Archive for: March 2016

An Unexpected Treasure In Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland

By Alison Murry, Isha Foundation

Untitled-6The Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is a breathtaking mountain retreat providing stress relief, rejuvenation and outdoor recreation situated on Tennessee’s spectacular Cumberland Plateau, a scenic two hour drive from Knoxville.  The Insitute is a world-class yoga center offering classical yoga and meditation classes from beginner to advanced levels for both adults and children. Guests journey from around the globe to visit this unique destination to relax, reflect, and reconnect with nature in this tranquil oasis nestled in Tennessee’s spectacular Upper Cumberland. Read more →

Finding Your Adventurous Spirit

By Bett Adams, Director of Camp Walkabout at Baylor School

Untitled-14Camp Walkabout is a place for fun and adventure, challenge and learning, for being in a safe environment to take risks, to get dirty, soaked, and scraped, all while laughing with new friends in exciting places. No experience is necessary, just an enthusiastic attitude, an adventurous spirit and a willingness to try new things. Whether it be canoeing through the Tennessee River Gorge, playing in hidden waterfalls, rock climbing Chattanooga’s famous T-Wall sandstone with pristine views, or just sleeping under the stars for the first time, the area surrounding The Baylor School is a playground for all things fun and adventurous. Read more →

Design Matters! Camp: Let’s Get Creative

By Design Matters! Camp

DesignDesign Matters! Camp is for Lego-lovin’, out-of-the-box thinking, process-minded, creative, curious and motivated high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  This week-long, immersive experience is for students who look at the world differently and imagine ways to improve it.  It is for those who are drawn to using creativity to solve problems and design to impact society. Read more →

Homesickness

By Joanne Bryan, Marketing Director for Camp Juliette Low

CJL-MarchWhile most children adjust to overnight camp very quickly, homesick feelings are a normal part of growing up and being away from home. The combination of a warm, supportive camp environment, a busy schedule of activities, and a bit of preparation at home are usually all it takes to help an uneasy child adjust quickly to a new routine. Here are a few tips for parents to help make this year’s camp experience a positive one: Read more →

Better Than Catching Flies

By Pascale White, Owner of White Stables

White-StablesTwo years ago I never would have dreamed my family would own a horse farm where over 30 horses reside.  Growing up, my father and I would talk about how wonderful it would be to live on a horse farm.  I’m not sure why we were so fascinated by the idea.  He grew up in the mountains of Switzerland surrounded by cows and goats, with not a horse in sight, and followed a career path in NYC and later the suburbs of New York and New Jersey in the restaurant business.  I grew up in those NY suburbs, volunteering at animal shelters through high school, but never riding a horse and maybe only being up close and personal one or two times.  But I guess when you love horses, you just do.
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Fighting Childhood Obesity

By Juhee Shah, Team Manager and Health and Fitness Coach for Greatness Fitness

Fitness-MarchIt is a sunny day and the street in front of my house is full of neighborhood kids riding bikes, throwing frisbees, and playing fetch with their dogs. This is a re-occurring scene from my childhood. Most evenings and weekends, my friends and I would be outside engaged in physical activities. In this scene, I do not recall seeing one obese kid. Today, childhood obesity is a serious global public health problem, and we do not often see scenes like this anymore. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30% of children and teens in the United States are overweight or obese. According to the World Health Organization, the number of overweight or obese infants and young children is 42 million globally. These numbers reflect the habits and environment of the youth today: Read more →

Should My Child Major In Music: Part II

By Jeff Comas

 

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Last month we talked about your child pursuing music education in college and/or pursuing a career in music. I mentioned that there are basically three types of formal music education programs: the traditional university, the avocational school, and the modernized university. I also promised to discuss which style of advanced music program, if any, is right for your child? Read more →

Experience Disney Magic The Right Way

By Vincent Amico, Owner of Mickey’s Travel

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The amount of research necessary to plan all the details of a Disney vacation can be extremely time consuming and even intimidating.  Vacations are costly and naturally, you want to get the best value for your money.  Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed by all the options. If this is so, you should consider working with a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations Read more →

Cracking The Algebra Nut

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

 

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My students think I work for peanuts.  Literally.  Lately I’ve begun the habit of having peanuts for a snack in the afternoon, and I guess I’m the type to become somewhat predictable because at around 3:50 or so some of them will start saying, “it’s almost time for your four o’clock peanuts!” Read more →

Fighting Childhood Obesity

By Juhee Shah, Team Manager and Health and Fitness Coach for Greatness Fitness

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It is a sunny day and the street in front of my house is full of neighborhood kids riding bikes, throwing frisbees, and playing fetch with their dogs. This is a re-occurring scene from my childhood. Most evenings and weekends, my friends and I would be outside engaged in physical activities. In this scene, I do not recall seeing one obese kid. Today, childhood obesity is a serious global public health problem, and we do not often see scenes like this anymore. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30% of children and teens in the United States are overweight or obese. According to the World Health Organization, the number of overweight or obese infants and young children is 42 million globally. These numbers reflect the habits and environment of the youth today: Read more →