Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Danville YMCA holding registration for youth, adult classes

DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA is holding open registration for both youth and adult program classes.

Classes for the winter session begin Jan. 5, 2009, and are seven weeks long.

Gold rush: Salvation Army receives fourth, fifth gold coins

This weekend wasn't exactly the fifth day of Christmas, but it produced similar benefits for The Salvation Army.

Instead of five gold rings, the organization received its fourth and fifth gold coins in area red kettles.

Phone upgrade to affect service at Carle on Wednesday, Thursday

URBANA – The main phone lines at Carle Foundation Hospital will have limited service from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday because of work on the telecommunication system.

The main hospital number, 383-3311, will work, but callers should expect delays and busy signals, officials said. A system has been established for emergency communications.

Simulators help maternity nurses know what to expect

URBANA – There she was, stretched out on the operating table in the throes of childbirth, and not looking very happy about it, either.

"You'd think they'd have made her cuter," said Renell Composto, Provena Covenant Medical Center's director of maternal child health services.

But never mind how this birthing patient simulator – actually a mannequin with a wide-open mouth (simulating screaming, perhaps?) named Noelle – looks.

Composto is thrilled to have her on board, along with Noelle's two patient simulator babies, because this birthing and neonatal simulator system Covenant began using recently is helping better train nurses to handle about anything that can happen in a real-life delivery.

Area lacks options for safe disposal of needles

CHAMPAIGN – Growth hormone injections are helping Leanna Cossman's 10-year-old son, who was born with a host of medical issues and needed to put on some weight.

Carle Clinic antitrust deal limited to Champaign County

URBANA – The terms of a tentative agreement that would end an antitrust action against Carle Clinic don't extend beyond Champaign County, according to the Illinois attorney general's office.

Part of that agreement requires Carle Clinic – which operates facilities in five East Central Illinois counties – to boost primary care services to 2,850 more needy patients covered by the state's Medicaid program.

Watchdog pleased with tentative deal between Carle Clinic, state

URBANA – Claudia Lennhoff is used to moving the barriers standing between low-income patients and the medical care they need.

But five years ago, she faced a bigger obstacle when her organization, Champaign County Health Care Consumers, started hearing complaints about scores of Medicaid patients being turned away at Carle Clinic and Christie Clinic.

Residents marching to get answers on contaminated site

CHAMPAIGN – Residents who live near a former manufactured gas plant in Champaign will march around their neighborhood Saturday to publicize what they say are unanswered questions about contamination at the site.

Carle Clinic, state reach tentative deal in antitrust suit

URBANA – Carle Clinic would expand access to 2,850 additional needy patients on the state's Medicaid program and give money to two local health organizations serving the poor under a proposed settlement the clinic has reached with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The settlement, which was presented in Champaign County Circuit Court this morning, must still be approved by Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus.

Speakers to discuss battling depression with mind, body

CHAMPAIGN – A psychiatrist and a certified yoga teacher/Pilates instructor will offer a workshop on Saturday on "Using Your Mind and Body to Recover from Depression."

The workshop will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Savoy Room, Hawthorn Suites Hotel, southwest corner of Neil and Kirby streets, Champaign. Participants are to wear comfortable clothes that allow gentle stretching. The workshop fee is $20.