Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Cancer Center at Illinois set to coordinate UI's effort in fight

URBANA — There's some new muscle on the way in the war on cancer.

The new Cancer Center at Illinois is being launched to bring together more than 90 faculty members, plus graduate and postdoctoral researchers, from across the local campus to pursue advances in cancer-fighting technologies and treatments.

14-year-old making 'great' strides

FAIRLAND — Introducing Villa Grove Savages right fielder Nate Wells.

At 14, he's playing baseball for the first time in his life, thanks to his new heart.

And he's not planning to stop at baseball, he says. When he gets to eighth grade this fall, he hopes to play soccer and basketball, too.

Reading, writing and running

Melissa Raguet-Schofield is a veteran trail runner and ultramarathoner.

First goal of Danville YMCA's new director: Get to know community

DANVILLE — One of Linus VanderWyst's immediate goals as the new head of the Danville Family YMCA is to get to know the community.

The 32-year YMCA veteran, who took over as CEO/executive director on June 12, will get the chance to do that at an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Danville facility, 1111 N. Vermilion St.

Kidding around

The setting was perfect for yoga -- a peaceful rural location on a warm, sunny, late spring afternoon, with a

To Your Health: Veggie noodle stir-fry a great way to highlight broccoli


When introducing my oldest child to different vegetables, she always eyed broccoli with suspicion. Not only was it green, but it also kept showing up on her plate even when she refused to try it!

I know this is not a unique situation: Many children take up to 10 exposures (or more!) to try a new food.

Top of the Morning, June 13, 2017

As a tribute to Tony Clements, WDWS 1400-AM will air special programming — including a portion of his funeral service — at 7 p.m. Friday.

Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker / Family Life: You're only as young — or old — as you feel


How you feel about aging and your age can actually affect your overall well-being and health. Negative stereotypes in our media and our peers also can affect how we feel about ourselves. However, there is hope; we can turn around our negative thinking, reframe our views and, in turn, improve our health.

Getting Personal: Lily Wilcock

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, meet 28-year-old Urbana resident Lily Wilcock, who can tell you anything about bikes and plays in the band Sleeping Okami, chats with staff writer Paul Wood.

What interests you the most right now?

A Life Remembered: UI scientist changed the way we eat

URBANA — University of Illinois emeritus Professor Fred Kummerow declared war on trans fats, defended cholesterol and changed the way many of us eat.

He died Wednesday at his Urbana home at age 102.

Until shortly before his death, he was still studying fats, cholesterol and memory problems, which he blamed in part on cholesterol drugs.