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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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Thanksgiving All Year Feature

Celebrating Thanksgiving All Year Long

by Katie Goodman | November 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm | comments

We often associate being thankful with the month of November as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive all year round. Acknowledging the things in my life that I am thankful for, not just during Thanksgiving, most definitely makes me a happier person.  The Together CountsTM program serves as a great motivator to gather around the family table,

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5 Halloween Tips Feature

5 Tips for a Safe and Memorable Halloween

by Jenny Rapson | October 31, 2013 at 3:38 pm | comments

Fall is here and it’s time for pumpkins, corn mazes, and every child’s favorite fall celebration – Halloween! As soon as the calendar hits October, the Halloween anticipation starts building in my house.  The Together CountsTM program is all about balance, and what better holiday to practice this than Halloween?  The kids start obsessing over costume choices, nagging about pumpkin carving, dreaming up tricks and begging for treats from the

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Trick to Treating Feature

The Trick to Treating

by Together Counts Partner | October 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm | comments

Costumes, spooky music, being out after dark and your favorite candy…there’s a lot for a child to love about Halloween.  For parents, many are looking for ways to strike the right balance when it comes to the treat part of trick or treat. Although Halloween costumes may be scary, parents should not fear Halloween, it is the perfect time of year to begin practicing moderation and mindfulness in eating treats. 

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