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Summer Recess Feature

Recess in the Summer – Fun Ways to Keep Your Family Moving

by Anna Luther | July 10, 2014 at 7:00 am | comments

School may be out for summer, but I still try to incorporate a few school lessons in every part of our day. We do a little reading, a little writing, a little bit of fun math (like how many popsicles has the 3 year old eaten today?) – and of course – RECESS! It’s all too easy to spend our days in the air conditioning rather than running around and

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AND Breakfast Feature

Tips for Better Breakfasts

by Together Counts Partner | July 8, 2014 at 5:25 pm | comments

Based on modern science, and the wisdom of mothers throughout the ages, breakfast is a very important meal. Research shows breaking an overnight fast with a balanced meal can make a major difference in overall health and well-being, especially for children and teens. Eating breakfast can help improve behavior and school performance, as well as foster a healthy weight. On the other hand, skipping breakfast is a no-brainer, quite literally.

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5 Ways Feature

5 Ways to Play This Summer

by Mariah Bruehl | July 3, 2014 at 8:00 am | comments

Nothing feels better then ending a beautiful summer day with the feeling of having spent quality time outdoors. There is something about engaging in play that brings us back to a time when the days stretched on and summers felt long. Play is defined as “engaging in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” In other words, choosing to engage in fun simply for the sake

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HWCF Breakfast Feature

Wholesome and Quick Breakfast Ideas

by Together Counts Partner | July 1, 2014 at 10:17 am | comments

There is no better way to start the day than with a wholesome breakfast; however, finding the time to make that breakfast isn’t always easy to do. Healthy Dining Finder’s readers shared their breakfast questions with a registered dietitian and her answers are below. Rachel Rothman, M.S., R.D. Question: What are some good, quick breakfast ideas that I can either buy when I’m on my way to work or are

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4 ways Feature

4 ways to wake up and move with your family in the morning

by Lisa Gulley | June 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm | comments

Wake up and GO!! The hardest step out of bed in the morning is the first one. My children however, have yet to learn this concept and bound out of bed with endless energy. As both a Together Counts ambassador and a mom of boys, I have learned this energy is best when used for good, so the first thing we do in the morning is move our bodies! Here are

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Summer Salmon Feature

3 Activities To Launch Your Family Into Outdoor Summer Fun

by Jeff Bogle | June 24, 2014 at 9:26 am | comments

“Is it almost time for salmon on the grill?” asked my nearly-7-old daughter. And thus it has begun: outdoor season, when food tastes better because the fibers of your favorite t-shirt have inhaled the pungent aroma of charcoal smoke and the sound of joyous kids fills the spaces left in the warm air by the radio play-by-play announcer who rightly gives the baseball game ample room to breathe. Early summer

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Backyard Camping Feature

10 Fun Ideas for Backyard Camping

by Holly Homer | June 19, 2014 at 9:24 am | comments

June 28 is the Great American Backyard Campout in association with the National Wildlife Federation.  The goal is to get families, neighbors and friends outside connecting with each other and nature. What an opportunity for family fun! No matter what age the kids might be, backyard camping can be a real option.  No worries if it doesn’t go as planned, the house is steps away! Camping can also lead the way to

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Bee Fit Feature

How to Teach Kids the Importance of Staying Fit

by Together Counts Partner | June 17, 2014 at 9:59 am | comments

Anyone who has spent some time with kids, or has little ones of their own, knows that children can be very active and involved in play at a young age. As they grow older, they may have too many other responsibilities at school, lose interest, or worry that they aren’t as good at sports as their peers. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, Bumble Bee Foods has tips

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Father's Day 14 Feature

Three Simple Ways to Make This Father’s Day Count

by Jeff Bogle | June 12, 2014 at 9:54 am | comments

It’s nearly impossible for my wife and kids to do the traditional ‘breakfast in bed’ thing for me on Father’s Day. It’s not that I don’t like breakfast, quite the opposite actually – give me a Swiss cheese, caramelized onion and grilled asparagus omelet any day. It’s that I’m usually awake hours before them, out for a run and back for a shower, all while they blissfully snore away the

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Yoga with Children Feature

Yoga with Children

by Mariah Bruehl | June 10, 2014 at 9:32 am | comments

Yoga is a sanskrit word that means “union”—union of mind, body, and soul. Not only does Yoga have wonderful physical benefits, it can also help calm the mind, and soothe the soul. As a Together Counts™ Ambassador, my family and I have had a blast exploring ways to get active and the benefits various activities offer. Below are just a few benefits of Yoga: Improved Posture Building Strength Balance Bodily

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