Farragut Family Practice


truSculpting: Revolutionary, Non-Surgical Body Sculpting and Contouring

A former Farragut High School graduate, Kevin Buchanan, MD, is well known to many area residents and more than just a few of his former classmates that are now patients at his Farragut Family Practice. Specializing in Family Practice Medicine, Dr. Buchanan and his team have earned a reputation as compassionate and caring medical professionals dedicated to the well-being of their patients.

As is so often the case with today’s advances in medical technology, new technologies emerge that allow physicians to offer new services to their patients that were unavailable just a few short years ago. One new technology available today that a growing number of patients are taking advantage of is truSculpting, an innovative, non-surgical treatment that helps to contour your body regardless of your shape or fitness level. truSculpting can produce impressive results in as few as four 45-minute treatments and with no downtime, allowing patients to significantly eliminate fat in stubborn areas around their abdomen and flanks, where no amount of exercise and dieting succeeds.

Perhaps the most remarkable outcome from the truSculpting experience extends far beyond just your enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence. It also encourages many patients to focus on their overall well-being, including proper nutrition and exercise, which can lead to a more fulfilling life and greater longevity.

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, Dr. Buchanan and his team will share with our readers the many benefits of truSculpting and answer some of the most commonly asked questions from patients.

EK: Briefly describe how truSculpting can benefit our readers.

Dr. Buchanan: truSculpting treatments have been clinically proven to safely, effectively, and permanently eliminate body fat in stubborn areas by up to 24% while also tightening the skin. Treatments are safe, producing quick results in most patients – usually within 12 weeks. Patients experience little discomfort with no downtime. TruSculpting patients also report improved self-esteem, confidence, and better fitting clothes. And, best of all, no one will ever know that you had the treatment performed.

EK: There are other similar systems available that promise to reduce or eliminate stubborn fat cells. Just how does truSculpting work?

Dr. Buchanan: truSculpting uses an innovative monopolar radiofrequency technology to selectively target fat tissue and therapeutically heat it – until it’s eliminated and passed through the body naturally. Treatments are clinically proven safe and effective to get rid of stubborn fat cells. Many patients compare truSculpting treatments to a hot stone massage.

EK: Why did you select truSculpting instead of the alternative systems that are available?

Dr. Buchanan: We chose truSculpting for a variety of reasons but, in particular, because of its ability to tighten and improve skin tone, as well as to eliminate stubborn fat cells. Also, truSculpting is usually less expensive.

EK: I imagine that patients enjoy the peace of mind that comes from the fact that their truSculpting treatments actually take place in a medical physician’s facility.

Dr. Buchanan: Yes. As with any treatment, patients often have some level of apprehension. Patients seem to experience a peace of mind from knowing that we have a medical provider on site.

EK: Patients express excitement about their clothes fitting better after treatment. Describe your patients’ newfound self-confidence.

Dr. Buchanan: Patients share with us their excitement in fitting into clothing that they haven’t worn in years, especially their skinny jeans. We have had several women tell us that they will now wear sleeveless shirts after receiving treatments on their arms, which both eliminated stubborn fat and tightened their skin.

EK: Describe how truSculpting can reduce cellulite.

Dr. Buchanan: Many truSculpting patients have reported that in addition to the elimination of stubborn fat cells, they have also observed a reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

EK: truSculpting can also tighten saggy skin. Explain.

Dr. Buchanan: Unlike alternative sculpting treatments that use cold to eliminate fat cells, the gentle heat generated by truSculpting can actually help to tighten the skin by reducing saggy skin. This tightening of the skin is a major advantage over other treatments.

EK: We’ve also learned that patients often seek treatment as couples, groups of friends, sisters, and mother/daughters.

Dr. Buchanan: That’s correct. Much to our surprise, we have hosted several treatment “parties.” It has helped lessen the minor apprehension that some people may experience with the treatment. Aside from that, patients seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves. We encourage friends and family to encourage and support each other with these treatments. You have our assurance that we will do everything in our power to make this a memorable event for everyone involved.

EK: What are some of the most commonly asked questions raised by new patients considering truSculpting, and how do you respond?

Dr. Buchanan: The most common questions we get are: Does it hurt? And does this really work?

truSculpting treatments do not hurt. During the treatment, the temperature of your skin will rise but will remain comfortable. There may be some slight discomfort, but truSculpting is effective, safe, and the results are even and consistent. Treatments can be compared to having a hot stone massage.

It absolutely works! You do have to make sure you are drinking 64 ounces of water a day to be able to flush out the eliminated fat cells from your system. You should also continue your diet and exercise plan to maximize your treatment benefits.

EK: How has truSculpting encouraged your patients to improve their overall lifestyle?

Dr. Buchanan: They have gained more self-confidence from looking better and feeling better, which further motivates patients to eat more healthy and exercise more regularly. Patients seem to take a greater interest in their overall health, which we find encouraging.

