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Fire Up Feature

Fire Up Your Feet

by Together Counts Partner | April 14, 2015 at 9:24 am | comments

Obesity prevention has been identified by PTA members as a top priority for health and safety.  School nutrition has long been a key component to PTA’s history, yet PTAs are relied on to raise much needed funds for schools often through food-based methods. As a member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and a Together Counts™ Ambassador, we promote energy balance and encourage schools to make healthy changes having to

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Eat Veggies Feature

Get Your Kids To Eat Veggies…Really!

by Together Counts Partner | April 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm | comments

Are you having a difficult time with your child eating their vegetables? It can be puzzling how a child who has liked plenty of vegetables from the time they were just starting baby foods, turns around one day and thinks all vegetables are “yucky”! Soon kids realize that no matter how much they push their peas around on their plate, they just won’t disappear! Then, they try to get the

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3 Truths Feature

The 3 Truths for Keeping Healthy Goals Going Strong

by Together Counts Partner | April 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm | comments

“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” This popular Zig Ziglar quote holds especially true this time of year when the New Year’s resolution “honeymoon period” is starting to wear off. If your family’s motivation is starting to taper, you’re not alone. An article in the Wall Street Journal, featured earlier this year, shared that check-ins on Facebook to facilities with “gym”

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Cooking With Kids 101 – How Parents and Kids Can Cook Together

by Together Counts Partner | April 2, 2015 at 10:26 am | comments

The Home Cooked Meal and Dinner Take a look at the stats and you’ll see that Americans know finding time to eat as a family is important, but that time often gets in the way of sitting down together for a meal. “In response to an FGI Research survey conducted among 1,000 Americans ages 18 and above: 54.4% responded that weekly recipes with tips on how to get kids involved

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Vegetables Feature

5 Spring Fruits and Vegetables for Healthy Dining

by Together Counts Partner | March 31, 2015 at 12:06 pm | comments

Spring, and all the anticipated foods it brings, is finally here. Are you as excited as we are to answer the call of those spring fruits and vegetables? This delicious seasonal produce has both tempting flavors and fabulous health benefits, and is sure to banish the long winter blues when it begins showing up at your local market: Peas – These sweet little morsels are a great option as a

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Workout Feature

Make Physical Activity Part of Your Family’s Lifestyle

by Together Counts Partner | March 26, 2015 at 9:41 am | comments

While exercise can be drudgery if it’s performed irregularly and/or incorrectly, those who have made it a part of their daily routine, hardly have to think about it- if at all. In fact, discouragement usually settles in only if something interrupts regular activity so that it keeps them from exercising. The golden question then becomes, “How can someone start to make exercise part of their lifestyle?” The following list of

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The Power of a Coach-Mentor

by Together Counts Partner | March 24, 2015 at 10:40 am | comments

Did you know? According to MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, 15 million youth nationwide are in need of a caring, supportive mentor. Mentors serve as positive role models and can help set a good example for children, especially when it comes to learning how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. As members of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, we see the Together Counts™ program as a tool ideal for

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GOal and Get It!

by Together Counts Partner | March 19, 2015 at 10:37 am | comments

With 2015 upon us, it’s time to put the past in rearview and think about what YOU want this year and how you can accomplish it. Here are 5 goals that should be on everyone’s list! 1. Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less “I’m on a diet,” “I was bad this weekend,” “I’m avoiding XYZ.” Those are the most common words that I hear from many folks, especially at the

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A Well-Stocked Freezer Means You’re Always in Luck

by Together Counts Partner | March 17, 2015 at 9:49 am | comments

March is an exciting time. It’s National Frozen Food Month, and you’ve got a touch of madness with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations right in the middle. For many of us, we’re even starting to see early hints of spring. There is no better way to combine these festivities than with a delicious, simply prepared, green meal for you and your family. My secret weapon to get my family through this

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8 Ways to Keep Your Kids Active Indoors

by Together Counts Partner | March 12, 2015 at 10:00 am | comments

There’s nothing quite as fun and rewarding as getting outside as a family to be active. But in geographic areas that experience harsh winters, getting outside can be difficult for many months of the year. It can be easy to fall into a pattern of TV watching and video game playing, but these and other sedentary habits can be harmful in physical and developmental ways. By getting creative, you can

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