Health and Fitness
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.
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.
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 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.
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.