Health and Fitness
TUSCOLA – Sawdust and power tools still litter the sun-filled rooms of the Douglas County Health Department's new dental and medical clinic.
But by the end of January, Administrator Amanda Minor is hoping they'll be filled with people receiving medical and dental care.
CHAMPAIGN – A year and a half after Christie Clinic announced plans to move from downtown Champaign and expand on the city's northwest side, there's nothing but empty land at the building site.
The clinic said it would move to a larger new campus this spring at a planned development called Clearview and sell its downtown properties to Clearview's owner, the Atkins Group, for redevelopment.
CHAMPAIGN – After Elizabeth Roadcap was diagnosed with diabetes in May, her mom, Janet, was at South Side Elementary School at least twice a day, checking her daughter's blood sugar and giving her an insulin shot.
This school year, her mom doesn't need to be there every day to make sure she is OK. The school district's nurse, Valerie Day, meets with 8-year-old Elizabeth outside her second-grade classroom at lunchtime to give her the insulin.
URBANA – Sex assault victims who go to Carle Foundation Hospital for treatment have a specially trained expert ready to help them.
It's the "sexual assault nurse examiner," a registered nurse who has 100 hours of training over and above other emergency department colleagues.
Architecture Professor Mike Andrejasich, who also serves as associate dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, has been involved in the University of Illinois East St. Louis Action Research Project almost since the UI began working in East St. Louis 20 years ago.
His daughter, Elizabeth, a student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, first remembers going to East St. Louis in middle school. As a UI undergraduate, she created a Saturday playwriting program for middle school girls there.
Twenty years after the University of Illinois began the effort that became the East St. Louis Action Research Project, the Mississippi River city's population has fallen by 10,000.
Of those left, almost all black, a third live in poverty. The unemployment rate is twice the state average. A riverfront casino hasn't provided the expected economic boost. The city and its environs do their most prominent business in strip joints.
What's it like to study in the engineering library at 1 a.m.? Or celebrate the Illini football victory over Ohio State? And what exactly do college students do over Thanksgiving break?
For the answer, visit YouTube or the University of Illinois' Web site.
PHILO – For those wanting to get a head start on a healthier new year, Dr. Susan Mantell has opened the new Center for Your Health in Philo.
The center, now located along Illinois 130, offers medical services and a new fitness center facility in the same building.
DANVILLE – About 18 years ago, Judy Story opened the Key Club adult day care center to provide another living assistance option to the elderly and the community.
"It seemed like a good idea," Story said of her decision to start the center. "So we opened up and have been going for 18 years."
URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital may be one of eight medical sites in the country that would help coordinate the care of Medicare patients who suffer from multiple chronic illnesses.
Under legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, Carle and the other health care institutions would develop and test coordinated care strategies for Medicare patients with such ailments as heart disease and diabetes.