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Special Needs Kids Thriving in Loving Homes

Life is hard enough for kids born into this world who are completely healthy and have an instant loving home.  Not always the way it works for little ones.  I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to cover stories at WVLT about kids with special needs, in need of caring parents who can provide the attention […]

Continue Reading By on January 31, 2018 in children, family

Meet These Real Superhero Friends

Meet my newest superhero friends!  They are living the fitness ideal – and they each have their own way of encouraging the rest of us to be our best superhero selves.  If that sounds incredibly cheesy, it’s because it is.  Yet, I’ll take a cheesy, superhero-idealized bit of motivation over he drudgery of a checklist […]

Continue Reading By on January 10, 2018 in fitness, wellness

Holiday Time in East Tennessee

Christmas traditions and the holiday season come wrapped in brightly colored paper, glowing lights and the smell of peppermint.  At least that’s the way we try to remember them, don’t we?  I thought I’d share a few of my favorite holiday season stories from WVLT. You’ve heard of long-established charities that help families in need […]

Continue Reading By on December 28, 2017 in Christmas, East Tennessee

Shamir Peshewa Going Pro

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center. Growing up on reservations was not an easy childhood for Native American Shamir Peshewa.  She says obtaining her GED was not easy at age 27, after early years without much formal schooling.  Yet, she went on to obtain a college degree.  She […]

Continue Reading By on December 27, 2017 in fitness, Uncategorized, wellness, women

Cycling for Non-cyclists

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center. I haven’t owned a proper bike in years. Yet I’ve cycled for miles and miles, climbing mountains, exploring European villages, and even biking along the ocean!  It’s because of the big screen experience at National Fitness Center’s West Signature Club.  For an […]

Continue Reading By on November 15, 2017 in fitness, wellness

Weight Lifting for Your Body and Mine

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center. Male power lifters bench pressing over 1,100 pounds paint a picture about weight lifting that can intimidate the rest of us.  Yet, the real power of lifting that does the most good for the most of us is the sort of thing […]

Continue Reading By on October 26, 2017 in fitness, wellness

Moving Every Body for Fitness

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center. The weight of a hard day shows on dozens of faces.  They hurriedly get changed into workout attire and line up outside the classroom. All ages, shapes, skin colors and sizes of people from all walks of life pour into the well-lit […]

Continue Reading By on August 14, 2017 in family, fitness, well-being, wellness

Zumbathon for Young-Williams Animal Center

My kids have been growing up through every season with Rogy, who wouldn’t be with us if not for Young-Williams Animal Center. And our family would not be complete now without Molli.  Both dogs are rescues from Young-Williams.  I can’t imagine what home would like without them.  Now the center that helps hundreds and hundreds […]

Continue Reading By on July 20, 2017 in fitness

Top Personal Trainers

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center, as part of the #teamNFC program. She’s laser focused on helping you get the most out of your fitness routine.  She’s a gentle, but fierce trainer.  And you’ll find Julie Smith at the National Fitness Center Tazewell Pike location.  She helped me […]

Continue Reading By on June 5, 2017 in fitness, wellness