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Playing Nice with Cauliflower Rice

by Together Counts Partner | July 12, 2016 at 11:45 am | comments

If you’re watching calories, you may think that you have to go without some of your favorite foods. But, rather than feel deprived, I prefer to look at this as an opportunity to add, or experiment with, other foods like vegetables. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, I recognize that one way to cut calories and carbohydrates is to swap in food substitutes such

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Active Kids and Schools Earn Awards with Fire Up Your Feet!

by Together Counts Partner | July 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm | comments

Walking is one of the best things kids can do for their health, emotional well-being, and academic success. Yet between 1969 and 2009, the number of kids walking to school dropped from 48 percent to just 13 percent. During the same time period, childhood obesity tripled and traffic congestion grew around schools, negatively affecting air quality and snarling nearly everyone’s morning commute. The good news is that over the past

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7 Simple Swaps to Make Your Diet More Mediterranean

by Together Counts Partner | June 30, 2016 at 10:35 am | comments

Looking to spice up your family meals? Consider making a few Mediterranean-style swaps!  You may have considered the Mediterranean diet in the past as it has been shown again and again to boost both short- and long-term health overall. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic: “An analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from

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Meal Prep Sunday

by Together Counts Partner | June 23, 2016 at 10:36 am | comments

To prep or not to prep, that is the question. In this fast paced world we live in, filled with temptation at every corner, it can be quite a challenge to eat healthfully on a daily basis. But fear not, the meal prep is your friend. This is not a new phenomenon. In fact, this is something our friends at Together Counts™ talk about regularly, but with the advent of

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Fuel Your Summer with Dairy Aisle Favorites

by Together Counts Partner | June 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm | comments

June is Dairy Month and what better way to kick off the summer season than with nutritious and portable options from the dairy aisle that will help fuel your active family? Many items in the dairy aisle help you get the recommended daily amount of calcium, as well as a protein kick. The USDA recommends choosing low-fat or non-fat items from the Dairy Group. You can check ChooseMyPlate.gov for the

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More than just Bandages

by Together Counts Partner | June 14, 2016 at 9:21 am | comments

“School nurses are the face of health care in school for the 50 million students in our schools.  School nurses make a difference in the lives of children every day” states Beth Mattey, NASN President. School nurses may be known for bandage and booboo care, but there is so much more to what we do.  In any class you will find students with asthma, life threatening allergies, diabetes, autism, attention

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Commit to Be Fit

by Together Counts Partner | June 9, 2016 at 10:50 am | comments

FCCLA’s national program Student Body is a peer education program designed to teach students how to make informed, responsible decisions about their health and provide opportunities for youth to teach others about making healthy choices. Chapters perform programs in their communities to educate about important issues affecting families. In line with how the Healthy Weight Commit Foundation’s Together Counts™ program encourages a healthy, active lifestyle, Student Body focuses on incorporating

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Strong Bones in Kids Helps Prevent Osteoporosis

by Together Counts Partner | June 7, 2016 at 1:21 pm | comments

Children and adolescents are constantly growing, which makes their skeleton increasingly vulnerable to fractures. Did you know that 30-50% of children experience a fracture by the end of their teenage years? As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we realize that nutrition and physical activity are not only important for helping prevent fractures during growth; they have a long lasting effect, helping to prevent osteoporosis

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Summer Bucket List

by Together Counts Partner | June 2, 2016 at 7:53 am | comments

As a Together Counts™ ambassador, we love sharing healthy ideas that are fun for the whole family! We also love that the temperature is starting to get warmer. Summer is so close we can almost taste it! And by taste, we mean all of the delicious and healthy foods that are in season during this time of year. Take advantage of seasonal foods like berries, summer squash, tropical fruits and

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Three Tips to Simpler Shopping

by Together Counts Partner | May 31, 2016 at 8:59 am | comments

Inspired grocery shopping is key to making meals and snacks that fit your budget, taste good, and help you make better choices the whole family will love. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, we focus on making better decisions ahead of time to make cooking choices easier when you’re in the heat of the kitchen. Here are three of my favorite shopping tips to help you meet your

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