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Field Day Dos and Don’ts

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

Around this time of year all over the world schools are beginning to plan a Field Day for their students. When done well, Field Days can be an active and fun time for everyone.  As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we wanted to share a few tips for parents to help make your child’s Field Day one to remember. Preparation Dos: Volunteer to help

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Do Young Children Need Physical Education?

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

As a parent, sometimes the things you hear experts say about children’s health, and the things you observe in your own kid(s), can seem conflicting. Here’s the thing about physical education: yes, these programs encourage physical activity, but it’s the second part of the phrase — the “education” portion — that’s the key factor, and the reason all young kids should have access to formal physical education classes. Your kids

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Giving Kids Safe Spaces To Play

by Together Counts Partner | May 4, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

Working with Together CountsTM, the U.S. Soccer Foundation is excited to promote healthy and active lifestyles for youth and the importance of having a safe place to play. Having safe places to play not only creates an environment where kids can be active, but also brings families together to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program gives kids safe and accessible areas

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Four Healthy Avocado Snacks

by Together Counts Partner | May 2, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

Along with kale and hazelnuts, avocados seem to be the pop-food of the decade. With avocado recipes in high demand, it can be difficult to distinguish which options are the healthiest choices. Look no further! As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we want to share four delicious avocado snack recipes  that will keep the whole family  healthy and satisfied. Baby Avocado Toast Just spread it

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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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