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SPRINGFIELD – Do you have something to say about America's out-of-control obesity problem and how to fix it?
The first of three public hearings focusing on the human and social costs of obesity in Illinois will be held in Chicago this morning and the second will follow March 8 in Springfield.
The hearings are being conducted by the state Department of Public Health and are open to everyone, public health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says.
CHAMPAIGN – How healthy you are has a lot to do with where you live, according to a new report that found a wide disparity in the health of Illinois residents, depending on which of the state's 102 counties they call home.
The report released this morning by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin looked at the overall health and risk factors in more than 3,000 counties in all 50 states.
URBANA – When Dr. Ken Bodine was undergoing his medical training in the 1980s, it was rare to find a young adult with heart disease, he recalls.
Now the Carle Clinic cardiologist is seeing more heart patients in their 30s, sometimes even in their 20s, he says.
And for many, heart trouble is the consequence of poor lifestyle choices when they were younger – things like smoking, failing to exercise and not eating right – that left them at risk for cardiovascular disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women of most ethnic groups in the U.S.
Nearly half of all sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital, suggesting people don't act on the early warning signs, which can include pain or discomfort in the chest, one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach, shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.
CHAMPAIGN – Getting back to everyday life after a heart attack requires some adjustment.
But Jim Doyle of Champaign didn't have to tackle it alone.
The eight weeks he spent in cardiac rehab after his November 2008 heart attack boosted not just his physical recovery, but his mental and emotional states as well, he says.
CHAMPAIGN – Is H1N1 bowing out or just resting up for a repeat performance?
In the past couple of weeks, local doctors have seen a dramatic decline in the number of people sickened by influenza.
But keep that jug of hand sanitizer nearby, and don't stop coughing into your elbow.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Sandy Meneley is not slowing down with age – she's picking up speed.
On Nov. 14, the former Pesotum resident finished third in the World Championship 70.3 Ironman competition for the 60-64 age group in the female division.
CHAMPAIGN – Three years after Frances Nelson Health Center moved and expanded with the help of a community fund drive, this Champaign clinic for those in need is facing some serious financial challenges.
And they're being fueled by more than the recession.
DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA will host its annual 5K Fun Run/Walk on Oct. 10.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., with start at 9 a.m., beginning and ending at the YMCA, 1111 N. Vermilion St. The event takes place rain or shine.