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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...

10 Kid-Approved Choices

By Sara Lucero

What would you add to the list for other busy parents to try with their kids at home?
  1. Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – Easy and made with lean protein and whole grains.  Toss everything in the crock pot and go.  Be sure to add any other veggies your kids enjoy to help round it out and clean out the fridge.
  2. Kid's Turkey more...

5 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry on this Holiday Season

Halloween has come and gone, and those pumpkins are being replaced with copious amounts of cornucopia. As it begins to cool down outside, it can feel like the Turkey Trot will never end. While this season is busy, it is also one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Don’t forget to take a breather from the holiday fun and exhaustion to enjoy time with your family.
 
In the spirit of the season, we offer 5 tips to keep building healthy and fun habits as a family this more...

How to Teach Kids Healthy Habits

By Sara Lucero

If you’re like many of us parents out there, sometimes you wish there were a manual outlining how to best raise your kids.  OK, most of the time a manual would be nice.  When it comes to teaching your kids healthy habits, there may not be a manual, but there are some tried and true recommendations that can help you set your children up for success.  The added bonus is that they usually help the whole family live a healthier more...

6 Ways to Get your Family’s Pumpkin Spice On this Month!

As members of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), we encourage healthy activities like those you will find as part of their 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.
 
Whether it’s going for a family walk or opting for the Healthy Dining and Kids LiveWell menu choices at more...

6 Scary Good Meals for the Family

By Sara Lucero

Whatever Halloween recipes you choose, make sure they focus on fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains.  While this is a smart way to make the best choices throughout the year, it’s especially important now when so many less nutritious choices like candy and cookies are up for grabs. Check out our Pinterest boards for some ideas.

Do make the healthy choice the easy more...

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