CHAMPAIGN – You'll cook. You'll eat. You'll even get a free gift card to go to the grocery store if you sign up for a new series of workshops called Total Fitness, being offered by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District beginning next week.
The workshops will be held on five Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at district headquarters at 201 W. Kenyon Road, C. The first series runs Jan. 13 through Feb. 10, and is open to eight families. One adult and one child per family can attend.
The University YMCA has chosen a longtime local community organizer to be its executive director.
Mike Doyle, who established the Champaign County Health Care Consumers and Community Shares of Illinois, will begin his new position at the University YMCA on Feb. 1, 2009.
URBANA – For years, even decades, a war went on within C.K. "Tina" Gunsalus' skull.
And through those years, her brain lost ground, squashing up against itself as a tumor grew into the size of a baseball, an insidious mass making a place for itself where her brain once resided.
If it sounds like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," it almost was.
CHAMPAIGN – A psychiatrist and a certified yoga teacher/Pilates instructor will offer a workshop on Saturday on "Using Your Mind and Body to Recover from Depression."
The workshop will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Savoy Room, Hawthorn Suites Hotel, southwest corner of Neil and Kirby streets, Champaign. Participants are to wear comfortable clothes that allow gentle stretching. The workshop fee is $20.
When Sandy Meneley asked her doctor if there was any reason she couldn't compete in an Ironman competition, he thought she was crazy. But he couldn't give her any medical reason not to.
Nine months later, the 61-year-old athlete finished second in her age group at the Ford Ironman Florida competition in Panama City, Fla., on Nov. 1.
CHAMPAIGN – Betty Shaw smoked her first cigarette about 30 years ago because it made her feel cool.
Problem is, she didn't stop at one.
"One cigarette led to another, and I just kept on going," she recalls.
Now a retired Kraft employee, Shaw eventually smoked her way to high blood pressure and a shortness of breath so severe she had to sit down in the middle of her housecleaning.
But it was the economy that finally forced her to quit. Prices on everything were going up, and she figured all that money she was spending on cigarettes would be better spent on other things.
One year and two months ago, Shaw enrolled herself in a Champaign-Urbana Public Health District quit-smoking program, and she's been happily smoke-free ever since.
CHAMPAIGN – City council member Deborah Frank Feinen wants the new Illinois Marathon to get off on the right foot.
So Feinen, a runner herself, said she intends to propose Tuesday a reduction in how much the city will charge the marathon organizer, CasMar Events, to offset the estimated $19,880 in city police and public works costs to help run the event.
CHAMPAIGN – Dr. John Stokes reaches into a pile of magazines in a Christie Clinic exam room and grabs one with a luscious-looking dessert on the cover.
So much of our society centers around eating, he says. Is it any wonder his patients have such a tough time controlling their weight, even when their lives depend on it?
"Everywhere you go, you're bombarded by food," he says.
CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign fitness center is beginning a free exercise program for teen-agers who are overweight or at risk for diabetes.
The Teen Fit program, being provided by The Fitness Center at 2508 S. Galen Drive, is open to eligible teens ages 13-17.
URBANA – Though they swim in different lanes, on different teams, Urbana swimmers will be coming together for a common cause on Wednesday.
At the sixth annual "Make a Difference" meet, the Urbana, University Laboratory and Schlarman high schools' girls' swim teams will compete against each other in the lanes and work together to raise money for Crisis Nursery outside of the pool.