Because you are using extra calories to feed your infant. On average, it takes between 500 and 1,000 calories a day to produce breast milk. Women are advised to consume an extra 400 to 500 healthy calories a day while breastfeeding to keep up their energy. For more information on eating healthy while breastfeeding, visit Health-Finder.gov and search for “breastfeeding.”

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

Did You Know the number of hours you sleep at night can affect your weight?

Seven hours of sleep per night help adults control their weight. In a study of more than 21,000 healthy adults, those who slept five hours or less per night were 50 percent more likely to become obese, compared to those who logged a full night’s rest. To learn about healthy sleep habits, visit sleepfoundation.org.

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.