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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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Make Your Health a Priority

by Together Counts Partner | May 10, 2016 at 10:45 am | comments

“National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority.” Everything from regular doctor visits, eating healthy, staying active, getting enough sleep, and managing stress are important steps to take to ensure wellness, all things that are encouraged by the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living.

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Put It in the Pavement

by Together Counts Partner | May 5, 2016 at 8:48 am | comments

In 1998, I ran my first marathon in the city I lived in and loved – Chicago. Before training for this marathon I had not run for more than 30 minutes at one time. My training partner was my best friend Caryn. As much as we had in common, our feelings on running was not one of them. Caryn could go on a 40 minute run on a whim…with obnoxious

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Spring Cleaning the Pantry

by Together Counts Partner | May 3, 2016 at 8:15 am | comments

It’s spring cleaning time! As you work to refresh your home, don’t neglect your pantry. The fact is, keeping your food storage cabinets organized can help streamline meal preparation, eliminate over-buying, and reduce unnecessary trips to the grocery store. And as a partner of the Together Counts™ program for active, healthy living, we at the Canned Food Alliance understand that it can make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated – research

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Goal and Get It!

by Together Counts Partner | April 21, 2016 at 4:00 am | comments

It’s always a good time to challenge yourself and set new goals! As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for active, healthy living we believe that setting goals aren’t just for the New Year. Leave the past behind you, and think about what you want and how you can accomplish it. Here are five goals that could be on everyone’s list! 1. Enjoy your food, but eat less “I’m

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Soccer for Success

by Together Counts Partner | April 7, 2016 at 8:33 am | comments

As a partner of the Together Counts program™, the U.S. Soccer Foundation is committed to helping young people in underserved communities across the country. Our programs, including Soccer for Success, help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth through trained coach-mentors. Soccer for Success has transformed participants’ lives, both on and off the field. Santos, a participant from Florida, demonstrates the impact of our program.

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The Fulfilling Life of a Volunteer

by Together Counts Partner | March 31, 2016 at 12:46 pm | comments

“Gardening is the best hobby to have. You get exercise, you’re grounded, and it’s very humbling. We get to see how big nature is and how little we are,” says Mary McFerson. As a former researcher in community nutrition at BJC, Mary understands what living an active life and filling your body with healthy foods is all about – something that the Together Counts program for active, healthy living discusses

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10 Things Fit and Happy People Do Differently

by Together Counts Partner | March 29, 2016 at 9:49 am | comments

Do you have that friend? You know, the one who is super fit and always happy and you have no idea how they do it? You look at them and wonder, what am I doing wrong? Or, what can I do to be more like that? Well, it really is no secret that fit people do things a little differently than the average person, but why does it seem like

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Special Olympics Young Athletes™ Program

by Together Counts Partner | March 24, 2016 at 5:00 am | comments

Imagine a group of young children learning basic sports skills like running, kicking, throwing, catching and jumping, while playing. That is what Special Olympics Young Athletes™ is all about. Young Athletes is an inclusive early childhood sport and play program for children ages 2 to 7. As a partner of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s Together Counts™ program, we want to introduce you to this program that offers sports play,

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