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Four Steps for a Healthy and Happier Home

by Together Counts Partner | November 22, 2016 at 9:36 am | comments

According to the American Heart Association, one in three American children are overweight. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared childhood obesity among the top health crises in the USA, after drugs and smoking. Looking toward societal solutions, what’s comforting is that living a healthier and more active lifestyle is easier than you think and has many benefits. As a Together Counts ™ partner, we recognize the need

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Finding Balance for the Holidays

by Together Counts Partner | November 17, 2016 at 10:24 am | comments

By Katie Workman The holidays come rushing up on all of us every year, seemingly more abruptly than the year before. And while we all want to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry with all of our friends and family, there’s also the awareness that we don’t want to toss all common sense to the wind while doing so. We want to make healthier choices during these festive months that

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How Parents Influence Healthy Habits

by Together Counts Partner | November 8, 2016 at 10:23 am | comments

According to researchers at Duke Medicine, moms that encourage their children to exercise and eat well, and model healthy habits themselves, are more likely to raise active and healthy eaters. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize that these findings, published online in the International Journal of Obesity, remind parents that they are role models for their children. The findings also draw attention to the importance of parental policies promoting physical

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Why I Enjoy Being a Common Threads Chef Instructor

by Together Counts Partner | November 1, 2016 at 9:16 am | comments

Cindy Vanina, Common Threads Chef Instructor, cooks with students from Shoesmith Elementary School. I never tire of watching the kids working away at their dishes and then seeing their smiles and amazement when tasting the meals they have just prepared. Even when the kids are not so keen on trying a vegetable they haven’t had before, they take a “no thank you bite” and sometimes the dish containing it totally

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Athlete Leader in Health

by Together Counts Partner | October 20, 2016 at 8:44 am | comments

I have always been involved in some type of sport or exercise, but it became a passion my senior year of high school when my neighbor talked with me about wellness and all that is involved. After high school I enrolled in a program that taught nutrition and fitness to people with intellectual disabilities. As part of the program, I was paired with a wonderful personal trainer who listened to

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Can Exercise Help Students to Excel Academically?

by Together Counts Partner | October 18, 2016 at 9:17 am | comments

It’s common knowledge that physical activity is an essential factor in lowering the risk of child obesity, but new research is proving that a fit body can also equal a fit mind. In other words, ensuring your kids stay active could be the first investment you make in their college fund. Findings from the realms of education and biology research hint that regular exercise creates numerous benefits for the brain. Not

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Healthy Tips for Training Bodies

by Together Counts Partner | October 13, 2016 at 9:16 am | comments

Have you ever thought about running a marathon? As marathon season is spreading across the country, many people get inspired to take the challenge. Training for a marathon takes time and perseverance. I know this firsthand because I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2012 to benefit Action for Healthy Kids. It’s important to not only physically train but also learn how to balance your nutrition, to feed your body the

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Safe Places to Play

by Together Counts Partner | October 11, 2016 at 9:47 am | comments

In partnership with Together Counts™, we are excited to share resources about healthy, active living as well as the importance of safe playing spaces. Not only do safe spaces provide kids with an environment where they can participate in physical activity and exercise, but it brings families and communities together. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program gives kids safe and accessible areas to play by funding field-building

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Tips for Family Apple Picking This Fall

by Together Counts Partner | October 6, 2016 at 8:49 am | comments

The weather is cooling down but there are still plenty of opportunities to get your family outside and active together. As a Together Counts™ partner, our passion is helping families to be the healthiest they can be. Fall is harvest time in many parts of the country. This means your local farms will be filled with fresh fruits waiting to be picked by you and your loved ones. This October,

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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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