Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Rantoul harvest festival about far more than crops

Celebration focus is on diversity, practical topics

RANTOUL – The fourth annual Rantoul Harvest Festival featuring public education, workshops and multicultural presentations will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Wabash Park.

CDC: Meningitis vaccination a good idea for students

CHAMPAIGN – Back-to-school shopping for a student bound for middle school, high school or college?

Don't forget to add a meningitis shot to your list, if your child hasn't already had one.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination against the potentially deadly or debilitating meningitis for all youths 11-18, and medical providers and public health departments in the area say there's plenty of vaccine available.

Christie chief says clinic's plans to move still up in the air

CHAMPAIGN – Will they move or will they stay?

Philo couple raising money to fight disease that killed daughter

PHILO – Luke and Leslie Kirby are radiant with pride when they remember their beloved daughter, Raley, as a baby with big, blue eyes who loved naptime with her daddy.

"She was just so beautiful," Luke said. "It was amazing."

The Kirbys' time with their daughter was cut short, however, by mitochondrial disease, which claimed the life of the 7-week-old girl June 13.

Villa Grove family hopes service dog will help autistic boy

VILLA GROVE – For the first year and a half of his life, Kaleb Drew did all the typical things babies do.

He babbled. He said "mama" and "dada" and grasped his toys.

And then, suddenly, "he just stopped," his mother, Nichelle Drew, said.

She and her husband, Brad, didn't learn why their second child had suddenly withdrawn until he was 2 and diagnosed with autism.

Carle seeks women for testing of hot-flash medication

URBANA – Medical experts have tried everything from herbal remedies to anti-depressants to help relieve hot flashes in menopausal women.

Now, researchers at Carle Clinic and more than 100 other medical sites around the country will begin testing a remedy on women that has already been shown to work for men who get hot flashes as a result of hormone treatments for prostate cancer.

Homer woman organizes motorcycle ride to help kids with cancer

HOMER – It's been eight years since Hunter Clark was a toddler diagnosed with cancer.

And while he's doing just fine these days, his mother isn't quite ready to put the disease behind her.

So, Jane Clark, a Homer mother of three, is once again raising money for childhood cancer research and treatment by organizing a motorcycle rally called Cruisin' 4 Kids with Cancer.

Danville Housing Authority sets health and safety fair Thursday

DANVILLE – Danville Housing Authority residents are invited to a summer health and safety fair on Thursday at the Fair Oaks public housing complex.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the pavilion at the complex, 1607 Clyman Lane, Danville. The pavilion is near the basketball courts.

Emerald ash borer making its way south

BLOOMINGTON – The emerald ash borer, a beetle responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America, has been discovered in McLean County, the Illinois Department of Agriculture reported Friday.

It's the southernmost detection of the pest in Illinois, and that bothers Champaign city arborist Bill Vander Weit.

Officials confident -- but cautious -- about Lincoln Hall renovation

The capital bill may have stalled, but the University of Illinois is moving forward as though the Lincoln Hall renovation might happen – if not next year, then someday.

The planning and design phase of the project should wrap up by the end of this month, and come Aug. 25, when the UI fall semester starts, classes will be held in places like Wohlers Hall and Smith Memorial Music Hall instead of Lincoln Hall.