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10 Ways to Stay Active during the Holidays

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 26, 2013

The holidays can be an extremely busy time for many families between holiday preparations, family gatherings, school functions, shopping and fun holiday activities. In our family, we also have three birthday celebrations in the month of December – both of my children were born a day apart the week before Christmas and my husband also […]


Behind the Scenes of the Holidays

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 24, 2013

There was a time, long before getting married and having children, when this time of year was magical. The chill wind that arrived in the air was an advance notice of family time, thankfulness and gift giving with those I loved. Then I became an adult, and I realized none of that magic happened on […]


Move, Move, MOVE! 5 Tips on Keeping Your Family Active In the Winter Months

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 19, 2013

The weather is a getting a little chilly and our schedules a bit more hectic but winter is a great time to be active with your family! It isn’t a time to hibernate! Making time for physical activity, even in the cold, is important to make sure our kids grow up fit and healthy. By […]


Cultivating Culinary Kids

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 17, 2013

Give a child a fish stick, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a child to cook and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. Forgive the twist on an ancient proverb, but it’s true. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, we know that basic cooking skills are essential, and a good foundation will set […]


How to Keep Active in the Winter Months: Celebrate Family Fun Nights, Indoors

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 12, 2013

My husband and I have never been to a tropical island for a stress-free vacation, so visiting places like Jamaica, Hawaii and Tahiti are on our “life list.” Until then, we try to decompress from the week with Family Fun Night: usually celebrated on a Friday or Saturday night at our house, when we make […]


What’s for “Brinner”? Three easy “Breakfast-for-Dinner” Ideas

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 10, 2013

‘Tis the season to be BUSY, and sometimes a hectic hurry-scurry holiday season weeknight deserves a special (and easy) dinner that’s a treat for the whole family. As a Together CountsTM ambassador, I love routines that gather my entire family around the table. Even better, I almost always have the ingredients for a breakfast meal […]


Smart From The Start with Energy Balance

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 5, 2013

Young children don’t have a lot of control over their world and choices, which can easily lead to frustration. So why not give them control over something with the practice of energy balance, a fundamental aspect of the Together CountsTM program. Energy balance is all about balancing the energy we take in with the energy […]


Celebrating School Achievements as a Family

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 3, 2013

Fall is here, quickly turning into winter, and at my house, we are ready to celebrate with all the good things in the final months of the year, including changing leaves, holidays, and a school year in full swing. As a mom and a Together Counts™ Ambassador, I worked hard to make sure my family […]


Celebrating Thanksgiving All Year Long

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 21, 2013

We often associate being thankful with the month of November as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive all year round. Acknowledging the things in my life that I am thankful for, not just during Thanksgiving, most definitely makes me a happier person.  […]


Take a Hike! Four Healthy Hiking Tips

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 18, 2013

As the weather cools down, it’s time to get out in the brisk air to enjoy all that nature has to offer. But don’t limit yourself to walks around the block, challenge yourself and take a hike! Avid hiker Annie Parsons offers her top four tips to make your hike part of an active lifestyle. […]