EK: What is the best way for our readers to learn more about your family medicine practice and truSculpting?

Dr. Buchanan: Call Ashley at 865-675-1593, ext. 224 for more information or to set up your free consultation appointment.

EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to add?

Dr. Buchanan: We have been performing truSculpting procedures for almost two years with excellent results. Most clients have seen improvement in hard-to-treat areas that dieting and exercise don’t seem to help, particularly the abdomen and flanks. It has also been personally exciting to observe the improved sense of self-esteem and self-confidence on the part of our patients, which frequently encourages them to make other healthier lifestyle choices.

Farragut Family Practice
11130 Kingston Pike, Suite 7
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.675.1953
www.farragutfamilypractice.com

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Sweetwater Flower Shop


Every Day Can Be Valentine’s Day


Celebrate Valentine’s Day all month long and all year long at Sweetwater Flower Shop, located in historic downtown Sweetwater. Show that special someone in your life just how much you appreciate them and just how much they’re loved by celebrating your special relationships with all the people in your life that are truly “special.”

Sweetwater Flower Shop is the perfect destination for all things flowers for any event, but take an even closer look. Check out the shop’s extensive line of women’s apparel, accessories – including jewelry, scarves, and purses – and so much more. Also, Sweetwater Flower Shop features florals individually crafted by master floral designer and owner, Jack Wilson, home décor items, art, and gifts that are perfect for any occasion.

You’ll also be certain to enjoy the shop’s attentive and helpful associates who will help you select those just-so-perfect gifts for all those special people in your life – and not just any gift, but a truly unique gift that will remind that certain someone just how much they are appreciated.

So no matter what the occasion, Sweetwater Flower Shop is your one-stop destination that can transform every day into an unforgettable Valentine’s Day.

Sweetwater Flower Shop
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.6623

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Sticks 2 Stones


Amish Select Fine Handmade Cabinetry: Beyond Custom

By Todd Thomas, Owner of Sticks 2 Stones Design

Your cabinetry is the single most important element of a beautiful, functional kitchen. Because growing numbers of American families are experiencing a renaissance in home entertainment, where our kitchens are replacing other areas within our homes as family gathering places, it’s no wonder that homeowners are allocating so much of their time in planning totally unique kitchens in both their new and existing homes. I say unique, because our new kitchens reflect our changing lifestyles.

Just as homeowners so carefully select furnishings for their living, dining, and family rooms, today’s homeowners are investing much the same level of effort, and oftentimes more, in the selection of their custom kitchen cabinetry for their homes. You see, there is custom, and there is beyond custom.

Discriminating homeowners accept the fact that today’s custom furniture and cabinetry marketplaces have much in common. Although superior to many of the standard furniture and cabinetry brands we have grown accustomed to over the years, these custom cousins are still manufactured on the same assembly lines – and offshore. While they offer options often unavailable from other manufactures, they too have their limitations.

That’s why at Sticks 2 Stones Design, we undertook a journey to discover the finest, high-quality, hand-crafted, all-wood cabinetry that would exhibit the unprecedented attention to detail, love, and care that went into the creation of each and every piece. We envisioned the timeless quality and almost limitless choice of styles and unique finish options. We envisioned offering our clients anything they might dream of having.

Our journey led us to Amish country and the workshop of a truly remarkable Amish cabinetmaker. We were amazed at the quality and care with which these Amish craftsmen created each and every piece. We were also amazed at just how affordable these individually hand-crafted cabinets were when compared to existing custom cabinetry offerings. It was the beginning of a wonderful partnership and friendship. Our Amish Select Fine Handmade Cabinetry is the pride and joy of our custom cabinetry company and the crown jewel of so many of our clients’ homes that we have been privileged to design custom kitchens for.

Our handmade cabinetry reflects the centuries-old traditions of Amish craftsmen for high moral standards and ethics and a respect for nature. Using time honored techniques, the Amish craftsmen deliver a level of quality that you might have thought no longer existed in today’s fast paced, assembly line world – and at prices lower than you might have thought possible. Like us, you will discover that Amish Select is not a style, but rather it defines a level of quality that is unsurpassed in today’s kitchen and bath marketplace.

At Sticks 2 Stones Design, we combine the quality of old-world craftsmanship, found only in genuine Amish custom-built cabinetry, with more than 25 years’ experience in cabinet design and installation to provide you with a truly custom kitchen or bath designed to exceed your expectations and to WOW your friends and neighbors.

If you are planning on building a new home or remodeling your home’s existing kitchen or bath, I would like to personally invite you to discover the Sticks 2 Stones Design and Amish Select difference. Discover the “beyond custom” difference by transforming your ordinary kitchen or bath into an extraordinary kitchen or bath.

