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Child Athlete Feature

Encouraging Your Child to Be An Athlete

by Lisa Gulley | December 11, 2014 at 10:04 am | comments

As a mom of 4 boys, our family is involved in many team sports. While they may not always be the best player on the team, I always encourage and celebrate them for their efforts. As they have gotten older, I have noticed the team sports atmosphere has started to move away from having fun and focuses more on winning. I believe we should encourage kids to be active and

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Young Leaders Feature

Young Leaders

by Together Counts Partner | November 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm | comments

As a volunteer with the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital ‘Young Leaders’ program, one of my favorite activities is ‘What is Energy Balance?’ using the recommended daily food plan from, in the Healthy Habits Booklet. It’s a part of the Girl Scouts Wonders of Water (WOW) Journey. I enjoy this lesson because it is both informative and interactive. I always start by asking the girls what their favorite food is.

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Fall Activities Feature

Three Favorite Fall Family Activities and Meals to Make Together

by Allison McDonald | November 6, 2014 at 9:57 am | comments

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to stop! As a Together Counts™ Ambassador, my family and I have learned to embrace fall’s crisp days as an opportunity for more outdoor activities. Here are my 3 favorite ways to make the most of fall: Pumpkin Patch Whether you live where pumpkins really grow on the vine or if your pumpkins are trucked in, making an

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Teaching Balance Feature

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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Teaching Moderation Feature

Benefits of Teaching Kids About Moderation at a Young Age

by Lisa Gulley | October 21, 2014 at 10:32 am | comments

For a kid these days, there seems to be food offered at every turn. Birthday parties, class parties, sports teams, celebrations, etc. — you get the point. Having kids learn about moderation at a young age helps them make balanced choices in a world where food is available to them 24/7. They do not have to eat just because the food is there (i.e. soccer snacks, friend’s houses) — they

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Fun School Rituals Feature

Fun School Night Rituals

by Small Fry | October 16, 2014 at 8:28 am | comments

“How was your day?” … “Good.” Sound familiar? Sometimes we get an earful, and exciting recount of our kids’ days at school, but lots of times it’s just “good.” For this school year we are really focusing on making time and effort to inquire about our children’s days. As Together Counts™ Ambassadors, we understand the importance of togetherness and are making an effort to be closer to our families not

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Amusement Feature

Today’s Amusement Parks Offer More Than One Way to Get Your Heart Rate Up

by Together Counts Partner | September 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm | comments

A visit to an amusement park may not be the most typical example of family energy balance, but with a little planning, today’s parks offer families a lot of fun and even thrilling ways to burn calories and be fit. The first is walking.  Walking at a brisk pace not only burns calories, it also increases your heart rate, helps maintain muscle mass, keep joints flexible (which helps prevent joint-related

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Instagram Feature

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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5 year infographic

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Celebrates Five Years!

by admin | September 2, 2014 at 9:00 am | comments

In celebration of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s five year anniversary, we’re looking back at the contributions made by the Foundation and its members toward the health and wellness of our children through programs like the Together Counts campaign. HWCF and its partners have worked tirelessly to meet a vast array of achievements including a commitment to reducing 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace. In January of 2014, the Robert Wood

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Routines Feature

Rediscovering A Routine Just In Time For Back To School Season

by Jeff Bogle | August 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm | comments

No jury of my peers could possibly find fault with my decision to make sleepy time a sort of free-for-all during the summer months, right? I mean, after 44 weeks of rigid routine and hectic mornings rushing to get into the school drop-off line on time, the idea of allowing later PMs and stress free AMs is, quite literally, the least I can do for my two daughters. There’s only

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