Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Provena starting new 'Coffee Shop' health program on Jan. 14

CHAMPAIGN – Local senior citizens are invited for free coffee, doughnuts, games and health screenings once a week at the Provena Covenant Center for Healthy Aging.

The new "Coffee Shop" program will start Jan. 14, and will be held on that day and each Wednesday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Center for Healthy Aging at 410 E. University Ave., C.

Blood donors needed to bolster local supplies

URBANA – Terry Koker was going to give blood, anyway, but a phone call hastened his plans.

Koker, a chemistry teacher from Gibson City, has type O-negative blood, which makes him a universal donor.

Device gives babies with jaundice more contact with parents

DANVILLE — Babies born with severe jaundice at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center's Family Life Center will now get more cuddle time with their parents in their first few days after birth, thanks to new equipment the hospital has purchased with an $8,000 gift from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Illinois.

Jaundice, a condition that causes newborns to have yellow coloring of the skin and white coloring of the eyes due to excess bilirubin in the blood, typically goes away on its own in one to two weeks in mild to moderate cases. But higher-level jaundice is treated by phototherapy administered with special lamps.

University Primary School accepting applications

Applications for the University Primary School will be available after Monday.

University Primary is an early childhood gifted education program for preschool, kindergarten and first-grade students. Children must be 3 years old on or before July 1 for the preschool class and 5 years old before Sept. 1 for the kindergarten class.

Agencies finally get cash infusion from state

CHAMPAIGN – There may have been no better Christmas present for Illinois' many cash-starved social service agencies and medical providers than a check from the state.

And that's exactly what many of them received in the past week.

Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club facing negatives in cash flow

CHAMPAIGN – Every day after school, a bus takes Tyanna Jones' two kids to the hub of activity known as the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club.

There they can get help with homework, work with a tutor, make an art project or just unwind from the school day until their mom gets off work at 5 p.m.

The club is a godsend for Jones, a single mom with a full-time job. Membership is $5 a year, which she knows is an "incredible" bargain. She probably couldn't afford that much day care, and the club is so much more.

Brain tumor brings unexpected blessings for Urbana woman

URBANA – For years, even decades, a war went on within C.K. "Tina" Gunsalus' skull.

And through those years, her brain lost ground, squashing up against itself as a tumor grew into the size of a baseball, an insidious mass making a place for itself where her brain once resided.

If it sounds like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," it almost was.

Group helps aspiring children's-book writers deal with issues

Writing children's books is a creative, fun idea. And everybody's doing it. Celebrities are doing it. Retired teachers are doing it. Stay-at-home parents are doing it.

With wildly successful book sales and movies for the Harry Potter, Spiderwick Chronicles and Twilight series, many people are beginning to wonder if they've got a children's book in them somewhere.

Local doctors urge caution as ERs fill up with injuries from ice

URBANA – Icy conditions are making local hospital emergency rooms busier.

"A dislocated shoulder, a head injury, some ankles," said Dr. Jim Ellis, head of Provena Covenant Medical Center's emergency room, listing what he'd seen by early Friday afternoon. "There's a couple of wrecks on the interstate right now."

A.L. Webster Foundation accepting applications for grants

DANVILLE – The A.L. Webster Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is meeting the health care needs of the Danville area.

Applications are available from the receptionist at the Old National Bank, 2 W. Main St.; Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St.; or write the Webster Foundation Board, P.O. Box 946, Danville, IL 61834.