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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

BOB MCKINNEY: What I know

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

BOB MCKINNEY: What I know

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 Hylete.com   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

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Determining how much you should exercise

Just like everyone is different in how much food their body needs, everyone is also different in how much exercise is right for them. For some, exercise has always been a part of who they are.

RAMON PRESSON: The one big problem with the three little words

In a recent scientific poll that I completely made up, “I love you” has been overtaken as the most frequently used three-word phrase in America by another three-word phrase -- “Where’s my phone?” Actually, according to a

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Sacrificing our health for a number on the scale

I have written multiple articles before about our cultural obsession with the scale. If you know me, then you know how passionate I am about the subject because of my own experience with this. Recently, however, I

What’s new at the Taste of Williamson? 13 new participants join the feast

UNITED WAY OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY One of Franklin’s largest food and beverage events is celebrating 17 years of nonprofit community impact. The community is invited to Taste of Williamson, an annual sampling event presented by Nissan and

Why you are always hungry and how to fix it

By ALEXANDRA MATZKO So, I’ve been steadily gaining weight for, oh, the past five years straight. After two bouts of successful weight loss, I’ve gained it all back and then some. I’ve tried to lose the

‘Painter of Music’ will show work at Enrichment Center during reception on Friday

WILLIAMSON COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION Roy Laws, a self-described "painter of music," will present his work to the public at an Artist Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 15, at the Williamson County

RAMON PRESSON: A post-Super Bowl parable

Once upon a time there was a man who was hired as a professional football coach even though he had never played football and had absolutely no coaching experience. However, many of the team’s fans liked his

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Are your shoes really working for you?

Shoes can be your best friend or your worst enemy. All too often we focus on how cute or cool our shoes are and never think too much about how they are really affecting the overall

The Big Payback lines up local nonprofits for sixth annual online giving event

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE With the deadline for registration just weeks away, hundreds of Middle Tennessee nonprofits already have registered for The Big Payback’s annual 24-hour online giving day. The Community Foundation of Middle

BOB MCKINNEY: What I know

It appears we all survived the great winter storm of 2019 that came through last week. Oh, but that’s right, it didn’t come through after all, did it? The panicked visits to Kroger and Publix