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Christopher Kassotis, PhD

Science Points to More Than Food Making Us Fat

You eat smartly, you exercise, you ask advice from your doctor.  Yet, you still seem to be fighting the battle of the bulge.  Sound familiar?  I don’t use the f word lightly; but I included it in the title of this post because apparently our battle against fat may be about more than simply calories […]

Continue Reading By on March 15, 2017 in health, Healthy Families, home, household, safe chemicals, safer chemicals, science

Fighting Mid-Winter Fitness Blues

This series is sponsored in conjunction with National Fitness Center, East Tennessee’s premier multi-location fitness resource.  I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the #teamNFC program. How is your fitness/wellness routine going this time of year?  As the temperature drops, is your enthusiasm for fitness cooling along with it?  You’re not alone.  We’re all […]

Continue Reading By on December 7, 2015 in fitness, health, Healthy Families, Uncategorized, well-being, wellness, women, work-life balance
sunsphere in Knoville

Southeast’s Sunsphere, Shiny Train, Cleaner Energy Choices for TVA

Taking the elevator to the top of the Knoxville’s landmark Sunsphere was the highlight of a downtown summer field trip for my family.  The girls marveled during the short ride up that we’d be climbing so high, then they scouted for different Knoxville landmarks through the golden glass on the observation floor.  I pointed out […]

Continue Reading By on July 28, 2015 in air, clean air, health, Healthy Families, parenting
back to school girl white jeans and pink shoes

Five #CleanCouponing Back-to-School Tips for Parents & Students

This post may include affiliate or consultant links to help support this independently produced blog. Who’s ready for back-to-school time? You’ve settled into a summer routine, or maybe completely unstructured days of bliss.  You’ve spent long hours at the pool.  You let the kids sleep in late.  You’ve celebrated the fireflies, the family visits, the […]

Continue Reading By on July 21, 2015 in education, health, Healthy Families, safer chemicals, safety, school

Beauty Hunters Movement Three Years Strong, Still #RedefiningBeauty

Stay in-the-know by signing up for our free newsletter here! Summer grill kit giveaway info. here! It was a humid June evening when I parked near World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee and walked a couple of blocks to the historic 1982-era amphitheater.  I’d forgotten my water bottle, which made me grateful I’d only […]

Continue Reading By on June 18, 2015 in fitness, health, Healthy Families, heart, wellness, women

Moving Up to a Big Girl Bed for Safe, Healthy Sleep

*ad) Scroll down for entry form for Naturepedic giveaway below! “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”  My kids used to love reciting that rhyme over and over. They still love being silly and jumping on the bed.  I had to laugh when I came to the line in the 20-year limited warranty for Naturepedic […]

Continue Reading By on May 12, 2015 in babies, children, health, Healthy Families, home, organic, parenting, pesticides, safer chemicals, safety

Mothers Encourage Families Fighting Heart Defects

Imagine being told your tiny baby will need open heart surgery, and wondering what that means for your child’s future.  Kelli Poole’s daughter required three surgeries by the time she was just two years old.  This is typical for families of children with congenital heart defects. Tara Hall’s daughter has also need special medical attention […]

Continue Reading By on March 16, 2015 in health, Healthy Families, parenting

Why this Earth Mama Chose Beautycounter for Safety

In an effort to keep this blog and my independent journalism efforts sustainable, I’ve recently become an independent Beautycounter consultant.  You have the opportunity to show your support by shopping with me here. I grew up digging in the dirt on the family farm, making mud pies and still cleaning up for Sunday School every […]

Continue Reading By on February 21, 2015 in education, endocrine disruptors, environmental health, health, Healthy Families, women