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Recent Entries

The Fulfilling Life of a Volunteer

by Together Counts Partner | March 31, 2016 at 12:46 pm | comments

“Gardening is the best hobby to have. You get exercise, you’re grounded, and it’s very humbling. We get to see how big nature is and how little we are,” says Mary McFerson. As a former researcher in community nutrition at BJC, Mary understands what living an active life and filling your body with healthy foods is all about – something that the Together Counts program for active, healthy living discusses

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10 Things Fit and Happy People Do Differently

by Together Counts Partner | March 29, 2016 at 9:49 am | comments

Do you have that friend? You know, the one who is super fit and always happy and you have no idea how they do it? You look at them and wonder, what am I doing wrong? Or, what can I do to be more like that? Well, it really is no secret that fit people do things a little differently than the average person, but why does it seem like

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Special Olympics Young Athletes™ Program

by Together Counts Partner | March 24, 2016 at 5:00 am | comments

Imagine a group of young children learning basic sports skills like running, kicking, throwing, catching and jumping, while playing. That is what Special Olympics Young Athletes™ is all about. Young Athletes is an inclusive early childhood sport and play program for children ages 2 to 7. As a partner of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s Together Counts™ program, we want to introduce you to this program that offers sports play,

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2016 Food Waste & Hunger Summit

by Together Counts Partner | March 22, 2016 at 5:00 am | comments

Americans waste 40% of food, or roughly 133 billion pounds every year in the United States. On average, each of us wastes 15 to 20% of our own food each year which is something The Campus Kitchens Project, along with organizations like the Together Counts program, are trying to mitigate. While terrifying quantities of food go uneaten every day, one in six Americans don’t know where their next meal will

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Hershey Run, Jump, Throw

by Together Counts Partner | March 17, 2016 at 8:52 am | comments

Last year, Kathy Langdon, the health and wellness facilitator for Indianapolis Public Schools, had what she says, now, was a great idea. At the time though, she thought it might be a bit crazy. She wanted to bring together students from 43 elementary schools for a giant field day, focused on physical activity. The district spent months preparing and organizing events, and encouraging schools to let students to participate. Her

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Urban Soccer Symposium

by Together Counts Partner | March 15, 2016 at 8:04 am | comments

The U.S. Soccer Foundation promotes the importance of active and healthy lifestyles to children, families and communities. We are excited to share this vision with Together Counts to inspire as many people as we can to live an active and healthy life. The health and wellbeing of communities is important to the U.S. Soccer Foundation, and thus, we host an event called the Urban Soccer Symposium every year. The Symposium

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Savoring the Flavor for National Nutrition Month

by Together Counts Partner | March 10, 2016 at 8:20 am | comments

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” –Luciano Pavarotti Every March we recognize National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This quote from Luciano Pavarotti beautifully sums up this year’s theme of “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” Good food

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20 Ways to Celebrate Accomplishments with Your Family

by Together Counts Partner | March 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm | comments

Reaching a fitness goal, trying out for a new sport and finishing a big project are all accomplishments that we should be proud of. Although they may not call for a full-blown celebration, in working with the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we believe that working hard toward goals is still worthy of recognition! Girls on the Run, a physical activity-based positive youth development program, is celebrating a

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8 Simple Ways to Healthfully Transform Leftovers Using Frozen Foods

by Together Counts Partner | March 3, 2016 at 8:28 am | comments

Eating healthfully means so many things. It’s choosing nutritious foods, of course, but it’s also making sure those choices are practical for your lifestyle. It’s cooking more at home, and it’s also enjoying those home-cooked meals more often around the table with your family. As part of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we know that when time and budgets are tight, it can sometimes seem especially difficult

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10 Small Ways to Change Your Family’s Diet for the Better

by Together Counts Partner | March 1, 2016 at 8:51 am | comments

As a Together Counts™ ambassador, we recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle for individuals and families and how the choices we make each day can impact that healthy lifestyle. As the excitement of big New Year’s resolutions begins to fade, what if we start making small plans instead? Science is proving that little changes to our days can add up to big success over the year, and it may

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