Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Eraser misuse can be a real mistake

URBANA — Parents may want to be on the lookout for unexplained abrasions on their kids' hands or arms.

The old Eraser Challenge, which leaves burn-like wounds that could become infected, has been making a comeback courtesy of social media.

"I've seen a handful of them," said Carle pediatrician Dr. Haley Eastin.

Music for the sole

John McMahon of Champaign knows the power that music can have on a runner in the later miles of a marathon.

C-U put on AARP's 'age-friendly' list

Champaign-Urbana is the second community in Illinois being added to an age-friendly network of places to live.

Pedal power: A two-wheeled adventure awaits

Despite its flatness — or maybe because of it — East Central Illinois and the environs offer decent and even scenic routes for bicyclists.

Whether you pedal solo or with groups, you can find many good routes suggested by local bicyclists, some of whom lead weekly rides for the Prairie Cycle Club, which lists rides on its website. Other organizations do too.

Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker / Family Life: Be smart about brain engagement


Did you know that this week, March 13-19, is Brain Awareness Week?


Lauren Mathis and 14 of her fellow parishioners at Champaign’s New Foundation Missionary Baptist Church stood at intersections along the

Rosecrance's new program targets drug-using youth

CHAMPAIGN — Teens, if you commit to this program, it's going to be nine hours a week of your after-school time.

You'll have to put down your cellphones for a while and talk to other teens in the room — but they've got issues a lot like yours.

And if you really want it, it's a chance to take back your life.

Tests for coal-ash contamination keeping Kickapoo pond closed

OAKWOOD — A pond at Kickapoo State Park will remain off-limits to fishermen for the foreseeable future as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources continues analyzing whether a coal-ash dump nearby has contaminated the area.

Pond 6, as it's known, is on the south side of Kickapoo and has been closed to the public for about three years.

Going with the flow

The start of canoeing and kayaking season … in mid-February?

To Your Health: Cauliflower is not just broccoli's paler cousin


Through my young daughter's eyes, cauliflower is simply "white broccoli" when it shows up at the dinner table.

While both of these vegetables are in the same family of plants, cauliflower can truly shine on its own. Plus, cauliflower can be found in purple and orange, too!