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Summer Festivals Feature

Making Balance Count This Festival Season

by Anna Luther | July 24, 2014 at 8:10 am | comments

Summer is in full swing, and our family is taking advantage of every opportunity to be outside. We’re taking trips to the pool, joining in backyard barbecues and attempting to attend as many summer festivals as we possibly can. While it’s tempting to celebrate summer by enjoying goodies roasted over the fire and attempting to eat at every single food truck in town – as a Together Counts™ Ambassador, I’m

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PE Weekend Feature

Active Weekend Ideas for Families

by Together Counts Partner | July 22, 2014 at 11:21 am | comments

Children learn their most impactful lessons at home. The examples parents set have a greater effect on the choices children later make than any other outside force. Parents can teach wholesome cooking, eating, and fitness lessons through conversation, but it is better understood through practice. The work week is busy, especially if parents work outside the home. When the weekend rolls around, though, there are plenty of opportunities for families

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Community Impact Feature

5 Keys to Community Impact

by Together Counts Partner | July 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm | comments

Want to create sustainable, healthy changes in your community? Learn from our panel of 2014 Smart from the Start PTA Council Grant winners. It’s true that one person can move mountains when their mind is set on it. But what if there were 10 minds? And what if each one is backed locally by dozens of stakeholders and nationally by a proven platform loaded with free tools to inspire and engage

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Summer Recess Feature

Recess in the Summer – Fun Ways to Keep Your Family Moving

by Anna Luther | July 10, 2014 at 7:00 am | comments

School may be out for summer, but I still try to incorporate a few school lessons in every part of our day. We do a little reading, a little writing, a little bit of fun math (like how many popsicles has the 3 year old eaten today?) – and of course – RECESS! It’s all too easy to spend our days in the air conditioning rather than running around and

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Summer Salmon Feature

3 Activities To Launch Your Family Into Outdoor Summer Fun

by Jeff Bogle | June 24, 2014 at 9:26 am | comments

“Is it almost time for salmon on the grill?” asked my nearly-7-old daughter. And thus it has begun: outdoor season, when food tastes better because the fibers of your favorite t-shirt have inhaled the pungent aroma of charcoal smoke and the sound of joyous kids fills the spaces left in the warm air by the radio play-by-play announcer who rightly gives the baseball game ample room to breathe. Early summer

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Backyard Camping Feature

10 Fun Ideas for Backyard Camping

by Holly Homer | June 19, 2014 at 9:24 am | comments

June 28 is the Great American Backyard Campout in association with the National Wildlife Federation.  The goal is to get families, neighbors and friends outside connecting with each other and nature. What an opportunity for family fun! No matter what age the kids might be, backyard camping can be a real option.  No worries if it doesn’t go as planned, the house is steps away! Camping can also lead the way to

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Bee Fit Feature

How to Teach Kids the Importance of Staying Fit

by Together Counts Partner | June 17, 2014 at 9:59 am | comments

Anyone who has spent some time with kids, or has little ones of their own, knows that children can be very active and involved in play at a young age. As they grow older, they may have too many other responsibilities at school, lose interest, or worry that they aren’t as good at sports as their peers. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, Bumble Bee Foods has tips

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Outdoor Inside Feature

10 Ways to Bring Outdoor Family Activities Inside

by Holly Homer | June 5, 2014 at 9:00 am | comments

Playing outside is definitely a family favorite, but there are times when it just isn’t possible.  As a Together Counts™ Ambassador, I stand behind the importance of active play – even if a gloomy day keeps us indoors. We are stealing a decorating trend of bringing the outdoors inside with these simple and fun family activity ideas! Indoor Garden – Planting a terrarium is an easy family activity.  I love

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Family Camping Feature

Family Camping Trips

by Together Counts Partner | June 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm | comments

The quintessential outdoor trip for every family is the camping trip. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a total newbie, you’re going to want to take a tip or two from The Balancing Act, as camping with kids can be complicated – but it’s definitely worth it! Be Kid Friendly: Make the trip kid friendly. If you have to drive a far distance to make it to the camping location,

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Storytelling Walks Feature

Storytelling With Activity

by Allison McDonald | May 27, 2014 at 9:29 am | comments

As parents, we spent a lot of time asking our kids if they are telling us stories when we’re trying to determine if they are telling us the truth. Children are natural storytellers, and while it can be frustrating when the story is coming out while they are trying to explain why the vase in the living room is broken, it’s an important skill for literacy that we should be

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