Choosing a treadmill can be a tricky process, but according to local fitness equipment experts, the key factor is how the machine will be used.
Chris Balthrop, a manager at Lupi's Pizza Pies in downtown Chattanooga, said pizza is as healthy as you make it.
Kristin Bell is one of 20 people on a recent weekday at Chattanooga Crossfit completing a high-intensity workout before returning to work. Crossfit is part of an emerging trend in the fitness business toward timed, intense workouts.
Laken Coppinger and the rest of her 4- and 5-year-old classmates dance with heart at Primrose School of East Brainerd, but they actually are dancing for their hearts.
Made popular first in larger cities, pole dancing has been a growing trend in women's exercise practice, combining cardiovascular exercise, flexibility and strength training.
More than 30 percent of Tennessee adults in 2008 were considered obese, and only 26 percent of adults in the U.S. eat fruits and vegetables at least five times a week, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The area's obesity problem prompted several local athletic clubs to begin offering nutritional options in addition to a place to work out.
Christina Watts, owner of Buffed Brides Fitness, said she realized the potential market for her business after helping a friend get in shape for her wedding last year. She quit her sales job to create Buffed Brides and found interested clients immediately.
Gaining 30 pounds in her freshman year of college made Molly Cashion feel "lazy" and "bugged out."
Over the next year, the Times Free Press will look at the issue of obesity. We'll explore how we got here and how to tackle the problem. We'll analyze the issue from all sides -- health care, public policy, food and diet, exercise and self esteem. We'll offer solutions, help and advice.