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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

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


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

RAMON PRESSON: Maple I help you?

Grocery stores overlook no space that can be used for product placement. This is why when you walk into the Kroger foyer, before you even work to wrench your stuck cart from the train, you see multiple

BODY BALANCE WITH V: When the New Year determination fades

Here we are nearing the end of January. How are your New Years goals coming? Often times when we reach this point, that fierce determination and hope we had a few weeks ago begins to fade. Add


Last August 4, when Emma Sanning stuck her toes in the Atlantic Ocean in Baltimore, she knew she was a different person from the one who had started a cross-country journey 49 days earlier in San Francisco.

Legal Aid offers advice on how to spot bad apples in the tax preparer field

By Mary Michelle Gillum Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee As tax season steadily approaches, many taxpayers will decide that they need to seek out professional tax advice. The tax-preparation industry is mostly made up

RAMON PRESSON: Love and language confuse me

It occurs to me that the English language and close relationships have something in common. Both feature inconsistencies and occurrences that make absolutely no sense. Have you ever been in a relationship where it feels like

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Girl talk: Crazy, wicked middle age hormones

Gentleman beware, this is probably way more information than you want to know. Last year I wrote an article titled “My Over 40 Body” because so much had changed in my body since my 40th birthday. Well,


In late 2003, Scott Harrison was ready to make a change. After ten years as a nightclub promoter in New York City and living the fast life that accompanied it, a mysterious physical numbness, for which

A HOMEGROWN TRADITION: Be a winter gardener

Just because the weather is cold and the leaves are gone, doesn’t mean the gardening season is over. There are plenty of things to do when it’s cold and wet outside! I’ve found if I get all