Sticks 2 Stones Design
8705 Unicorn Drive, Suite 114
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.556.9419
www.sticks2stones.com

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Dogwood Arts


Dogwood Arts Announces 2020 Co-Chairs

Dogwood Arts is excited to announce Robin Wilhoit and Mike C. Berry as the 2020 Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs. Since 1961, Dogwood Arts has been represented by two prominent community leaders who are selected annually to act as ambassadors of our organization.

Robin Wilhoit is the weekday anchor on WBIR Channel 10, where she has worked since 1992. She is passionate about issues involving women and children and is a member of several community organizations, including Variety of East Tennessee, A Children’s Charity, the United Way of Greater Knoxville, and the YWCA. Mike C. Berry is a local artist well-known for his urban compositions that bend and twist cityscapes. Mike manages the UT Downtown Gallery and is represented by The District Gallery in Knoxville and The River Gallery in Chattanooga.

“We feel honored to have Robin Wilhoit and Mike C. Berry as Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs for the 2020 season,” said Sherry Jenkins, Dogwood Arts Executive Director. “Each year we rely on our co-chairs to be a source of energy, enthusiasm, and new perspectives. With Mike’s involvement in the art community as an artist and gallery manager and Robin’s undeniable popularity as one of our area’s most-loved television personalities and community supporters, we are certain that our 2020 Co-Chairs will inspire us with energy and enthusiasm.”

As Co-Chairs, Robin and Mike will champion the organization as official community ambassadors for 18 programs and events that Dogwood Arts produces throughout the year.

“For decades, the Dogwood Arts Festival has been shining a light on the beauty and creativity of Knoxville,” said Robin. “I’m incredibly honored to be a part of the celebration of this place we call home and welcome all to come and discover what makes Knoxville so special.”

“I am truly grateful and looking forward to serving with this wonderful organization, Dogwood Arts, that enriches our lives and brings people together through the arts making Knoxville a great place to call home,” said Mike.

Dogwood Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty. For more information, visit www.dogwoodarts.com.

Dogwood Arts
123 W. Jackson Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902
865.637.4561
www.dogwoodarts.com

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Vincent’s


Repurpose Your Unused Diamonds or Fine Jewelry

Having just completed service in the U.S. Coast Guard, Vince was soon after married and later the father of two children. He could have little imagined at that time that he would soon be launching an almost six decade long career in the diamond and fine jewelry business. Since 1961, Vince has been a student of both the quality diamond and fine jewelry industry, and he has put this experience to work in some rather unique ways.

“I’ve been fortunate in my career to have met many of the leaders in the world diamond marketplace and to have been privileged to work with many of the nation’s premier jewelers,” says Vince. “I’ve loved every minute of this fascinating and fast-paced industry, and the thought of retiring has never occurred to me.”

Vince and his wife of 50 years, having relocated to the Knoxville area, opened an office in the Farragut area in addition to an office in St. Louis. Called Vincent’s, Vince and company purchases diamonds of all shapes and sizes, as well as fine jewelry, sapphires, and rubies, from both individuals and estates.

“In addition to purchasing diamonds and fine jewelry at the highest possible prices, we also offer sellers a totally unique selling experience,” says Vince.

Vincent’s meets with each client on an appointment only basis in their Farragut office, offering a secure, private, and safe environment. All consultations are confidential and are performed on a no-cost, no-obligation basis.

If you are interested in selling your diamonds or fine jewelry, why not trust Vincent’s and their more than 50-year tradition for integrity, experience, and courteous service? For more information, call 865-392-5358 or visit www.sellmyjewel.com.

Vincent’s
123 Center Park Drive, Suite 214
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.392.5358
www.sellmyjewel.com

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Parkview Senior Living


Parkview Senior Living

Partnering with You to Maintain Your Independence Through Physical Fitness

It’s probably no surprise, but if you enjoy doing something, you’re more likely to stick with it. On the other side of that coin, variety is the spice of life. So, when it comes to remaining physically active in your golden years, a combination of both may be just what your doctor ordered.

As we age, there’s no question our bodies change, and what you need from a workout will evolve as well. A focus on strength building, remaining mobile, and improving balance typically becomes our preferred goal rather than high endurance, high impact workouts. Your bones and knees may no longer be able to handle exercises that involve running, jumping, and lunging. Knowing and listening to your body is key.

Laura Weisberg, M.P.T. and owner of Forward Physical Therapy in West Knoxville, says there’s no reason that aging can’t be a journey full of adventure and a full life.

“As a physical therapist with more than 20 years of experience, I believe that regular exercise is critical to the aging process,” said Laura. “It helps in maintaining balance to prevent falls, increase blood flow to the brain in order to fight cognitive decline, prevent diseases such as osteoporosis or cardiovascular diseases, and improve quality of sleep, energy levels, and to fight depression. There are many benefits, so I tell my patients to find what they love and keep moving!”

