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Fun School Rituals Feature

Fun School Night Rituals

by Small Fry | October 16, 2014 at 8:28 am | comments

“How was your day?” … “Good.” Sound familiar? Sometimes we get an earful, and exciting recount of our kids’ days at school, but lots of times it’s just “good.” For this school year we are really focusing on making time and effort to inquire about our children’s days. As Together Counts™ Ambassadors, we understand the importance of togetherness and are making an effort to be closer to our families not

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Amusement Feature

Today’s Amusement Parks Offer More Than One Way to Get Your Heart Rate Up

by Together Counts Partner | September 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm | comments

A visit to an amusement park may not be the most typical example of family energy balance, but with a little planning, today’s parks offer families a lot of fun and even thrilling ways to burn calories and be fit. The first is walking.  Walking at a brisk pace not only burns calories, it also increases your heart rate, helps maintain muscle mass, keep joints flexible (which helps prevent joint-related

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Instagram Feature

Skip the Instagram and Enjoy Being in the Moment With Your Family

by Jenny Rapson | September 4, 2014 at 10:35 am | comments

I don’t know about you, but one thing I really like about social media is sharing photos of my kids. What can I say? I’m proud of the little whippersnappers! And so, like many parents, I’ve been Facebook-ing and Instagram-ing every fun family activity for a couple of years now. Or I did, until recently, when I had an epiphany: By sharing our every family moment with my social media

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5 year infographic

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Celebrates Five Years!

by admin | September 2, 2014 at 9:00 am | comments

In celebration of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s five year anniversary, we’re looking back at the contributions made by the Foundation and its members toward the health and wellness of our children through programs like the Together Counts campaign. HWCF and its partners have worked tirelessly to meet a vast array of achievements including a commitment to reducing 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace. In January of 2014, the Robert Wood

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Routines Feature

Rediscovering A Routine Just In Time For Back To School Season

by Jeff Bogle | August 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm | comments

No jury of my peers could possibly find fault with my decision to make sleepy time a sort of free-for-all during the summer months, right? I mean, after 44 weeks of rigid routine and hectic mornings rushing to get into the school drop-off line on time, the idea of allowing later PMs and stress free AMs is, quite literally, the least I can do for my two daughters. There’s only

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Family BBQ Feature

Grilling With the Entire Family

by Holly Homer | August 19, 2014 at 7:22 am | comments

As a Together Counts™ ambassador, one of my favorite things about summer is that it just seems easier for families to be together.  Without the schedules of the school year, finding time to sit down as a family and share a meal happens more often. Some of that summer family togetherness can be extended into the next month or two while the weather is still warm by firing up the

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Water Activities Feature

Five Fun and Creative Ways To Use Your Kiddie Pool For Active Play

by Allison McDonald | July 31, 2014 at 9:15 am | comments

Summer is in full swing, and as a Together Counts™ ambassador, I’ve been on the hunt for ways to stay active while staying cool. You don’t need a beachfront estate or even an adult sized pool to have fun and get active with your kids this summer. All you need is a simple kiddie pool! Here are five fun ways to splash and move with your little (and not so

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Summer Festivals Feature

Making Balance Count This Festival Season

by Anna Luther | July 24, 2014 at 8:10 am | comments

Summer is in full swing, and our family is taking advantage of every opportunity to be outside. We’re taking trips to the pool, joining in backyard barbecues and attempting to attend as many summer festivals as we possibly can. While it’s tempting to celebrate summer by enjoying goodies roasted over the fire and attempting to eat at every single food truck in town – as a Together Counts™ Ambassador, I’m

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PE Weekend Feature

Active Weekend Ideas for Families

by Together Counts Partner | July 22, 2014 at 11:21 am | comments

Children learn their most impactful lessons at home. The examples parents set have a greater effect on the choices children later make than any other outside force. Parents can teach wholesome cooking, eating, and fitness lessons through conversation, but it is better understood through practice. The work week is busy, especially if parents work outside the home. When the weekend rolls around, though, there are plenty of opportunities for families

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Community Impact Feature

5 Keys to Community Impact

by Together Counts Partner | July 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm | comments

Want to create sustainable, healthy changes in your community? Learn from our panel of 2014 Smart from the Start PTA Council Grant winners. It’s true that one person can move mountains when their mind is set on it. But what if there were 10 minds? And what if each one is backed locally by dozens of stakeholders and nationally by a proven platform loaded with free tools to inspire and engage

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