Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Champaign, Urbana offers free tree walks

The best way to see a city's trees? Good, old-fashioned hoofing it.

Both Champaign and Urbana offer formal tree walks, complete with well-designed and pocketable guides. Danville, although it does not have a designated tree walk or brochure, offers plenty of tree-lined streets for do-it-yourselfers.

Veterans medical center gets new chief

DANVILLE – A Vietnam War veteran with many years of experience and leadership in the Veteran Affairs health care system has been appointed as the director of the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System.

Michael E. Hamilton started in his new position Sunday.

Budget director decries costs of health care in visit to UI

CHAMPAIGN – Ever wonder what Americans are really getting by continuing to pay more for health care?

They're getting more health care, that's what.

Fuel, insurance costs driving up Danville's ambulance rate

DANVILLE – Medix Emergency Medical Services Inc. is set to increase its ambulance rates this May.

Increasing diesel fuel and insurance costs are driving the move, President Stephen Sparrow said.

Long-term care center gets face-lift

GIBSON CITY – It's been a long time since the long-term care center at Gibson Area Hospital underwent a major renovation – 45 years to be exact.

The just-completed $1.6 million renovation was featured during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Sunday.

Health Care Consumers to honor Provena Medical Group

URBANA – It's an award rarely bestowed at the Champaign County Health Care Consumers annual dinner.

But this year, the organization is making an exception and honoring the Provena Medical Group with the Elsie Field Provider of the Year award, says Health Care Consumers Executive Director Claudia Lennhoff.

Animal ID program concerns voiced

Young people showing their livestock at area county fairs and 4-H shows might not have to register their animals with the state this summer after all.

State Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, said he has heard concerns from the parents of hundreds of 4-H club members over a decision by the Illinois Department of Agriculture requiring youths planning on showing their livestock to register the animals under the National Animal Identification System.

Two clinics to open in Champaign-Urbana

URBANA – Provena Medical Group, the physician practice affiliated with Provena Covenant Medical Center and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, plans to open two new clinics in Champaign-Urbana.

One clinic, opening April 30 at 410 E. University Ave., C, will focus on obesity and diabetes prevention and treatment, according to Bob Sarkar, vice president of physician hospital organization and business development for Provena's central region.

Carle hires N.Y. consultant for disaster planning

URBANA – Carle Clinic will work with a New York-based consulting firm to do disaster planning for all its locations in East Central Illinois.

Carle officials announced Tuesday that the Urbana-based clinic system has signed a one-year contract with GlobalOptions Group's James Lee Witt Associates.

Seniors warned about long-term care dilemma

CHAMPAIGN – Baby boomers beware: The safety net you might be relying on to take care of you when you're old and sick is full of holes, a new study warns.

Many are relying on Medicaid, the government's health-care program for the needy, to pick up the tab for their nursing home and other long-term care expenses one day.