At Parkview Senior Living, we developed our communities knowing that living not only an independent lifestyle is a cornerstone to a rewarding retirement, but so is maintaining an active one. That’s why each of our communities includes a fitness center, where we provide state-of-the-art equipment, as well as organized classes that teach a variety of activities for all levels of physical fitness.

Below are several great exercise practices that Parkview offers our residents. These all put minimal stress on bones and joints and are fun to boot. As always, check with your doctor prior to starting any exercise regimen.

1. Resistance Band Training – Parkview’s fitness centers have an array of resistance bands available for use. Bands work your muscles using little resistance and allow you to work your way up to harder resistance without having to buy expensive equipment.

2. Weight Training – Don’t panic! You don’t have to start bench pressing lots of weight to get healthy muscles and gain overall tone. Start with the smallest amount of weight dumbbell and increase weight when you feel comfortable. You can also do bodyweight exercise that are very simple like chair squats, wall pushups, stair climbing, and the bird dog. All that’s required is a little floor space, your own bodyweight, and possibly a chair or table to get started.

3. Yoga – Yoga has become popular with seniors, primarily because it is flexible to adapt the practice to fit your individual needs. Yoga combines physical poses with mindfulness, breathing techniques, and meditation so it can benefit you in many ways:
» Improves strength, flexibility, and endurance
» Lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease
» Prevents falls by improving balance
» Manages arthritis, pain, and inflammation
» Improves sleep quality
» Facilitates the grieving process
» Manages depression and anxiety

4. Tai Chi – This ancient Chinese martial art is a discipline that involves the mind, breath, and motion. It is wonderful for seniors because it helps with muscle strengthening and increasing flexibility, both of which help with balance.

And let’s not forget walking! Each Parkview community has a lovely walking trail, which encourages our residents to keep moving and enjoy the beauty of not only their new home, but also our glorious East Tennessee surroundings and seasonal delights.

Walking is something most of us do every day anyway, so why not do just a little more of it, but with intent! Experts recommend most people take at least 10,000 steps per day. That may sound hugely overwhelming, but you don’t have to start out at 10,000 right out the gate. What you do have to do is put one foot in front of the other. Any amount of walking is great and can impact your health in a positive way. Most smartphones have built-in apps that will keep track of your steps for you. So grab your headphones, listen to a podcast or your favorite music, grab your walking buddy, human, or furry, and off you go!

At Parkview Senior Living, caring for and encouraging our residents to live their lives to the fullest is what we believe in and care about. We invite you to discover the Parkview Senior Living difference for yourself by scheduling your personal tour today.

Parkview Senior Living

770 Broome Road
Knoxville, TN 37909
865.357.2288

1413 W. Broadway
Maryville, TN 37801
865.980.8810

COMING SOON!
Emory Road & Tullahoma, TN

www.ParkviewSeniorLivingTN.com

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Marsh Wealth Management


The Rules Just Changed for Your Retirement

By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

The SECURE Act was signed into law in late December 2019 with little public fanfare. But it’s sending shock waves through the retirement planning world. If you have a retirement account or will inherit a retirement account, it’s important to understand what just happened. The Act was designed to improve the ability of Americans to save for their retirement, which overall it did. But true to form, they slipped in a taxation change that is projected to raise more than $15 billion in new tax revenue over the next decade, according to the Congressional Research Service. And we know whose pocket that is coming out of – yours and mine. Tax planning is truly imperative now.

On the good side, the SECURE Act raises the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) age to 72 from 70½. This RMD age is when the IRS steps in and dictates an amount you must withdraw from your pre-tax retirement accounts and pay the associated income tax. Having more flexibility to wait until 72 is a plus for taxpayers. This change only applies to people who turn 70½ in 2020 and beyond – if you were born in July 1949 or later. For everyone else, the old rules still apply. The Act also removes the age 70½ restriction for contributing to an IRA. If you’re still working, you can keep contributing.

Also on the good side, to combat retirees’ fears of running out of money, the SECURE Act has made it easier for employers to add a lifetime income annuity as an investment option in retirement plans. This is an especially important change for those employees without access to a corporate pension, now giving them the option of saving into their own annuity that will provide lifetime income in retirement.

While the SECURE Act has many positive provisions beyond the two already mentioned, there is also a huge tax blow lurking for people who inherit IRAs and Roth IRAs beginning in 2020. Under the old rules, non-spouse beneficiaries could generally stretch their taxable inheritance distributions out over their lifetimes – thus leaving the bulk of the inherited IRA asset safely tax-deferred and generally growing at a rate that exceeded the required distribution. In theory, these inherited assets, especially Roth IRAs, could pass from generation to generation in a tax-sheltered way. But not anymore.

The new rules dictate that non-spouse beneficiaries must empty these accounts by the end of the 10th year following the year of inheritance, and it applies equally to traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. For traditional IRAs, that “emptying” process is all taxable income. Your heirs have to report that income on top of their regular income, and at a time when they’ll probably be in their highest earning years. To think that a third of your IRA could be lost to taxes is a very real possibility.

