Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Zika virus: Not too soon to be wary

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The Health Reporter Is In: Jan. 28, 2016

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Without UI Ice Arena, Bonnie Blair 'wouldn't be where I am'

CHAMPAIGN — All winter long, the streets of Campustown are empty, but an icy playhouse draws students and community members alike.

Sometimes called "The Big Pond" because it is so wide, the University of Illinois Ice Arena was built in 1931.

Make sure you get a running start

Say you've run many 5Ks and 10Ks and you've completed a half marathon. Now you want to run a marathon. What training plan should you follow?


Ashley Eisenmenger's time at the Houston Marathon exceeded the Boston Marathon qualifying standard for visually impaired runners. As a result, the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation participant will run in April's race in Boston.

Weekend Planner: The race is (still) on

Much like Santa Claus or mail carriers, the Kennekuk Trail Road Runners' popular Siberian Express Trail Run will go on today at Kickapoo State Park no matter the weather.

It's OK to show off

Athletes done with racing for 2015 may wonder what to do with the collection of medals and race bibs the

Weekend planner: A good place to chill

Maybe you want to burn off some of your holiday calories or get a little taste of winter in the midst of this balmy weather. A good way to do both is ice skating, at the University of Illinois Ice Arena, 406 E. Armory Ave., C, or David S. Palmer Arena in Danville.

It's the most sniffling, coughing and aching time of the year

CHAMPAIGN — Tis the season to be jolly, and also sniffling, aching and coughing.

This is respiratory illness season, and most of what's going around the area now that's making people feel like crawling on the couch and staying there can be expected for this time of year, health providers say.