Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Tests for coal-ash contamination keeping Kickapoo pond closed

OAKWOOD — A pond at Kickapoo State Park will remain off-limits to fishermen for the foreseeable future as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources continues analyzing whether a coal-ash dump nearby has contaminated the area.

Pond 6, as it's known, is on the south side of Kickapoo and has been closed to the public for about three years.

Going with the flow

The start of canoeing and kayaking season … in mid-February?

To Your Health: Cauliflower is not just broccoli's paler cousin


Through my young daughter's eyes, cauliflower is simply "white broccoli" when it shows up at the dinner table.

While both of these vegetables are in the same family of plants, cauliflower can truly shine on its own. Plus, cauliflower can be found in purple and orange, too!

Pet Talk: UI experts discuss Seoul virus

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

"An exotics veterinarian, a public health veterinarian and a veterinary epidemiologist walk into a rattery ..."

'The best things in my life have come out of being curious'

URBANA — Of all the life lessons Deb Reardanz has picked up from the older adults of Clark-Lindsey Village, she'll tell you the one that stands out the most is how important relationships are.

People who have formed connections with other people and are still willing to make a new friend at 90 are the happiest, she said.

Different strokes, different folks

Gina Hieser grew up swimming and she loves the relaxing feeling of gliding through the water.

Kathy Sweedler: Mindful eating is a conscious approach to health


My New Year resolutions seem so far away. Was it only a month ago that I said I'd build new healthy habits?

Just 1 Question: Monticello's alternative seating

For those Monticello students who get antsy sitting in class, there's a seat for that. The only question is: Would you prefer a cozy couch, an exercise ball, a trampoline chair or something else?

UI study: Coffee add-ins come with a latte calories

URBANA — Your favorite mocha latte may be packing more extras into your cup than you realize, a new University of Illinois study suggests.

Viral outbreak of concern to rat owners

URBANA — Got a rat in your life — of the rodent kind?

A rare virus connected to two rat-breeding facilities in Illinois poses a low risk to the general population. But with an investigation ongoing, rat owners have being advised to use some precautions, according to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.