Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Champaign County residents take part in fitness challenge

CHAMPAIGN – How's this for another giant leap for mankind?

Three communities in Illinois – Champaign County, Peoria and the Quad Cities – will be racing each other to better health this spring by attempting to walk enough steps to cover twice the distance to the moon and back.

Program offers women new walks for life

DANVILLE – A new Vermilion County Health Department program aims to reduce heart disease among women by increasing their physical activity.

"Women Out Walking" begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church in Danville.

Stuffy nose? Doctors now can bring long-term relief

CHAMPAIGN – For most of her adult life, Patricia Seep could barely take a breath through her nose.

Her face and forehead ached, and the drainage down her throat would wake her up at night.

Conservation programs still await necessary funding

Area soil and water conservation districts are feeling the crunch this year.

And for good reason: The districts have received less than a third of the money the state promised for operating and no state money for conservation programs.

Drug partnership gets patients much-needed prescriptions

CHAMPAIGN – When Collins & Aikman closed its auto-parts plants in Rantoul last year, E.J. Brown lost more than a job.

He and his wife, Betty, also lost their health insurance, and along with it, any hope of being able to pay for their medicines.

They need a lot of them.

Flu shots are free from C-U Public Health District

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is offering free flu shots to Champaign County residents age 18 and up.

The department has 200 doses of flu vaccine, donated by Carle Occupational Health.

Campus officials getting word out on meningitis

URBANA – Thousands of students entering the University of Illinois each year are vaccinated against meningococcal disease, a life-threatening bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis.

Two people connected to the UI – a female student and a male who graduated in December – were diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis in the last week. The female student is expected to fully recover, but the graduate was still listed in critical but stable condition Thursday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Second meningitis case linked to campus

URBANA – A recent University of Illinois graduate has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, the second case in a week connected to campus.

He was admitted to a local hospital Wednesday night with meningococcal meningitis, according to Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the UI's McKinley Health Center.

County loses another round in tax case

URBANA – A Champaign County judge this morning urged county officials to give "serious thought" to complying with a Sangamon County court order that restored Provena Covenant Medical Center's property tax exemption and refunding millions of dollars in tax payments the hospital was forced to make.

Meanwhile, the hospital's lawsuit against five county officials will continue. Judge Michael Jones declined a motion on the part of the county to toss out the lawsuit the hospital filed to force the county to refund its taxes.

Flu spreading throughout area

CHAMPAIGN – A nasty, long-lasting flu is spreading through the area, and doctors aren't seeing any sign of relief anytime soon.

Clinics and their convenient care centers are overflowing with people weakened by chills, high fever, body ache, cough, runny nose and a burning sensation behind the eyes.