Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Mental illness was no barrier to love, respect

Eugene Hart loved to dance and he loved to dress up. His animated movements and his colorful clothing were attention-getting as he briskly walked on Champaign and Urbana streets.

Last week, the 56-year-old Champaign man was found dead under a staircase at an apartment building in the 200 block of East Clark Street in Champaign, frozen from being outdoors.

Bears mascot visits Danville school with fitness challenge

DANVILLE – Northeast Elementary Magnet School students are getting fit this year with da help of Staley Da Bear.

On Monday, the Chicago Bears mascot brought his "First and Goal" wellness program to the school, and challenged the 276 K-5 students to take his six-week fitness challenge.

Cancer group promotes online health assessment

CHAMPAIGN – Weight: In the healthy range.

Diet: Good job for choosing whole grains and fat-free dairy, and eating more fruits and veggies than cheeseburgers.

Dialysis patient at home with self-administered treatments

CHAMPAIGN – Three times a week, Mark Brown would spend a big chunk of his day on the dialysis treatments keeping him alive.

Three times a week, he added to his three-hour treatments the commute time between his home in Danville and a dialysis center in Champaign.

And even with three treatments a week, he wasn't feeling that great.

"I was kind of always run down and out of breath," he recalls.

A 52-year-old whose kidneys failed last August as a result of diabetes and high blood pressure, Brown began to feel a lot better in December, thanks to the new dialysis treatments he now gives himself at home.

C-U Public Health District offering free home radon test kits

CHAMPAIGN – Free home radon test kits are available to Champaign County residents from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

The kits can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Environmental Health department at the public health building at 201 W. Kenyon Road, C.

Total Fitness workshops offered for families

CHAMPAIGN – You'll cook. You'll eat. You'll even get a free gift card to go to the grocery store if you sign up for a new series of workshops called Total Fitness, being offered by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District beginning next week.

The workshops will be held on five Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at district headquarters at 201 W. Kenyon Road, C. The first series runs Jan. 13 through Feb. 10, and is open to eight families. One adult and one child per family can attend.

Supportive living facility in Monticello holds open house

MONTICELLO – LaVern Gerth lived happily for nine years in a Decatur retirement home, but when she needed a wheelchair, she had to find someplace else to live.

Last month she became the first resident in Piatt County's new supportive living facility, Maple Point, which is located on the north side Monticello, near the Piatt County Nursing Home and Kirby Hospital.

Shiloh school district looks for new superintendent

HUME – The Shiloh school board hopes to hire a new school superintendent by March.

The Catlin school board last month hired Shiloh Superintendent Gary Lewis to be superintendent in Catlin, after the resignation of Guy Banicki takes effect at the end of the school year.

Farmer City Council discusses issues in closed session

FARMER CITY – The Farmer City Council took no action Monday night but went into executive session to discuss "personnel business."

Asked to give a specific, numbered exception to the Illinois Open Meetings Act, neither City Manager Trent Smith nor Council President Delwin "Buster" Kirby could offer one, repeating only that "personnel business" was the reason for the closed meeting. Kirby said no action would be taken following the evening's closed session.

Tax abatements for Monsanto discussed

FARMER CITY – Blue Ridge school district board members voted Monday to allow Superintendent Jay Harnack to start discussions with officials of Monsanto's plant in Farmer City on the topic of enterprise zone abatement.

Joan Steckel, senior tax manager, and Pat Geneser, site manager from the Monsanto Co.'s Farmer City plant, presented a proposal to board members. Steckel and Geneser wanted board members to vote to grant 100 percent property tax abatement to Monsanto for a five-year period.