-Dinner” Ideas

by Jenny Rapson | December 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm | comments

‘Tis the season to be BUSY, and sometimes a hectic hurry-scurry holiday season weeknight deserves a special (and easy) dinner that’s a treat for the whole family. As a Together CountsTM ambassador, I love routines that gather my entire family around the table. Even better, I almost always have the ingredients for a breakfast meal on hand. Here are some of my favorite ways to do brinner. Simply Scrambled: What’s

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Smart From The Start with Energy Balance

by Allison McDonald | December 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm | comments

Young children don’t have a lot of control over their world and choices, which can easily lead to frustration. So why not give them control over something with the practice of energy balance, a fundamental aspect of the Together CountsTM program. Energy balance is all about balancing the energy we take in with the energy we put out. Introducing our little ones to the idea of energy balance can be

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Celebrating School Achievements as a Family

by Jenny Rapson | December 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm | comments

Fall is here, quickly turning into winter, and at my house, we are ready to celebrate with all the good things in the final months of the year, including changing leaves, holidays, and a school year in full swing. As a mom and a Together Counts™ Ambassador, I worked hard to make sure my family had a lot of fun playing together all summer long and staying active to work

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