SPRINGFIELD — Build a walking trail or a bicycle path. Add community garden space.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has $4.8 million in federal money available for local governments, school districts, health departments and community organizations willing to tackle obesity and improve health.
The money is available in nearly every county in the state.
URBANA — Obesity isn't just unhealthy for an expectant mother. It puts her baby at risk for future health problems, even when the mom eats a healthy diet during her pregnancy, a new University of Illinois study has found.
CHAMPAIGN — Another fitness facility is set to open in Champaign, the fourth to announce plans to do so this year.
Planet Fitness, which has more than 500 facilities across the nation, plans to open a 22,000-square-foot gym just west of the County Market store on Glenn Park Drive.
URBANA — Gregory Drive between Sixth Street in Champaign and Goodwin Avenue in Urbana will be closed to traffic for 90 minutes on Saturday.
The street will be closed from 8:30 to 10 a.m. to accommodate participants in the fifth annual Earth, Wind & Fire 5K run and 2.5K walk that is being held in conjunction with the Prairie Research Institute's Naturally Illinois Expo.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County YMCA will share in more than $250,000 in anti-obesity grants being awarded by the American Cancer Society's Illinois Division.
CHAMPAIGN — The owner of the McKinley Family YMCA building on Church Street says he plans to open a fitness center there once the Champaign County YMCA moves out.
The new McKinley Fitness Center would offer its members use of two swimming pools and a gymnasium and — at some point — fitness facilities, said Leon Jeske, who bought the building from the YMCA last year.
Local health care providers continued to add to their facilities this year.
Monticello got its brand new replacement hospital. Carle launched its long-delayed campus expansion project. Provena Covenant Medical Center finished the first phase of its new birthing center, and its sister hospital, Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, renovated its cancer center.
URBANA — Mahomet resident and Cunningham Children's Home teacher Roy Riley will be featured on the NBC-TV broadcast of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, scheduled to air at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
NBC will feature a special segment on Riley and Cunningham.
Nate Rath is the baby of eight Champaign police officers who have completed grueling Ironman triathlons.
The 36-year-old detective finished his first Ironman in Panama City, Fla., on Nov. 5 in 16 hours and 15 minutes.
MAHOMET — Roy Riley will compete in the world championship of the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 8. It would be a momentous opportunity for any triathlete, a chance to race alongside the best in the sport.
But it's also Riley's first full Ironman event — ever.