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5 Reasons to Take Your PE Class Outside

by Together Counts Partner | December 1, 2016 at 10:40 am | comments

Kids, on average, don’t play outside as much as their parents did. Children spend more than six hours every day on screens, from televisions to tablets. Even school settings offer more screen learning than even a decade ago. All of that technology has its place and purpose, but as a partner of the Together Counts™ program for active, healthy living, we recognize that without opportunities to get outside children face

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School Garden

by Together Counts Partner | October 25, 2016 at 8:55 am | comments

Transform a schoolyard space to a garden! As a Together Counts™ partner, we realize that a school garden is a wonderful way for students to physically connect with nutrition education, understand the process of growing healthy foods and recognize environmental stewardship. Here are some steps to starting and maintaining a school garden: Gain encouragement from school administration. Highlight the personal nutrition benefits and the crossover with various academic subjects. Identify

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Soccer for Success National Training

by admin | July 19, 2016 at 10:53 am | comments

On the field, coaches play an important role in a child’s development. From teaching game fundamentals to life lessons, children look to their coaches for guidance. At the same time, coaching a healthy and active lifestyle goes beyond the field. It takes the support of families to get active and inspire healthy living. With resources from the Together Counts™ program, you can support your children as they grow, learn and

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Active Kids and Schools Earn Awards with Fire Up Your Feet!

by Together Counts Partner | July 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm | comments

Walking is one of the best things kids can do for their health, emotional well-being, and academic success. Yet between 1969 and 2009, the number of kids walking to school dropped from 48 percent to just 13 percent. During the same time period, childhood obesity tripled and traffic congestion grew around schools, negatively affecting air quality and snarling nearly everyone’s morning commute. The good news is that over the past

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More than just Bandages

by Together Counts Partner | June 14, 2016 at 9:21 am | comments

“School nurses are the face of health care in school for the 50 million students in our schools.  School nurses make a difference in the lives of children every day” states Beth Mattey, NASN President. School nurses may be known for bandage and booboo care, but there is so much more to what we do.  In any class you will find students with asthma, life threatening allergies, diabetes, autism, attention

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Learning by Doing

by Together Counts Partner | May 12, 2016 at 11:46 am | comments

Children living at three times the national poverty rate with limited access to nutritious foods or exposure to healthy behaviors, have long found sanctuary at their local Boys & Girls Clubs. Danielle Morris, Director, Nutrition, Health & Wellness for Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA), explains that, nationwide, most of its nearly 4 million members rely on their local Club for meals. Often, the food children receive after school

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More Reasons to Celebrate Every Kid Healthy™ Week

by Together Counts Partner | April 26, 2016 at 8:21 am | comments

By: Rob Bisceglie, CEO Action for Healthy Kids We are in the middle of the fourth annual Every Kid Healthy™ Week, a time for schools to celebrate the great efforts they are making to improve the health of their students and communities through improving school foods and implementing physical activity and nutrition education programs. Given a recent study projecting that one in five adults globally will be obese by 2025,

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Encouraging Health and Wellness with Lynndale PTA

by Together Counts Partner | November 12, 2015 at 8:11 am | comments

The Lynndale Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in Lynnwood, WA was the proud recipient of a Together Counts™ 2015-2016 Healthy Lifestyles: Energy Balance 101 Grant of $2,000. The PTA plans to use these funds to focus its efforts on providing education, experience, equipment and tools for students and families to make healthier choices. The funds will be used to enhance healthy living in five key areas. Grant Activity 1: Enhance Active

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Sports-Based Youth Empowerment

by Together Counts Partner | October 22, 2015 at 8:46 am | comments

Declining physical education in schools means communities must pick up the slack By The Grizzlies Foundation It is well-known that childhood obesity is a problem across the country. Nearly 45% of children living in poverty are overweight or obese, and this same group is usually the one with the least access to healthy food or structured exercise programs. Sports in schools are the last vestige of team-based exercises for kids

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A Reminder for Families As Kids Return to School

by Together Counts Partner | August 20, 2015 at 8:51 am | comments

As summer comes to an end, and families begin crossing items off the back-to-school checklist, there are some additional things you can be doing to prepare for the school year that you won’t find on any itemized classroom list. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, we are excited for the new school year, and encourage parents to actively engage with their kids in the classroom. Research shows that

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