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Ham Feature

Holiday Ham Recipe from Evette Rios

by Together Counts Partner | December 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm | comments

Is ham the centerpiece of your family’s holiday meal? They are delicious, but ham recipes can be packed with calories. When I’m making ham for my family, I use no-calorie cola to make a sweet, great-tasting baste without additional calories!! Try this with your favorite no-calorie cola! Evette Rios is a partner of Together Counts™, a program that inspires calorie balance from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. She is also

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5 Ways to Cure Holiday Break Boredom

by Together Counts Partner | December 18, 2014 at 11:54 am | comments

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the much anticipated holiday break from school. With so much free time, kids tend to get stir crazy when just hanging out in the house. So, if your kids are showing signs of boredom, we are here to help with some entertaining ideas to make sure everyone survives the holiday break. Here are some entertaining ideas to ensure everyone survives the holiday break: Get outside –

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Delicious, Lower-Calorie Holiday Recipes from Evette Rios

by Together Counts Partner | December 15, 2014 at 10:19 am | comments

This holiday season, with a new baby in tow, I will be hosting my very first family shin digs! Now, in Latino families like mine, food is everything. It’s how we show each other love, and how we make guests feel comfortable in our homes. A Latino host will lovingly call you “gordita” and at the same time offer you arroz con habichuelas until your pants don’t fit anymore. We

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Child Athlete Feature

Encouraging Your Child to Be An Athlete

by Lisa Gulley | December 11, 2014 at 10:04 am | comments

As a mom of 4 boys, our family is involved in many team sports. While they may not always be the best player on the team, I always encourage and celebrate them for their efforts. As they have gotten older, I have noticed the team sports atmosphere has started to move away from having fun and focuses more on winning. I believe we should encourage kids to be active and

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Easy-to-Make Holiday Favorites from Hungry Girl!

by Together Counts Partner | December 10, 2014 at 9:16 am | comments

These festive Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes from Together Counts partner Hungry Girl are a delicious, easy-to-make treat to add to your holiday recipe list! Enjoy your favorites while cutting calories this holiday season by whipping up great-tasting recipes with simple ingredient swaps! For more lightened-up recipes, food finds, tips ‘n tricks, and more, sign up for free daily emails at Hungry Girl’s Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes 1/12th of recipe (1 cupcake):

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Mom Snacks Feature

Mom-Approved After School Snacks

by Jenny Rapson | December 4, 2014 at 10:47 am | comments

I don’t know about your kids, but every day mine run into the house after school and act as if they haven’t eaten for 24 hours instead of the actual four hours since lunchtime. They’re always so hungry! And, since I don’t believe in doing homework on an empty stomach, the first thing I do is provide them with a satisfying after school snack. As a Together Counts™ Ambassador I

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Black Friday Feature

25 Family Activities for Black Friday

by Allison McDonald | November 26, 2014 at 10:42 am | comments

When I first moved to the United States (I was born and raised in Western Canada) I had vaguely heard about Black Friday but never experienced it. Now after living in the United States for over 10 years, I spend the day with my kids, who are home from school, and use this day together as a mini break from our everyday routine. As a Together Counts™ ambassador, I’m always

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Thanksgiving Activities Feature

Family Thanksgiving Activities for Together Counts

by Holly Homer | November 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm | comments

I love Thanksgiving because everything surrounding the holiday supports family togetherness and the spirit of gratitude.  And while much of the preparation may be over the family meal, as a Together Counts™ Ambassador I know the memories will be made all day. Adding a little play into the mix can get everyone active and giggling.  Here are some activities that can be added into the mix.  You never know which

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Parfait Feature

Low-Calorie Seasonal Favorites From Hungry Girl!

by Together Counts Partner | November 12, 2014 at 9:24 am | comments

Just in time for Thanksgiving, this delicious, low-calorie pumpkin parfait from Together Counts partner Hungry Girl is a cinch to make for your family and friends. Enjoy your favorites while cutting calories this holiday season by whipping up smarter recipes with simple, no- or low-calorie ingredient swaps! For more lightened-up recipes, food finds, tips ‘n tricks, and more, sign up for free daily emails at   Hungry Girl’s Pumpkin Pie Parfait Entire

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Young Leaders Feature

Young Leaders

by Together Counts Partner | November 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm | comments

As a volunteer with the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital ‘Young Leaders’ program, one of my favorite activities is ‘What is Energy Balance?’ using the recommended daily food plan from, in the Healthy Habits Booklet. It’s a part of the Girl Scouts Wonders of Water (WOW) Journey. I enjoy this lesson because it is both informative and interactive. I always start by asking the girls what their favorite food is.

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