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Tips to Save Time and Eat Healthy During the Holidays

by Together Counts Partner | December 27, 2016 at 9:35 am | comments

If you’re trying to keep up with end-of-year shopping sales and a long list of events on top of your regular, hectic schedule, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself with a healthy diet and regular exercise. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we think this strategy is a great defense against holiday burn out, sickness and stress. Save time and

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5 Tips for a Safe Halloween

by Together Counts Partner | October 29, 2015 at 9:27 am | comments

As your kids grow, you’re growing as a parent. Your mind, your patience, and, most importantly, your understanding of their wants and needs. This Halloween we’re pairing up with the Together Counts™ program because we think you should have all the Halloween safety facts: everything from candy intake to what to do the night of the big walk. Here are a few safety tips for you and your children: If

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6 Ways to Find Balance over the Holidays

by Together Counts Partner | December 23, 2014 at 11:17 am | comments

  The holiday meal is typically one of the biggest of the year filled with foods like pies, crescent rolls, creamed corn, and much more. No matter how health-conscious we might be throughout the year, the holidays tend to be a day centered around food. While enjoying a day like this every now and then isn’t a bad thing, we want to avoid making holiday choices that stretch all the

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Holiday Cookie Swap Recipes from Evette Rios

by Together Counts Partner | December 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm | comments

Looking for a special twist on your annual holiday cookie swap? This week, I’m spotlighting some delicious versions of my favorite holiday treats with simple calorie-saving swaps! Surprise your family and friends this season with these great-tasting cookies everyone will love!! Evette Rios is a partner of Together Counts™, a program that inspires calorie balance from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. She is also host of “Recipe Rehab” on CBS.

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25 Family Activities for Black Friday

by Allison McDonald | November 26, 2014 at 10:42 am | comments

When I first moved to the United States (I was born and raised in Western Canada) I had vaguely heard about Black Friday but never experienced it. Now after living in the United States for over 10 years, I spend the day with my kids, who are home from school, and use this day together as a mini break from our everyday routine. As a Together Counts™ ambassador, I’m always

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Family Thanksgiving Activities for Together Counts

by Holly Homer | November 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm | comments

I love Thanksgiving because everything surrounding the holiday supports family togetherness and the spirit of gratitude.  And while much of the preparation may be over the family meal, as a Together Counts™ Ambassador I know the memories will be made all day. Adding a little play into the mix can get everyone active and giggling.  Here are some activities that can be added into the mix.  You never know which

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Now, About All That Candy…

by Together Counts Partner | November 4, 2014 at 9:47 am | comments

Well, it’s over. Halloween has come and gone for another year. Time to put away the plastic jack-o-lanterns, take down the make-shift graveyard you constructed for the front yard, and try your best to get the overly large cobwebs from the front hedge. Once all that is done, there’s still the matter of all that candy. In the National Confectioners Association’s recent consumer survey, 81 percent of parents said that

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Achieving Moderation Before, During and After Halloween Night

by Jeff Bogle | October 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm | comments

Halloween may not be known for moderation – or balance, for that matter, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy “smart sweets” during the spookiest season of the year. For many parents, including a certain Together Counts™ Energy Balance Ambassador who shall remain nameless, this is an extremely difficult time of year to get the concepts of balance and moderation to cut through the non-stop spooktacular festivities. Fear not!

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Three Simple Ways to Make This Father’s Day Count

by Jeff Bogle | June 12, 2014 at 9:54 am | comments

It’s nearly impossible for my wife and kids to do the traditional ‘breakfast in bed’ thing for me on Father’s Day. It’s not that I don’t like breakfast, quite the opposite actually – give me a Swiss cheese, caramelized onion and grilled asparagus omelet any day. It’s that I’m usually awake hours before them, out for a run and back for a shower, all while they blissfully snore away the

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10 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in the Great Outdoors

by Anna Luther | May 8, 2014 at 9:41 am | comments

I’ve only been a mom for six years now, but that has been enough time for me to figure out exactly what I want to do on Mother’s Day. Here’s a hint: It’s not spending the morning trying to wrangle my kids into dress clothes so that I can try to convince them that it would be fun to stay in their seats while we try to eat brunch at

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