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And just like that…back to school!

by admin | September 18, 2017 at 7:42 pm | comments

Dust off those backpacks because it’s already September, which means the kids are heading back to the classroom. It’s a pretty busy time so don’t let the hustle and bustle of back to school derail your family’s healthy habits. Check out these tips to keep building healthy habits as a family this fall. Plan ahead for afterschool snacks. At the beginning of the week, put some fruits and veggies like

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Staying Fit & Healthy: Special Olympics Inspiring Champions at Home

by Together Counts Partner | June 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm | comments

As partners of the Together Counts program supporting healthy active lifestyles, we at Special Olympics know that athletes compete at their best when they are fit and healthy. Therefore, we encourage our athletes to focus on health and fitness on and off the playing field. The simple suggestions below help families of athletes stay healthy together and provide a strong foundation for athletic performance.  And, these tips can help your family

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Exercising With A Busy Schedule

by Together Counts Partner | May 25, 2017 at 8:33 am | comments

Question: I understand that exercise is really important, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to fit a full workout into my busy schedule. What are some things I can do to stay in shape without going to the gym? Answer: It’s great that you recognize how important physical activity is, and you want to fit exercise into your daily routine. As a Together Counts™ program partner encouraging

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8 Things You Should Know When Preparing for Your First 5K

by Together Counts Partner | April 27, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

Running your first 5K can be an intimidating goal for girls and adults alike. Each year, thousands of Girls on the Run participants cross the finish line of their first 5K event. Along with the girls who are completing their first 5K, many of the running buddies who are with them are also accomplishing their goal of running a 5K! As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy,

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Five Tips for Training for Your First 5K

by Together Counts Partner | April 13, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

Did you know that over 7.5 million people complete 5K events each year? A 5K event consists of walking, jogging or running 3.1 miles and, as a partner of the Together Counts program for healthy, active living, we believe it is the perfect way for new runners to dip their toes into training for an event. During Girls on the Run, 3rd – 8th grade girls train for their first

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Wintertime Activities: Go Ice Skating

by Together Counts Partner | January 19, 2017 at 9:30 am | comments

I admit it, I am not in love with winter. I catch a chill in November that does not leave until the middle of May. Despite this, I do try to make the best of the cold weather by lacing up our family’s skates and stepping out on the ice. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for active, healthy living, I encourage physical activities year-round, even in cold

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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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4 Tips to Motivate Kids to Be Active

by Together Counts Partner | October 4, 2016 at 11:37 am | comments

You’ve likely heard the statistic before: over one-third of children and adolescents are overweight. That number has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC suggests lowering the risk of obesity and its associated health problems through a healthy diet and increased physical activity. Schools play a vital role in establishing these healthy

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Family Activity Points

by Together Counts Partner | September 15, 2016 at 10:10 am | comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. For children, the 60 minutes of activity can be done throughout the day, and some of that time may come from moderate physical activity offered in schools and classrooms through physical education classes. Adults should do a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week.

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Preventing the “Summer Slide” in Fitness

by Together Counts Partner | August 11, 2016 at 9:11 am | comments

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant It’s summertime and letting your children recuperate from the constant hustle and bustle of the school year sounds healthy. You may be thinking, “Hey, my kids deserve to relax and enjoy a lazy summer.” For some, that may be the right approach, but perhaps not everyone. Research shows there’s potential to lose fitness if children who were involved in school-based fitness

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