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Making Your Retirement Healthier

Making Your Retirement Healthier

How much are you paying for financial advice? By Michael D. Bird, CFP®, MBA It’s a straight-forward question, and it should be easy to answer.  But if you have ever tried to dig into your statements to find the answer, you probably find an answer, but that may not be the answer.  For instance, say you look at your monthly statement ... Read More »

Communication is Key

Communication is Key

By Will Graybeal CP/LPO Bristol Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc Bristol Orthotics and Prosthetics sees hundreds of people per week at our various locations that receive a product from us, as well as a service.  Many times these products are to fix a temporary problem, like a wrist splint or a walking boot needed after an accidental fall.  However, more often ... Read More »



By Jaime Vernon, Founder/Director, Songs for Sound “My little girl–only 14 months old—is DEAF” Jaime, and her husband Kevin thought. All those times she wouldn’t stop crying when I whispered “sh, sh, sh, sh” as I rocked her back and forth, or when I CRIED because she wouldn’t put her head on my shoulder when I sang to her. I ... Read More »

May is Women’s Health Month Why It’s Not Selfish to Take Care of Yourself

May is Women’s Health Month Why It’s Not Selfish to Take Care of Yourself

By Dana Hall McCain My epiphany came during the pre-flight safety ritual on a recent trip. You know the routine: exits are here, here, and here; your seat cushion is a flotation device (great!); stay seated until the captain turns off the seatbelt sign, etc. The thing that got my attention in a new way was the set of instructions ... Read More »

Beautiful Agony

Beautiful Agony

By Christy McGriff Strange combination of words I admit. Since agony is extreme physical or mental suffering, how can it be described as beautiful? Odd as it might sound, the absolute truth is there can be beauty in agony. You may be familiar with the account in the bible when Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray before he ... Read More »

How CONNECTEDNESS & Positivity Help Your Mental Health

Positivity Help Your Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month, and there are two simple things that can really affect your mental health: connectedness to others and a positive mindset. Connectedness Your friend gets your joke. Your co-worker offers congrats. Your spouse hugs you hello. They are all helping you bust stress and boost wellbeing.  Humans are social creatures; we crave feeling supported, valued and ... Read More »

The War On Lung Disease: Traditional Treatments vs Stem Cell Therapy

The War On Lung Disease

War is hell—particularly when the battleground is inside your own lungs. Unfortunately, for millions of Americans, chronic lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema seem to be winning that war. Across the U.S. 6.3% of the adult population (roughly 15 million people) have been diagnosed with COPD—a prevalence that is predominantly seen within adults older than 65. Worse ... Read More »

Bristol Motor Speedway Hosts Inaugural U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing May 19-21

Bristol Motor Speedway

By Anthony Vestal The world’s best short track racers will descend upon the World’s Fastest Half-Mile in 2017 when Bristol Motor Speedway, The Last Great Colosseum and one of the most famous short tracks in the world, hosts the Inaugural Short Track U.S. Nationals, May 19-21. The signature event will feature more than 500 cars from six different classes in competition ... Read More »

Busy as bees…..or as farmers…… May is a busy time at Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)

busy time at Appalachian Sustainable Development

By Sylvia Crum While local farmers and food producers are always working, there is a different kind of buzz in the air when redbuds start to bloom. With unusually warms days and nights, it seems that spring has sprung in a very big way for 22 year old, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD). ‘Practically Perfect’ to hit stores soon In November of ... Read More »

Providence Academy Announces 2017 Christian Storytelling Festival Featured Guest, Danney Gokey, for an evening of Stories and Songs

2017 Christian Storytelling Festival

Providence Academy announced Dove Award winner and BMG recording artist Daney Gokey will be the featured artist at the 11th Annual Christian Storytelling Festival on August 26, 2017. Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a Top 3 finalist on Season 8 of American Idol. Gokey released his debut album, My Best Days, which debuted at #4 on the ... Read More »

Can Yoga Help Those Undergoing Chemotherapy?

Can Yoga Help Those Undergoing Chemotherapy?

