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Camp at Home Feature

Enjoying Summer Camp-Like Activities at Home

by Together Counts Partner | June 30, 2015 at 9:12 am | comments

by The OrganWise Guys Going off to camp for a period of time during the summer months is a longstanding tradition for many kids. However, not everyone has the opportunity to attend camp. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still be creative in your own homes and backyards. Gathering up family and friends in the neighborhood and putting together fun activities is what summer is all about! As members of the

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Summer Slide 2 Feature

Prevent Kids From Sliding Over the Summer

by Together Counts Partner | June 25, 2015 at 1:24 pm | comments

By: Linda Novick O’Keefe Summertime is here and it’s time to start planning! While summer programs are essential to the safety and well-being of all children, they are especially important for children of low-income families. When school is out, many of these children lose access to educational opportunities and basic needs, such as healthy meals and adequate adult supervision. In order to be successful in school and in life, children

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NFRA 1 Feature

On June Dairy Month’s Side

by Together Counts Partner | June 23, 2015 at 9:31 am | comments

It’s June! It’s June! It’s time we turn our attention to emerging from our houses, blinking a little in the foreign sunlight, and thinking about ways to convene with friends and family to celebrate this momentous occasion. So we plan some get-togethers, and maybe we know what we want to make as a main dish (if it’s outside, and there’s a grill, hoorah, burgers and chicken, vegetable kebabs and steaks).

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The Play Golf America photo shoot at the Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA, on Monday, November 1, 2010. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Create Family Traditions with Golf on Father’s Day

by Together Counts Partner | June 16, 2015 at 10:21 am | comments

Derek Sprague, PGA, President, PGA of America General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone Golf Club, Malone, N.Y. On the third Sunday in June each year, families across the globe celebrate dads and spend quality time together for Father’s Day. Are you looking for an active, healthy family activity that allows you to spend unhurried time together that you can enjoy for years to come? Consider golf. My father

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Soccer for Success Healthy Habits feature

Children’s Health: A Team Effort

by Together Counts Partner | June 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm | comments

One of the challenges parents and children alike face in enforcing healthy habits, is fitting exercise and nutrition into their routine. For school-age children, this challenge can be particularly daunting as they transition daily from school to home. Over the course of the busy day, it can be difficult to reinforce the importance of eating well, exercising, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep. As a partner of the Together Counts™ nationwide

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Hot Running Feature

Hot Weather Running Tips

by Together Counts Partner | June 9, 2015 at 3:02 pm | comments

Running is one of the best calorie-blasting workouts around, and you don’t need weights or a gym membership to do it! As a partner of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and advocate for runners across the country, The Road Runners Club of America wants to remind the running community about the importance of following our hot weather running tips. Running in the heat of summer can be dangerous if proper

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Hersheys Garden Feature

Dig It! The Family Benefits of a Community Garden

by Together Counts Partner | June 4, 2015 at 9:48 am | comments

First lady Michelle Obama set a powerful example in 2009 – just two months after the inauguration – when she planted a working vegetable garden at the White House. Since then she has hosted numerous groups of students from local elementary schools that help plant the seeds and participate in harvest. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, we understand how having a garden and participating in growing your

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Good Nights Sleep Feature

Why Getting a Good Night’s Sleep is Good for Your Brain

by Together Counts Partner | June 2, 2015 at 9:49 am | comments

Will a good night’s sleep make you smarter? During waking hours the brain is absorbing new information. In order to add the freshly acquired information to the long-term memory banks in the brain, the body needs to sleep. The first phase of the sleep cycle is a deep sleep where the brain moves the daily info from the short-term memory center to the long-term memory storage area. During the second

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Eat Vegetables Feature

The 5 Best Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

by Together Counts Partner | May 28, 2015 at 9:26 am | comments

Let’s face it–even as adults, there are certain foods that we’d prefer to avoid. However, when it comes to picky eating, it’s fair to say that children really take the biscuit. Often, as parents we struggle to convince our children to eat the right meals at the right times–even with foods we know they enjoy. Introduce a recommended daily dose of vegetables into that equation and you may have the

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Trail Activities Feature

Five Great Trail Activities and Their Health Benefits

by Together Counts Partner | May 21, 2015 at 9:41 am | comments

This article was originally published on Jan. 17, 2015, on Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s national TrailBlog. If you are looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, consider the old belief that it takes 21 days to form a habit. While some hold it to be true, research shows that it takes consistent work and commitment to form great habits. When it comes to being physically active, trails provide a wide range of outdoor

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