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Healthy Habits for the Family Feature

Healthy Habits for the Whole Family

by Together Counts Partner | January 7, 2014 at 3:58 pm | comments

One of the best gifts you can give your children is a set of healthy habits that they can take with them into adulthood. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, I realize that getting your family to be more physically active and share more families dinners together can be a difficult task. These four simple steps will help your family develop healthy habits that stay for a lifetime.

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10 Ways to Stay Active Holidays Feature

10 Ways to Stay Active during the Holidays

by Melanie Edwards | December 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm | comments

The holidays can be an extremely busy time for many families between holiday preparations, family gatherings, school functions, shopping and fun holiday activities. In our family, we also have three birthday celebrations in the month of December – both of my children were born a day apart the week before Christmas and my husband also celebrates his birthday just two days after our son’s birthday. December sure is a busy

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Behind the Scenes of Holidays Feature

Behind the Scenes of the Holidays

by Caleb Gardner | December 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm | comments

There was a time, long before getting married and having children, when this time of year was magical. The chill wind that arrived in the air was an advance notice of family time, thankfulness and gift giving with those I loved. Then I became an adult, and I realized none of that magic happened on its own. Now in the role of magic-maker, my children especially depend on me to

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Fun Nights Indoors Feature

How to Keep Active in the Winter Months: Celebrate Family Fun Nights, Indoors

by Liz Thompson | December 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm | comments

My husband and I have never been to a tropical island for a stress-free vacation, so visiting places like Jamaica, Hawaii and Tahiti are on our “life list.” Until then, we try to decompress from the week with Family Fun Night: usually celebrated on a Friday or Saturday night at our house, when we make it a point to slow down, play a couple of video games together, get in

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Thanksgiving All Year Feature

Celebrating Thanksgiving All Year Long

by Katie Goodman | November 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm | comments

We often associate being thankful with the month of November as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive all year round. Acknowledging the things in my life that I am thankful for, not just during Thanksgiving, most definitely makes me a happier person.  The Together CountsTM program serves as a great motivator to gather around the family table,

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5 Halloween Tips Feature

5 Tips for a Safe and Memorable Halloween

by Jenny Rapson | October 31, 2013 at 3:38 pm | comments

Fall is here and it’s time for pumpkins, corn mazes, and every child’s favorite fall celebration – Halloween! As soon as the calendar hits October, the Halloween anticipation starts building in my house.  The Together CountsTM program is all about balance, and what better holiday to practice this than Halloween?  The kids start obsessing over costume choices, nagging about pumpkin carving, dreaming up tricks and begging for treats from the

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Trick to Treating Feature

The Trick to Treating

by Together Counts Partner | October 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm | comments

Costumes, spooky music, being out after dark and your favorite candy…there’s a lot for a child to love about Halloween.  For parents, many are looking for ways to strike the right balance when it comes to the treat part of trick or treat. Although Halloween costumes may be scary, parents should not fear Halloween, it is the perfect time of year to begin practicing moderation and mindfulness in eating treats. 

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Beyond the Net Feature

Beyond the Net

by Lisa Gable | October 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm | comments

Looks of bemusement were displayed across the faces of the 7-9 year old Haitian Jacmel United Futball Club (JUFC) players when my 15 year old daughter handed out their first toothbrushes and proceeded to demonstrate usage.  Giggles erupted when she explained tongue brushing and heads shook solemnly during her admonitions to use clean water and never share. In addition to support services, Goals Beyond the Net gives JUFC team members

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Let Them Be The Coach Feature

Let Them Be the Coach

by Allison McDonald | October 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm | comments

Being a kid is tough, probably much tougher than we care to remember. It’s easy to feel like you aren’t important, don’t know what you are doing and aren’t as good as you want to be at something. As a mom it makes me sad to see brave faces that you can tell are hiding those feelings but as a teacher I need to find a way around it. That’s

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Fresh for Fall feature

Fresh in the Fall

by Caleb Gardner | October 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm | comments

Fall is the season I look forward to the most. Between the crispness of the air and the football games, autumn serves as an emblem of new beginnings. Although I’ve been out of school for, ahem, several years now, my mind still tracks time in semesters and backpacks. And now that I’ve married a teacher and my son is in kindergarten, I’m pretty sure that will always be the case. As my

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