Health and Fitness

The Fit List

Good luck to all the area runners heading to Monday’s Boston Marathon! For the rest of us, it should be a great weekend for a last training run before next weekend’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Here’s the list of upcoming races:

Weekend of April 19-20:
Kola 5K Bunny Run


The Fit List

My favorite weekend of the year! I’ll be running the River to River Relay in southern Illinois — it’s always a blast. If you aren’t headed south, consider running the trails at Forest Glen for a good cause. See “Miles for Murelle,” below. Here’s your list:

Thursday, April 10:
Five-O 5K


To Your Health: Nutrition Facts label to change, but will it change the way we eat?

By Leia Kedem

As you may have heard, the Nutrition Facts panel is about to undergo renovations. Seems like the same old story. Just when you've gotten used to something, it up and changes.

But change isn't always bad, and we need it in order to move forward. To get a better idea of whether this one is good or bad, let's first recount the history of the Nutrition Facts label.


'I don't like to be defeated'

Cole Hendrix was several weeks into the training program for what was to be his first marathon, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on April 26.

He was running 15 miles on a cold mid-February day, with temperatures in the single digits, accompanied by the other runners in his training group.


Enabled Abroad

I wrote about Rob Kozarek two years ago, when he was just getting started with wheelchair racing at the University of Illinois.


The Fit List

There are a couple of good opportunities to run trail races this weekend, with the Allerton Trail Half Marathon on Saturday and Run Wild for Wildlife on Sunday. Here’s the info on those two and more:

Weekend of April 5-6:
Allerton Trail Half Marathon


Smoking down in Illinois, but not evenly

CHAMPAIGN — Smoking has declined in Illinois, but not all counties are seeing the same kinds of reductions in the number of people lighting up, new research has found.

There were marked differences throughout the state in the numbers of people who smoke, with the rates in counties ranging from nearly 15 percent on the low end in DuPage County to nearly 28 percent in Alexander County.


Jim Dey: Former wrestling coach up to the challenge at Y

An early riser, Mark Johnson sometimes gets to the local YMCA for his morning workout at 5 a.m., a time when he's the only guy in the building. Others soon join him for an early morning spinning class — riding a stationary bike to high-energy music that leaves him soaked in sweat.

After wrapping up his 90-minute routine, Johnson walks to work.


Vermilion, Champaign hold steady in health rankings

An annual survey of the health of the nation's counties holds little surprise for Jenny Trimmell.

The administrator of the Vermilion County Health Department, Trimmell said her county's ranking near the bottom of the state — changed little from the previous year — partly reflects social and economic factors "that are hard to break."


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.


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