Archive for: May 2013

Get Active… With Math?

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville


OHernMay2013So I admit I’m a stair-counter.  I can’t go up or down stairs without counting them.  For example, I just happen to know that there are 19 steps up for each floor to get to my daughter’s apartment.

But when I have the same set up steps over and over again, like I do at home, I need to subdivide in order to break the boredom.  So I’ve got 15 steps to go up and down.  For a while I counted 4-4-4-3, which has a nice little cadence (count it in your head – I think you’ll see what I mean). Read more →

The Geocaching Experience

By Tracey Matthews, Knox County Schools Supervisor of Family and Community Engagement
Contributing writer:  Chelsea Craig, KCS Family and Community Engagement, University of Tennessee student intern


MatthewsMay2013Young people!  They think of everything! When I explained this month’s Knoxville Parent theme, my intern’s eyes (Chelsea Craig) lit up as she came up with what turned out to be an even better idea than my own.  But I thought I should first “experience” her idea, this new (to me) phenomenon called “Geocaching [jee-oh-kash-ing].”  It was only a two-block walk from my office, but boy what a “rush!”  Read more about it below in Chelsea’s first publication!  I think families everywhere will love this exciting and adventurous way to “get moving!” Read more →

Get active!

By Piotr Ulmer, MSPT


PiotrMay2013It sounds like an invitation to exercise, doesn’t it? Well, if we have fallen into stagnation (the lack of mobility or growth) and we have allowed the atrophy (the wasting away) of our muscles, then it sounds like a very good idea. After all, getting active means rebuilding muscle mass, which speeds the burning of unwanted fat. According to scientific discoveries and studies, being active restores strength and vitality of not only muscles, but ligaments and bones. Read more →

Get active, and move toward a healthier lifestyle

By Kindall Aaron


Though your day may be filled with shuttling your children to and from school, going to work and doing household chores, it’s essential to schedule time for your child to be active. In the U.S., one in three children is considered obese or overweight. This alarming statistic means that one in three children is  more likely to develop high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, depression or other health problems. By teaching your child to eat nutritiously and get moving, you can reduce his risk of developing these life-threatening conditions. Read more →

Go out, and visit colleges!

Article and photo by Liz Stucke, owner of LS Admissions Prep


StuckeMay2013Summer is crunch time for rising seniors.  It is the time to get college applications in order and finalize a list of schools to which to apply.  While the spring and fall semesters are the ideal times to visit colleges, students could still benefit from visiting colleges during the summer.   Read more →