Barkstall kicks off fitness program

CHAMPAIGN — Students at Barkstall Elementary are about to learn a lot about fitness.

The school is starting a schoolwide initiative to encourage physical activity called "Fitness is Fun." It's registered with Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, and students and teachers will log their physical activity every week.

'Wednesday night is soccer night'

These women give new definition to the term "soccer moms."

Oh, they've done their share of carpooling and cheering for kids from the sidelines at soccer matches, hockey games and baseball tournaments.

But this is their turf. Er, pitch.

Fitness Center vacating older facility after 36 years

CHAMPAIGN — The Fitness Center will vacate its longtime home on Galen Drive in Champaign and consolidate at its recently acquired facility on Round Barn Road, its general manager said Thursday.

Rich Ruthenberg said the facility at 1914 Round Barn Road, C, will be enlarged and remodeled over the next few weeks, and the move from 2508 Galen Drive will likely come in mid-March.

The Starting Line: Two who met the resolution challenge

Call it a birthday resolution.

When Tony Hillen turned 29 shortly before Christmas 2011, he resolved he would not be overweight when he hit 30. He weighed 295 pounds, and he set a goal of losing 100 pounds during the next year.

When he weighed in a couple of weeks ago, as he was about to turn 30, he'd lost more than 115 pounds.

Time for a new goal.

Teacher to present program for Michelle Obama showcase

SAVOY — A local teacher is heading to Washington this week to give a presentation on how her school uses technology to get kids moving.

Wendy Starwalt, a physical education teacher at Carrie Busey Elementary in Savoy, will give a presentation Friday at Michelle Obama's second Let's Move in School Showcase.

School invites community to join in 3K walk/run

CHAMPAIGN — The local community is invited to participate in a 3K walk/run with Carrie Busey Elementary School families at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Report foresees half of Illinoisans becoming obese

UPDATED 9:20 p.m. Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — More than half of Illinois residents could be obese by 2030 if current trends continue, a new report Tuesday projects.

Human Kinetics part of change in national fitness program

CHAMPAIGN — A national program that promotes youth fitness is changing to emphasize health over performance — and materials published by Champaign-based Human Kinetics will be part of the new program.

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition announced Monday it is replacing the President's Council Youth Fitness Test with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.

CarX CrazyK 2012

The CarX CrazyK was held at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana on Saturday Sept. 8, 2012. Twenty-two locar charities benefited from the event which featured 130 teams that ran an extreme K featuring many "crazy" obstacles along the way.

Mahomet 5K and Half Marathon August 18, 2012

A 5K and half marathon was held in Mahomet, Ill.  on Saturday, August 18, 2012.  All proceeds of the event go to the Mahomet Area Youth Club.