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Summer Reading to Inspire Outdoor Time

by Together Counts PartnerJuly 31, 2012

According to a recent study from the Journal of Sociological Inquiry, an emphasis on nature in illustrated children’s books has declined over the past few decades, and today’s generation of children is losing an understanding and appreciation of nature. You can read NWF’s original blog post about that finding here. This is why I was […]


Energy Balance by Design

by Together Counts PartnerJuly 27, 2012

Product placement is a popular buzz word in the marketing arena, and the retail industry has become experts in it and its powerful influence on consumer behavior. As a mom and nurse, I decided to formulate a “product placement” plan of my own to create the opportunity for my family to make optimal health and […]


On the Go with Activity Bingo

by Together Counts PartnerJuly 24, 2012

Any time I try a new exercise class, the following thoughts pop into my head: I hope it isn’t too obvious that I have no idea what I’m doing. There’s a good chance I’ll be sore tomorrow. Despite 1 and 2, I’m having a blast. Trying new and challenging classes breathes new life into my […]


Finding Fun at the Family Dinner Table

by Together Counts PartnerJuly 18, 2012

Dinnertime is often the busiest time in a family’s day. With school activities, soccer practices and doctor appointments, combined with technology distractions like email, texting and TV, getting the family together for quality mealtime may seem nearly impossible. However, the benefits to children and parents alike are worth the extra effort. There are numerous studies […]


Getting Family Fit with Yoga

by Together Counts PartnerJuly 12, 2012

People are always looking for the next big thing when it comes to fitness, and yoga was it a few years back. Interestingly, yoga is no longer the next big thing, though. That’s because it is now mainstream. The closest yoga studio is probably only a stone’s throw away from you, and it’s a safe […]


Red, White and Blue Holiday Fun

by Together Counts PartnerJuly 3, 2012

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and what better opportunity to combine some fun family time and good food! Since we’ve recently moved out of state, I can’t wait to ask our neighbors and see what is happening in our community for this fun holiday. I have fond memories of red, white […]