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From a Registered Dietitian’s Point of View: Healthy Heart Pledge Testimony

by Together Counts Partner | October 27, 2016 at 10:08 am | comments

Alyson Fendrick R.D. L.D., Homeland Grocery As a Registered Dietitian and Together Counts™ partner, I love teaching people about seafood. My favorite thing is educating them on how to select and prepare seafood from the Homeland meat counters. A lot of shoppers are scared of seafood because they believe it is difficult to cook. I love giving them the confidence they need to add it to their shopping cart. I

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School Garden

by Together Counts Partner | October 25, 2016 at 8:55 am | comments

Transform a schoolyard space to a garden! As a Together Counts™ partner, we realize that a school garden is a wonderful way for students to physically connect with nutrition education, understand the process of growing healthy foods and recognize environmental stewardship. Here are some steps to starting and maintaining a school garden: Gain encouragement from school administration. Highlight the personal nutrition benefits and the crossover with various academic subjects. Identify

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Athlete Leader in Health

by Together Counts Partner | October 20, 2016 at 8:44 am | comments

I have always been involved in some type of sport or exercise, but it became a passion my senior year of high school when my neighbor talked with me about wellness and all that is involved. After high school I enrolled in a program that taught nutrition and fitness to people with intellectual disabilities. As part of the program, I was paired with a wonderful personal trainer who listened to

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Can Exercise Help Students to Excel Academically?

by Together Counts Partner | October 18, 2016 at 9:17 am | comments

It’s common knowledge that physical activity is an essential factor in lowering the risk of child obesity, but new research is proving that a fit body can also equal a fit mind. In other words, ensuring your kids stay active could be the first investment you make in their college fund. Findings from the realms of education and biology research hint that regular exercise creates numerous benefits for the brain. Not

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Healthy Tips for Training Bodies

by Together Counts Partner | October 13, 2016 at 9:16 am | comments

Have you ever thought about running a marathon? As marathon season is spreading across the country, many people get inspired to take the challenge. Training for a marathon takes time and perseverance. I know this firsthand because I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2012 to benefit Action for Healthy Kids. It’s important to not only physically train but also learn how to balance your nutrition, to feed your body the

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Safe Places to Play

by Together Counts Partner | October 11, 2016 at 9:47 am | comments

In partnership with Together Counts™, we are excited to share resources about healthy, active living as well as the importance of safe playing spaces. Not only do safe spaces provide kids with an environment where they can participate in physical activity and exercise, but it brings families and communities together. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program gives kids safe and accessible areas to play by funding field-building

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Tips for Family Apple Picking This Fall

by Together Counts Partner | October 6, 2016 at 8:49 am | comments

The weather is cooling down but there are still plenty of opportunities to get your family outside and active together. As a Together Counts™ partner, our passion is helping families to be the healthiest they can be. Fall is harvest time in many parts of the country. This means your local farms will be filled with fresh fruits waiting to be picked by you and your loved ones. This October,

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4 Tips to Motivate Kids to Be Active

by Together Counts Partner | October 4, 2016 at 11:37 am | comments

You’ve likely heard the statistic before: over one-third of children and adolescents are overweight. That number has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC suggests lowering the risk of obesity and its associated health problems through a healthy diet and increased physical activity. Schools play a vital role in establishing these healthy

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