What are we to do? Take action now while taxes are on sale! Our current lower tax rates are legislated to expire in December 2025, so you have six years left to do systematic Roth conversions and slowly convert your taxable IRA to a tax-free Roth. Think of it as you’re paying tax on the “seed” knowing that your heirs will reap a tax-free Roth “harvest” when they inherit it 20 or 30 years from now. Someone has to pay the tax; either you, now, on a smaller amount or your heirs, later, on a larger amount – there’s no escaping it.

There is no perfect solution, though. The SECURE Act has dampened the planning value of that Roth IRA “harvest,” because even though it is importantly tax-free to your heirs, they still have to empty the Roth IRA within 10 years and invest it somewhere else. They can’t put much of it into their own Roth IRA because the contribution limits are extremely low and income limits apply as well. They’ll have to invest it into a taxable investment account (thus having to report the associated income every tax year) or look to cash value life insurance to create their own version of a tax-deferred Roth IRA.

Needless to say, the SECURE Act has created tax planning needs at both ends of the inheritance spectrum. Proactively, for IRA account owners to minimize the taxation at their passing. And reactively, for heirs to know how best to minimize the tax in that 10-year window and smartly invest their inheritance going forward.

We are hosting small group discussions to dive deeper into the new SECURE Act and discuss tax planning strategies in further detail. Space is limited, so call today.

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC
Fiduciary Registered Investment Advisor
504 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-622-2162
www.marshwealth.com

Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee. Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee. Marsh Professional Group, LLC, is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

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Shelf Help


Easily See, Reach, and Store Everything in Your Kitchen

Whether you’ve wished your home’s existing kitchen and bath storage were more efficient, or if you’ve experienced difficulty in reaching items due to a health or mobility issue, Shelf Help offers the perfect solution.

At Shelf Help, we work with homeowners to plan, design, and install custom roll-out shelving and organizers that install right into your home’s existing kitchen and bath cabinets or pantries, providing you with easier access, better organization, and maximum use of your available storage space.

And for those who may experience challenges reaching cabinets that are too low, too high, or too deep, Shelf Help allows you to make full and far more efficient use of your storage space.

With our custom-built roll-out shelving and organizers, pantry storage systems, and under cabinet LED lighting installation, tasks are made simpler with easier access to kitchen and bath items and with the added advantage of optimal usage of storage space – a place for everything and everything in its place!

Homeowners also appreciate how affordable Shelf Help is, saving 50% or more when compared to national brands.

Our clients are so pleased with the results, they say “We should have done this years ago!”

As experienced Knoxville-area kitchen and bath design consultants and a locally-owned business, Shelf Help has the understanding and know-how to evaluate, design, measure, and professionally install solutions tailored to your needs and budget.

To learn how you can better organize your kitchen, bath, or pantry, call today to request your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation. Mention this article and receive up to $250 off with a minimum purchase.

Locally owned and operated, let Shelf Help make the most of your home’s kitchen, bath, or pantry storage space.

Shelf Help
865.675.5098
www.ShelfHelpTN.com

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Fitness Together


Make a Commitment to Finally Keep Your Healthy Living Resolutions in 2020

Why do we find it so difficult to keep the healthy lifestyle resolutions we routinely make each and every year? Our goals were meaningful and achievable. Some of us wanted to lose weight, improve our heart health, lower our blood pressure, and more. These were resolutions that, if achieved, could have had a significant impact on our health, well-being, and longevity. But without commitment, resolutions can soon become just another wish.

In this month’s issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to share with you the healthy living success stories of people who, very much like you, are achieving their own personal fitness goals. And while their stories and goals are varied, their common trait is their commitment to the program at Fitness Together, Knoxville’s only true personal private training studio, has set out for them.

Glenda Mabry
Five years ago, after a couple of knee surgeries, I found myself inactive and at my heaviest weight. I needed direction, motivation, and accountability. I knew about healthy eating but needed the exercise component.

Fitness Together has been fabulous in helping me with individual training needs. They have modified lots of workouts and adjusted for all my limitations. And the results have been very gratifying. My fitness levels are now well above average. It hasn’t always been easy, but I believe it has been worth all the hard work because I feel great.

I am so appreciative of the team at Fitness Together for assisting me in the right direction and their constant encouragement. And thanks to them, exercise is now a regular part of my life.

Jan Berry
The first time I exercised was after our second daughter was born in 1970.  I ran about 1/4 mile and thought I would die. I kept exercising: Running and swimming in the 1970s, running, water skiing, aerobics, and weight lifting in the 1980s, and step aerobics, water and snow skiing, and weight lifting in the 1990s.

