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Family Activity Points

by Together Counts Partner | September 15, 2016 at 10:10 am | comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. For children, the 60 minutes of activity can be done throughout the day, and some of that time may come from moderate physical activity offered in schools and classrooms through physical education classes. Adults should do a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week.

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Making a Difference: Community Impact Projects

by Together Counts Partner | September 8, 2016 at 9:22 am | comments

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi Toward the end of each Girls on the Run season, thousands of girls in the program work with their team to plan and implement a community impact project. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize the project is a key element to the curriculum for a variety of reasons. First, it helps the girls set, work toward

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Conquering Busy Weeknight Dinners

by Together Counts Partner | September 6, 2016 at 10:31 am | comments

We all have places to be and things to do during the busy back-to-school season. Making time for family meals is important, too. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize that 20 minutes at the dinner table as a family can make a big impact on establishing healthy eating habits for your children. While our schedules are ever changing, preparing family dinner doesn’t have to be another dreaded item on

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What’s for Dinner?

by Together Counts Partner | September 1, 2016 at 9:28 am | comments

Does it sometimes feel like Groundhog Day for you because you find yourself asking this same question most days of the week? As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for active, healthy living we realize that everyone wants a nice, family dinner, but sometimes it can be tricky deciding what to do. Here are four ways to feel confident in your answer! Embrace your favorite food/meal/recipe. If you like

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Empowering Girls to Take Care of Themselves and Each Other

by Together Counts Partner | August 25, 2016 at 8:07 am | comments

By Heather Pressley, PhD., Vice President of Programming, Girls on the Run International Let’s face it. Sometimes adolescence is viewed in a negative light, but as youth workers we can view adolescence differently. And at Girls on the Run, we do. As a Together Counts™ partner, we choose to see adolescence as an opportunity—to help girls explore their budding interests, to use increased emotionality as a way to explore empathy

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Getting Ready for Back-to-School Routines

by Together Counts Partner | August 23, 2016 at 8:42 am | comments

Ah, the days of summer. Between loosened schedules, random adventures and extended bedtimes, there’s no doubt that kids love the relaxed fun only summer can bring. But as the calendar moves further into August, one thing becomes clear: back-to-school season is here! As a Together Counts ™ partner, we realize after following a less-structured schedule for the past couple of months, it’s important to ease back into routines, helping ensure a

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5 Smart Ideas for a Healthy Family Routine

by Together Counts Partner | August 17, 2016 at 11:00 am | comments

Summer is coming to an end, and a new school year is looming on the horizon. As you and your family purchase school supplies, sign up for fall activities and adjust to new schedules, don’t forget to make health a daily priority. Getting back into a healthy routine right from the start will help make it a great year! As part of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living,

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Five Things to Love about Frozen…(food)

by Together Counts Partner | August 16, 2016 at 9:46 am | comments

Have you ever said you are too busy to eat better? Or that you don’t have time to prep food after a busy day? Lucky for you, frozen food extends your options to make better choices, no matter how busy the week becomes. As part of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we realize that nutritious food comes in all varieties, and frozen food is no different. Frozen

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Preventing the “Summer Slide” in Fitness

by Together Counts Partner | August 11, 2016 at 9:11 am | comments

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant It’s summertime and letting your children recuperate from the constant hustle and bustle of the school year sounds healthy. You may be thinking, “Hey, my kids deserve to relax and enjoy a lazy summer.” For some, that may be the right approach, but perhaps not everyone. Research shows there’s potential to lose fitness if children who were involved in school-based fitness

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Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

by Together Counts Partner | August 9, 2016 at 10:32 am | comments

Close your eyes and picture your favorite meal or snack. Picture someone offering to make it for you and how happy that makes you feel. Now, picture yourself enjoying it. Chances are, there’s at least one component that is better for you, like a seasonal fruit or vegetable. And chances are, there’s also one component that’s a little decadent. That’s a great canvas for balanced eating over time, something that

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