Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Aerial yoga: A new way to hang loose and unwind

CHAMPAIGN — The seven "swings" — one's turquoise, another's red and the others are gray — hang from the ceiling at Reflect Yoga Therapy, resembling the silks used by theatrical circus troupes, or rich garments hung out to dry.

You can't see, nearly hidden in the parachute material the swings are made of, the four black handles for feet and hands.

Flu hit your household? Here's how to keep yourself healthy

CHAMPAIGN — If you're caring for someone at home with the flu, you're not alone.

With the current flu season turning severe, home care-givers can take some simple steps to keep sick family members more comfortable and others protected from infection.

M-S alum's role recognized in breakthrough innovation for medicine

MAHOMET — A Mahomet-Seymour High School graduate is being honored for his work on a project that could be the basis for future innovations in medicine.

Patrick Dahl was part of a team that created what's known as an "acoustic tractor beam," using sound waves to move physical objects. Physics World Magazine recently named the discovery one of its top 10 breakthroughs of 2014.

Getting cold feet

Cross-country season has been over for two months, but many runners from Urbana’s middle school team are still running together. Since the end of the season, they’ve met for weekly runs on Sunday afternoons at the Urbana home of Marty and Becky Williams.

Flu bug hitting area hard already

CHAMPAIGN — Yes, the flu has arrived.

But it's not too late to get a flu shot.

"It's definitely here, and it's hitting people hard," said Dr. Robert Healy, chief medical quality officer with Carle. "A lot of people are staying home suffering through it. A lot more are coming in and being seen."

To Your Health: Enjoy the journey of New Year's resolutions

By Leia Kedem

On the eve of New Year's Eve, you might be thinking about your resolutions for 2015. If they're the same as last year's (and maybe the year before), you might you say you failed in 2014.

I disagree.

The Future Five, Dec. 29, 2014


CU-CitizensAccess: 'Low priority' STDs beat state average

Champaign County residents see the spread of sexually transmitted diseases as among the lowest-priority health concerns in the community.

Yet the county's rate is higher than the state average: sixth-highest in Illinois for chlamydia, seventh-highest for gonorrhea and 15th-highest for early syphilis, according to 2012 data from the state Department of Public Health.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 18, 2014-Jan. 1, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Let it snow, let it snow, LET IT SNOW!

I'm waiting for snow. Rather impatiently, as I'm desperate to cross-country ski.

I enjoy cross-country skiing, but I'm pretty inexperienced at it. So, I really have no business attempting a 23-kilometer ski race. But I've entered it, and now I need to train.