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Simple Health for Kids and Families

by Together Counts Partner | September 27, 2016 at 9:23 am | comments

Childhood obesity is a complicated problem. Without a single cause, it is a widespread issue that impedes health for kids. As a Together Counts™ partner, we realize that to help prevent and treat childhood obesity, and create healthful eating habits, it is important to start simple by encouraging the whole family to get involved! Weight loss for kids doesn’t have to be difficult or painful. Simple steps like making breakfast

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The Plusses of Pulses

by Together Counts Partner | September 22, 2016 at 8:34 am | comments

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, chef and Together Counts™ partner who is passionate about food, I am committed to showing how all forms of fruits, vegetables, and pulses can be nutritious and flavorful. The United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, so what better time to promote the benefits of these amazing little foods? Pulses, including lentils, beans (such as kidney, navy, butter), peas and chickpeas, are affordable,

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What We Tell Ourselves Matters

by Together Counts Partner | September 20, 2016 at 9:10 am | comments

Last spring, we painted my daughter’s room. Initially, she requested very bold and bright colors. Being more reserved, I said “Why don’t you do something more subtle and bring those colors into the room through accenting?” (Inner voice pleading: Please don’t do crazy-colored walls!) Thankfully, this spurred an idea in my daughter. With the help of my sister-in-law, they executed Milana’s wall of words. I thought it was great, really

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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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Making a Difference: Community Impact Projects

by Together Counts Partner | September 8, 2016 at 9:22 am | comments

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi Toward the end of each Girls on the Run season, thousands of girls in the program work with their team to plan and implement a community impact project. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize the project is a key element to the curriculum for a variety of reasons. First, it helps the girls set, work toward

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Conquering Busy Weeknight Dinners

by Together Counts Partner | September 6, 2016 at 10:31 am | comments

We all have places to be and things to do during the busy back-to-school season. Making time for family meals is important, too. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize that 20 minutes at the dinner table as a family can make a big impact on establishing healthy eating habits for your children. While our schedules are ever changing, preparing family dinner doesn’t have to be another dreaded item on

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What’s for Dinner?

by Together Counts Partner | September 1, 2016 at 9:28 am | comments

Does it sometimes feel like Groundhog Day for you because you find yourself asking this same question most days of the week? As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for active, healthy living we realize that everyone wants a nice, family dinner, but sometimes it can be tricky deciding what to do. Here are four ways to feel confident in your answer! Embrace your favorite food/meal/recipe. If you like

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Empowering Girls to Take Care of Themselves and Each Other

by Together Counts Partner | August 25, 2016 at 8:07 am | comments

By Heather Pressley, PhD., Vice President of Programming, Girls on the Run International Let’s face it. Sometimes adolescence is viewed in a negative light, but as youth workers we can view adolescence differently. And at Girls on the Run, we do. As a Together Counts™ partner, we choose to see adolescence as an opportunity—to help girls explore their budding interests, to use increased emotionality as a way to explore empathy

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Getting Ready for Back-to-School Routines

by Together Counts Partner | August 23, 2016 at 8:42 am | comments

Ah, the days of summer. Between loosened schedules, random adventures and extended bedtimes, there’s no doubt that kids love the relaxed fun only summer can bring. But as the calendar moves further into August, one thing becomes clear: back-to-school season is here! As a Together Counts ™ partner, we realize after following a less-structured schedule for the past couple of months, it’s important to ease back into routines, helping ensure a

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5 Smart Ideas for a Healthy Family Routine

by Together Counts Partner | August 17, 2016 at 11:00 am | comments

Summer is coming to an end, and a new school year is looming on the horizon. As you and your family purchase school supplies, sign up for fall activities and adjust to new schedules, don’t forget to make health a daily priority. Getting back into a healthy routine right from the start will help make it a great year! As part of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living,

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