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5 Ways Feature

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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4 ways Feature

4 ways to wake up and move with your family in the morning

by Lisa Gulley | June 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm | comments

Wake up and GO!! The hardest step out of bed in the morning is the first one. My children however, have yet to learn this concept and bound out of bed with endless energy. As both a Together Counts ambassador and a mom of boys, I have learned this energy is best when used for good, so the first thing we do in the morning is move our bodies! Here are

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Yoga with Children Feature

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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Kid Workouts Feature

What Do Workouts Look Like for Kids?

by Lisa Gulley | April 3, 2014 at 10:41 am | comments

When my kids look inside a gym, they always ask me why people “do exercise” in there. I guess through their eyes, the gym looks like a cramped, crowded room full of big obnoxious machines (and they are right!). Kids view the world as one giant gym. They love to jump on couches and leap off stairs. They race from room to room just because they can! They roll down hills

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Nestle Tips Featured

Tips for Family Fitness

by Together Counts Partner | February 27, 2014 at 4:09 pm | comments

A healthy family is a happy family, but staying healthy is a team effort. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, I am familiar with numerous options for families to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Try boosting your family fitness with these tips. Be good role models Do you sit on the couch at every chance? Because if you do, there’s very little chance your kids will be

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Fun Fitness GM Feature

Fun Fitness: Exercises That Don’t Feel Like Work

by Together Counts Partner | February 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm | comments

Who says fitness has to be dull? There are many activities that will make you break a sweat without longing for the finish line. Many people believe there’s no such thing as fun fitness. In their minds, a good workout means trudging on a treadmill or lugging weights around a joyless gym, and that there’s no gain without the pain. “They think of it as more of a chore, something

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Move Move Move Feature

Move, Move, MOVE! 5 Tips on Keeping Your Family Active In the Winter Months

by Together Counts Partner | December 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm | comments

The weather is a getting a little chilly and our schedules a bit more hectic but winter is a great time to be active with your family! It isn’t a time to hibernate! Making time for physical activity, even in the cold, is important to make sure our kids grow up fit and healthy. By making exercise a family affair, we are not only showing our children that we care

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Take a Hike Feature

Take a Hike! Four Healthy Hiking Tips

by Together Counts Partner | November 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm | comments

As the weather cools down, it’s time to get out in the brisk air to enjoy all that nature has to offer. But don’t limit yourself to walks around the block, challenge yourself and take a hike! Avid hiker Annie Parsons offers her top four tips to make your hike part of an active lifestyle. 1. You don’t have to head for the hills to make it a hike. A

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Backyard Memories Feature

Memories Are Made In The Backyard

by Caleb Gardner | November 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm | comments

Last year, our neighbor caught us in a compromising situation. My son, Miles, had taken one of the big boxes from the move into our new home and turned it into his own private playhouse. Naturally we encouraged this imaginative play, cutting out windows for him and drawing pictures on the outside.  The Together CountsTM program teaches that activities for the entire family can come from a variety of places,

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Indoor Activities Feature

Indoor Activities for Kids

by Together Counts Partner | November 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm | comments

Fall can be a time for new beginnings, with a new school year offering fresh perspectives to both children and parents alike. However, fall also brings chillier weather, which means finding indoor activities for kids. Instead of staring out the window, or letting the kids complain all day that they’re bored, try these fun and simple indoor activities for kids. Getting kids moving is an important part of an active

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