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5 Canned Foods to Fuel an Active Lifestyle

by Together Counts Partner | September 29, 2015 at 5:58 pm | comments

When looking for foods to fuel a healthy, active lifestyle, don’t neglect the canned food aisle. As a member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s nationwide Together Counts™ program, we at the Canned Food Alliance recognize the value of food when it is economical, portable, healthy and quick to prepare. Whether your activity is going for a walk, gardening outdoors, or working out at a local gym, canned foods contain

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Kids in the Kitchen

by Together Counts Partner | September 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm | comments

Teaching your kids the fundamentals of different foods and cooking techniques is an important step in helping them to explore new foods, learn about nutrition, enhance reading and math skills, and even have some fun. As we partner with the Together Counts™ program to help families lead an active and healthy lifestyle, we believe it’s important to take time each week to get your kids involved in meal planning and

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Summer Squash Facts and Recipes

by Together Counts Partner | September 22, 2015 at 8:43 am | comments

Summer squash was an August OrganWise Guys foods of the month and probably one of the more unique vegetables in the variety of ways that it can be eaten. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, we really appreciate a tasty vegetable that pairs well with so many meals. In addition to some interesting facts and tips below, we are sharing some tasty recipes featuring this great food! Interesting

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Healthy Back to School Lunches

by Together Counts Partner | September 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm | comments

Packing a lunch for your child can feel monotonous at times, and by the second month of school, you may feel like you are out of fun, healthy, and creative ideas. Still, sending your child off to school with a homemade lunch ensures that his or her belly will be filled up with good-for-you ingredients to fuel all the learning and playing that happens in class and in physical education.

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Cooking and Eating Together – A Recipe to Strengthen Your Family

by Together Counts Partner | September 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm | comments

“What’s for dinner?” A question I hear multiple times a day in my house. The answer is more important than you think. The benefits of home cooking are clear—those who cook dinner frequently at home have an intake of nearly 150 fewer calories each day than those who eat out regularly. What’s more, people who typically cook dinner consume fewer calories on the occasions they do eat out than those

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Soccer for Success

by Together Counts Partner | September 10, 2015 at 9:22 am | comments

We all know it is important for children to be healthy and physically active. Nevertheless, teaching children these practices so they make healthy choices on their own is not always easy. However, with resources from the Together Counts™ program and tips from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we hope you will find fun ways to teach your children how to balance their energy and live healthy lives! We believe in the

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Meet the Millennial: Reaching Gen Y with Health and Wellness Messages

by Together Counts Partner | September 8, 2015 at 4:49 pm | comments

For many, “millennial” is the new buzzword in marketing. Every industry is attempting to reach and ultimately influence this demographic. Millennials, ages 18-34, represent a huge share of the marketplace. According to the Boston Consulting Group and Barkely, millennials have an estimated annual direct spending power of $200 billion. Their indirect spending power each year is approximately $500 billion, due to their strong influence on their parents. So if everyone

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Get Ready for Back to School with Katie Workman

by Together Counts Partner | September 3, 2015 at 9:09 am | comments

Parents greet the end of summer and the beginning of the school year with mixed emotions (the kids’ emotions? Not so mixed). Obviously we’re sad to see summer end, sorry to lose the longer, less structured days. But there’s an energy to back-to-school time, a feeling of a fresh start. As we partner with the nationwide Together Counts™ program, we want to inject some fresh thinking into our weekday cooking,

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PTA Councils Making a Difference With “Smart From the Start” Grants

by Together Counts Partner | September 1, 2015 at 10:17 am | comments

Porcha McMillan has seen firsthand just how powerful communities can be in the fight against childhood obesity. After her hometown PTA Council in Cumberland County, North Carolina won a $10,000 “Smart from the Start” Community Outreach Grant from National PTA and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Porcha set to work forming a coalition and organizing events designed to teach her neighbors about the importance of energy balance. Energy balance is

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