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5 Foods for Spring Resolutions

by Together Counts Partner | April 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm | comments

We’re four full months into the New Year, and to keep intentions for healthful eating still top of mind, we think this is the perfect time to introduce you to just a few of our favorite “resolution” foods. These delicious and nutritious little over-achievers are always on our short list for a good Healthy Dining menu choice, and they are ready for a meet-and-greet so that you can get to know

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Embracing Childrens’ Curiosity Towards Play

by Mariah Bruehl | April 24, 2014 at 11:25 am | comments

Children have a natural instinct to play. It is evident in their early smiles, their giggles when we are silly, and their first games of peek-a-boo. As parents, we can harness this natural inclination that our children have to play and help them to grow into happy, active, and confident people. It can be easy to overlook the importance of explicitly teaching children active motor skills such as running, jumping,

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Fun and Easy Tips for Gardening with Kids

by Together Counts Partner | April 22, 2014 at 9:13 am | comments

Looking for ways to get your kids eating new foods and spending time outside? Try gardening and see what a great time you’ll share as a family. They’ll learn about the care of, planning for, nurturing and enjoying the benefits of a garden. Kids are generally more likely to want to eat fruits and vegetables if they have a hand in tending to them and you don’t have to be

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Grocery Shop Your Pantry

by Holly Homer | April 17, 2014 at 10:13 am | comments

I am not the most organized person when it comes to meal planning, which is why I am an expert in grocery shopping my pantry and freezer! In fact, it is a near daily occurrence at my house around 4:30 pm. Although meal planning is not my strong suit, my ability to create a pantry that delivers meals has improved over the years out of the fear of family starvation.

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Celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week

by Together Counts Partner | April 15, 2014 at 9:43 am | comments

We’ve all heard that one in three American kids is overweight or obese. That’s why it’s essential for everyone who cares about children to take action to improve their health and increase their opportunities for academic success. Luckily, there’s never been an easier way for all of us – especially parents and teachers – to work toward that goal during Every Kid Healthy™ Week, April 21-25. Launched by Action for

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Spring Cleaning as a Family Doesn’t Have to be a Chore

by Anna Luther | April 10, 2014 at 10:00 am | comments

When I was growing up in rural Michigan, spring was one of my least favorite times of the year. It really should have been my favorite – considering we’d most likely been buried under a snow bank and hadn’t seen the sun in months. But at our house, spring meant a lot more than finally seeing the sunshine again. It meant spring cleaning. As a family. And it was never

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Run Jump Throw: Teaching Kids the Fundamentals for a Lifetime of Physical Activity

by Together Counts Partner | April 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm | comments

Not every child will be a star athlete, but being physically active is a critical part of the foundation for a balanced lifestyle.  Many children don’t have the opportunity to develop fundamental skills such as running, jumping and throwing and can quickly be left behind when it comes to being active.  A new national youth activity initiative, Run Jump Throw, which partners the USA Track & Field (USATF) and The

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What Do Workouts Look Like for Kids?

by Lisa Gulley | April 3, 2014 at 10:41 am | comments

When my kids look inside a gym, they always ask me why people “do exercise” in there. I guess through their eyes, the gym looks like a cramped, crowded room full of big obnoxious machines (and they are right!). Kids view the world as one giant gym. They love to jump on couches and leap off stairs. They race from room to room just because they can! They roll down hills

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5 Great Reasons to be Active and Fit

by Together Counts Partner | April 1, 2014 at 11:20 am | comments

When it comes to your own physique, it’s time to use it or lose it!  Based on research conducted by PHIT America, the positive side effects of being active are powerful. “The comments from the medical profession about an active lifestyle are convincing and energizing,” said Jim Baugh, founder of PHIT America, a cause designed to create a Movement for a Fit and Healthy America and partner of the Together

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