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Summertime Boredom Busters

by Together Counts Partner | June 1, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

As a Together Counts™ ambassador, we love sharing healthy ideas that are fun for the whole family! Don’t you just love the first few weeks of summer vacation? Your kids aren’t bored yet, and there are lots of fun activities to enjoy in the sunshine and warm weather. After a few weeks though, summertime boredom can start to kick in. Here are our five favorite active and educational ideas to

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4 Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer

by Together Counts Partner | May 30, 2017 at 11:28 am | comments

Summer is the perfect time to try something new. Whether it’s a hike in a local park, cooking a healthy recipe on the grill, or trying a new sport, there are plenty of ways to stay active and healthy in the warm weather. As a Together Counts™ partner supporting healthy, active living, we encourage you to hydrate by drinking plenty of water each day as you enjoy time outside this

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Exercising With A Busy Schedule

by Together Counts Partner | May 25, 2017 at 8:33 am | comments

Question: I understand that exercise is really important, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to fit a full workout into my busy schedule. What are some things I can do to stay in shape without going to the gym? Answer: It’s great that you recognize how important physical activity is, and you want to fit exercise into your daily routine. As a Together Counts™ program partner encouraging

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Early Childhood Education: The Power of Play in Physical Education

by Together Counts Partner | May 23, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

School is not strictly about academic development, particularly when it comes to early childhood education. Numeracy and literacy are key, but so too is the moral, social and emotional development that can come through casual interactions with fellow students and teachers. Playtime is the perfect opportunity to foster this development, and what better place to begin incorporating play than into physical education curriculum? As a partner of the Together Counts™

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Field Day Dos and Don’ts

by Together Counts Partner | May 18, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

Around this time of year all over the world schools are beginning to plan a Field Day for their students. When done well, Field Days can be an active and fun time for everyone.  As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we wanted to share a few tips for parents to help make your child’s Field Day one to remember. Preparation Dos: Volunteer to help

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Eating on a Budget? Remember the 3 P’s!

by Together Counts Partner | May 16, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

When it comes to balancing the budget, your weekly food shop is one area where you can find significant savings if you follow some quick and simple ideas. As partners of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we know it’s important to make sure the food shop is nutritious as well as budget friendly. Here are some quick and easy ideas you can try: PLAN Plan meals and

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Do Young Children Need Physical Education?

by Together Counts Partner | May 11, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

As a parent, sometimes the things you hear experts say about children’s health, and the things you observe in your own kid(s), can seem conflicting. Here’s the thing about physical education: yes, these programs encourage physical activity, but it’s the second part of the phrase — the “education” portion — that’s the key factor, and the reason all young kids should have access to formal physical education classes. Your kids

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What is a Functional Food?

by Together Counts Partner | May 9, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

Functional foods are one of the biggest trends right now, but chances are you’re already incorporating these foods into your daily diet for flavor and health – especially if you regularly opt for the dietitian-recommended Healthy Dining choices at restaurants. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we want to explain to you the benefits of including functional foods into your regular diet. According to the Academy

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Giving Kids Safe Spaces To Play

by Together Counts Partner | May 4, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

Working with Together CountsTM, the U.S. Soccer Foundation is excited to promote healthy and active lifestyles for youth and the importance of having a safe place to play. Having safe places to play not only creates an environment where kids can be active, but also brings families together to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program gives kids safe and accessible areas

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Four Healthy Avocado Snacks

by Together Counts Partner | May 2, 2017 at 6:00 am | comments

Along with kale and hazelnuts, avocados seem to be the pop-food of the decade. With avocado recipes in high demand, it can be difficult to distinguish which options are the healthiest choices. Look no further! As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we want to share four delicious avocado snack recipes  that will keep the whole family  healthy and satisfied. Baby Avocado Toast Just spread it

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