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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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Breakfast: A Prerequisite for Learning

by Together Counts Partner | March 3, 2015 at 8:42 am | comments

By: Rob Bisceglie, CEO Action for Healthy Kids By now the fact is well established that eating breakfast has countless positive physical and educational outcomes for children. However, not all children have the means to secure a healthy breakfast at home before school or struggle for various reasons to access school breakfast even when it is offered. Innovative solutions to ensuring the kids most in need get to eat breakfast

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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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Promoting Energy Balance in the Classroom with Live Oak PTA

by Together Counts Partner | February 4, 2014 at 8:46 am | comments

This year, Live Oak PTA (San Ramon, California) was a recipient of one of Together Counts’ Healthy Lifestyles: Energy Balance 101 Grants. Since winning the grant, they have been busy promoting energy balance at their school. In addition to continuing to offer their community ideas for energy balance and improved nutrition and fitness via e-newsletters, Live Oak has ensured everyone stays active in a fun, educational setting. For the third

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Smart From The Start with Energy Balance

by Allison McDonald | December 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm | comments

Young children don’t have a lot of control over their world and choices, which can easily lead to frustration. So why not give them control over something with the practice of energy balance, a fundamental aspect of the Together CountsTM program. Energy balance is all about balancing the energy we take in with the energy we put out. Introducing our little ones to the idea of energy balance can be

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Celebrating School Achievements as a Family

by Jenny Rapson | December 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm | comments

Fall is here, quickly turning into winter, and at my house, we are ready to celebrate with all the good things in the final months of the year, including changing leaves, holidays, and a school year in full swing. As a mom and a Together Counts™ Ambassador, I worked hard to make sure my family had a lot of fun playing together all summer long and staying active to work

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The Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes 2013

by Katie Goodman | November 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm | comments

I don’t view recess as something that takes time away from my kids’ learning. In fact, I believe that physical exercise prepares kids’ minds for learning – and leads to better behavior in the classroom. A quick search will bring up dozens of research studies to support this.  As an ambassador for the Together CountsTMprogram, I know the importance of an active lifestyle. Just think about it from an adult

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