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5 Ways Smartphones Simplify Mealtimes

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 26, 2012

If you’re anything like me, you’re a super busy parent (I think “super busy” and “parent” are actually synonymous). Your smartphone is constantly on, and you use it for everything from phone calls to calendars to daily pictures of the kids and keeping everyone on the same page. The digital and mobile world often gets […]


8 Healthy Habits for Your Family

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 20, 2012

The RD Parent Empowerment Program is a unique program that brings the expertise of Registered Dietitians (RDs) into school and community settings to educate and empower parents to improve their families’ eating and physical activity habits and to influence their peers to do the same – much like the Together CountsTM program. The program was […]


Gifts that Inspire Physical Fitness

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 18, 2012

Looking back on my holidays over the years, I realize now that part of the reason for my interest in staying so active since a child was the thought my parents put into my gifts, each year incorporating at least one that encouraged me to try a new sport or get outside and play. If […]


Achieving Holiday Balance

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 13, 2012

Tis the season to be jolly, and to spend too much, eat too much and do too much. There’s something about the holiday season that causes people to over-do…I’m as guilty as the next, but we’ve been focusing on not doing too much, not overspending, not over-eating and just appreciating the simple, beautiful gifts that […]


Kids in the Kitchen: Holiday Edition

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 11, 2012

Preparing holiday meals can feel stressful. There are times I’d rather my children play quietly somewhere so I can focus on the task at hand in the kitchen. While I love my little helpers, it often feels easier to do it all without the help of little hands. And though that may be true, I […]


6 Fall Super Foods to Eat Today

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 6, 2012

Now that we are heading into winter, farmers markets become more and more scarce. It may seem that some fruits and vegetables are hard to find, but you can still use plenty of them throughout the fall and winter in your daily meals. Check out below for some of my favorite fall power foods that […]


Fit Football Snacks

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 4, 2012

Cooler days, color changes, outdoor exercise and, of course, football — those are four things that make it feel like fall to us. If you’re as excited for this year’s football season as us, but not as much for the high-calorie food and snacks that go along with it, we’ve rounded up some healthful options. Now you […]


6 Quick Slow Cooker Creations

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 29, 2012

It’s officially FALL, and with fall comes shorter daylight hours. For many families across the nation, those shorter daylight hours are jam packed with extracurricular activities, leaving very little time for Together CountsTM moments, homemade meals and quality time around the table. One of our family’s saving graces and favorite tools of the fall season […]


2013 Healthy Playground Makeover

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 27, 2012

How many times have you heard a parent or teacher say, “Use your indoor voice. We don’t throw balls inside.We don’t climb on furniture!” My guess is- a lot. There is a reason for that – children need to climb and move and throw and, yes, even yell sometimes. If their playgrounds are old, run […]


Thanksgiving Family Feasts

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 21, 2012

The holidays are a time for friends and families to gather and celebrate life and the people and things for which we are thankful. Most holiday get-togethers involve one person in the kitchen for hours to prepare the feast for the day, but this doesn’t have to be the case. The entire family can get […]