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Parkland expanding education on alternative medicine

CHAMPAIGN – When Kay Elmer had breast cancer, she relied on more than traditional medicine to help her.

She also sought the help of an aromatherapist.

Study to focus on exercise, breast-cancer survivors

SPRINGFIELD – Can a breast-cancer survivor reduce her chances of the disease recurring if she starts exercising after finishing her treatments?

That's what Dr. Laura Rogers, a physician at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, hopes to learn in a study that will also address whether adding exercise after breast cancer treatment can improve quality of life and reduce sleeplessness and fatigue.

Registration for fall youth and adult classes now open

DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA is holding open registration for youth and adult program classes that will begin Sept. 14 at its facility, 1111 N. Vermilion St.

Classes are seven weeks in length. Youth classes include swim lessons, tae kwon do, gymnastics/tumbling and youth strength training. Adult classes include freestyle kickboxing, yoga, pilates and tae kwon do.

Health experts' 10 tips to keep kids sound at school

CHAMPAIGN – Sniffles, sore throats, coughs, earaches: Don't they just seem to follow your kids home from school sometimes, like a stray dog?

Every year, millions of kids miss school due to just colds and flu alone. But parents can help fight off those illnesses and others by promoting healthy habits at home.

Area folks get extra boost when exercising for a cause

When Jaymie and Randy Huffman of Mahomet started running, they had an invisible boy at their side.

The boy was going through chemotherapy, and when the couple started working with the Team in Training – a fundraising-through-running program that's part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – they thought of him.

Baby boomers learning to deal with, defeat brain drain

CHAMPAIGN – When baby boomer Cammy Seguin started to tell her son the names of her two favorite songs by the Moody Blues, her memory seemed to be taking a little lunch break.

"I went totally brain-dead," she recalls with a laugh.

Five minutes later, she remembered the names: "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" and "Your Wildest Dreams." But as for her son, Seguin says, "I just knew he thought I lost my mind."

Relay For Life participants give, gain a little inspiration

CHAMPAIGN – Some were walking sprightly, others kind of dragging. Some were pushed in wheelchairs, others pulled in wagons. But the approximately 200 people who walked the survivors lap at the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life on Saturday evening were all smiling.

"We're survivors," yelled Angela Page, 45, of St. Joseph, pumping her fist in the air. She and her husband Jim Page, 54, pulled their 4-year-old son Will in a wagon around the track at Centennial High School in Champaign.

Water safety skit part of safety fair

URBANA – Want to teach your kids more about water safety?

The Champaign Fire Department will be offering its "Hans and Swampy Present Water Safety 101" live skit four times Saturday (June 6) at the Carle Foundation Hospital/Safe Kids Champaign County Playing it Safe event.

Summer safety: Be mindful of water's hazards

URBANA – Pamela Pendleton has been swimming since she was a tyke and teaching kids to swim for more than a decade.

But even with all that experience in the water, there's one thing she'd never do: swim alone.

We like to hike: Four lesser-known trails in East Central Illinois

Whenever the flat farmland of Champaign County has me longing for a visual respite, I head east. Not to the well-used Kickapoo State Park but to less-traveled places that are rich in natural habitats.

Those destinations, Kennekuk Cove County Park and Forest Glen Nature Preserve, are part of the Vermilion River system in the easternmost part of the state, on the edge of what was once the Grand Prairie to the west.