Together Counts- Encouraging Families To Get Outside

Our family loves to spend time outside together. One of our favorite things to do at the end of the day is to go on family walks. This is a nice chance to talk about our day while we get exercise. In the Fall we like to go on nature hunts and look for leaves, twigs, and other items for collages. In the Spring, we like to watch as the world blooms around us. In past years we have pushed the boys in a stroller or pulled them in a wagon but this year I’m excited because they are older so they can walk beside us. We also like staying active together by playing t-ball and soccer in the backyard. If it’s hot out we enjoy running through the sprinkler and do anything else water related.

Together Counts is a nationwide program inspiring families to be active together and to eat healthy. The principle behind the program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. I first heard about Together Counts last summer at the Type A Parent conference and I really like that they focus on getting families to spend time together doing things that will make everyone healthier.

Together Counts has some exciting things going on. They are holding a fun sweepstakes on their Facebook page to celebrate their first anniversary. Prizes include gift cards, George Foreman Grills and a membership to Anytime Fitness. They are also going to be having a Twitter Party on 4/3 from 8-9 PM EST to celebrate Child Nutrition Month. Prizes include $50 same-as-cash gift cards. For more information and to RSVP to the Twitter Party you can visit Resourceful Mommy.

How do you and your family stay active?

(Disclosure: I was compensated for this post but all thoughts are my own.)

Comments

  1. I absolutely luv that bloggers are getting involved more in educating young moms well all moms and dads. Our obesity rate herein the US is tremendous. My family alone is full of overweight or obese members. It ruins the quality of life and often shortens it. My children were all small so I would constantly hear feed them babies more. I sure wish I would have heard about healthy eating even half as much. My family camps, goes swimming, the children ride bikes, walk (no car rides to places you can walk to is heard a lot. Hopefully this coming up generations hear and see much more on the healthy side starting with school lunches!
    Gladys P

  2. Joleen Gardner says:

    My family loves to be outside. We hike in the woods near our house. My 3-year old loves to use a downed tree as a drum — he thinks that that is what sticks are for. We also enjoy eating outside now that the weather is warmer. The boys enjoy riding their bikes and we take longer family bike rides around the neighborhood. We are lucky because we live in a neighborhood where many children are outside playing and enjoying each others company as well as being active.

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