Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Champaign, Danville dog lovers seek room for romping

DANVILLE – As if cats and dogs didn't already have enough reasons to dislike each other, parks in East Central Illinois are going to the dogs.

Urbana has a 10-acre dog park off Perkins Road, and in June, the Champaign Park District will open a new 7-acre dog park on Windsor Road. And in Danville, residents are raising funds for a dog park in the undeveloped Espenscheid Park in the center of the city.

DACC seminar on heart disease and women set for Feb. 24

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College is hosting a seminar called "Heart Disease Prevention for Women" on Feb. 24.

The seminar is free and open to the public. It will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Laura Lee Room in Lincoln Hall, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Lincoln's Challenge Academy's dining hall to reopen for dinner

RANTOUL – The cadets at Lincoln's Challenge Academy are expected to return to their dining hall this evening.

The hall has been closed since Sunday morning, after 19 students and the academy's director fell ill with vomiting and diarrhea. Five cadets were taken to an Urbana hospital for treatment.

Health official: Virus likely caused illnesses at Lincoln's Challenge

RANTOUL – Students at Lincoln's Challenge Academy were likely sickened this weekend by a virus, not by food poisoning, said Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde.

"We're working under the hypothesis that this is a viral infection – gastroenteritis, something like the Norwalk virus," Pryde said.

Health official: Virus likely cause of illness at Lincoln's Challenge

RANTOUL – Students at Lincoln's Challenge Academy were likely sickened this weekend by a virus, not by food poisoning, said Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde.

"We're working under the hypothesis that this is a viral infection, gastroenteritis, something like the Norwalk virus," Pryde said.

Prairie Center plans to reopen detox program within 2 months

CHAMPAIGN – With a signed state contract in hand, Prairie Center Health Systems plans to reopen its detoxification program within two months.

For the long run, though, it's looking to other local entities – hospitals, jails and county governments – to help fund the detox unit, which treated 803 people last fiscal year.

Vermilion health department offering smoking-cessation class

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Health Department will offer a free, four-week smoking-cessation class beginning Feb. 19.

The class will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 and March 5 and 12. People attending the classes can receive four weeks of free nicotine replacement patches.

To the moon! Communities set fitness goals

CHAMPAIGN – Start dusting off those walking shoes and your competitive spirit.

Registration starts Monday for this year's Moon Walk, a 10-week community fitness challenge in which participants in Champaign County, the Quad Cities and Peoria will attempt to collectively walk enough steps to make one round trip to the moon.

Police: Dad's timely return saved his family

RANTOUL – Police Sgt. Marcus Beach said a Rantoul family was fortunate that Gary Riggins came home from work when he did.

Researcher studied bears for insights into human health

There once were 15 bears who lived near Seymour. A kindly doctor studied them for almost three decades, in hopes of finding treatments for osteoporosis and kidney disease.

The bears were named U.P. and Caruso, or just given numbers, and the doctor was Ralph Nelson, who headed the Carle Foundation's research division, and taught at the University of Illinois. He first researched bears at Mayo Clinic.