Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! Here’s your list of races:


Bottenfield PTA comes through for playground

CHAMPAIGN — A $6.3 million expansion and renovation helped Bottenfield become the most desired elementary school for Unit 4 parents to send their children to, according to recent district data.

What all of that 1-cent sales tax money didn't cover, however, was the outdoor play space that was lost during the 2013-14 construction.

A new way to tandem

A new organization in Bloomington-Normal will help people unable to bicycle on their own enjoy the fresh air and sunshine of a bike ride.

Barb Brown of Bloomington founded Healing Rides to provide free bicycle rides in a special bicycle wheelchair tandem along the Constitution Trail.

Brown was unable to ride herself when she was being treated for cancer several years ago.

Tai ji seminar scheduled

URBANA — Tai ji master Chungliang Al Huang will lead his annual "Creative Tai Ji for All Ages" seminar starting Saturday.

There will be two sessions, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23-26 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 27. People may sign up for both.

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Be sure to head out the Mahomet on Saturday morning for Buffalo Trace, a very fun trail race at Lake of the Woods.

Trail by fire

Matt Halfar of Mahomet spent the winter months in Florida, enjoying the warm weather and watching the sunsets. He did so while hiking the length of the state, through wetlands, grasslands, forests, swamps and agricultural areas.

To your health: Breaking down the myth of acidity in your diet

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

When you hear "acid" or "acidic," you probably don't think of good outcomes. More likely, you're reminded of the burning sensation of lemon juice coming in contact with a cut on your finger. Or perhaps you think of the terrible heartburn you get after eating tomatoes.

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If your kids wanted to run the Youth Run last weekend at the Illinois Marathon, they’re in luck.

At ARC, calm, eagerness before Illinois Marathon storm

CHAMPAIGN — Race participants started streaming into the Activities and Recreation Center on the University of Illinois Campus at 9 a.m. Friday and didn't stop throughout the afternoon and into the early evening.

There was a general hum to the ARC atmosphere: One part anticipation, another excitement.