When I turned 50, I started injuring myself when I would push myself too hard, so I quit exercising as often. I gained weight and started having knee and hip problems, and I was told I needed to have my hip replaced. Although I was still able to do “normal” activities, I wanted to regain enough vigor and personal fitness to be active in sports and hiking, so I joined Fitness Together in 2013.

The personal trainers are truly personal. They get to know you, understand how to motivate you, and encourage you to stay committed to good health. I lost 20 pounds and reduced my body fat from 33% to 26%.

I’m 70 years old now and in the best shape of my life.  I have good energy and look forward to my personalized training sessions. I play tennis, walk, hike, swim, and generally enjoy life!  I am ranked number five in the world in indoor rowing for my age and weight!

Emily Vreeland
I am a 79-year-old retired clinical social worker and happy grandmother. Being outdoors feeds my soul and keeps me physically active.

I’m fortunate that I’ve never had any serious health issues, but at the time I found Fitness Together, my weight was at an all-time high, and I was feeling tired and frumpy and somewhat discouraged about myself.

Driving home one day the new Fitness Together sign “One Client, One Trainer” caught my eye, so I pulled up. I signed up that day. In addition to being impressed with the concept and the convenient location, Fitness Together owner, Andrew Henderson, said they would guide me and give me the necessary tools but reaching my goals depended on my commitment and hard work.

I’ve been working out at Fitness Together for more than 10 years, and I’m more fit than ever before in my adult life. I recommend Fitness Together to everybody I know.

Becca Plank
I am a 27-year-old law student at the University of Tennessee. In my spare time, I love to paint and do all things creative, and I love being outdoors.

I have ADHD and anxiety, and I’ve always managed my mental health, energy, and stress levels with exercise and sports. After graduating from college, I had a hard time maintaining fitness levels and was not motivated to go to the gym on my own. Working at a stressful job, eating poorly, and not getting enough sleep ultimately caused me to gain some weight, and I was extremely unhappy with my physical and mental health.

My parents, Tom and Kathy, had been going to Fitness Together for several years and suggested that I give it a try. For about a year now, I’ve been going twice a week, and it has helped me hold myself accountable for my fitness. In recent months, I’ve been at such a good enough fitness level that I’ve added a weekly run into the mix! I feel about as strong and fit as I did in high school and early college; it’s an incredible feeling.

Anyone who’s looking for incredible trainers who are excellent at adapting a workout to any level of fitness should give Fitness Together a try.

Dustin Burnett
I’m a 36-year-old screen printer and owner of Nothing Too Fancy and Nothing Too Fancy Print Shop with my beautiful wife, Lisa. In recent years, my fitness level was pretty much sedentary. I gained nearly 100 pounds in 10 years from being minimally active and eating garbage. I was in denial about my appearance and weight. I saw a picture of myself from last summer and knew it was time to make a change.

I have always enjoyed working out but was always a pretty bad eater. Lisa, on the other hand, has always been a pretty “healthy” eater, but she hated going to the gym. We made a deal: I would focus on eating healthier if she would commit to going to the gym. That’s where Fitness Together came in.

After talking with a friend and fellow Fitness Together client, I thought it would be the perfect fit. I couldn’t have made a better choice. So far I have succeeded in achieving several intermediate goals on my journey to my ultimate weight loss goal. And I’m eating healthier, more active, and my mental well-being is great.

The Fitness Together team is awesome!

Lisa Burnett
A former athlete, I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family, friends, and our dog, Elvis. But it was when I took a hike with friends to House Mountain and had to stop to rest several times while my friends had no trouble at all that I knew I was out of shape. I was in denial.

I was ready to make a change, but I was hesitant to repeat the same old gym experience again. Fitness Together was different; we would be held accountable by our trainer.

Not only did I hit my first goal at one year, but I was also able to achieve a major life goal. When signing up, overall health was certainly a goal, but my husband and I also hoped to improve our chances of starting a family. We had been trying to have kids for more than a year and a half before starting at Fitness Together. We both knew that if we were healthier, our chances would be better. We found out in August we’re expecting our first child; a baby girl is due in May. Our continued devotion to exercise and eating better will just make the pregnancy and parenthood better for all of us.

We would 100% absolutely recommend Fitness Together to everyone.

John Hoffman
After a 30 year career in the medical device industry and teaching, my overall level of fitness was reasonably good, although I was beginning to see declining strength and balance coupled with modest weight gain. I also had a severely arthritic knee from a sports injury that hampered my ability to exercise, and I was inconsistent with my exercising when going it alone. I didn’t know appropriate exercises to accomplish my objectives and was injuring myself doing exercises incorrectly.

Fitness Together provided me with quality training, using good technique that was age sensitive. They enabled me to get as much as possible out of my bad knee for as long as possible and provided great pre-hab/re-hab support when I had knee replacement surgery. I’ve recovered from knee replacement, recovered from recent hernia surgery, and am able to play/run with my grandchildren, travel the world, and enjoy life.

