Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

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.

UI scientists studying how brain temperature affects concussions

"You know exactly when it happens. You know that something's not right," recalled Austin Zima, a sophomore on the University of Illinois hockey team.

Zima suffered a concussion in 2014 and felt "immediate eye pain." He said, "You feel an immediate fog. I remember a couple games when I would sit on the bench. I would totally retract from the game."

A cut for a cause

CHAMPAIGN — Three area Girl Scouts are chopping off their ponytails today to help cancer patients.

There's no badge for that.

But 16-year-old Dottie Green, of Champaign, said she's not making the donation to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program — which provides free wigs to patients — for a badge or a pin or any recognition.

23-case C-U mumps outbreak could grow, health district warns

CHAMPAIGN — A 23-case mumps outbreak in Champaign-Urbana that began in April that could potentially grow, public health officials warn.

The cases largely involved vaccinated University of Illinois students or people they were in contact with, according to Awais Vaid, epidemiologist for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

C-U Citizen Access: 6 county restaurants closed for failure to pay fees

In the past four months, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District shut down seven restaurants because of issues that put customers at risk.

But it also shut down six food establishments because owners or managers did not pay health permit fees or submit a permit application. One restaurant is still closed.