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Frozen Winter Fun at Ober Gatlinburg near Great Smoky Mountains

The temps are low enough, the snow machines have been blowing, and skiers have run the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg even before December.  The South’s popular ski resort and amusement park opened its ski slopes on the Friday after Thanksgiving, announcing that it’s been 20 years since skiing began so early in Gatlinburg.  Snow tubing […]

Continue Reading By on December 2, 2013 in Appalachia, family, fitness, Great Smoky Mountains, mountains, outdoors, Uncategorized

Two For One Racing Team Overcomes Challenges

The challenge of a midnight 8K is motivating two East Tennessee friends to keep training against the odds. We first introduced you to Vicky Wallace and Melissa Peplow in May.  They’ve since named their racing team Two for One, have coordinating racing shirts, and have another race behind them.  In their first race since naming […]

Continue Reading By on July 17, 2013 in challenges, faith, fitness, inspiration, mothers, wellness, women

Actress Mariel Hemingway Headlines Health-Conscious Chicago Blogger Meet-Up

Photo used with permission.Courtesy:  Mariel Hemingway Oscar-nominated actress, author and healthy lifestyle advocate Mariel Hemingway is hosting a breezy blogger meet-up later this month in the Windy City.  Hemingway is one of several health-conscious women leading the conversation about healthier families and our children’s future. Hemingway’s latest book Running with Nature is a natural progression […]

Continue Reading By on July 10, 2013 in blogging, Chicago, fitness, food, health, parenting, Safe Chemicals Act, safer chemicals

US Rowing Spokesman Promotes Rowing for Fitness

US Rowing Youth National Championships Parents and are venturing out onto the water to teach children rowing at younger and younger ages.  So, it makes sense to AJ Dominique that youth rowing is such a rapidly growing sport.   “We run events and regattas that reach everyone from age 13 to age 89,” said Dominique proudly, […]

Continue Reading By on June 19, 2013 in athletics, family, fitness, outdoors, parenting, sports, water, wellness

Talking with Your Child’s Pediatrician about Heart Health

Technician Brian Volz, RDCS shows Pediatric Cardiologist Michelle Grenier, MD results of Echo Cardiogram ofHigh School Athlete on Toshiba’s New Aplio 500 CV Ultrasound System Maybe you’ve heard about rare instances of sudden cardiac arrest in young people.  SCA kills around 2,000 young US patients every year, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

Continue Reading By on June 18, 2013 in expert, family, fitness, health, heart, interview, medical, obesity, parenting, physician

Elite Rowers Help Researchers Improve Heart Health Diagnostics

US Rowing Youth Nationals ChampionshipsJune 2013 Listen to the cheers from shore or watch the focused determination of the athletes, and it’s easy to see that youth rowing is a sport with heart.  Teens stay in top condition by cross-training and practicing long hours, with a select few earning a spot at US Rowing’s Youth […]

Continue Reading By on June 17, 2013 in athletics, cardiac, family, fitness, health, heart, medical, outdoors, parenting, research, science, simple living, sports, summer

Uniquely Athletic Moms Start Crowdfunding for Sports Wheelchair

Melissa Peplow and Vicky Wallace It’s a beautiful day and Melissa Peplow is watching the time as she and her training partner approach various points on  their morning route. Vicky Wallace has driven them to the lakeside trail in their hometown of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  “She has the wheels all the way around,” joked Peplow […]

Continue Reading By on May 31, 2013 in encouragement, faith, fitness, health, mother, motivation, parenting, sports, wheelchair, women

Busy Lifestyle Food Choices at Co-op

Too busy to cook?  Still in college?  Single and don’t care about family meals?  You might find your healthiest food-on-the-go options at your local food co-op! In Knoxville, Three Rivers Market boasts of being the only independent, locally-owned food co-op in Tennessee.  The extensive salad bar offers luscious organic selections of greens, legumes and meats, all […]

Continue Reading By on September 22, 2011 in conscious consumerism, eating better, fitness, food, local, shopping, sustainable

Resources for Child and Family Fitness

Looking for more ideas to get your children active and fit?  We’ve been hearing this week from educators who tell us that physical fitness is key to a child’s development and may even help with academics.  Here are a few other sources of information on child and family fitness: PBS Parents offers suggestions on building confidence […]

Continue Reading By on September 14, 2011 in children, fitness, outdoors, parenting

Kid Fitness Camps Tracking Real Results

2011 Tri-Masters Youth and Coaches Chicago director Bernard Lyles (center of middle row) IronMan World Champion, Wendy Ingraham is Pro on Staff (second from right on front row) Photo courtesy Tri-Masters Chicago parents concerned their kids are becoming couch potatoes have been turning to Bernard Lyles for a motivational alternative.  They’ve been signing up children […]

Continue Reading By on September 13, 2011 in children, education, fitness, outdoors, parenting