Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

The Fit List

Happy weekend! Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of March 14-15:

Pi Run

Raising a racquet

Melissa Edwards of Champaign is an athlete with a strong competitive streak. She played basketball and volleyball in school, but when she was approaching 30, she was looking for another outlet to compete.

She noticed the tennis players on the courts around town spanned the age range from kids to senior citizens. This was a sport she could play for decades to come.

The Fit List

It’s time for the Fit List to come out of hibernation. Here are the first of the spring races:

Weekend of March 7-8:

Climbing facility to open this spring

URBANA — Alex Bragg and Kris Schmarr plan to open an indoor climbing facility in Urbana this spring.

The facility, known as Urbana Boulders, will be located in a former auto repair building at 1502 N. Cunningham Ave. and will feature 14-foot climbing walls, Bragg said.

A new adventure

The American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race is sometimes described as a marathon on skis. And as with the marathon, it's the people you meet along the way that is a huge part of the fun.

To Your Health: What to consider before going 'nuts' for coconut

By Leia Kedem

All these grey skies have most of us craving a tropical escape — white sands, palm trees, the sweet scent of coconut. Luckily, the latter's surge in popularity has led to the release of scores of coconut products. Coconut oil, milk, water — the (sunny) sky's the limit. And based on what you may have heard, the health benefits of coconut could be just as limitless.

Parkland offers free program on anxiety

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College is offering a free program to the public next month on the symptoms and treatment of anxiety.

The information session, which will include a video and panel discussion with mental health professionals, will be held noon to 1 p.m. March 4 in room D244 on the main campus.

Feeling SAD? Here's help combating winter blues

By Chelsey Byers

I have a sign on my office door that reads: Take me out — sun needed.

The amount of sun I get, or rather the lack of sun, can and does affect my mood during the winter months. There is a real condition related to the amount of sun one takes in; it is called seasonal affective disorder.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

TUESDAY

It's Your Business: Shops coming to redeveloped Carriage Center

Starbucks is coming to South Neil Street in Champaign, and so is Panchero's Mexican Grill.

The coffee shop and restaurant will share a building at 2009-2011 S. Neil St., C, just north of the entrance to the newly redeveloped Carriage Center, said Tim Harrington of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.