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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

Fitness Center Manners

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center, as part of the #teamNFC program. Just like everywhere else you like to frequent, a fitness center is a community.  Some rules of conduct are written, while many are unwritten.  Here are a few reminders about etiquette. 1) Observe the written rules.  […]

Continue Reading By on March 6, 2017 in fitness, wellness

Great Smoky Mountains Recovering from Historic Wildfires

It was an unusual drive into the nation’s most-visited national park in January.  Light green, winter rye grass was growing along the edges of the parkway entrances, as if hastily sown by the developer of a budget-priced subdivision.  Instead, this grass was holding together the frail edges where, in some steeper places where deeply-rooted trees […]

Continue Reading By on February 11, 2017 in biodiversity, East Tennessee, mountains, outdoors, outing, Smoky Mountains

Busting Four Fitness Myths

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center, as part of the #teamNFC program. It’s enough that we all face real challenges to live better, lose weight and find success.  It’s doubly challenging if part of what we are up against are myths.  I appreciate that the fitness pros at […]

Continue Reading By on January 18, 2017 in fitness, health, Uncategorized, wellness, women
Anne Brock at National Fitness Center

And Life Goes On

You know how complicated life can be, so I hope you’ll understand my belated open letter to you about why this blog has been so quiet over the past year or so. I’m still here, and I’m so glad you are too. I hope life has been treating you well. Have you ever gone through […]

Continue Reading By on December 27, 2016 in family, life, self care, women

5 Tips to Avoid a Winter Fitness Rut

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center. We’ve all been there, more interested in cozying up to a winter fireplace (or television) and sipping hot cocoa than in getting off the couch to move.  As the season of short winter days tends to send us indoors and lessen our […]

Continue Reading By on December 22, 2016 in fitness, health, wellness

Setting Your Own Pace

I’m proud to take part in the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center. How fast do you run your mile?  Hint: if you’re going for any sort of world record, that would have to be well under four minutes for one mile.  Under four minutes.  Incredible, isn’t it? On the other end of the spectrum, […]

Continue Reading By on November 21, 2016 in fitness, well-being, wellness