Cancer patients who practice yoga as therapy during their treatment often refer to their yoga practice as a life-saver. No matter how sick from treatments and no matter how little energy, many find the one thing that would bring relief was yoga practices. As the interest in more holistic approaches to healing is growing, yoga for cancer patients and cancer ... Read More »

Postpartum Physical Therapy: we could learn a lesson or two from the French

Postpartum Physical Therapy

By Mark Tinsey, Chief Marketing Officer When you think of France, you may picture a fine wine from Bordeaux, Daft Punk or perhaps a cozy chalet in the Alps. But postpartum pelvic floor physical therapy? Yup. Add it to the list. It seems fairly intuitive to consider that giving birth puts tremendous stress and physical trauma on a woman’s body. Yet, ... Read More »

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic Dermatitis

By Casey Watkins, MD Seborrheic dermatitis (seb-uh-ree-ick dur-muh-tahy-tis) is a common skin disease that causes red, scaly, itchy patches on the skin. These areas can also be swollen and greasy or moist in appearance. White or yellowish crusty scales can flake off. Most often it occurs in patches where the skin is oily, such as the scalp, sides of nose, eyebrows, ... Read More »

Spine Health Foundation: Providing Hope and Healing to those with Chronic Back Pain

Providing Hope and Healing to those with Chronic Back Pain

By Carol Conduff, Founder and Executive Director At the Spine Health Foundation (SHF) we are dedicated to advocating for the “working poor” to help them get the specialized spine care they need to get past the pain and back to life. Untreated spinal issues can lead to depression, loss of employment, pain medication addiction issues and even suicide.  SHF is ... Read More »

InMode™ Aesthetic Medical Solutions: The Answer to Fresh Looking Skin

The Answer to Fresh Looking Skin

By Johnson City Eye Clinic Cosmetic Laser Skin Care is committed to the adage “out with the old and in with the new.”  In 2017, we continue to seek new and improved services to offer at the Med Spa at Johnson City Eye Clinic.  The InMode™ Laser Platform includes facial resurfacing and rejuvenation, face and body remodeling, pigmentation correction, hair reduction, ... Read More »

Charge Into Summer with Free Family Fun!

Charge Into Summer with Free Family Fun

By Abigail Weaver According to a recent survey conducted by the Sullivan County Health Department, the rate of childhood obesity and childhood diabetes ranks among the highest in Tennessee. When the school year ends, the physical and educational health of many kids worsens. Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out, and grow, but sometimes when the school ... Read More »

Planning and Preparation: Key for Improving Outcomes After Amputation

Key for Improving Outcomes After Amputation

By Adam Fann MPO CPOA CPED As the weather has begun to warm, many of us have started to plan and prepare for our gardens. The experts among us know that the early work of site planning and soil preparation will save them time and energy down the road and is the key to a successful garden. The principles of ... Read More »

Branch Out, with Olive Oil and More!

Branch Out, with Olive Oil and More!

By Monique Richard MS, RDN, LDN The expansion of oils available for cooking and food preparation has grown significantly over the past few years, confusing consumers with various health claims, names, and additional ingredients. It is no longer a simple choice between olive oil or vegetable oil. Oils making an appearance on grocery store shelves across the country currently include: ... Read More »

Spring is in the air! Learn how to avoid common seasonal and perennial allergy triggers

Spring is in the air

By The Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to avoid spring or year-round allergy triggers? You’re not alone! While you might not be able to avoid all of them, you can take specific measures to significantly lessen your exposure to the most common ones, namely, house dust mites, mold, animal dander, and pollen. Knowing ... Read More »

Watchmen on the Walls: Making a Difference in Kids’ Lives

Watchmen on the Walls

By Randy Hensley, Executive Director I bet you were not thinking about graduating from high school while in 3rd grade. I wasn’t!  I was busy learning how to spell words with more than one syllable and while my reading pace was still choppy, I no longer sounded out every word while reading with my mom or Nana every evening.  Graduating from ... Read More »

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