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Get Ready for Back to School with Katie Workman

by Together Counts Partner | September 3, 2015 at 9:09 am | comments

Parents greet the end of summer and the beginning of the school year with mixed emotions (the kids’ emotions? Not so mixed). Obviously we’re sad to see summer end, sorry to lose the longer, less structured days. But there’s an energy to back-to-school time, a feeling of a fresh start. As we partner with the nationwide Together Counts™ program, we want to inject some fresh thinking into our weekday cooking,

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PTA Councils Making a Difference With “Smart From the Start” Grants

by Together Counts Partner | September 1, 2015 at 10:17 am | comments

Porcha McMillan has seen firsthand just how powerful communities can be in the fight against childhood obesity. After her hometown PTA Council in Cumberland County, North Carolina won a $10,000 “Smart from the Start” Community Outreach Grant from National PTA and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Porcha set to work forming a coalition and organizing events designed to teach her neighbors about the importance of energy balance. Energy balance is

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Tackling Childhood Obesity with Energy Balance

by Together Counts Partner | August 27, 2015 at 8:55 am | comments

by The OrganWise Guys Since 2010, the month of September has been dedicated to National Childhood Obesity Awareness. The aim is to spread the word by promoting healthy eating and the importance of physical activity all month long (and of course beyond). As members of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, we support the Together Counts™ program and encourage active, healthy lifestyles for kids. Offering guidance on the types of foods

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4 Clever Food Safety Hacks

by Together Counts Partner | August 25, 2015 at 11:52 am | comments

By Liz Sanders, MPH, RDN Leafy greens, lean meat, fresh fruit… it’s all part of a healthful diet. But even these nutritious foods can have a dirty little secret: harmful bacteria. As a partner of the Together Counts™ nationwide program for healthy, active living, we realize safe food handling practices are an important, but often overlooked, component of a healthy lifestyle. After all, food can’t be nutritious if it’s not

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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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Introducing Kids to Exercise Routines

by Together Counts Partner | August 18, 2015 at 9:12 am | comments

It is no secret that children today lead more sedentary lives than their parents and grandparents did. Childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past three decades and screen time is at a record high between television, computers, tablets, video games, and smartphones. While it seems that the days of playing outside and simply “being a kid” are fading away, it’s not too late to turn the ship around.

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Staying Water-Safe All Year Long

by Together Counts Partner | August 13, 2015 at 9:51 am | comments

Karen Cohn, Co-founder of The ZAC Foundation Swimming is a great form of exercise for children during any season of the year, and as a member of the Together Counts™ program we know that swimming is a fun family activity that also keeps the kids active and healthy. While there are plenty of benefits to swimming, just like any other sport, it is important to understand how to properly engage

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How to Prevent Food Waste

by Together Counts Partner | August 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm | comments

Be honest. How much food do you end up tossing out every week? If you’re anything like me, you find yourself throwing away produce you had every intention of eating (but has since turned into a terrifying science experiment in the back of the fridge) more often than you’d like. Turns out I’m not alone. In the U.S., 30-40% of the foods supply is wasted. This is equivalent to more

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A Mentor in Nutrition Education

by Together Counts Partner | July 30, 2015 at 9:36 am | comments

Did you have a mentor when you were growing up? For many children, important role models are developed from mentoring relationships they have with teens or young adults. Studies have shown that youth that have positive mentors in their lives are more likely to stay in school, more likely to have high self-esteem and less likely to have substance abuse issues. As a proud partner of the Together Counts™ program,

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Share a Family Meal Anywhere

by Together Counts Partner | July 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm | comments

Every single day across America, firefighters gather around the kitchen table. Having just left their loved ones at home, they now sit down at this familiar piece of furniture with their second family. When I was introduced to the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and the Together Counts™ program, I didn’t immediately make the connection from their mission to our firehouse. Yes, we here at Fork and Hose Co. like to feature many

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