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Memorial Day Food and Activities for the Family

Started informally to remember fallen soldiers of the Civil War, Memorial Day wasn’t officially recognized as a holiday until 1971.  The exact origins have long been debated, but there is no doubt that the holiday was quickly embraced by the American public to honor service members killed in war.

Healthier Memorial Day Food
Over the years, Memorial Day has more...

Get to Know Catherine Katz and Cuisinicity

Do you love food the way that we do: the smell of something delicious simmering on the stove, the beauty of a perfectly prepared meal laid out in front of you, the way the unique flavors of foods can wash over your tongue in the most heavenly and indescribable way.  
 
Yeah, us too…
 
When you pair this flavor made to savor and high quality foods the result is something even more powerful too!  Catherine Katz, the more...

Spring into Action this April

Incorprate these three fruits and vegetables into your meal plans this month to continue leading a healthy and active lifestyle!
  1. Spring is the prime time for incorporating strawberries into your routine. Strawberries make a delicious and healthy addition to everything from your breakfast cereal to a spinach salad.    
  2. Nothing brightens up a dish like corn. Corn is a healthy and tasty vegetable to eat alone or serve in a corn salsa for a snack.< more...

Three Changes You Can Make TODAY To Get Your Kids Healthy!

People often ask me for my top 3 ideas on how to get their kids started on a road to health without implementing any massive changes that will make the whole family rebel. Here are some easy tips to get you started, whether your kids are toddlers or teens! 
  1. Instead of eliminating junk food from your family's diet, begin by adding in nutritious foods. By incorporating healthy, antioxidant rich foods, everyone will begin to feel better! Celebrate small successes, like more...

Three Healthy and Active Ways to Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day

Courtesy of Together Counts

Looking to really impress Mom this Mother’s day? Lavish her with one of these simple and fun ideas, and she will know she is appreciated by her family.
 
  1. Take mom on a surprise picnic! Now that the sun is out, throw on some shades and sunscreen, and take mom out for a picnic. Some great dishes you can pack include protein packed sandwiches, a yummy fruit or corn salad, and frozen bananas for dessert.
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Eating Better from the Kids’ Menu

By Vanessa Lynsky, MPH
Senior Project Manager, Restaurant Initiative
Child Obesity180

Filling up on adult-size meal combinations, sugary fountain drinks, and rich side dishes can lead kids to consume excess calories, fat, and added sugars. But now it’s easier than ever to avoid these pitfalls and choose more healthful options – if you know where to look.
 
Experts agree that a kid’s meal at a restaurant more...

The Public Agrees: Parks and Recreation Are Vital to Healthy Communities

Courtesy of Together Counts and National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Parks and recreation are leading the charge to make our communities healthier. Whether by providing increased opportunities for more...

How to Order the Healthiest Kids' Meals at Restaurants

A recent survey and study into kids’ meals and restaurants underscore how large a role kids play in deciding restaurant meals.  According to the survey:
  • Half of parents reported that children determined their own orders. Not a big surprise to parents who have negotiated and even battled with kids over menu choices.
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4 Healthy Snacks to Keep on Hand

Catherine Katz at Cuisinicity has had lots of practice keeping kids happy and energized over the years, thanks to her five kids.  Here are Catherine’s everyday tips and suggestions for healthy snacks and how to make them the easy choice for the whole family:

  1. I always have fresh fruit on the counter (and in the fridge) handy and ready to go! You can more...

What Kids Want from Restaurants

In fact, recent research found that not only are children increasingly taking ownership of their choices at restaurants, but they are loyal to the restaurants and choices they really like:
  • Half of parents reported that children determined their own orders.
  • Taste was the most common reason for children's meal choices.
  • Most (76%) children reported visiting the restaurant previously.

So what are younger folks looking for more...

Healthy Habits for the New Year

Courtesy of Together Counts

Like most families, you have probably set a few resolutions for yourself in 2017. If being a healthy and active family is on the list, you’ve come to the right place.
 
We encourage busy families to get started with the Together Counts™ program.  The free resources for teachers and parents can support your fitness and nutrition education goals and may make sticking with more...

Food to Fuel the Fun - Playground Makeover

Enter as often as once a day every day through March 24th, 2017, to win a $30K grant and a brand new playground for your school!  Anyone can enter the sweepstakes on behalf of a school.  New this year: A third grand prize will be awarded to a military base or installation for a school or community organization where service members' children attend. The more entries your school has, the greater your chances to win! more...

Top 15 Healthy Kids Posts of 2016

Helping everyone in the family to eat more healthfully is easier with tips and recipes like these from our partners and dietitians. 
  1. Smoothies for Kids: How to Make a Tasty Kale Smoothie Your Kids Will Love Think your child would never eat kale or a similar green?  Toss it in this smoothie.
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Healthy Holidays? HoHoHo

We encourage healthy activities like those you’ll find as part of our free Together Counts™ program. Learning how to make healthy decisions which lead to healthy habits is what the program aims to teach children in grades Pre-K through 5.
 
In the spirit of the season, here are five ideas for incorporating healthy and fun habits as a family this holiday season.
 
  1. Since December brings more...

Bringin’ Back the Yum

By Anita Jones-Mueller
December 8, 2016

It’s not just kids, either. So many people have suffered through a plate of mushy broccoli or a dry chicken breast or flavorless brown rice that may have needed just a little culinary love to become utterly craveable. 

It’s time to bring back the yum without sacrificing the nutrition. 

Restaurants are always a great resource for ideas to add flavor to foods as well as tasty more...

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