Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Urbana, Champaign considering ambulance fee increases

URBANA – Carle Arrow Ambulance Service and Pro Ambulance could wind up paying a lot more for their annual licenses to operate in the cities of Urbana and Champaign in coming months.

Currently, the fee for both companies is $150 per year in Urbana and $125 in Champaign.

'Circle of Hope' to gather Thursday at West Side Park

CHAMPAIGN – The School of Metaphysics is sponsoring "The Circle of Hope" project at 6 p.m. Thursday at West Side Park in Champaign. It's intended to be a group effort to raise the hopes and positive expectations of people in Champaign County.

"In these times of economic uncertainty, people need to come together with the highest hopes imaginable to raise their own morale and influence the expectations of others," Pam Blosser, director of the Urbana-based School of Metaphysics, said via e-mail.

Marathon in jeopardy of losing permits without volunteers

CHAMPAIGN – The organizers of the Illinois Marathon will lose city special-event permits necessary to hold the April 11 race if they don't quickly come up with more traffic-assistance volunteers.

Casmar Events of Fargo, N.D., has been given until April 1 to come up with enough volunteers to cover 225 intersections in Champaign and Urbana that the marathon route will pass through. At this point, there are about 150 traffic volunteers and the event needs at least another 100 people, preferably 150 to 200 more, to hold the event safely, said Mark Knutson, executive director of the Illinois Marathon.

UI professor's study shows dieters should turn to protein

CHAMPAIGN – Are you trying to lose weight, but constantly hungry and looking for the next snack?

Dieters with snack cravings are often loading up on too many carbs, and would do better and feel full longer by adding more protein, according to Donald Layman, a University of Illinois professor emeritus of nutrition.

Carle plans to move Monticello facility to temporary home

MONTICELLO – Carle Clinic plans to move its Monticello branch facility before Sept. 1, clinic officials said.

Carle setting standard for quickly treating heart attacks

URBANA – Within minutes of a heart attack, life begins slipping away.

Survival depends on two things: how fast the patient gets to the hospital and how quickly the hospital acts to dilate a blocked artery that's stopping blood flow to the heart.

Drug treatment program revived by federal funds

URBANA – Crack and methamphetamine addicts who need more than outpatient counseling but can't find a bed in a treatment center will again have another option.

Prairie Center Health Systems learned this week it will receive $476,000 from the federal government for its day-treatment program in Danville and Urbana.

Lakeview College of Nursing sets open houses

DANVILLE – Lakeview College of Nursing will host open houses for prospective students from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 28.

The events will be held at at 903 N. Logan Ave. in Danville and at 580 W. Lincoln Ave. in Charleston on Eastern Illinois University's campus.

Law unclear on medical care in schools

MAHOMET – Kids can take more to school these days than backpacks.

Some of them go with wheelchairs, feeding tubes and/or catheters. And they need attention during the school day that falls far outside the realm of reading, writing and math.

But what happens when an educator looks at a catheter and says, "Not my job?"

Group criticizes Ameren plan for cleanup at Fifth and Hill

CHAMPAIGN – A neighborhood group is blasting as "outrageous" a state-approved cleanup plan for the Fifth and Hill street site, saying AmerenIP should be required to remove contaminated groundwater from the site.