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Recipe Hacks for Better Nutrition

by Together Counts Partner | November 29, 2016 at 9:41 am | comments

As a Together Counts™ partner, we at the Canned Food Alliance recognize that life is about balance and that you can still enjoy the occasional treat and live healthfully! We partnered with Kara Lydon, author of The Foodie Dietitian Blog, to come up with these simple recipe hacks that will boost the nutritional value of some of your favorite foods using canned goods found in most pantries. Fall is the

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Four Steps for a Healthy and Happier Home

by Together Counts Partner | November 22, 2016 at 9:36 am | comments

According to the American Heart Association, one in three American children are overweight. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared childhood obesity among the top health crises in the USA, after drugs and smoking. Looking toward societal solutions, what’s comforting is that living a healthier and more active lifestyle is easier than you think and has many benefits. As a Together Counts ™ partner, we recognize the need

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Finding Balance for the Holidays

by Together Counts Partner | November 17, 2016 at 10:24 am | comments

By Katie Workman The holidays come rushing up on all of us every year, seemingly more abruptly than the year before. And while we all want to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry with all of our friends and family, there’s also the awareness that we don’t want to toss all common sense to the wind while doing so. We want to make healthier choices during these festive months that

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Five Ways to Fruit and Vegetable-ize your Family Meals

by Together Counts Partner | November 10, 2016 at 8:31 am | comments

As a Together Counts™ partner and as your Hometown Proud grocery store, we recognize that no matter the size of your household, spending time together around a good, healthful meal can be fun and simple when you focus on the season. Here are five ways to make your fall meals tastier, healthier and more memorable. Best of all, these tips are easy enough that the kids can help! Reinvent your

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How Parents Influence Healthy Habits

by Together Counts Partner | November 8, 2016 at 10:23 am | comments

According to researchers at Duke Medicine, moms that encourage their children to exercise and eat well, and model healthy habits themselves, are more likely to raise active and healthy eaters. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize that these findings, published online in the International Journal of Obesity, remind parents that they are role models for their children. The findings also draw attention to the importance of parental policies promoting physical

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Five Reasons to Participate in a Girls on the Run 5K

by Together Counts Partner | November 3, 2016 at 1:39 pm | comments

Music, face painting, excited kids – No, it’s not a carnival, it’s a Girls on the Run 5K event! Each season, Girls on the Run teams across the country participate in celebratory end-of-season 5K events to challenge themselves and acknowledge the hard work that they put in over their ten-week season. Together Counts, a national ally of Girls on the Run, encourages families to lead healthy, active lifestyles together and

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Why I Enjoy Being a Common Threads Chef Instructor

by Together Counts Partner | November 1, 2016 at 9:16 am | comments

Cindy Vanina, Common Threads Chef Instructor, cooks with students from Shoesmith Elementary School. I never tire of watching the kids working away at their dishes and then seeing their smiles and amazement when tasting the meals they have just prepared. Even when the kids are not so keen on trying a vegetable they haven’t had before, they take a “no thank you bite” and sometimes the dish containing it totally

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