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Enjoying Summer Camp-Like Activities at Home

by Together Counts Partner | June 30, 2015 at 9:12 am | comments

by The OrganWise Guys Going off to camp for a period of time during the summer months is a longstanding tradition for many kids. However, not everyone has the opportunity to attend camp. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still be creative in your own homes and backyards. Gathering up family and friends in the neighborhood and putting together fun activities is what summer is all about! As members of the

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Prevent Kids From Sliding Over the Summer

by Together Counts Partner | June 25, 2015 at 1:24 pm | comments

By: Linda Novick O’Keefe Summertime is here and it’s time to start planning! While summer programs are essential to the safety and well-being of all children, they are especially important for children of low-income families. When school is out, many of these children lose access to educational opportunities and basic needs, such as healthy meals and adequate adult supervision. In order to be successful in school and in life, children

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On June Dairy Month’s Side

by Together Counts Partner | June 23, 2015 at 9:31 am | comments

It’s June! It’s June! It’s time we turn our attention to emerging from our houses, blinking a little in the foreign sunlight, and thinking about ways to convene with friends and family to celebrate this momentous occasion. So we plan some get-togethers, and maybe we know what we want to make as a main dish (if it’s outside, and there’s a grill, hoorah, burgers and chicken, vegetable kebabs and steaks).

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Kellogg Making a Difference with Breakfasts for Better Days

by Together Counts Partner | June 18, 2015 at 8:46 am | comments

By: Lisa Gable, President of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Michelle Guillermin, Director of Healthy Communities for the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Renee Hoefler, a first grade teacher in Battle Creek, Michigan, has seen first hand what a difference starting each day with breakfast in the classroom makes. “The ability for the kids to maintain their focus on their studies once we start our day has been a drastic

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Create Family Traditions with Golf on Father’s Day

by Together Counts Partner | June 16, 2015 at 10:21 am | comments

Derek Sprague, PGA, President, PGA of America General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone Golf Club, Malone, N.Y. On the third Sunday in June each year, families across the globe celebrate dads and spend quality time together for Father’s Day. Are you looking for an active, healthy family activity that allows you to spend unhurried time together that you can enjoy for years to come? Consider golf. My father

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Children’s Health: A Team Effort

by Together Counts Partner | June 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm | comments

One of the challenges parents and children alike face in enforcing healthy habits, is fitting exercise and nutrition into their routine. For school-age children, this challenge can be particularly daunting as they transition daily from school to home. Over the course of the busy day, it can be difficult to reinforce the importance of eating well, exercising, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep. As a partner of the Together Counts™ nationwide

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Hot Weather Running Tips

by Together Counts Partner | June 9, 2015 at 3:02 pm | comments

Running is one of the best calorie-blasting workouts around, and you don’t need weights or a gym membership to do it! As a partner of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and advocate for runners across the country, The Road Runners Club of America wants to remind the running community about the importance of following our hot weather running tips. Running in the heat of summer can be dangerous if proper

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Dig It! The Family Benefits of a Community Garden

by Together Counts Partner | June 4, 2015 at 9:48 am | comments

First lady Michelle Obama set a powerful example in 2009 – just two months after the inauguration – when she planted a working vegetable garden at the White House. Since then she has hosted numerous groups of students from local elementary schools that help plant the seeds and participate in harvest. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, we understand how having a garden and participating in growing your

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Why Getting a Good Night’s Sleep is Good for Your Brain

by Together Counts Partner | June 2, 2015 at 9:49 am | comments

Will a good night’s sleep make you smarter? During waking hours the brain is absorbing new information. In order to add the freshly acquired information to the long-term memory banks in the brain, the body needs to sleep. The first phase of the sleep cycle is a deep sleep where the brain moves the daily info from the short-term memory center to the long-term memory storage area. During the second

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