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PAXTON — Gibson Area Hospital plans to open a fitness center in Paxton, filling a void created by the closure of the city's only fitness facility in May.
The Community Wellness Center will be housed in a portion of a building the hospital owns at 239 N. Taft St., said Rob Schmitt, the hospital's chief executive officer.
WASHINGTON — Illinois' obesity rate rose for a second year in a row, and the excess pounds are making people sicker.
In a report released Thursday, Illinois was ranked the 23rd fattest state in the nation, with nearly 28 percent of its adults obese, or at a body mass index of 30 or greater.
Some facts from the "F as in Fat" report:
— 33 percent of adults in the U.S. with $15,000 annual income were obese, compared with 24.6 percent of adults earning $50,000-plus per year.
— Nearly 33 percent of adults in the U.S. who didn't graduate from high school were obese, compared with 21.5 percent of adults who graduated from college.
Today (July 1) is the first day of registration for the 2012 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, and those who are running will have several new race options.
A mini i-Challenge. Participating in what race organizers hope will be the state's largest 5K. And slightly altered courses for nearly all the races.
An initiative to provide one million hours of fitness training to the families of military service members is under way.
Beginning Tuesday, family members of actively deployed military reservists and National Guard members could search for gyms or trainers in their area who are offering free fitness services.
There are not any in Champaign-Urbana or Danville.
URBANA — Human Kinetics was looking for a community service project that would help out Champaign-Urbana and would also provide a family-friendly way for people to get some exercise.
The company organized the Twin Cities Twosome — a relay race run through Crystal Lake Park that benefits local charities.
The organizers of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon have received more than 700 comments from runners on their website, and several hundred more on the event's Facebook page, and they are overwhelmingly positive.
There is much more feedback so far than race organizers received last year, said Joe Seeley, the event's webmaster and a member of the race committee.
Not even a week after the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, the race directors are already considering how to make the event better next year.
Reflecting on last weekend's races, marathon co-directors Jan Seeley and Mike Lindemann were pleased with many aspects of the race and identified several areas in which they hope to improve.
Race organizers are hoping for good weather and safety for this weekend's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
But should they be unlucky, they are prepared for whatever may come dangerous weather, medical emergencies, a fire on the race route.
The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon race directors have opened 200 more spots for the Provena 5K Run/Walk, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Online registration for these spots will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday and will continue until midnight Wednesday or until the spots are filled, whichever comes first.