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Inspection found many health violations at Lincoln's Challenge

RANTOUL – Food contaminated by kitchen staff or students caused the illnesses of 20 people at Lincoln's Challenge Academy, according to county public health officials.

And an inspection of the kitchen and dining room the day the illnesses struck produced the lowest public health score in Champaign County since 1993.

Prairie Center plans to reopen detox program within 2 months

CHAMPAIGN – With a signed state contract in hand, Prairie Center Health Systems plans to reopen its detoxification program within two months.

For the long run, though, it's looking to other local entities – hospitals, jails and county governments – to help fund the detox unit, which treated 803 people last fiscal year.

Vermilion health department offering smoking-cessation class

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Health Department will offer a free, four-week smoking-cessation class beginning Feb. 19.

The class will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 and March 5 and 12. People attending the classes can receive four weeks of free nicotine replacement patches.

Christie Clinic program personalizes heart disease prevention

CHAMPAIGN – Christie Clinic is taking a new, personalized approach to help patients lower their risk of heart disease.

Through the clinic's new Caring for Your Heart program, patients enrolling will receive a consultation with a medical team including a cardiac nurse practitioner, dietitian and exercise physiologist.

Addiction official to lead Feb. 26 training workshop at DACC

DANVILLE – Prairie Center Health Systems is hosting its annual luncheon and training workshop Feb. 26 at Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Keynote speaker Phillip Valentine, executive director of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery in New Haven, Conn., once struggled with alcohol and cocaine addictions.

Free dental exams to be offered at oral health fair at mall

CHAMPAIGN – Free dental exams will be available for school-age children at an oral health fair Saturday at Market Place Mall in Champaign.

It will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Macy's wing of the mall.

Customized hormones for treating menopause: Converts, concerns

Debbie Sans remembers it well – the way she'd go to bed at night exhausted but couldn't sleep.

The awful headaches she had, the irritability, the hot flashes that plagued her 35 times a day.

Parkland's new facility 'a showpiece for health professions'

CHAMPAIGN – Some Parkland health professions students began learning this month in a brightly lit, newly remodeled space on North Mattis Avenue.

The building has comfortable classrooms, spacious labs, a kitchen, space for equipment used by occupational therapists, a room full of massage tables separated by curtains, and a hospital bed with an eerily realistic-looking patient.

Even with one arm, mother knows she can 'still work wonders'

Life takes unexpected turns, and for Amish mother and housewife Cynthia Schrock of Arthur, a tragic twist and turn in her first spring gardening day last April came when the tines of a brand new rototiller ripped and chewed into the flesh of her right arm, splintering it and slamming her to the ground.

Helplessly pinned on her back under the tiller, she prayed that she stay conscious because her 2-year-old daughter, Valerie, stood beside her. "Mommy, let's go inside," Valerie cried. "Let's go inside." "I can't," Cynthia told her. "Stay close. Stay with Mommy."

Heart & Stroke Ball to celebrate classic Hollywood glamour

CHAMPAIGN – Classic Hollywood glamour is the theme for the ninth annual Champaign County Heart & Stroke Ball.

The black-tie gala offers dancing to big band and jazz music, gourmet food plus live and silent auctions.