Diabetes fundraiser set Sunday

CHAMPAIGN — There's still time to sign up to take part in the American Diabetes Association's fundraiser — Champaign County Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes — being held Sunday, event coordinator Wendy Wallace says.

The walk will take place at Hessel Park in Champaign, with registration beginning at 9 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

Report foresees half of Illinoisans becoming obese

UPDATED 9:20 p.m. Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — More than half of Illinois residents could be obese by 2030 if current trends continue, a new report Tuesday projects.

Danville hospital begins sidewalk, driveway work

DANVILLE — Provena United Samaritans Medical Center will begin a project today (Monday, Sept. 17) to replace sidewalks and driveways on the surgery ramp entrance on Logan Avenue.

During the project, which is expected to last five to six weeks, the ramp entrance will be closed.

Some aldermen remain opposed to cell tower near hospital

DANVILLE — Despite letters to city officials confirming that the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center are not opposed to AT&T's plans to build a 199-foot cellular tower 300 yards northwest of the hospital's helicopter landing pad, some Danville aldermen and residents still object, believing the tower poses a

Parkland sets information sessions on health professions

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College will hold a series of information sessions about its health professions programs.

Anyone interested in a health career is invited to attend. Applicants to the programs range from new high school graduates to older adults making career changes, says Rita Myles, program manager for Parkland's health careers program.

Mental illness alliance offers course for family members

CHAMPAIGN — If you're living with a mentally ill family member, you're invited to take a free 13-week class provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The Family-to-Family program for caregivers of mentally ill family members will begin Sept. 4, with classes held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the clubhouse at 31 W. Colony West Drive, Champaign.

Champaign health center to begin offering vasectomies

CHAMPAIGN — Planned Parenthood of Illinois, more commonly known for serving women, will expand its services for men this fall by offering vasectomies at its new health center in Champaign.

Planned Parenthood plans to offer "no-scalpel" vasectomies, which involve a puncture rather than incisions, said Kai Tao, the organization's vice president of clinical operations.

As school year nears, seminar focuses on food allergies

URBANA — How do you keep your child safe from a food allergy at school?

Parents are being invited to a free seminar focusing on kids going back to school with food allergies to be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at The Forum at Carle, 611 W. Park St., U.

Genetic disorder means daily battle with calculated risks


In his old room in his parents' home, a pretty house in the Cherry Hills subdivision of Champaign, Chike Coleman is poking through his shelves. He wants to find a Blu-ray disc, one of the beloved movies he bought in a half-off online sale from a site that sells independent films.

Kicking the habit completely off campus

DANVILLE — Oftentimes, Danville Area Community College student Dustin Tabor has an urge to light up a cigarette before a difficult class or exam.

"It calms my nerves," the first-year criminal justice student said of his smoking habit, as he took a final drag then threw his butt on the ground on his way into the DACC administration building.