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Staying Active during the Winter

by Together Counts Partner | December 29, 2016 at 8:30 am | comments

By Brian Godfrey, Physical Education Teacher, Richmond Elementary School, Richmond, VT Living in Vermont where it’s cold and snowy for up to six months of the year, it’s important to find ways to be healthy and active during the winter. As a physical education teacher, husband and father of three, I’ve found that skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding or even going for brisk winter walk are great ways for

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Tips to Save Time and Eat Healthy During the Holidays

by Together Counts Partner | December 27, 2016 at 9:35 am | comments

If you’re trying to keep up with end-of-year shopping sales and a long list of events on top of your regular, hectic schedule, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself with a healthy diet and regular exercise. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we think this strategy is a great defense against holiday burn out, sickness and stress. Save time and

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8 Ways to Improve Your Health Right Now

by admin | December 22, 2016 at 9:32 am | comments

When January 1 rolls around, we are often more determined than ever to get fit and feel great. Research shows that only 8 percent of us actually achieve New Year’s resolutions, however. The main reason? We make dreamy resolutions but fail to follow up with the planning and work needed to achieve them. Instead of waiting to make a New Year’s resolution when it comes to your health, get ahead of the

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Keep Kids Active With These Healthy Gift Ideas

by Together Counts Partner | December 20, 2016 at 9:51 am | comments

It’s no secret that your children are likely to become less active throughout the winter months. The end of October to the beginning of the New Year oftentimes can mean an increased likelihood of unhealthy indulgence, while physical activity levels decrease. Fortunately, as a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we understand that with the right stimuli, most children love staying active, and this time of

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Food Brings Us Together

by Together Counts Partner | December 15, 2016 at 9:30 am | comments

“Food feeds the soul. To the extent that we all eat food, and we all have souls, food is the single great unifier across cultures.” – Amy S. Choi The holiday season is known for its food and fellowship. We gather together to spend more time with family and friends, often over traditional meals. Depending on your culture, you may be looking forward to ham, latkes, curry, fish, turkey, goose,

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Can a Healthier Lifestyle Promote Good Character in Kids?

by Together Counts Partner | December 13, 2016 at 9:43 am | comments

The early years make up an important developmental phase in any person’s life. Up to the age of 18, we’re constantly learning new habits, information and behaviors – while establishing foundations that will shape our experiences as an adult. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize childhood represents both opportunity and vulnerability when it comes to promoting a healthier lifestyle. For children to thrive, they need support and stimulation both

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Incorporating Greens in to Your Kid’s Diet

by Together Counts Partner | December 8, 2016 at 9:17 am | comments

When you walk into the grocery store, the greens that pop up immediately at the entrance can seem intimidating. From kale, to dandelion and collards, as a Together Counts ™ partner, we recognize that it can seem overwhelming and scary to bring them back into your own kitchen. Here are some simple and easy ways to include some of these greens into your lifestyle and more importantly, your kid’s meal! All dark

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Try These School Lunch Ideas

by Together Counts Partner | December 6, 2016 at 9:07 am | comments

The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing color and you’ve finally hit your stride with the school routine. But what about trying to figure out what to make for the next umpteen weeks of school lunches? Lunches that kids will actually eat. Lunches that won’t make parents feel guilty. It’s a thin line to walk day in and day out for an entire school year! Healthy Dining’s dietitians are quick to stress

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5 Reasons to Take Your PE Class Outside

by Together Counts Partner | December 1, 2016 at 10:40 am | comments

Kids, on average, don’t play outside as much as their parents did. Children spend more than six hours every day on screens, from televisions to tablets. Even school settings offer more screen learning than even a decade ago. All of that technology has its place and purpose, but as a partner of the Together Counts™ program for active, healthy living, we recognize that without opportunities to get outside children face

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