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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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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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