I strongly recommend Fitness Together to anyone. There is something of benefit for everyone, from a young athlete to us elders who were athletic legends if only in our own minds. They provide expertise, accountability, camaraderie in the health journey, and deliver results.

Susan Hoffman
My life as a stay-at-home mom evolved with time, and today I am a volunteer with the Integrative Healthcare Program at the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute. Prior to retiring I had been working out with one of the gym teachers and some fellow employees.

While I had reasonably good stamina and strength, my spouse recommended trying Fitness Together to add variability to my workouts, as well as some adjustment as a function of strength/endurance gains. I found that the trainers were able to work the same or related muscle groups in different ways and keep my programs interesting while continuing to make progress. Fitness Together was convenient to my home, and I found the trainers to be motivating and to genuinely care how I was doing.

It has been roughly 13 years since I first started with Fitness Together. During that time, I have gone through two bouts with breast cancer and a serious back injury. Because of my training, I recovered faster and was able to resume doing many of the activities that I really enjoy. The folks at Fitness Together were caring and compassionate and gently pushed me to be the best that I could be.

I have recommended Fitness Together to many friends and acquaintances. I believe it to be nearly impossible for anyone other than a trained trainer to adapt workouts to compensate for injuries and to keep programs dynamic and fun over an extended period of time.

Trainers:

Andrew Henderson
What I love most about personal training is getting to congratulate someone on doing something that they didn’t think they could do.  The first time a client does a pull-up, completes a 5K, 10K, or a marathon, or steps on the scale and sees a number lower than what they’ve seen in 20 years is what keeps me excited to improve at what I do!

My advice for making 2020 your best year yet is to dream BIG and set goals that will truly inspire, challenge, and excite you.  When your WHY is big enough, you’ll find that the daily disciplines of exercise and healthy eating become a little easier to stick with.
Margaux Cowan-Banker (Trainer)
It’s rewarding to see people tap into a potential they didn’t know they had, whether working towards weight loss, athletics, or other pursuits. I love seeing how this changes people’s lives in profound ways. When we believe we can do great things, we do great things, and if I can help clients realize this, then I’m at my happiest.

Embrace an attitude of balance and commitment to all the various aspects of a healthy lifestyle in 2020. It’s only when we take care of the many little things that the big picture successfully comes together. Being your fittest, healthiest self means prioritization and the knitting together of nutrition, activity, recovery (sleep/relaxation), and emotional needs.

Jay McLucas
I truly enjoy helping people feel better and look better. I encourage people to be the best version of themselves in 2020. Being healthy is being happy. Get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to be your best.

Evan Simpson
I love being a personal trainer because I enjoy tapping into the potential people often didn’t realize they had. I love meeting and engaging with new people, building relationships, and watching them better themselves.

The most important advice I can give someone hoping to improve their health and well-being is to just be consistent. If you consistently show up no matter how you feel that day, you will see results.

Rufus Ross
I enjoy being a personal trainer because I enjoy helping people reach their health and fitness goals. It is very fulfilling when a client hits a breakthrough or accomplishes something they thought they couldn’t do. It’s all about feeling better, looking better, and being healthy and happy!

In 2020, start off small. You don’t have to do anything too drastic. Just start with a 10 minute walk a day, drink one less soda a day, try and stretch for five minutes a day, add in one or two vegetables a day. Just make a few small changes, and over time, they will make a big difference. And finally, if you fail or mess up, don’t beat yourself up over it. Just get back on track and focus on the present, not the past!

Tanya Bruner
I wake up every single day excited to help people create the best version of themselves and to share my love and knowledge for all things health, fitness, and proper nutrition.

Here are a few recommendations on how to make 2020 your fittest and healthiest year yet:
1. Eat more veggies: Shoot for three one-cup servings or more per day.
2. Make sleep a priority: Seven to nine hours per night.
3. Try something new, like a small group fitness class: Fitness Together offers a small group personal training program called PACK.
4. Drink more water: Drink half an ounce per pound you weigh.

Chip Gibson
I love inspiring people to live vibrant, healthy lives. As a trainer, I have the opportunity to influence someone’s life.  Motivating people to make positive changes and showing them the tools to thrive physically and mentally is a unique opportunity I don’t take for granted.   Seeing a client walk out of a session feeling more confident with a smile on their face makes my day.

If you want to make 2020 the year you take charge of your health and well-being, stop procrastinating. In a word – start. If you eat healthy, get moving. If you exercise regularly but eat terribly, then focus on your nutrition. We all say we’ll exercise or eat better “when we have time.” Guess what? Everyone’s busy. Make time! Get off your phone/tablet/TV and go to bed earlier. Don’t make your favorite show or meeting up for happy hour a priority.  Prioritize yourself, because if you don’t take care of you, you can’t take care of others. Investing in your health, a minimum of 30 to 45 minutes a day, is all it takes. Get moving and push away from the table before you’re “stuffed.” Beginning is the hardest part. What are you waiting for?

