Regular screening can often find breast cancer early, when treatments are more likely to be successful. Perform regular self-exams and report any changes in how your breasts normally look and feel to a health care provider right away. Talk with your doctor if you have a family history of breast cancer. And get annual mammograms to screen for breast cancer beginning by at least age 45. For more information about breast and other cancers, visit Cancer.org.

Did you know physical activity is essential to healthy aging? As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for many of the health problems that come with age.  If you are generally fit, with no limiting health conditions, aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity. If that sounds like a lot, try breaking it into short segments throughout the day. 10 minutes at a time is fine to gain the important health benefits that come with being physically active as you age. For more information about aging well, visit TN.gov/aging.

 

UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound is pictured at the finish line with participants at Saturday morning’s second annual UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Chattanooga Fun Run at Ross’s Landing. To the left of Dr. Health E. Hound is 9 x IRONMAN Champion Nina Kraft. To his right is TN Community Plan COO Rick Reeves, TN House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, and 12-time IRONMAN 70.3 Champion Terenzo Bozzone.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (May 16, 2015) – UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound is pictured at the finish line with participants at Saturday morning’s second annual UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Chattanooga Fun Run at Ross’s Landing. To the left of Dr. Health E. Hound is 9 x IRONMAN Champion Nina Kraft. To his right is Tennessee Community Plan COO Rick Reeves, Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, and 12-time IRONMAN 70.3 Champion Terenzo Bozzone.

– Photo by Steven Llorca

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UnitedHealthcare is teaming up with IRONKIDS for the second annual IRONKIDS Chattanooga Fun Run on Saturday, 9 a.m. EDT at Ross’s Landing, 200 Riverfront Pkwy. Kids ages 3-15 will have the opportunity to race on the same course as IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga athletes. The 1-mile and 1/4 -mile fun run is for “triathletes to be” and aims to help stem the rising tide of childhood obesity through exercise and healthy lifestyles. UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound will kick off the event with a warmup before the race.

The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS fun run returns to Chattanooga on May 16, 2015.
The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS fun run returns to Chattanooga on May 16, 2015.

Families and children in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas are encouraged to participate. The cost for registration is $15, and every child receives a T-shirt, race bib, goodie bag and finisher medal.  Registration details are available at www.ironkids.com. UnitedHealthcare is providing 50 free admissions to the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga, enabling youth to participate in a running event.

Event Schedule:

8:45 a.m. – warmups with IRONKIDS and UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound
9 a.m. – start of race
9:15-9:45 a.m. – finish line; every participant receives a medal

May’s topics include breast cancer research, staying active as you age, and vaccines for measles and other preventable diseases.

Research into the causes, prevention and treatment of breast cancer is being done in many medical centers throughout the world, including right here in Middle Tennessee. Patty Harman of Komen Greater Nashville and Dr. Deborah Lannigan from Vanderbilt University talks about current research into the causes of breast cancer.

As we age, it’s important to know how to live well, access services, and remain active and involved. Janet Jernigan of FiftyForward talks about how to continue to make the most of life from age 50 on.

Measles, a disease once considered eradicated in the U.S., has been making a comeback. In the first two months of 2015, 170 people from 17 states were reported to have been diagnosed with measles. State epidemiologist Dr. Tim Jones talks about vaccines for measles and other preventable diseases.

Did You Know getting regular exercise is important for the continued health of breast cancer survivors?

Physical activity can help lessen certain side effects of treatment, such as fatigue and depression, and has been shown to reduce the risk of recurrence and improve survival. It’s important for good health for all of us to live an active lifestyle, and now breast cancer survivors have even greater motivation to make regular exercise a habit. To learn more on maintaining a healthy weight and diet, visit komen.org

As we age, it’s important to know how to live well, access services, and remain active and involved. Janet Jernigan of FiftyForward talks about how to continue to make the most of life from age 50 on.

December’s topics include health and wellness in Tennessee, nutritious guidelines and lifestyle choices, and staying healthy during cold and flu season.

Rick Johnson from The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness talks about Healthier Tennessee and the small steps you can take that add up to a healthier life. While making the choice to live healthier can be difficult, “Healthier Tennessee” is dedicated to encouraging Tennesseans to live healthier lives.

Diabetes Educator Sarah Neil Pilkinton from Williamson Medical Center joins us to share some nutritious guidelines and lifestyle choices to help combat diabetes, a growing epidemic in America and Tennessee alike.

Dr. Brent Coil, a family medicine physician from Nashville Medical Group, discusses cold and flu season and ways to stay healthy this year.

While making the choice to live healthier can be difficult, “Healthier Tennessee” is dedicated to encouraging Tennesseans to live healthier lives. Rick Johnson from The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness talks about Healthier Tennessee and the small steps you can take that add up to a healthier life.