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Have you Made These 4 Easy Changes to Your Diet?

by Together Counts PartnerAugust 29, 2013

Resolutions. They never seem to go away. Another year goes by, and millions of people are once again bound and determined to make some significant change to their lifestyles. Some succeed at this drastic change but most don’t. I have a challenge for you. Instead of making life-altering behavioral modifications, let’s do the baby steps approach! You […]


Give Kids a Break: The Value of Recess

by Together Counts PartnerAugust 27, 2013

The new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics about the importance of recess time brought back some vivid memories of my days on the playground. I remember when my grammar school in San Francisco had two recess periods: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Since the weather was mild most […]


Discover How Kids Refuel Around the World with Tips from Kraft Foods

by Together Counts PartnerAugust 22, 2013

If you’re tired of the same lunch routine day after day, travel around the world for inspiration. In several countries, lunch is the main meal of the day where families gather around and spend time catching up with one another. Take some tips from a few countries below and your kids will get a lesson […]


Meal Planning Basics: Setting the Stage for Success

by Together Counts PartnerAugust 20, 2013

As a busy working mother of two little girls, I have learned that when it comes to consistently feeding my family and keeping them healthy, meal planning is key. As a Together CountsTM program ambassador, I find it easiest to go back to the basics and make a plan for balanced eating. Our lives are getting […]


Getting Creative in the Kitchen

by Together Counts PartnerAugust 15, 2013

With childhood obesity rates more than tripling in the past 30 years, it’s important to take a proactive role in encouraging healthful eating for the entire family when dining out or at home. One way to diversify your child’s palette is to creatively present nutritious dishes and get them involved in the cooking process! Not […]


Making Family Meals Work When You’re Not the Greatest Cook

by Together Counts PartnerAugust 13, 2013

I have a love/hate relationship with cooking: love to cook; hate it when I simply cannot find the time or inspiration to, you know, actually cook something. My 12 year-old who declares herself a semi-vegetarian (at least twice a month) and each of my 3 teens have issues with food:  the two oldest girls love […]


5 Ways to Jump into an Active Summer!

by Together Counts PartnerAugust 9, 2013

During summer vacation, kids have an unlimited amount of free time, and it can be difficult to think of ways to keep them active.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends children get 60 minutes of physical activity each and every day, which is doable during school months thanks to in-school fitness opportunities […]


A Little Nudge Goes a Long Way

by Together Counts PartnerAugust 7, 2013

It’s clear that we have a growing health dilemma in America today; but how can we make small changes for ourselves and our families which can lead to a healthy, active lifestyle? What we need is a “nudge” to encourage us to make healthier choices. And while it might not seem like an obvious choice, […]


10 Reasons Summertime Shouldn’t Be Spent Sitting Indoors

by Together Counts PartnerAugust 1, 2013

The close of summer is quickly approaching, and far too many people have been sitting indoors and need to get out of the rut. As a Together CountsTM member, we’re always thinking of different activities for families.  The best way to achieve energy balance is to step outside this summer and spend some more time […]