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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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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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