Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Putting treatment on ice

Say you rolled your ankle playing basketball, or you have a chronically sore shoulder after a tennis match or softball game. Or maybe you strained a muscle during a run.

You know the prescribed treatment for minor aches and pains and injuries: RICE, or rest, ice, compression, elevation.

Don't reach for that ice pack just yet.


When Maria Byndom of Urbana began running last summer, she couldn't run more than a minute at a time.

"I had just had my second child, and I wanted to do something that would allow me to be in shape and allow me to meet other people. Something that I wouldn't need a gym membership for. Something I could just walk out my door and do," Byndom said. "I was looking for a challenge."

To Your Health: Fair warning: Annual trip can wreak havoc on your diet

By Mary Liz Wright

Corn dogs and cotton candy — what trip to the fair would be complete without them? Ask anyone what they enjoy most about the fair and many will say — THE FOOD!

The once-a-year treat can pack some big calories into your regular diet, so here are a few tips.

Professor: Dining out often means eating more

URBANA — A healthy diet isn't just about what we eat.

Where we eat also matters, according to new research at the University of Illinois.

Almost no room at the inn — for smoking

If you're a smoker visiting Champaign County, you'll be hard pressed to find a hotel that will let you light up indoors.

To Your Health: A heartfelt — and, of course, heart healthy — goodbye

By Leia Kedem

If I ever had to sum up my thoughts on healthy living, it would boil down to one thing. Don't believe everything you hear.

Or read, or watch on TV, or see on social media. Why? Whether you like it or not, you have selective hearing.

Pounding the pavement — 5K at a time

You can run around Fisher, Rantoul, St. Joseph and Gifford — not necessarily on the same day — through the All-Area 5K competition.

Tim Weitekamp of Rantoul is the director of the All-Area event.

"This will be the fifth year we've done this," says the competition's creator.

Fifty shades of gray

CHAMPAIGN — Grandma and Grandpa may look chilly wearing those sweaters, but there's some hot stuff going on in their bedrooms and it's often being shared online.

Surprised, you young whippersnappers?

A new study co-authored by a University of Illinois researcher seems to debunk some ageist stereotypes about technology-challenged older folks who have largely lost interest in sex.

A jog with your dog

When Bill Dey got his dog, Zola (named for South African runner Zola Budd), he wasn’t looking f

To Your Health: Simple tips add flavor to your water

By Leia Kedem

Dehydration might sound benign, but it can be dangerous if you let it go too far. Thirst is an obvious sign, but headaches, flushed skin and fatigue can all be attributed to early dehydration. Ignore your thirst and you'll progress to more advanced symptoms: dizziness, fainting, labored breathing and elevated body temperature.