Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Along for the ride

It's biking season, and in the past few weeks I've been trying to get in as many bike rides as possible. I often ride with a group, where I have the luxury of following the route the ride organizer has planned for us.

The Fit List

Looking for a race or ride? The Fit List has you covered.


Technology helps boost heart health at SJ-O

ST. JOSEPH — Nearly 80 percent of St. Joseph-Ogden High School's PE students are in better shape now than they were in the fall.

That's all thanks to some new technology and some innovative teachers who worked to incorporate a new heart rate monitoring system into daily lessons at the school.

Study to examine cancer, heart risks for firefighters

CHAMPAIGN — It's easy to imagine that in the risky job of firefighting, such events as collapsing buildings and explosions would cause most firefighter deaths.

But sudden cardiovascular events are what cause most firefighter fatalities in the line of duty. And right along with them is another concern: an emerging link between firefighting and some cancers.

The Fit List

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Here’s your list of races:


Bottenfield PTA comes through for playground

CHAMPAIGN — A $6.3 million expansion and renovation helped Bottenfield become the most desired elementary school for Unit 4 parents to send their children to, according to recent district data.

What all of that 1-cent sales tax money didn't cover, however, was the outdoor play space that was lost during the 2013-14 construction.

A new way to tandem

A new organization in Bloomington-Normal will help people unable to bicycle on their own enjoy the fresh air and sunshine of a bike ride.

Barb Brown of Bloomington founded Healing Rides to provide free bicycle rides in a special bicycle wheelchair tandem along the Constitution Trail.

Brown was unable to ride herself when she was being treated for cancer several years ago.

Tai ji seminar scheduled

URBANA — Tai ji master Chungliang Al Huang will lead his annual "Creative Tai Ji for All Ages" seminar starting Saturday.

There will be two sessions, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23-26 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 27. People may sign up for both.

The Fit List

Be sure to head out the Mahomet on Saturday morning for Buffalo Trace, a very fun trail race at Lake of the Woods.