Health and Fitness

Leia Kedem: Spice it up to enjoy the taste of eating right

By Leia Kedem

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," given that taste is the best indicator of whether we will eat a food. With warmer weather on the way, I'm asking you, too, to bring the heat and try my favorite way to make healthy foods more exciting — by spicing it up.

Oceans to explore

If all goes as planned, Sonya Baumstein will be setting out from Japan next year in a 23-foot boat, with the goal of rowing across the northern Pacific Ocean to California. And if all goes as planned, she’ll be the first woman to do so.

The 28-year-old Florida native already has:

— rowed across the Atlantic Ocean as part of a four-person team;

Health insurance marketplace RV stopping in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The mobile unit promoting Illinois' health insurance marketplace is scheduled to make a stop in Champaign on Wednesday afternoon.

This will be the 19th stop for the state's Road 2 Coverage RV, which will be at Parkland College from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., with a state team to be inside the college's X-wing to help anyone with questions about signing up for health coverage.

Local hospitals working to combat overuse of antibiotics

CHAMPAIGN — At a hospital in Urbana, Mark Pritchard said he doesn't know whether to be "scared or just worried."

Don't lose sleep over time change

Medical professionals urge anyone suffering chronic insomnia to see a doctor

CHAMPAIGN — If Charlie Brown had insomnia, this would be the weekend he'd probably be saying something like, "We've got another time change to worry about."

The Fit List

Here’s your list of upcoming races. I’ve added a presentation this weekend on incorporating speed training into your running. Sounds interesting; check it out if you can.

Weekend of March 8-9:
Earth, Wind and Fire

The Fit List

This weekend’s races include the Carle Resolution Run, rescheduled from earlier this year due to weather. Here’s the roundup:

Weekend of March 1-2:
Carle Resolution Run
This is a 5K run/walk on Saturday, starting from the Carle Forum in Urbana. The race is stroller- and pet-friendly (but pets need to be leashed).

Slidin' in Sochi

Aaron Pike’s training and racing for marathons usually consist of pushing along roads, often surrounded by Illinois cornfields.

This winter, he’s traded that for sliding on the snow.

Pike is one of three University of Illinois athletes who are trading in their wheels for skis to compete in the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, which begin March 7.

To Your Health: It's time to rethink the obesity blame game

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

As Americans, we pride ourselves on having freedom of choice. We can choose whom we vote for, what to wear, where to travel and so on. Importantly, we can also choose what to eat.

Or can we?

The Fit List

The racing scene will get a little more active now that we’re closing in on March. Here’s what I’ve got for the next few weekends:

Weekend of Feb. 22-23:
Illini Chill

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