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Recent Entries

Teaching Kids about Balance

by Mariah Bruehl | October 23, 2014 at 7:54 am | comments

Being a Together Counts™ Ambassador has inspired me to continually look for ways to actively involve my children in living a balanced lifestyle. One way to inspire children to make wholesome choices is to involve them in the process of selecting and cooking their own food. With the busy lives we all lead, it is easy to forget that so much of the food we eat grows from the earth, which

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5 Ways to Play This Summer

by Mariah Bruehl | July 3, 2014 at 8:00 am | comments

Nothing feels better then ending a beautiful summer day with the feeling of having spent quality time outdoors. There is something about engaging in play that brings us back to a time when the days stretched on and summers felt long. Play is defined as “engaging in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” In other words, choosing to engage in fun simply for the sake

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Yoga with Children

by Mariah Bruehl | June 10, 2014 at 9:32 am | comments

Yoga is a sanskrit word that means “union”—union of mind, body, and soul. Not only does Yoga have wonderful physical benefits, it can also help calm the mind, and soothe the soul. As a Together Counts™ Ambassador, my family and I have had a blast exploring ways to get active and the benefits various activities offer. Below are just a few benefits of Yoga: Improved Posture Building Strength Balance Bodily

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Embracing Childrens’ Curiosity Towards Play

by Mariah Bruehl | April 24, 2014 at 11:25 am | comments

Children have a natural instinct to play. It is evident in their early smiles, their giggles when we are silly, and their first games of peek-a-boo. As parents, we can harness this natural inclination that our children have to play and help them to grow into happy, active, and confident people. It can be easy to overlook the importance of explicitly teaching children active motor skills such as running, jumping,

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