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A Healthy 2012!

Here is another guest blog from our partners at the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation:

It’s time to set new goals for the New Year! It’s cold outside, the kids are home – the perfect opportunity to relax and spend time together. To start the New Year off right, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and The OrganWise Guys can help your family reach your health goals.

Make resolutions this month like trying new, nutritious recipes. Why not bring out the slow cooker? This will keep food warm while you pick up the kids. Save the leftovers for lunch the next day in individual plastic bags, and teach kids about portion control. To help families achieve healthy lifestyles, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation developed the Together Counts™ program (www.togethercounts.com). Families can share tips like these and more using the Together Counts™ programs available at www.togethercounts.com.

Cold weather shouldn’t stop your family from being active. Plan a family game night, play hide-and-seek, or organize a scavenger hunt around the house. Outdoor activities will help avoid cabin fever. If your children are able to, find a local ice-skating rink or sled down a hill in the neighborhood.

Do you want your child’s school to have a fresh start this New Year? Find out if they’re using the Energy Balance 101 curriculum, and learn about the $130,000 in prizes being awarded to Energy Balance 101 schools each year. This is the last month to enter to win the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes which includes a $30,000 grant and a playground makeover. The Find Your Balance Challenge allows elementary school classrooms to win a grant for their schools. Go to togethercounts.com for more information.

This month, talk to your family and write down the top 10 things you need to change to obtain a healthier lifestyle – let this be your guide for the New Year.

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