Health and Fitness

To Your Health: Making sense of food package facts and graphics

By Leia Kedem

The FDA recently announced plans to revamp the Nutrition Facts label.

This tool was introduced more than 20 years ago (!) and was designed to help consumers make food choices in the supermarket. Many people think this information has made it even more challenging to figure out food facts.

That bad day in Boston

Like me and many other runners around the country, Hal Higdon followed the 2013 Boston Marathon online — watching the elite racers and tracking the progress of friends who were running the race. And then sitting glued to the computer or the TV, watching coverage of the bombings at last year's race and desparately waiting to hear of the whereabouts of those friends there.

The Fit List

Good luck to everyone running the Mountain Goat hills this weekend. Here are other upcoming races:

Weekend of March 22-23:
Mountain Goat Hill Runs

'Breastmilk' documentary to be screened free at Orpheum

URBANA — "Breastmilk," a documentary about breast-feeding, is coming to Champaign.

It will be shown free at 2 p.m. March 23 at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, accompanied by events for moms that will start at 1 p.m.

The Fit List

Your races for the weekend (and a couple more weekends after that):

Weekend of March 15-16:
Runnin of the Irish
This event includes 10K and 5K races on Saturday in Effingham. Your race entry also gets you a free beer after the race.
For more information, go to

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.

Police clerk near end of 16-month bid to lose 90 pounds

CHAMPAIGN — There was a time when Teri Weems would have said you're crazy if you tried to tell her she would enjoy going to cycling classes, training for a half-marathon and eating her veggies.

But that was more than 80 pounds ago.

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.

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;

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."

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