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What Energy Balance Means for a Family

by Estela Schnelle | July 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm | comments

With my two girls out of school for the summer, we have been finding & creating many activities to fill our days. In some odd way, I am finding that we are actually busier in the summer than the school year. This is where energy balance comes in. As an ambassador for the Together Counts Program, I feel energy balance plays a key role in a healthy and active family lifestyle.

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Keeping Portions under Control

by admin | July 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm | comments

Bagels as big as frisbees! Muffins the size of flower pots! Bowls of pasta so deep, your fork can barely find the bottom! At Camp Shane weight loss camp for kids, we provide portion-controlled meals that are nutritious and tasty, because we recognize that balanced eating for effective weight loss has more to do with quality than quantity. The Truth About Serving Sizes Contrary to popular belief, the serving size on a food label is not

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Exercise for Children Leads to Healthier Bones in Adults

by admin | July 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm | comments

It is well known the regular physical activity among aging adults can maintain bone health and decrease the risk of fractures. A new study presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day suggests that physical activity and exercise early in life might be equally important. Bjorn Rosengren, MD, PhD and other researchers performed a controlled exercise intervention among children aged 7-9 in Malmo, Sweden. The intervention group comprised of 362

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Fourth of July Memories

by admin | July 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm | comments

Independence Day is one of the most important holidays we celebrate in the United States each year. It’s an essential time to come together, give thanks for our many freedoms and of course celebrate. In fact, July 4th is equally important for many of us because of the fantastic memories we create each year with our families when we gather to celebrate. It’s a holiday I loved as a child,

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Bring Recess Home for The Summer

by Allison McDonald | June 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm | comments

On summer vacation kids want to leave a lot of their school work at school, close the books for a few months and just relax. Who can blame them? Kids need down time too. As parents, we know that it doesn’t work like that. As a blogger representative for the Together CountsTM Program, I know it’s equally important to make sure they keep moving all summer too! Three things kids

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Eat Right to Play Hard

by admin | June 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm | comments

Active kids need fuel for sports, school and everyday health, as well as normal growth and development. When young people are involved in competitive athletics, their need for power foods and fluids is higher than usual. If you have specific concerns about your child, consult a registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition. If your child is on a team, talk to the coach and arrange for a registered dietitian

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Father and Sons

Growing Up on Father’s Day

by Caleb Gardner | June 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm | comments

I was having a conversation with a friend recently about what it’s like to be a parent. He has older children, so he’s a little ahead of the game compared to me. We were talking about how difficult it is to make the transition into parenthood — how it’s such a big lifestyle change; how suddenly you have this little human who is completely dependent on you for every need,

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Balancing Treats and Activity

by admin | June 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm | comments

The question that I am asked all the time by my friends who know I am a food blogger is: “How do you stay so thin with all the food you cook?” It is a complete mystery to them. We eat what I cook. Food isn’t thrown away. The mouths in my home, including mine, enjoy the recipes that I cook, and as a Together CountsTM ambassador, it is really

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Hydration Tips from Kraft Foods

by Together Counts Partner | May 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm | comments

As the temperatures climb, and kids head out doors for playtime and team sports, remember that hydration is an important part of the energy balance equation. Plain drinking water is a clear choice for proper hydration, but it’s not the only option. Beverages such as milk, juice, sports drinks and soft drinks, —and even foods such as fruits and vegetables—help meet the body’s water needs. Your kid’s daily hydration needs

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Stepping Outside Our Routine for Mother’s Day

by Melanie Edwards | May 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm | comments

As moms, we’re often running from one place to the next. There’s work, school, after-school activities, errands, and countless other places from which we go back and forth. With such a busy routine, it’s often difficult to find a way to spend quality time as a family outside the car. That’s something I love about celebrating holidays like Mother’s Day – it’s a great opportunity to let go of the

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