Following the success of last year’s partner blogger series which featured over 30 unique blog entries from 10 Together Counts ambassadors, we are pleased to announce the partner blogger series is returning again in 2016!
Featuring six returning bloggers and a few newcomers, we are excited for what’s in store. Stay tuned throughout the year for updates on active and healthy living, tips for better eating, holiday events you can participate in throughout the year and much more! Learn more about the members we’ll be spotlighting below and share your thoughts in the comments.
Action for Healthy Kids: Action for Healthy Kids addresses childhood undernourishment, obesity and prevention by working with schools to help kids learn to eat right and be active every day. This focus is because of the unique position and influence that schools have on children and their families, in addition to their responsibility to provide nutrition and physical education and their many opportunities to promote healthy eating and active living. Action for Healthy Kids partners with families, community members, professionals and businesses to support schools in this effort.
Common Threads: Founded by Chef, Art Smith and artist, Jesus Salgueiro in 2003, Common Threads grew out of the belief that family and food have the power to nurture and strengthen us, to connect us to culture and community and to teach and excite us about our world. By sharing the delight of cooking and delicious recipes, in conjunction with practical life-skills in health and nutrition, Common Threads can change lives.
Girls on the Run: Girls on the Run is a nationwide nonprofit organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through a curriculum teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons that creatively integrate running. Girls sharpen their independent thinking skills, celebrate their unique strengths and realize their power to make a difference in the world. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k run—an experience that unleashes their confidence and establishes a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
Healthy Dining Finder: Healthy Dining Finder was born out of a passion to find menu choices with vibrant fruits and vegetables, hearty whole grains and flavorful lean proteins at every restaurant. Healthy Dining Finder believes that now is the time for every American to rediscover how to truly treat themselves well with all the best food, finding the health and vitality that comes from enjoying tantalizing culinary creations found at Healthy Dining restaurants nationwide.
National Frozen & Refrigerated Food Association: NFRA is a non-profit trade association representing all segments of the frozen and refrigerated foods industry. Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, NFRA is the sponsor of March National Frozen Food Month, June Dairy Month, June/July Ice Cream & Novelties promotion and October Cool Food for Kids educational outreach program. NFRA also provides consumer information such as food safety guidelines, meal preparation tips, recipes and sweepstakes opportunities.
The OrganWise Guys: The OrganWise Guys Inc. (OWG Inc) produces The OrganWise Guys Comprehensive School Program (OWG CSP), which is a multi-media, cross-curricular program that uses fun characters based on the organs of the body (i.e., Hardy Heart; Peri Stolic, the large intestine; Sir Rebrum, the brain, etc.), coupled with high energy activities, to teach children how to make positive health, nutrition, and physical activity choices.
Spark PE: Spark is a research-based organization that provides award-winning, evidence-based programs for Physical Education (K-12), After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health. Since 1989, Spark has provided curriculum, training, and consultation to over 100,000 teachers and youth leaders worldwide.
Special Olympics: The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
US Soccer Foundation: The mission of the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States, with a special emphasis on underserved communities. We view soccer as a powerful vehicle for social change. By supporting the development of places to play, places to grow and places to learn, our goal is to ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.