Teams may still register for Relay for Life

CHAMPAIGN — About 1,000 people are expected to walk in Relay for Life Champaign County starting Saturday evening.

Registrations to participate in this annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society are nearly double over last year's event, said Jill Rannebarger, local relay chairwoman.

Country Health finishes remodeling

GIFFORD — Country Health Nursing Home officials have unveiled the results of a multimillion-dollar renovation.

The $8.9 million project was started in 2008 and involved remodeling and expansion.

Administrator Chris Kasper said Gifford area residents have been enthusiastic in their backing of the project and have contributed a great deal.

Many weight-loss surgery patients shed Type 2 diabetes along with their pounds

CHAMPAIGN — Type 2 diabetes used to weigh down Peggy Jenvey's life.

It drained her energy. Her blood pressure rose. Her weight was too high, but the medications she had to take made the extra pounds tough to lose, she said.

Eight years ago, the Thomasboro woman took a drastic step.

State funding projects that boost health

SPRINGFIELD — Build a walking trail or a bicycle path. Add community garden space.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has $4.8 million in federal money available for local governments, school districts, health departments and community organizations willing to tackle obesity and improve health.

The money is available in nearly every county in the state.

Program focuses on farm safety for students

RURAL OAKWOOD — Kelli Maxwell still remembers when a classmate caught his arm in an auger on his family's farm near Oakland.

"He lost his arm," she recalled of the boy, then 12. "They reattached it, but it never grew. It never worked right again."

Douglas County sheriff's office to collect unwanted medications

TUSCOLA — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will participate again in a prescription drug turn-in day Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28, the public can bring in expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to the sheriff's office, 920 S. Washington St., Tuscola, so they can be appropriately discarded.

Danville Y plans day for kids' health

DANVILLE — The Danville Family YMCA is inviting kids and their parents to its Health Kids Day on Saturday.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the YMCA, 1111 N. Vermilion St.

New report: Melanoma increases among young adults

MAHOMET — For Shelly Schuyler, tanning was an annual ritual that started when she was in seventh grade.

She tanned in the sun without sunscreen. She tanned with tanning beds. And she didn't quit tanning until she and her husband began trying to have children.

"My doctor called me out on it," she recalls.

Dropoffs scheduled for expired medicines

CHAMPAIGN — Prescription and over-the-counter drugs you once bought and didn't use don't just take up extra space in your medicine cabinet.

They can be safety hazards that even careful families have failed to consider.

Dead birds to be accepted earlier for West Nile testing

SPRINGFIELD — All that warm, summerlike weather in March could bring an early start to mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus, state health officials say.

So state labs will begin accepting dead birds for testing two weeks earlier than usual, beginning on Monday, instead of waiting until May 1.