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Summer Fun: Health-Inspired Tips for the Family

Treat yourself and your family well with the best food choices this summer. The right foods in the right combinations plus activities that can get everyone moving can energize you and the kids throughout the day and week.
  • Keep healthy food choices on hand and within reach to keep everyone in the family fueled for the day – precut fruits and veggies, a fruit bowl, small containers of nuts, whole grain crackers, low-fat cheese sticks, hard boiled eggs, turkey rolls and more...

Fresh and Fruity: 5 Healthy Summer Treats

By Kristen Castillo

Chilling out on a hot summer day with a cool treat can be healthy. Simply focus on treats made with fruits to keep you refreshed, satisfied and guilt-free and the kids happy. These five easy-to-make dessert recipes can satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

Cran Apple Yogurt Pops
Whip up these pretty pops with the kids more...

Parents at a Loss on Kids’ Meal Calories

By Vanessa Lynskey, MPH
Senior Project Manager, Restaurant Initiative, Child Obesity180
 
Let’s take a quick quiz. How many calories should there be in an average child’s restaurant meal, including an entrée, side dish, and drink?
 
A.     600-800 calories
B.     400-600 calories
C.     200-400 calories
 
If you answered B more...

5 Healthy Foods Even Your Kids Will Love

If you’re still struggling to find healthy food your children will love, this list provides five fantastic options that you can make yourself or order in restaurants.

1. Frozen Fruit

Ice cream is a favorite with kids. For a healthy alternative, frozen fruit is just as sweet and refreshing! You can blend it more...

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.
  2. more...

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...

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