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BODY BALANCE WITH V: Better posture hacks

When you read the title of this piece, you probably forced yourself to sit up a little straighter or stand a little taller, knowing that you need to work on this more often. I get

Study ranks Tennessee number 19 for violence against seniors, including suicide A new study by, a website that offers research-based rankings and ratings for housing, safety, healthcare and money resources, finds that Tennessee is the No. 19 most dangerous state to live for senior citizens.

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Perspective will make or break you

You know the old saying “perspective is everything”? Well, I believe fully in this and always try to go back to it when I am struggling with something, either physically or emotionally. This theory was

The diet after the diet: How to eat more and prevent fat regain

By ALEXANDRA MATZKO Even though 60-70% of overweight Americans are able to lose the weight, 95% of them end up regaining all the weight they lost and then some. In two previous articles, I discussed


Since we just celebrated Father’s Day, I thought I would share some insights and observations about dads (and moms) and some things I have learned since joining the dad club some 33 years ago. Roles

OPINION: Forgive your father, and embrace your own children

A REFLECTION ON FATHER'S DAY By JC BOWMAN Children do not come with an instruction guide; it would be much easier if they did. So much time and effort go into child-rearing, it is beyond

Tennessee is among bottom 10 states for life expectancy, with cancer, heart disease at high rates

SENIORLIVING.ORG A new study shows Tennessee is the No. 43 state in America with a life expectancy 76.1 years old. People in Hawaii have the longest life expectancy at birth at 81.3 years, while Mississippi’s 74.7-year life expectancy is the nation’s lowest.

CDC data analysis shows that Tennessee ranks number four in vaping

By Adam Johnson Tennessee ranks number four in the nation for the number of people vaping, or using e-cigarettes. Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Indiana rank as the top three among states with highest rate of vapers.

Why yo-yo dieting and binging makes you fatter

By ALEXANDRA MATZKO According to research, 60-70% of overweight Americans will successfully be able to lose the weight. However, 95% of diets fail. How is that possible? Well, 95% of people who lose weight will

BODY BALANCE WITH V: My quest to find the perfect pillow

I am a side sleeper. I always have been. I curl myself up into a little ball on my side and this is where I drift into my beloved sleep. The only problem with this

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Just be 5% better

So many times when people seek me out for training, they have been through different cycles of exercising, then not exercising. Dieting, then overeating and making poor choices. They have oscillated between a mindset of

100+ Women Who Care come up with more than $10,000 for Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee

ABOVE: Gilda's Club Middle Tennessee's second location is housed at Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center at 4588 Carothers Parkway in Franklin. // FILE PHOTO   100+ Women Who Care of Williamson County, one of Middle

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Osteoporosis is not your fate

I just had my 45th birthday which solidly places me in the “middle aged” category. I also work with many other women in this age range. For those of us that fall in this category,

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Spring cleaning your head space

Recently I have made a lot of changes in my business life. I have worked to eliminate the things in my schedule that take up too much head space with little or no return. For

Tennessee in the bottom tier among states for finding a companion later in life

THE SENIOR LIST A new study found Tennessee was the No. 47 state for finding love after 50. Baby boomers are retiring in record numbers, and at the same time, the divorce rate for Americans 50 and

How to get back on track when you cheat on your diet

By ALEXANDRA MATZKO So, you've had the healthy eating game on lock recently. You're eating less and the food you are eating is whole and unprocessed. You're consistent. You're cooking delicious, healthy food, and you're

BODY BALANCE WITH V: It’s not about the number of reps

I use many different exercise strategies when training clients, and for my own workouts. Often times we all get fixated on the amount of reps set out for us or that we think we should

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Letting go of guilt after Spring Break

So this year with started a bang. You set a resolution and made a commitment to yourself to make better choices for your health and, over the last few months, you have really hit your

What does it take to be "wealthy?" Survey of millennials explores the question

By LendEDU How much money do you need to make to be considered "wealthy?" A recent survey of millenials (those born between 1981 and 1996) published Tuesday morning by the financial web site LendEDU, revealed


From time to time for my day job, I attend a management seminar or class. They are infrequent, and are entered on my calendar a couple of months or more in advance. I don’t give it

Tennessee has high obesity rate among adults and high school students

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH There's good news and bad news this National Nutrition Month in Tennessee. The bad is that Tennessee had the 15th highest adult obesity rate in the U.S. in 2017 at 32.8 percent,

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Even those with an aversion to hours in the kitchen can pre-prep meals

We hear it all the time. The secret to success in healthy eating is prepping your food. It’s true, but it also can be a daunting task if you are not used to it. It’s

The benefits of fasting from food, spending, and technology

It’s that season again when I consider giving something up between now and Easter. What will I fast from for the next forty days? Even if you’re not religious, fasting in anticipation of the full


For the past couple of years, I have been thinking about what I might do when I retire. I know it might shock those of you who only know me by the youthful photo that

BODY BALANCE WITH V: This trainer’s favorite leggings

ABOVE: // Leggings by   As a trainer, I spend most days in leggings. Usually, this involves two different pairs between my workouts and my work day. This means I that I shop for leggings