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NACCHO Feature

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles with the Help of the Medical Reserve Corps

by Together Counts Partner | February 13, 2014 at 9:28 am | comments

How can you take your community’s talents and use them to make children healthy and active? Monmouth County, NJ, found a way by engaging a variety of health and educational professionals to pilot a “School Health Council” project called, “Action for Fitness in Monmouth County.” In 2010, Monmouth County piloted a School Health Council to promote healthy eating and exercise among schoolchildren, as well as to educate students and families

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5 Winter Activities That Bring Out the Kid in All of Us Feature

5 Winter Activities That Bring Out the Kid in All of Us

by Liz Thompson | February 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm | comments

I have always loved the wintertime, especially growing up in Central New Jersey. I can still remember sitting at our kitchen table with the radio on full blast, listening to the long list of school closings being announced in the hopes of being one of the lucky ones to be able to declare, “YES, we have a snow day!” Things haven’t changed very much now that I’m raising kids of

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Halting the Rise of Obesity by 2020

by Lisa Gable | January 28, 2014 at 8:46 am | comments

Every day, Americans take in an average of 100 calories more per day than they need. If we reduce that number, we can halt the rise of obesity by 2020. In May 2010, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation made a commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America to reduce 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace by the end of 2015. On January 9, 2014,

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Winter Nutrition Feature

Winter Nutrition

by Together Counts Partner | January 23, 2014 at 9:44 am | comments

As the seasons change, so can the eating behaviors of our kids. Nestlé, a Together Counts™ partner, with the help of Dietitian Connie Evers, MS, RD, answered some recent questions about children’s food allergies, hunger pains, and energy-boosting snacks. Allergy alert Ages 2 to 5 Q. My 2 year-old son sometimes breaks out in hives an hour or so after he eats breakfast. He often has scrambled eggs and toast.

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5 Ideas for Keeping NYR Feature

5 Ideas for Keeping Balanced New Year’s Resolutions as a Family

by Melanie Edwards | January 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm | comments

With the start of 2014 upon us it’s common for many people to set New Year’s Resolutions around living healthier and more balanced lives, following in-line with what Together CountsTM encourages for families all year long. Whether it’s about eating better, being more active, or taking better care of yourself, health and wellness is at the top of our minds. This is a great opportunity to engage children in the process

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Working Together to Help Reduce Obesity

by Lisa Gable | January 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm | comments

It may be no surprise to learn that American’s waistlines have been steadily expanding in recent decades – more than 35 percent of Americans are obese, and 70 percent are overweight. Twenty percent of children in the U.S. are estimated to be obese. We’re taking the steps to involve as many stakeholders as possible to create the solution, from parents and schools to food and beverage companies, retailers, non-governmental organizations

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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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