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Born to Run, or at Least Get Moving

by Together Counts Partner | October 15, 2015 at 11:27 am | comments

By: Rob Bisceglie, CEO Action for Healthy Kids In Chicago and New York City, school buses are back in motion, the air is crisp, and the days are getting shorter. These signs all point to one thing: marathon season. This past Sunday, 60 runners joined our Team Healthy Kids to run the Chicago Marathon and raise money for schools to implement health and wellness programming, and on November 1, twenty

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Apples – Did You Know?

by Together Counts Partner | October 13, 2015 at 11:42 am | comments

Did You Know there’s a whole family of apples? It’s a really large family. It’s alike in some ways but quite different in others. In the ‘alike department’ apples are round, but some are stretched out and may even have points on the bottom. Some are red, some are green, some are yellow, some are bi-color and there’s even a pink one. In the near future there will probably be

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Healthy Fun with the Grandkids

by Together Counts Partner | October 1, 2015 at 10:35 am | comments

Looking for fun and healthy activities to do with the grandkids? Give these a whirl. During Grandparents Month this past September, I started hunting up fun activities for when I visit with my grandchildren. Sometimes we do mad science, sometimes artsy things. Fun snacks to make together are always good. As a partner of the nationwide Together Counts™ program and an advocate for leading an active, healthy lifestyle, there are

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5 Canned Foods to Fuel an Active Lifestyle

by Together Counts Partner | September 29, 2015 at 5:58 pm | comments

When looking for foods to fuel a healthy, active lifestyle, don’t neglect the canned food aisle. As a member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s nationwide Together Counts™ program, we at the Canned Food Alliance recognize the value of food when it is economical, portable, healthy and quick to prepare. Whether your activity is going for a walk, gardening outdoors, or working out at a local gym, canned foods contain

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Soccer for Success

by Together Counts Partner | September 10, 2015 at 9:22 am | comments

We all know it is important for children to be healthy and physically active. Nevertheless, teaching children these practices so they make healthy choices on their own is not always easy. However, with resources from the Together Counts™ program and tips from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we hope you will find fun ways to teach your children how to balance their energy and live healthy lives! We believe in the

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Meet the Millennial: Reaching Gen Y with Health and Wellness Messages

by Together Counts Partner | September 8, 2015 at 4:49 pm | comments

For many, “millennial” is the new buzzword in marketing. Every industry is attempting to reach and ultimately influence this demographic. Millennials, ages 18-34, represent a huge share of the marketplace. According to the Boston Consulting Group and Barkely, millennials have an estimated annual direct spending power of $200 billion. Their indirect spending power each year is approximately $500 billion, due to their strong influence on their parents. So if everyone

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PTA Councils Making a Difference With “Smart From the Start” Grants

by Together Counts Partner | September 1, 2015 at 10:17 am | comments

Porcha McMillan has seen firsthand just how powerful communities can be in the fight against childhood obesity. After her hometown PTA Council in Cumberland County, North Carolina won a $10,000 “Smart from the Start” Community Outreach Grant from National PTA and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Porcha set to work forming a coalition and organizing events designed to teach her neighbors about the importance of energy balance. Energy balance is

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Tackling Childhood Obesity with Energy Balance

by Together Counts Partner | August 27, 2015 at 8:55 am | comments

by The OrganWise Guys Since 2010, the month of September has been dedicated to National Childhood Obesity Awareness. The aim is to spread the word by promoting healthy eating and the importance of physical activity all month long (and of course beyond). As members of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, we support the Together Counts™ program and encourage active, healthy lifestyles for kids. Offering guidance on the types of foods

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Staying Water-Safe All Year Long

by Together Counts Partner | August 13, 2015 at 9:51 am | comments

Karen Cohn, Co-founder of The ZAC Foundation Swimming is a great form of exercise for children during any season of the year, and as a member of the Together Counts™ program we know that swimming is a fun family activity that also keeps the kids active and healthy. While there are plenty of benefits to swimming, just like any other sport, it is important to understand how to properly engage

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A Mentor in Nutrition Education

by Together Counts Partner | July 30, 2015 at 9:36 am | comments

Did you have a mentor when you were growing up? For many children, important role models are developed from mentoring relationships they have with teens or young adults. Studies have shown that youth that have positive mentors in their lives are more likely to stay in school, more likely to have high self-esteem and less likely to have substance abuse issues. As a proud partner of the Together Counts™ program,

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