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8 Ways to Improve Your Health Right Now

by admin | December 22, 2016 at 9:32 am | comments

When January 1 rolls around, we are often more determined than ever to get fit and feel great. Research shows that only 8 percent of us actually achieve New Year’s resolutions, however. The main reason? We make dreamy resolutions but fail to follow up with the planning and work needed to achieve them. Instead of waiting to make a New Year’s resolution when it comes to your health, get ahead of the

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Keep Kids Active With These Healthy Gift Ideas

by Together Counts Partner | December 20, 2016 at 9:51 am | comments

It’s no secret that your children are likely to become less active throughout the winter months. The end of October to the beginning of the New Year oftentimes can mean an increased likelihood of unhealthy indulgence, while physical activity levels decrease. Fortunately, as a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we understand that with the right stimuli, most children love staying active, and this time of

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Can a Healthier Lifestyle Promote Good Character in Kids?

by Together Counts Partner | December 13, 2016 at 9:43 am | comments

The early years make up an important developmental phase in any person’s life. Up to the age of 18, we’re constantly learning new habits, information and behaviors – while establishing foundations that will shape our experiences as an adult. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize childhood represents both opportunity and vulnerability when it comes to promoting a healthier lifestyle. For children to thrive, they need support and stimulation both

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Four Steps for a Healthy and Happier Home

by Together Counts Partner | November 22, 2016 at 9:36 am | comments

According to the American Heart Association, one in three American children are overweight. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared childhood obesity among the top health crises in the USA, after drugs and smoking. Looking toward societal solutions, what’s comforting is that living a healthier and more active lifestyle is easier than you think and has many benefits. As a Together Counts ™ partner, we recognize the need

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Finding Balance for the Holidays

by Together Counts Partner | November 17, 2016 at 10:24 am | comments

By Katie Workman The holidays come rushing up on all of us every year, seemingly more abruptly than the year before. And while we all want to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry with all of our friends and family, there’s also the awareness that we don’t want to toss all common sense to the wind while doing so. We want to make healthier choices during these festive months that

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How Parents Influence Healthy Habits

by Together Counts Partner | November 8, 2016 at 10:23 am | comments

According to researchers at Duke Medicine, moms that encourage their children to exercise and eat well, and model healthy habits themselves, are more likely to raise active and healthy eaters. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize that these findings, published online in the International Journal of Obesity, remind parents that they are role models for their children. The findings also draw attention to the importance of parental policies promoting physical

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Why I Enjoy Being a Common Threads Chef Instructor

by Together Counts Partner | November 1, 2016 at 9:16 am | comments

Cindy Vanina, Common Threads Chef Instructor, cooks with students from Shoesmith Elementary School. I never tire of watching the kids working away at their dishes and then seeing their smiles and amazement when tasting the meals they have just prepared. Even when the kids are not so keen on trying a vegetable they haven’t had before, they take a “no thank you bite” and sometimes the dish containing it totally

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Athlete Leader in Health

by Together Counts Partner | October 20, 2016 at 8:44 am | comments

I have always been involved in some type of sport or exercise, but it became a passion my senior year of high school when my neighbor talked with me about wellness and all that is involved. After high school I enrolled in a program that taught nutrition and fitness to people with intellectual disabilities. As part of the program, I was paired with a wonderful personal trainer who listened to

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Can Exercise Help Students to Excel Academically?

by Together Counts Partner | October 18, 2016 at 9:17 am | comments

It’s common knowledge that physical activity is an essential factor in lowering the risk of child obesity, but new research is proving that a fit body can also equal a fit mind. In other words, ensuring your kids stay active could be the first investment you make in their college fund. Findings from the realms of education and biology research hint that regular exercise creates numerous benefits for the brain. Not

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Healthy Tips for Training Bodies

by Together Counts Partner | October 13, 2016 at 9:16 am | comments

Have you ever thought about running a marathon? As marathon season is spreading across the country, many people get inspired to take the challenge. Training for a marathon takes time and perseverance. I know this firsthand because I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2012 to benefit Action for Healthy Kids. It’s important to not only physically train but also learn how to balance your nutrition, to feed your body the

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