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Screen Free Feature

3 Ways to Make “Screen Free Week” Work as a Family

by Jenny Rapson | May 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm | comments

Spring has finally sprung here in my corner of the country, and after that extra-cold winter I have never been happier to see it – or to get outdoors with my kids! As a Together Counts™ Energy Balance Ambassador, I am always looking for ways to make active play a priority for my kids, and one of the ways I do that is by limiting their screen time. In our

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10 Kid Foods Feature

Ten Healthy, Active Habits for Kids

by Together Counts Partner | May 1, 2014 at 10:45 am | comments

It’s easy to get caught up in simply getting a dinner on the table that everyone’s willing to eat – never mind all the worries about nutrition. Issues like: am I feeding them too much? Should I make them finish their meal? Will they be hungry at school? Are they getting enough calcium, iron, or that latest vital nutrient I just read about? Is this food nutritious? These questions are

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Curiosity to Play Feature

Embracing Childrens’ Curiosity Towards Play

by Mariah Bruehl | April 24, 2014 at 11:25 am | comments

Children have a natural instinct to play. It is evident in their early smiles, their giggles when we are silly, and their first games of peek-a-boo. As parents, we can harness this natural inclination that our children have to play and help them to grow into happy, active, and confident people. It can be easy to overlook the importance of explicitly teaching children active motor skills such as running, jumping,

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Smucker Garden Feature

Fun and Easy Tips for Gardening with Kids

by Together Counts Partner | April 22, 2014 at 9:13 am | comments

Looking for ways to get your kids eating new foods and spending time outside? Try gardening and see what a great time you’ll share as a family. They’ll learn about the care of, planning for, nurturing and enjoying the benefits of a garden. Kids are generally more likely to want to eat fruits and vegetables if they have a hand in tending to them and you don’t have to be

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Every Kid Healthy Feature

Celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week

by Together Counts Partner | April 15, 2014 at 9:43 am | comments

We’ve all heard that one in three American kids is overweight or obese. That’s why it’s essential for everyone who cares about children to take action to improve their health and increase their opportunities for academic success. Luckily, there’s never been an easier way for all of us – especially parents and teachers – to work toward that goal during Every Kid Healthy™ Week, April 21-25. Launched by Action for

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Spring Cleaning Chore Feature

Spring Cleaning as a Family Doesn’t Have to be a Chore

by Anna Luther | April 10, 2014 at 10:00 am | comments

When I was growing up in rural Michigan, spring was one of my least favorite times of the year. It really should have been my favorite – considering we’d most likely been buried under a snow bank and hadn’t seen the sun in months. But at our house, spring meant a lot more than finally seeing the sunshine again. It meant spring cleaning. As a family. And it was never

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Hershey Starting Line Feature

Run Jump Throw: Teaching Kids the Fundamentals for a Lifetime of Physical Activity

by Together Counts Partner | April 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm | comments

Not every child will be a star athlete, but being physically active is a critical part of the foundation for a balanced lifestyle.  Many children don’t have the opportunity to develop fundamental skills such as running, jumping and throwing and can quickly be left behind when it comes to being active.  A new national youth activity initiative, Run Jump Throw, which partners the USA Track & Field (USATF) and The

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PHIT 5 Feature

5 Great Reasons to be Active and Fit

by Together Counts Partner | April 1, 2014 at 11:20 am | comments

When it comes to your own physique, it’s time to use it or lose it!  Based on research conducted by PHIT America, the positive side effects of being active are powerful. “The comments from the medical profession about an active lifestyle are convincing and energizing,” said Jim Baugh, founder of PHIT America, a cause designed to create a Movement for a Fit and Healthy America and partner of the Together

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TBT Allie Feature

Throwback Thursday: Sharing Games and Family Meals From Your Childhood

by Allison McDonald | March 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm | comments

“Mama what was it like when you were little?” My kids have inherited my curiosity of the past and beg me to tell them about what life was like in the olden days, which for them means the early 80s. The questions that pop up the most are always about food and play. When you think about it that makes sense because for kids, meals are something that they know

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Reebok Feature

Childhood Obesity: It’s Time To Think Outside the Box

by Lisa Gable | March 20, 2014 at 11:28 am | comments

It’s hard to believe, but only 3.8% of U.S. elementary schools offer daily physical education classes for their young students, and only nine states require that elementary schools offer recess. How can this be? As any parent knows, the chance to have kids run around and burn up some of their boundless excess energy is good for their bodies AND their minds. To deprive children of that opportunity is to

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