Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Self-Help Center of Family Service presents Mowrer awards

CHAMPAIGN – The Self-Help Center of Family Service has presented seven awards for contributions to the field.

The awards are named for the late Hobart and Molly Mowrer, University of Illinois professors who did pioneering work in the development of self-help locally through the establishment of integrity groups in the 1950s.

Health Alliance's chief medical officer stepping down

URBANA – Jeff Ingrum still remembers a major condition Dr. Robert Scully set to give up his beloved internal medicine practice and accept the job as chief medical officer at Health Alliance Medical Plans: Coverage decisions would be made based on what he thought was right for the health plan's members.

"He's always kept what's best for the patient in mind with every decision he's made," said Ingrum, CEO of Urbana-based Health Alliance.

Students racing to recruit organ donors

URBANA – Thousands of people in Illinois are waiting hopefully for organ donors to come along and help save their lives.

Erin Kasper and some fellow students at the University of Illinois are working to find those potential donors, and they need the community's help.

Provena Covenant Cancer survivors forum scheduled

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, will hold a cancer survivors forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Auditorium B.

The program will feature a presentation by Sister Mary K. Kimens, who will discuss how to handle stress and worry after a diagnosis, and a discussion of healthful eating for cancer survivors.

Local County Markets are going green

QUINCY – Niemann Foods, the owner of local County Market stores, is giving a whole new meaning to the term greengrocer.

Disability Resource Expo set for Saturday

URBANA – You're in a wheelchair and would like to make your house more accessible. Or you have a child with Down syndrome and don't know where to get help.

The second annual "Disabilty Resource Expo," scheduled for Saturday at Lincoln Square Village in downtown Urbana, could have the answer for you. The expo is designed to give Champaign County residents one central place to learn about available resources and promote a better quality of life for people with disabilities, whether they're physical, developmental, mental or emotional. The theme of this year's event is "Reaching out for Answers."

Georgetown library to host annual safety fair

GEORGETOWN – The Georgetown Public Library will host its annual safety fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the library, 102 W. West St.

Participants include: Georgetown Police Department; Georgetown Lions Club on bicycle safety; Georgetown Ambulance Service with free blood pressure checks; Georgetown Fire Department with fire trucks, equipment and Illiana Safe House; American Legion Post 203 Auxiliary; Georgetown Ladies Community Club on health issues; Georgetown-Ridge Farm FFA; and the Vermilion County Sheriff's department with Drug Abuse Resistance Education information and a K-9 unit demonstration. Also available will be information on computer and Internet safety. Call 662-2164 to learn more.

Anti-cancer bus to make stop in Champaign-Urbana

CHAMPAIGN – The Fight Back Express bus, a venture of the American Cancer Society Action Network, will make a stop in Champaign-Urbana on Saturday morning.

It will be at Huff Hall at Fourth Street and Gregory Drive in Champaign rom 10 to 11 a.m. The public is invited to hear speakers and take along their opinions on the importance of the government's role in defeating cancer.

Author to share experience with breast cancer

URBANA – Geralyn Lucas slipped on a surgical gown and looked at her right breast for the last time.

What would it be like, she wondered, when it was gone?

Woman organizes event for stem-cell transplant survivors

CHAMPAIGN – Five years after leukemia rocked Mica Witt's life, she thinks it's time to celebrate the stem-cell transplant that gave her a second chance.

And she wants to include more than her friends and family in this party.