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Just Start Walking Feature

Add Up to Seven Years to Your Life: Just Start Walking

by Together Counts Partner | March 18, 2014 at 9:54 am | comments

While the benefits of exercise may be obvious, many people might be surprised to find that brisk walking can add as much as seven years to your life! Recent stories in the Daily Mail, Associated Press, USA Today, and BBC News have reported on the astounding health benefits of brisk walking, as little as 150 minutes a week. Representatives from Harvard University and the U.S. government’s medical research agency analyzed

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Small Fry SPD Feature

Lucky Charm St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

by Small Fry | March 13, 2014 at 9:58 am | comments

One thing we love about holidays is that they offer us the chance to learn and teach about topics and events in history that would normally never come up around the dinner table. Even better, our kids are so excited about the upcoming festivities for each holiday, they seem to be extra inquisitive and excited to learn as well. This scavenger hunt is a nice little nudge and reminder to

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5 wholesome foods Feature

Eyes on the Prize: How to Spot Wholesome Foods

by Together Counts Partner | March 11, 2014 at 10:22 am | comments

Scanning nutrition labels is a great way to help you find and make balanced food choices. And it’s estimated that at least 60% of Americans are in fact paying more attention to the numbers on the food packages they buy. [1] But if you don’t know what to look for on the label—or are only noticing the calories—chances are you’re not seeing the complete picture of your favorite eats. As

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7 fruits and veggies Feature

7 Tempting Tips for Fruits and Veggies

by Together Counts Partner | March 6, 2014 at 10:01 am | comments

Is eating healthier one of your goals for 2014? If so, you are most likely looking for new ways to add fruits and veggies to your diet. Fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, and they contribute a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your meals. For those focused on health, fruits and vegetables also provide high amounts of heart- and weight-friendly fiber. Courtesy of Fruits

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Nestle Tips Featured

Tips for Family Fitness

by Together Counts Partner | February 27, 2014 at 4:09 pm | comments

A healthy family is a happy family, but staying healthy is a team effort. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, I am familiar with numerous options for families to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Try boosting your family fitness with these tips. Be good role models Do you sit on the couch at every chance? Because if you do, there’s very little chance your kids will be

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Key to Academic Success Feature

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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Fun Fitness GM Feature

Fun Fitness: Exercises That Don’t Feel Like Work

by Together Counts Partner | February 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm | comments

Who says fitness has to be dull? There are many activities that will make you break a sweat without longing for the finish line. Many people believe there’s no such thing as fun fitness. In their minds, a good workout means trudging on a treadmill or lugging weights around a joyless gym, and that there’s no gain without the pain. “They think of it as more of a chore, something

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Hersheys Winter Feature

Make Warm Family Memories When It’s Cold Outside

by Together Counts Partner | February 18, 2014 at 9:11 am | comments

The thermometer reading may be rather low this winter, but that is no excuse for low physical activity levels.  Children need to be physically active, even in the winter months. Fewer sunlight hours and for the more northern folk, snow and cold, can make it hard to find a time and place for kids to be physically active. But children, by nature, want to move and moving keeps you warm.

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NACCHO Feature

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles with the Help of the Medical Reserve Corps

by Together Counts Partner | February 13, 2014 at 9:28 am | comments

How can you take your community’s talents and use them to make children healthy and active? Monmouth County, NJ, found a way by engaging a variety of health and educational professionals to pilot a “School Health Council” project called, “Action for Fitness in Monmouth County.” In 2010, Monmouth County piloted a School Health Council to promote healthy eating and exercise among schoolchildren, as well as to educate students and families

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3 valentines ways Feature

3 Active Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Family

by Jenny Rapson | February 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm | comments

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and when you’ve got children, there’s no better time to show them that family togetherness = LOVE. As a Together Counts Energy Balance Ambassador, I’m always looking for ways to keep my family active together, and a holiday like Valentine’s Day is as good of an excuse as any! We’re not particularly athletic in our family, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have

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