Shea Sims
Reflecting back over the past 12 years as a fitness professional and thinking about why I’ve chosen to stay in a field where the hours are long, the “hustle” to stay relevant with the newest science and research is never ending, and the need to stay on your “A” game is crucial to retention, I still believe I’m fulfilling my life’s calling.

Earlier this year my mother passed away, losing her battle to brain cancer. During that period of time, I was in awe of the overwhelming outpouring of love and support of those whose lives she touched. She had a spirit unlike anyone I’ve ever known, and she lived and loved with everything she had… every day.

My passion is to make a difference in the lives of those clients I come in contact with each and every day, even if it doesn’t necessarily relate to exercise. If they walk away from our session feeling better than when they arrived, I’ve helped make a difference.

As many look to make New Year’s resolutions, try to remember that each day is a gift. Change is hard, so start small. Acknowledge the victories, as well as the failures, and grow from each of them. Most importantly, above anything else, don’t give up… don’t EVER give up!

Mac Bowers
Being a trainer means more than counting sets and reps; it means becoming a part of your client’s journey and their story. I get to be there for it all and get to watch them accomplish more than they ever managed was possible.

To make 2020 you best year yet, I recommend that you should have fun, set goals, drink more water, eat more fruits and veggies, and accept a challenge that will help you reach your fullest potential.
If you are ready to commit like these clients and make more than a resolution but a commitment to a healthier lifestyle, be sure to contact the pros at Fitness Together today.

Fitness Together

Bearden
6513 Kingston Pike, Suite 112
865.212.2322

Farragut
11521 Kingston Pike
865.671.2022

Hardin Valley
10752 Hardin Valley Road
865.249.7630

Northshore
9430 S Northshore Drive, Suite 102A
865.357.8663

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Aqua Clear


Here’s a Healthy New Year’s Resolution That is Easy to Keep

By Krista Brewster, Co-owner of Aqua Clear Water Systems

While many of us are reflecting on our fondest memories from this holiday season, others of us are busy contemplating our resolutions for the New Year. It probably comes as no surprise to the majority of us that nearly two-thirds of all resolutions we will make this year include health and fitness goals. It may also come as no surprise to you that only a very small percentage of well-intentioned people will actually keep their resolutions.

There are no limits to the excuses we offer as to why we were unsuccessful in keeping our resolutions. But at Aqua Clear Water Systems, we can offer you a fool-proof resolution for 2020 that you’ll be guaranteed to keep.

If you’re like the majority, your 2020 resolutions will include eating healthier and exercising. Eating healthier should include evaluating everything we eat and ingest, and that includes drinking water. I can already hear many of you saying that your home’s drinking water meets the minimum standards set by a government agency. Really? Minimum standards?

At Aqua Clear Water Systems, we have earned a reputation for almost two decades of delivering the cleanest and healthiest water to families just like yours all across East Tennessee. It’s really a no brainer. Think about it. You’re selecting healthier foods for your family, including organically grown vegetables and fruits, organically raised poultry, beef, and pork, and yet your family is drinking water, the most important resource for sustaining life, that only has to meet minimum government standards. And if you’re cooking and bathing in this same water, you’re ingesting it into your body orally or by absorption through your skin.

Why not let our family help your family make and keep one of the most important New Year’s resolutions that you will likely make in your lifetime? It all starts with a simple phone call to set up a free, no-obligation, in-home consultation. If your family could benefit from our extensive selection of water treatment solutions, our experienced project supervisors will recommend the system that is best for your family. At Aqua Clear Water Systems, you have our personal assurance that you will receive a level of service that will exceed your expectations – and a level of service that you might have thought no longer existed in today’s generic retail marketplace.

All of our quality water treatment systems are manufactured to the highest standards by worldwide, industry leader Kinetico, with the world’s most efficient water softener. Each of our systems is backed up by one of the best warranties available, and each system requires no energy and is designed to last far longer than the competition.

As a wife, mother, and grandmother, I know how important your family’s health is to you. That’s why, along with my husband, David, and my son, Jonathan, we and our team of more than 40 pure water experts teamed up with Kinetico to launch Aqua Clear Water Systems nearly two decades ago. We have literally delivered nothing but the cleanest, purest water available anywhere to many thousands of families just like yours all across East Tennessee.

If you’re prepared to make an easy New Year’s resolution in 2020 that will enhance the health of every member of your family, call me today to setup your no-cost, no-pressure consultation. Our experts will help you discover affordable water treatment options that will deliver on your healthy New Year’s resolution for 2020.

Let us change your water; it will change your life.

Aqua Clear Water Systems
1767 Kevin Lane
Lenoir City, TN 37772
865-225-6555
www.aquaclearws.com

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