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On Wednesday, comfortable shoes are a must for parents and children around the area. It's International Walk to School Day, and schools around Champaign and Urbana will be participating.
Events include a "walking school bus" where students are picked up by an adult and walk in a supervised group to school, and walks accompanied by local celebrities, including University of Illinois athletes and the mayors of Champaign and Urbana.
URBANA – Erica Van Zuidam loves the feeling of a good workout that gets her heart pumping.
"It feels like how it used to be. My old life, in sports and everything," she said. "I think that's why it's so fun. It brings back good times."
On Saturday, Van Zuidam ran a 5-kilometer race – 3.1 miles in two laps around the University of Illinois campus, from the Illini Union to the Stock Pavilion. It was her first race on her carbon fiber legs with the zebra-striped cloth covering the top. Her first race since her feet and hands were amputated, the casualties of a nearly fatal case of bacterial meningitis she contracted at the end of her freshman year at the UI.
DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Health Department will offer a free four-week smoking-cessation class in the conference room at the health department, 200 S. Collett St.
Sessions will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2 and 9.
CHAMPAIGN – If you want to learn more about a healthy lifestyle – and get in some rock climbing – you'll want to visit the University of Illinois' Activities and Recreation Center next week.
The recreation center, known as ARC and located at 201 E. Peabody Drive, C., is hosting a Health and Wellness Showcase from 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25. The event is free and open to the community.
URBANA – Monday night football may not necessarily be great for your blood pressure, but Provena Covenant Medical Center wants to make it better for your prostate.
The hospital will offer its first game night prostate cancer event – featuring food, football (Eagles at Cowboys), a men's health speaker and prostate screenings, all free – on Monday.
URBANA – College life can be dangerous for the waistline, as many university freshmen know.
Late-night pizza, all-you-can-eat dorm food, stress and, in some cases, alcohol all contribute to what's been known for years as the "freshman 15" – the 15 pounds, more or less, that can pile on in the first semester or two of college.
DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA, 1111 N. Vermilion St., will be closed for its annual maintenance week, Aug. 24 through Sept. 1.
The front desk will be open for class registration from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 25 to 29.
URBANA – Folks, this is not your father's IMPE.
In fact, it's not IMPE at all any more.
It's ARC, the Activities and Recreation Center. And there are four levels of things to do here: work out on cardio equipment, run around the new track, join a spinning class, even lounge in the sauna, on a couch in front of a flat screen TV or at the cafe.
Celebration focus is on diversity, practical topics
RANTOUL – The fourth annual Rantoul Harvest Festival featuring public education, workshops and multicultural presentations will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Wabash Park.