Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Crystal Lake neighborhood plan sent back for more discussion

URBANA – The city council on Monday sent a proposed Crystal Lake neighborhood plan back to the committee of the whole for further consideration after a Carle Foundation Hospital official objected to proposed wording about replacement housing in the plan.

The delay will give aldermen more time to consider whether wording in the plan should "encourage" or "require" Carle to support one-to-one replacement housing when its medical campus expands into the Crystal Lake neighborhood. Mayor Laurel Prussing wants to require it; Carle officials favor the "encourage" wording, which they worked out previously with city planning staff.

Catholic group eyeing former Sager Campus for senior living

DANVILLE – For 70 years, Hubert Doan, 91, has lived on Bryan Avenue across the street from what was once St. Elizabeth Hospital, later became Provena United Samaritan Medical Center's Sager Campus and is now a grassy, empty lot.

Like other Rabbittown residents, Doan is happy to hear that Mercy Housing, a nonprofit organization sponsored by Catholic Sisters, is considering the former hospital property as the site for a new senior-citizen housing complex.

Provena auxiliary seeks donations

URBANA – Want to help warm some hearts this winter?

Provena Covenant Medical Center auxiliary members will once again be hand-making mittens, hats and scarves to give to local charities, shelters and residents of nursing homes and care centers.

Christie Clinic plans for new campus moving ahead

CHAMPAIGN – Christie Clinic is moving ahead once again with plans to build a new campus in northwest Champaign.

But unlike plans the clinic announced in 2006 and later abandoned, these new plans call for leaving the downtown clinic in use as well as building the new campus across town, says Christie Clinic CEO Alan Gleghorn.

YMCA, Larkin's Place to team up at southwest Champaign site

CHAMPAIGN – When he used to drive by the Champaign County YMCA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Regional Director Tim Johnson couldn't help but think to himself about what an incredible resource it could be.

But he didn't realize just how much of a resource the YMCA could be until he read about a Champaign mother's quest to build an all-inclusive play space where developmentally disabled children like her daughter, Larkin, would feel welcome.

Program to offer instruction on caring for elderly with chronic illnesses

PAXTON – People caring for older adults with chronic illnesses are invited to a free six-week program to learn to care for themselves while they're caring for someone else.

The program is being offered by the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, and will begin Nov. 6.

Orthodontist offering trick-or-treaters cash for candy

CHAMPAIGN – Hey kids, that sack of candy you haul home on Halloween night could be worth some cash.

But there's a catch: You can't eat it.

Dr. Wes Chladny, a Champaign orthodontist, says he'll give trick-or-treaters a dollar for every pound of candy they bring to him after Halloween.

Coroner attributes boat death to carbon monoxide

HAMMOND – The Moultrie County coroner said that a 63-year-old Hammond man who died on a boat Sunday morning apparently died from fumes of carbon monoxide from the boat's engine.

According to a Moultrie County coroner's report, Harold and Katana Ponder of Hammond went to the Findlay marina and spent Saturday night on their boat at Lake Shelbyville. The couple left both the boat's engine and air-conditioning unit running throughout the night, the report said.

Three area initiatives earn 2008 Governor's Home Town Awards

A new village park, an academy dedicated to giving former high school dropouts a new start on life and a new memorial for the men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were honored by the state last week as the 2008 winners of the Governor's Home Town Awards.

The awards are annually presented by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Altrusa donating products to Developmental Services Center

CHAMPAIGN – The Developmental Services Center today was expecting two truckloads of cleaning products from Altrusa International of Champaign-Urbana.

Altrusa, a service organization of business and professional leaders, collected some $2,000 worth of things like detergent and anti-bacterial wipes for the center as part of Make A Difference Day.