“Together Counts,” for Kids’ Healthy Eating Habits!

What is the key to combating childhood obesity and fostering healthy eating habits in kids?

Is it

  • Counting calories with your kids?
  • Restricting all foods not deemed healthy?
  • Weighing the kids and making sure they are a “normal” weight?
  • Putting kids on a diet?

I think all these methods are the wrong approach.  Sadly, I’ve seen way too much of these techniques used in our society and schools these days.  I believe that creating a lifestyle of healthy attitudes toward food and physical activity is THE way to prevent childhood (or adult) obesity, and avoid eating disorders or other OCD behaviors involving food.

I love the Mamavation Program, developed by Leah Segedie to help moms change their lives.  She advocates a gradual lifestyle change involving healthy eating, and exercise, as well as attitude changes that make us healthier!  SO many moms have become what they never thought they could be with Leah’s help.

Family Eating togetherAfter 16 years away from my passion for dance, I decided to start taking Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop classes, and I’ve been on a journey to fill my life with more activity in the last few years!  I finally kicked my 5-can-a-day Diet Coke habit, which was bloating me, filling my body with chemicals, and tricking my mind.  What actually sparked this change? I began to “work out” (read: play active games) on the Wii! It can be anything that you enjoy that starts you on the healthy journey.

The KEY to developing healthy habits in our kids is all about TOGETHERNESS! Here are some facts:

Several academic studies have demonstrated that children who participate in regular family meals are more likely to have a healthful diet as they grow up – and less likely to become obese. Just consider a few examples:

  • A study by the University of Minnesota, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, which found that adolescents who eat with their families grow up to be healthier adults who eat more fruit, dark-green and orange vegetables and key nutrients. Girls who participate in more family meals are more likely to eat breakfast as adults. Boys are more likely to consume more calcium, magnesium, potassium and other fibre when they grow up.
  • Another study by the University of Minnesota, published in the August 2004 issue of The Archives of Family Medicine, demonstrated a relationship between frequent family meals and better nutritional intake and decreased risk of unhealthy weight control practices.
  • A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health (October 2009) found that family dinner frequency was positively associated with breakfast consumption and fruit intake (and inversely associated with depressive symptoms).
  • A Harvard study (Archives of Family Medicine, March 2000) showed that eating family dinners together most or all days of the week is associated with more healthful eating.
  • A University of Missouri study found that children who ate fewer family meals (and watched more television) were more likely to be overweight at spring semester of grade 3.

Twitter Party with Together Counts

So tonight (Tuesday), I’ll be  guest panelist in a Twitter Party with Mamavation and Together Counts.  Together Counts is a fantastic program that encourages families to get more activity and eat meals together as a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Check them out at TogetherCounts.com

To win the AWESOME PRIZES, you have to RSVP and enter to win at Mamavation by clicking here!

Then, meet on Twitter by following the hastag #healthykids tonight from 8-10 PM est!  Will I see you there?

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. Sarah P, I miss your face and thank you kindly for this lovely post. Together Counts is one of Edelman’s/my clients!


    Twitter: reallifesarah

    Oh, great!! I really love their concept, it was so fun to talk with them at the Twitter Party! Excited to see you and Together Counts at the Type A Conference


  2. this sounds exactly like i do with my kids every day and i never even realised. My daughter is 3 and does baby ballet, my son is 7 and does taikwando they both love it as a chance to socialise with their friends. We ALL sit down to breakfast and dinner every day at the dining table and no-one gets pudding if they dont eat their veg, after the first few times ididn’t even have to remind them any more. The wii is great for exercise and bike rides in the park every weekend. Everyone comments on the fact my kids eat anything put in front of them, and that they enjoy it!


  3. Healthy eating means maintaining a nutritious diet. I believe it to be important to every one. I stress a healthy life to my family and friends and I try to show them the benefits to it. I think the greatest benefit most of all is that it makes you feel and look great. If your not eating healthy, then you are not helping your body. You are filling it with what it does not want, instead, help your body out and eat healthy. The turn out is awesome. I have been eating healthy for years and I have never felt better in my life.



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