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Resolutions That Count: 3 Ways to Stay Active as a Family in the New Year

by Jenny Rapson | January 15, 2015 at 9:40 am | comments

Happy New Year! If you’re like most of us, you made a list of things you’d like to change this year, but as a Together Counts™ Energy Balance Ambassador, I’ve got one simple thing I’d like you to add to your resolutions list: be more active with your family. Why? Well, because spending time with your kids bonding and working on your energy balance is pretty much the best thing

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Mom-Approved After School Snacks

by Jenny Rapson | December 4, 2014 at 10:47 am | comments

I don’t know about your kids, but every day mine run into the house after school and act as if they haven’t eaten for 24 hours instead of the actual four hours since lunchtime. They’re always so hungry! And, since I don’t believe in doing homework on an empty stomach, the first thing I do is provide them with a satisfying after school snack. As a Together Counts™ Ambassador I

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Skip the Instagram and Enjoy Being in the Moment With Your Family

by Jenny Rapson | September 4, 2014 at 10:35 am | comments

I don’t know about you, but one thing I really like about social media is sharing photos of my kids. What can I say? I’m proud of the little whippersnappers! And so, like many parents, I’ve been Facebook-ing and Instagram-ing every fun family activity for a couple of years now. Or I did, until recently, when I had an epiphany: By sharing our every family moment with my social media

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3 Ways to Make “Screen Free Week” Work as a Family

by Jenny Rapson | May 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm | comments

Spring has finally sprung here in my corner of the country, and after that extra-cold winter I have never been happier to see it – or to get outdoors with my kids! As a Together Counts™ Energy Balance Ambassador, I am always looking for ways to make active play a priority for my kids, and one of the ways I do that is by limiting their screen time. In our

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3 Active Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Family

by Jenny Rapson | February 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm | comments

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and when you’ve got children, there’s no better time to show them that family togetherness = LOVE. As a Together Counts Energy Balance Ambassador, I’m always looking for ways to keep my family active together, and a holiday like Valentine’s Day is as good of an excuse as any! We’re not particularly athletic in our family, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have

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What’s for “Brinner”? Three easy “Breakfast-for-Dinner” Ideas

by Jenny Rapson | December 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm | comments

‘Tis the season to be BUSY, and sometimes a hectic hurry-scurry holiday season weeknight deserves a special (and easy) dinner that’s a treat for the whole family. As a Together CountsTM ambassador, I love routines that gather my entire family around the table. Even better, I almost always have the ingredients for a breakfast meal on hand. Here are some of my favorite ways to do brinner. Simply Scrambled: What’s

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Celebrating School Achievements as a Family

by Jenny Rapson | December 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm | comments

Fall is here, quickly turning into winter, and at my house, we are ready to celebrate with all the good things in the final months of the year, including changing leaves, holidays, and a school year in full swing. As a mom and a Together Counts™ Ambassador, I worked hard to make sure my family had a lot of fun playing together all summer long and staying active to work

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5 Tips for a Safe and Memorable Halloween

by Jenny Rapson | October 31, 2013 at 3:38 pm | comments

Fall is here and it’s time for pumpkins, corn mazes, and every child’s favorite fall celebration – Halloween! As soon as the calendar hits October, the Halloween anticipation starts building in my house.  The Together CountsTM program is all about balance, and what better holiday to practice this than Halloween?  The kids start obsessing over costume choices, nagging about pumpkin carving, dreaming up tricks and begging for treats from the

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