Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Planned Parenthood groups pool efforts

CHAMPAIGN – The red brick building's still there. The people and the services within it are largely the same. But Planned Parenthood of East Central Illinois is no more.

The organization's five Illinois affiliates – in Decatur, Springfield, Peoria and Chicago – have joined the East Central Illinois organization to form Planned Parenthood of Illinois, a move administrators hope will give the organization a stronger voice in policy-making, more uniform services with less duplicate paperwork, and money saved, by having fewer administrators, that can go toward meeting rising health care costs without cutting services.

Experts reach out to struggling moms in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Hellen McDonald still remembers how isolated and anxious she felt after her second child was born.

Now she looks back at that time in her life and sees symptoms of postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth.

Hearing loss center to be constructed

URBANA – For more than a decade, two programs serving children with hearing loss have operated in whatever spaces Carle Foundation Hospital could provide for them.

Now, both these growing programs – the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf at Carle and ECHO (Expanding Children's Hearing Opportunities) will be sharing a brand new building of their own.

Events set for return of program for seniors

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center will hold three events to launch the return of its VIP Advantage program for adults 55 and older.

The program recruits members to take part in social and wellness programs, including one-day bus trips, bingo, luncheons, lectures and community discounts.

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.