Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

To Your Health: School may be out, but healthy living shouldn't be

By Irisha Clark

The children are out of school, and we want them to have a healthy summer break.

Research has shown that sometimes, children gain weight two times faster in the summer than during the school year. Here are some tips to keep children healthy this summer:

Under the moonlight

The evening of the full moon in May offered something of a family adventure for Stephen Wald of Urbana, his wife Rachel Whitaker and their sons, 9-year-old Jesse and 7-year-old Peter. They biked along country roads under the moonlight with a large group of cyclists, with the boys fueled by the anticipation of ice cream and staying up late.

Carle building on schedule in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Work on the new Carle orthopedics and sports medicine building in south Champaign is moving along on schedule, a Carle official said Tuesday.

Interim VA director named to post permanently

DANVILLE — The acting director of the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System can now drop "acting" from her title.

Stephanie A. Young was named the medical center's permanent director on Sunday.

Combat vet wants to shine light on post-combat suicide

RANTOUL — Every day, 22 U.S. veterans, active ones and retired ones, commit suicide.

Most people Jordan Rudzinski speaks with about the issue have no idea about the tragedy of veterans taking their own lives.


Martin Gruebele has ridden thousands of miles to prepare for the Race Across America, the 3,000-mile bike race he'll begin in two weeks.

But the key to finishing the race is not just the training he's done or how strong his legs are. It is the careful planning of every detail surrounding the nearly 10 days it will take him to ride from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md.

Meg Makes: 2 healthy ways for runners to fuel up

One of my post-grad-school goals is to run a marathon. June brings the beginning of my training.

As a result, I have to start thinking carefully about what I eat to fuel up.

Homemade granola is an often-recommended running food because it's full of protein and natural carbohydrates, but the baker can control the amount of white sugar included.

Sandra Mason: Bite back

Some fear bears. Some fear sharks. Although I doubt we will see a TV station offering Mosquito Week, we should have a healthy fear of mosquitoes, a fear that leads us to action.

The Fit List

Here's your list for the holiday weekend and beyond:


Violations cited at 39 restaurants over 10 months

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