Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Employers win healthy worksite designations

CHAMPAIGN — Six Champaign County employers have been named winners of Illinois Healthy Worksite designations.

The winners, announced by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, include Carle, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, the City of Urbana, Human Kinetics and Parkland College.

Taking to the air

The trapeze artists hang in graceful positions in the air, their toes pointed, supporting themselves on the trapeze bar by their hands or knees or ankles. Their movements are a combination of art and athleticism, such as ballet or gymnastics.

To your health: Think twice before hopping on latest diet bandwagon

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

Dr. Mehmet Oz — talk about a polarizing personality. I get questions all the time about the latest supplements and diets about which he's waxed poetic. Usually, I just roll my eyes at his outrageous claims and explain why they're not worth the time or money. But thanks to recent events, it's no longer business as usual.

The Fit List

Race the Kracker Klassic tonight, or the Gifford 5K tomorrow, or pick another race or ride this weekend and have fun! Here’s your list:

Friday, June 27:
Kracker Klassic 5K

Preliminary hospital scores

The following is a list of preliminary scores indicating how Illinois hospitals ranked under Medicare’s Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, which penalizes the poorest-performing hospitals — those scoring in the lowest 25 percent among all hospitals – with regard to their rates of hospital-acquired conditions – those conditions patients didn’t have when they arrived at the hospital

The benefits of intense exercise

Pushing yourself during an intense workout results in greater fitness benefits than lighter exercise, according to a new study.

Here is a link to The New York Times story about the study.

Massage therapy emerges as frequent second career

CHAMPAIGN — Ask Tamala Everett who would benefit from getting a massage, and she asks, who wouldn't?

Her clients bring their stress and aches and pains — and she knows after a massage, they always leave feeling better.

"Massage is good," Everett says. "More people need to be getting them for mental and physical health."

The Fit List

Here’s your of races for this weekend list. Have fun out there!

Weekend of June 21-22:
Microbrew Mile

4-H camp to reopen following illness outbreak

The 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello is expected to reopen next weekend after a sickness closed the camp this week.

Tigers on the prairie

Rob and Jennifer Kowalski learned about the Tigers on the Prairie running camp when their son Andrew had finished fourth grade. They thought it would be a way for Andrew to stay active in the summer and spend time with friends.