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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

Just Add Water

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center, as part of the #teamNFC program. Waterslides, fountains, lap pools and more provide options for individuals and families are your local fitness center.  The end of May is a time of anticipation for the opening of outdoor pools.  There, adequate sunscreen can […]

Continue Reading By on May 8, 2017 in family, fitness

Can a Cow Save a Penguin? Question on World Penguin Day

This post is in cooperation with Stonyfield, where I am proud to be a #StonyfieldBlogger! Can a cow save a penguin? I asked my youngest to #ImagineHow when we visited Zoo Knoxville recently.  Since they were tiny, I’ve brought my kids to visit the penguins at our local zoo, where they wait to see them […]

Continue Reading By on April 25, 2017 in agriculture, biodiversity, conservation, parenting, pesticides, Yo-Getters

Chattanooga’s Creative Discovery Museum

My children had been much younger when I first took them to visit the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga.  This spring break, my oldest remembered it as a place she wanted to visit again.  They both remembered the water play area visible from outside, with the expansive climbing maze above it. On this visit, the […]

Continue Reading By on April 15, 2017 in early childhood, East Tennessee, education, family, vacation

Mixing Up Your Fitness Routine

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center, as part of the #teamNFC program. Your personal trainer has the best answer to your question about how you should be spending time at the gym for maximum effectiveness.  If you don’t have a pt, your next best person to talk with […]

Continue Reading By on April 10, 2017 in fitness, wellness
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

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