Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

UPDATED: Inspirational biking fundraiser dies

URBANA — Ray Spooner, the terminally ill nurse midwife who inspired people across America when he set off on a bike ride across the country to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Monday afternoon in hospice care.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Mr. Spooner was pronounced dead at his home at 1:43 p.m. in Urbana. He was 57.

The Fit List

It can’t stay this hot forever.

The Fit List

The Fit List has your list of upcoming races, rides and tris.



Merlin Anderson is doing a kind of bike tour of the country this year with his tandem bicycle. Although he's done all his cycling in central Illinois, the cyclists who have ridden with him on the tandem have ties to nearly every state in the U.S.

Whistle blows for P.E. class

URBANA — After 30-plus years, the days of classroom teachers leading P.E. sessions in Urbana elementary schools may soon be a thing of the past.

The Fit List

The Fit List has been on summer vacation for a while. Now it’s back, with your list of upcoming races.

Just 1 question: What's important about nutrition?

DANVILLE — This week, 15 Danville schools students are sharpening their culinary chops at "Cooking for Success," the school district's first culinary camp for Kids.

At the starting gate

Joe Bails and his father Bill rubbed shoulders with track and field's elite recently, watching the best in the country vie for a place on the U. S. Olympic team bound for Rio.

To Your Health: Homemade salsa the way to highlight fresh tomatoes

By Beth Peralta

Tomatoes are starting to pop up in Illinois. Have you tried one yet this season? A tomato always seems to taste better, crisper, and more flavorful when in-season and grown close to home.

Health Alliance getting out of Medicaid managed care business

URBANA — Health Alliance Medical Plans will drop out of the Medicaid managed care business, at least for Medicaid-only clients, at the end of the year.