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5 Ways to Get the Family Involved in Summertime Volunteering

by admin | July 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm | comments

Summer is here, and with warmer weather comes our favorite, highly anticipated outdoor activities. With a mission to help those in need, and a strong emphasis on health and wellness, The Goulden Touch believes summertime is also the perfect opportunity for families to head outdoors and get active together—all for a good cause! Established in 2011 and founded by Chicago Bears Kicker Robbie Gould, The Goulden Touch teaches the importance

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Working Together to Help Reduce Obesity

by admin | May 30, 2013 at 12:01 am | 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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Grocery Shopping Made Easy: Facts Up Front

by Together Counts Partner | May 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm | comments

For many people, a trip to the grocery store can seem like an overwhelming task. With so many different foods to choose from, it can be hard to determine the best options for building a healthy diet for yourself and your family. Key to any healthy diet is maintaining Energy Balance—the principle behind Together Counts. To do this, shoppers will want to learn to balance calories consumed through food and

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What to Eat Before, During and After Exercise

by Together Counts Partner | May 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm | comments

Overall, eating plans are great, but what you choose to eat for optimal performance and results before, during and after workouts is of equal importance. The following tips will help you maintain wellness as you incorporate physical activity into your everyday routine. Before Your Workout: Regular Workouts: You should not plan on working out right after major meal times. Instead, opt for a light snack to amp your energy enough

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Simple Swaps: Healthful Takes on Family Favorites

by Together Counts Partner | April 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm | comments

Spring is here, and my thoughts have turned to favorite foods of the season. I live on a small ranch between Carmel and Big Sur and am the mother of two young boys. Like moms everywhere, I want my kids to grow up healthy and active and have a great appreciation for good food, which is why I’ve encouraged them from an early age to help in the kitchen as a way

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Back to Cooking Basics with Common Threads

by Together Counts Partner | January 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm | comments

In the fight against childhood obesity, we are getting back to basics. We know that simple things like eating more plant-based foods, exercise, nutritional knowledge and portion control can have a huge impact. It is generally understood that there is no single solution, rather we need to work together to address this epidemic and realize that everyone counts— the very song that the Together Counts™ program has been singing for

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2013 Healthy Playground Makeover

by Allison McDonald | November 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm | comments

How many times have you heard a parent or teacher say, “Use your indoor voice. We don’t throw balls inside.We don’t climb on furniture!” My guess is- a lot. There is a reason for that – children need to climb and move and throw and, yes, even yell sometimes. If their playgrounds are old, run down or even worse, unsafe, it makes it that much more difficult for young kids

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Rising to the Find Your Balance Challenge

by Together Counts Partner | June 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | comments

One of the greatest benefits of working at the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is seeing our programs make a real difference in the lives of children. Just this spring we announced the winners of our three sweepstakes competitions, and with the support of our partners, we gave away thousands of dollars worth of sporting equipment, playgrounds and grants. Our Find Your Balance Challenge competition, however, was more than just a

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The Great American Backyard Campout

by Rachel Matthews | June 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm | comments

It’s time to break out the tents, for tomorrow is the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout. It’s the annual National Wildlife Federation celebration that encourages parents across the country to get out and camp with their families. Whether it’s in backyards, local parks or beaches… they just want you to get together and have some fun! If you register your campout you get your own dedicated page to

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Eating Well at Work

by Together Counts Partner | June 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm | comments

Your workday lunch can be a simple way to manage your budget—and your waistline. Just think, two $4 lunches per week add up to over $400 per year, not to mention add extra calories. Taking the time to plan a nutritious lunch, complete with lean protein, fiber and even a little healthy fat, puts you in control of your food choices, portions and calories. In an effort to bring a

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