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Recent Entries

The Public Agrees: Parks and Recreation Are Vital to Healthy Communities

by Together Counts Partner | February 28, 2017 at 9:24 am | comments

Parks and recreation are leading the charge to make our communities healthier. Whether by providing increased opportunities for physical activity through its vast network of parks, fields, trails, pools and recreation centers, offering healthy food options or educating the public on healthy lifestyle options, local park and recreation agencies positively impact millions of people every day.  As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, NRPA is dedicated

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Hunger, Health & Nutrition Education the FFA Way

by Together Counts Partner | February 23, 2017 at 9:04 am | comments

Many children – and some adults – can find it challenging to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Like our national partners, Together Counts™, the National FFA Organization supports the need to educate youth and their families on the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles. Based on stakeholder input FFA has further realized its responsibility to include literacy and advocacy as foundational skills for their student members as these young

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How I trick myself into running

by Together Counts Partner | February 21, 2017 at 9:27 am | comments

I’m not naturally athletic. I didn’t grow up running track. I’m much better at watching cat videos on the internet than I am at any sport. And even though I have long legs, I’m not great at basketball, and I’m definitely not a fast runner. Yet somehow I’ve fallen in love with running and I’ve come to believe it’s an activity that nearly anyone can enjoy. Even if you’re like

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4-H Is Growing True Leaders

by Together Counts Partner | February 16, 2017 at 9:30 am | comments

Leadership is a valued skill in our society, but any young people today aren’t being given the opportunity to learn the tenacity, strategic-thinking and people skills that they’ll need to lead – now and in the future. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living we realize that these are important skills for our youth to have. For me, leadership started at home as a big

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3 Ideas for an Easy Valentine’s Day with the Family

by Together Counts Partner | February 14, 2017 at 9:46 am | comments

Valentine’s Day and restaurants seem to go hand-in-hand. The idea of sharing a meal out with that special someone has long been a favorite way to spend this love-filled holiday. That doesn’t mean you can’t start some new traditions, especially when you have kids. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we recommend getting creative and celebrating a healthy Valentine’s Day with food, fun and

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Healthy Lifestyle: Teaching Your Child to Cook

by Together Counts Partner | February 9, 2017 at 10:10 am | comments

Cooking—a basic life skill – can be helpful for future health and wellness when  taught as young as possible. A familiarity with the kitchen leads to lifelong talents that will be practiced at least 3 times a day! As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we want to share five reasons why you should get your child of any age involved in cooking to encourage

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Staying Active in Winter: Tips and Tricks for Kids

by Together Counts Partner | February 7, 2017 at 9:44 am | comments

Staying active in the winter months can be a daunting task. Most people would rather stay inside, veg out on the couch, and call it a day. But these kinds of activities don’t support your physical or mental health. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we know there are numerous indoor activities that can be a good substitute for more typical outdoor sports during

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Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions with These Healthy Tips

by Together Counts Partner | February 2, 2017 at 9:48 am | comments

By Ru Ekanayake We’re one month into the new year and while studies show that over 80% of resolutions focus on health and wellness– just 8% of resolutions are actually kept. Don’t lose hope though! As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we think now is a perfect time to keep the healthy, active lifestyle going.  Here are our five favorite tips to have lasting

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