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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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Just Start Walking Feature

Add Up to Seven Years to Your Life: Just Start Walking

by Together Counts Partner | March 18, 2014 at 9:54 am | comments

While the benefits of exercise may be obvious, many people might be surprised to find that brisk walking can add as much as seven years to your life! Recent stories in the Daily Mail, Associated Press, USA Today, and BBC News have reported on the astounding health benefits of brisk walking, as little as 150 minutes a week. Representatives from Harvard University and the U.S. government’s medical research agency analyzed

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Key to Academic Success Feature

Daily Physical Activity is Key to Academic Success

by Together Counts Partner | February 25, 2014 at 10:14 am | comments

Perspiration is a key part of the pathway to getting good grades. The results of a recent study, reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, indicate there is a direct correlation between academic success in the classroom and daily physical exercise. This study, which focused on nearly 5,000 students, “found that grades increased in direct correlation with the amount of physical exercise undertaken in the average day.” The bottom

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NACCHO Feature

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles with the Help of the Medical Reserve Corps

by Together Counts Partner | February 13, 2014 at 9:28 am | comments

How can you take your community’s talents and use them to make children healthy and active? Monmouth County, NJ, found a way by engaging a variety of health and educational professionals to pilot a “School Health Council” project called, “Action for Fitness in Monmouth County.” In 2010, Monmouth County piloted a School Health Council to promote healthy eating and exercise among schoolchildren, as well as to educate students and families

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5 Winter Activities That Bring Out the Kid in All of Us Feature

5 Winter Activities That Bring Out the Kid in All of Us

by Liz Thompson | February 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm | comments

I have always loved the wintertime, especially growing up in Central New Jersey. I can still remember sitting at our kitchen table with the radio on full blast, listening to the long list of school closings being announced in the hopes of being one of the lucky ones to be able to declare, “YES, we have a snow day!” Things haven’t changed very much now that I’m raising kids of

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Halting the Rise of Obesity by 2020

by Lisa Gable | January 28, 2014 at 8:46 am | comments

Every day, Americans take in an average of 100 calories more per day than they need. If we reduce that number, we can halt the rise of obesity by 2020. In May 2010, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation made a commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America to reduce 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace by the end of 2015. On January 9, 2014,

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