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Hunger, Health & Nutrition Education the FFA Way

by Together Counts Partner | February 23, 2017 at 9:04 am | comments

Many children – and some adults – can find it challenging to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Like our national partners, Together Counts™, the National FFA Organization supports the need to educate youth and their families on the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles. Based on stakeholder input FFA has further realized its responsibility to include literacy and advocacy as foundational skills for their student members as these young

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How I trick myself into running

by Together Counts Partner | February 21, 2017 at 9:27 am | comments

I’m not naturally athletic. I didn’t grow up running track. I’m much better at watching cat videos on the internet than I am at any sport. And even though I have long legs, I’m not great at basketball, and I’m definitely not a fast runner. Yet somehow I’ve fallen in love with running and I’ve come to believe it’s an activity that nearly anyone can enjoy. Even if you’re like

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4-H Is Growing True Leaders

by Together Counts Partner | February 16, 2017 at 9:30 am | comments

Leadership is a valued skill in our society, but any young people today aren’t being given the opportunity to learn the tenacity, strategic-thinking and people skills that they’ll need to lead – now and in the future. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living we realize that these are important skills for our youth to have. For me, leadership started at home as a big

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Staying Active in Winter: Tips and Tricks for Kids

by Together Counts Partner | February 7, 2017 at 9:44 am | comments

Staying active in the winter months can be a daunting task. Most people would rather stay inside, veg out on the couch, and call it a day. But these kinds of activities don’t support your physical or mental health. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we know there are numerous indoor activities that can be a good substitute for more typical outdoor sports during

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Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions with These Healthy Tips

by Together Counts Partner | February 2, 2017 at 9:48 am | comments

By Ru Ekanayake We’re one month into the new year and while studies show that over 80% of resolutions focus on health and wellness– just 8% of resolutions are actually kept. Don’t lose hope though! As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we think now is a perfect time to keep the healthy, active lifestyle going.  Here are our five favorite tips to have lasting

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Limiting Screen Time

by Together Counts Partner | January 31, 2017 at 12:01 pm | comments

During the winter, it can be tough to peel away from the couch and feel inspired to do healthy activities. Oftentimes, weekends and time away from school and work are spent in front of the computer or the television instead of participating in other healthy, active activities. As a Together Counts™ ambassador, we realize that sometimes all you need is a little encouragement to get moving! The American Academy of

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5 Ideas for Exploring Nature with Kids this Winter

by Together Counts Partner | January 17, 2017 at 9:09 am | comments

In the mid-Atlantic region, we tend to experience a winter of wild temperature fluctuations and snowfall. Most of us would like nothing more this time of year than to snuggle up with a warm drink and a good book or old movie. For me, though, a “snow day” involves entertaining a busy toddler who would rather be out tromping through the fluffy white stuff than spending the day inside. As

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Treat Your Family Well – Eating Out for Better Health

by Together Counts Partner | January 12, 2017 at 9:14 am | comments

The New Year is here and, chances are, it was ushered in with lists of resolutions. If your family’s New Year’s resolutions include health and nutrition-related goals, eating out at restaurants doesn’t have to be thrown by the wayside to achieve them. As a Together Counts™ ambassador, we at Healthy Dining recognize the importance of adding healthy habits into each and every day, and that includes when you and your

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Staying Active during the Winter

by Together Counts Partner | December 29, 2016 at 8:30 am | comments

By Brian Godfrey, Physical Education Teacher, Richmond Elementary School, Richmond, VT Living in Vermont where it’s cold and snowy for up to six months of the year, it’s important to find ways to be healthy and active during the winter. As a physical education teacher, husband and father of three, I’ve found that skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding or even going for brisk winter walk are great ways for

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8 Ways to Improve Your Health Right Now

by admin | December 22, 2016 at 9:32 am | comments

When January 1 rolls around, we are often more determined than ever to get fit and feel great. Research shows that only 8 percent of us actually achieve New Year’s resolutions, however. The main reason? We make dreamy resolutions but fail to follow up with the planning and work needed to achieve them. Instead of waiting to make a New Year’s resolution when it comes to your health, get ahead of the

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