Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Prof, son reveal keys to happiness

CHAMPAIGN – Money isn't everything, but according to happiness expert Ed Diener, it certainly is something.

"Our research shows money is, in fact, related to happiness," Diener told about 200 people attending a Busey Wealth Management seminar Monday in Champaign.

Food banks in area seeing increase in first-time clients

URBANA – Two young moms pool their food to make dinner for their families, but lately they've come up short. A husband gets a raise that pushes his family above government-assistance levels. A senior citizen on Social Security just can't keep up with rising food prices.

They were among the first-time clients Monday at the Stone Creek Church food pantry in Urbana, which has seen demand more than double in just a year.

Conference to assist social agencies set Oct. 28 in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A best-selling author will be the featured speaker for a leadership conference sponsored by the Mental Health Center of Champaign County.

Robert K. Cooper, author of "The Other 90 Percent: How to Unlock Your Vast Untapped Potential for Leadership and Life," will lead morning and afternoon sessions at the Oct. 28 conference in Champaign.

Champaign exercise program out to help overweight teens

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign fitness center is beginning a free exercise program for teen-agers who are overweight or at risk for diabetes.

The Teen Fit program, being provided by The Fitness Center at 2508 S. Galen Drive, is open to eligible teens ages 13-17.

Data show employer-sponsored health insurance eroding

URBANA – Rising health insurance costs are putting the squeeze on Ron Bailey's Champaign-Urbana floral business, but he's determined to keep his employees covered.

Four years ago, he paid $1,500 a month to provide insurance for his staff at Blossom Basket Florist, Bailey said.

 

'Day of Play' to help family of Danville girl struck by car

DANVILLE – The Danville Jaycees and friends of a couple whose 6-year-old daughter, Aneya Dye, was fatally struck by a car are hosting an event to remember her and raise money to help cover the family's medical expenses.

"A Day of Play" is planned for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park, 900 W. English Ave., Danville. It is open to the public.

Name picked for proposed medical center in Monticello

MONTICELLO – The brand-new hospital planned for Monticello will bear a brand-new name, the hospital board has decided.

But not all of the time-honored old name will vanish.

The John and Mary E. Kirby Hospital would open in its new location and new building as Kirby Medical Center if the state Health Facilities Planning Board approves the building-replacement project.

Families dismayed that pediatric oncology program suspended

URBANA – Patti Welander thinks about the countless nights during her young son's ordeal with cancer that his doctor, Mark Musselman, came to the hospital to see him.

Often, she'd feel bad about interrupting Musselman's evenings, but he was so devoted to his patients he never seemed to mind.

"He never complained about that," she said.

Now, Welander and other parents of children being treated by Musselman at Carle Foundation Hospital's pediatric hematology/oncology program say they just can't believe what Carle officials have told them: The program will end Oct. 31 because Musselman, its only doctor, chose to switch to a general pediatrics practice at Carle Clinic.

Scientist brings mobile laboratory for children to Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Seven-year-old Krishna Subbiah spent a little time Saturday afternoon studying the death of a biological invader with wide-eyed interest from the back of a converted transit bus.

Its predator – a white blood cell – had overtaken a speck of bacteria with ease.

"I liked the movie," Subbiah said afterward. "I learned that white blood cells can eat all kinds of bacteria until they're full and it makes them die."

Though not the usual TV, the magnified microscopic mayhem on the small screen gave Subbiah and dozens of other kids in the Champaign-Urbana area this week a glimpse into the world of cell biology.

And that's just what Urbana native Ben Durbin-Thaler wants to do.

Durbin-Thaler is the education director of the BioBus, a mobile biology laboratory operated by Cell Motion Laboratories, a New York State non-for-profit educational corporation.

"We're practicing being scientists on a bus," he told a group of young spectators.

He spent this past week driving the BioBus to schools in the area, including the University of Illinois, before making a last stop Saturday at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum.

Widow clears up mystery of bronze marker

DANVILLE – Mystery solved.

"I guess I've created a barrage of problems," said Margie Seitz from her Mount Carmel home.

Seitz was all apologies for the hubbub caused when her late husband's World War II veteran bronze grave marker was turned over to the Vermilion County War Museum this week.