Saturday, March 31, 2012

Join Together Counts In Bringing Back Family Time

In this time of technology, we as families have become less active and started spending less time with each other. I know my family is one hundred percent guilty of this. We used to do all kinds of things together and now it seems like everyone has a favorite system or gadget. On a typical day we often find ourselves separated in different rooms, lounging around, doing our own thing. It’s been really important for me over the past few months not only to get my kids  active and outdoors more, but for us to start doing more activities together as a family once again. This week me and my family have taken the Together Counts pledge.

Together Counts is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The principle behind the program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. This is a first of it’s kind coalition bringing together over 195 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations for one purpose – getting more families eating and active together, with a message of moderation.

I will say, one thing we haven’t given up on is family meals. We always eat dinner together and find it to be a great way to catch up on how every ones day went. However, since the weather has been absolutely beautiful, we are trying to take the pledge one step further by getting outside and playing a game of basketball, taking to dogs for a walk around the neighborhood, or breaking out the water toys. I found it surprising how much fun I could have if I just said I'm doing it for the kids ;-)

It doesn’t matter to me what the kids choose to do, as long as we are together doing it. My main thing is seeing us active together, as we have honestly become quite lazy. I’m not trying to push them into anything overly strenuous but just taking a brisk walk and enjoying nature has already been rewarding to us all. 

As not to overwhelm the kids, I have been trying to incorporate things they are used to doing solo. Instead of watching them each barricade themselves in a room playing their favorite video games, we sit in the living room and enjoy a game together. There are so many little changes you can make and spend just a little more time together. So go ahead take the Together Counts Pledge today.

Interested in learning more? You can visit the Together Counts website or join them for some fun!

Together Counts is holding a fun sweepstakes on their Facebook page at  to celebrate their first anniversary. Prizes include gift cards, George Foreman Grills and a membership to Anytime Fitness!

Love a good Twitter party? Then join @TogetherCounts as they celebrate Child Nutrition Month at a Twitter party on 4/3 from 8-9 PM EST. Prizes include $50 same-as-cash gift cards. For more information and to RSVP, visit

You can also check out together counts via Pinterest

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Pam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is a great idea. I like the way you are incorporating all these activities into fun family events.

Closer to Lucy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I wanna come play at your house! LOL...I'll bring the kids :)

Ella said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great pledge to take. We can all use some more family time

Carolyn Colley said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think back to when I was growing up, we always had family get-to-gethers, especially on holidays, it seems like we are all so busy that we have lost that time for our families, I know that I can call on my family at any time & they would be here for me, but I really wish we had more time with one another.

Samantha said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i love the water slide :) family time is priceless :)

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