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8 Things You Should Know When Preparing for Your First 5K

by Together Counts Partner | April 27, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

Running your first 5K can be an intimidating goal for girls and adults alike. Each year, thousands of Girls on the Run participants cross the finish line of their first 5K event. Along with the girls who are completing their first 5K, many of the running buddies who are with them are also accomplishing their goal of running a 5K! As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy,

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Preparing Your Child for Tryouts or Auditions

by Together Counts Partner | April 25, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

  The trend toward specialization and heightened competition in kid’s activities has significantly increased the likelihood your child will be expected to participate in a tryout or an audition. This is true if your child’s passion is soccer, dance, drama, swimming or virtually any other sport or activity. Kids are expected to endure the pressures of these evaluations at a younger and younger age. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for

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10 Tips to Improve Your Family’s Overall Health

by Together Counts Partner | April 18, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

Making healthy, active choices is always easier when you have a strong support system. That’s one of the reasons I launched the first-ever 4-H Healthy Living blog: to create a platform for 4-H’ers to share their stories and create national discussions about health. A strong support system for health starts at home, and YOU can be the change agent! As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active

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Inclusive PE: What You Need to Know

by Together Counts Partner | April 11, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

Is Inclusive Physical Education taught in your child’s school? As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we’re here to provide you with helpful information about Inclusive Physical Education (PE) and the benefits for ALL students. What: Inclusive PE is the term used for a general education (Gen Ed) physical education class in which all students are included. This includes any student with a disability who

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Engaging Youth in After-School Programming

by Together Counts Partner | April 6, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

The most critical part of a child’s day begins after the final bell rings. Nevertheless, engaging them in physical activity on their own is not always easy. In partnership with the Together Counts™ program, the U.S. Soccer Foundation is committed to helping young people embrace an active and healthy lifestyle. Our programs, including Soccer for Success, help children engage in a healthy and active lifestyle on and off the field.

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Airplane Noises and Flying Vegetables: How To Sneak In Workouts

by Together Counts Partner | April 4, 2017 at 2:37 pm | comments

I tell people to find their underlying motivation for working out – their “Why.” The Why helps you get through the What – whatever it is you don’t really want to do, but know you need to. I have to admit, though, sometimes I need even more than motivation. Sometimes I need to flat out trick my mind into working out – distract it a little. Like the equivalent of

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4 Questions and Answers about Protein

by Together Counts Partner | March 28, 2017 at 7:51 am | comments

All calories come from four places in our diets: carbohydrates, fat, protein and alcohol. In the 1990s, low-fat diets and foods were everywhere you turned and, more recently, carbs have come under fire. Protein never seems to get much negative attention and is often proudly boasted on many food labels. Some coffee and smoothie shops even offer the option of adding a scoop of protein powder to your favorite drink.

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How to Encourage Girls to Go After Their Dreams

by Together Counts Partner | March 21, 2017 at 8:49 am | comments

We all want the girls in our lives to go after their dreams, but the media, our celebrity culture and social media can send mixed messages that affect their confidence. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we want to share our tips to encourage your daughter, granddaughter, niece, younger sister or any girl you know to have the confidence to work toward her goals.

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Getting Prepared for the Special Olympics with Alpine Skier Jennifer Troutman

by Together Counts Partner | March 16, 2017 at 5:30 am | comments

On March 18, 2017, more than 2,500 athletes from 107 countries will gather in Austria for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. For the next week they will show the world their talent, bravery, determination and spirit. One of those athletes is Jennifer Troutman. She is a member of the Special Olympics USA alpine skiing team and will be competing in the Giant Slalom and

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The Public Agrees: Parks and Recreation Are Vital to Healthy Communities

by Together Counts Partner | February 28, 2017 at 9:24 am | comments

Parks and recreation are leading the charge to make our communities healthier. Whether by providing increased opportunities for physical activity through its vast network of parks, fields, trails, pools and recreation centers, offering healthy food options or educating the public on healthy lifestyle options, local park and recreation agencies positively impact millions of people every day.  As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, NRPA is dedicated

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