Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Trail by fire

Matt Halfar of Mahomet spent the winter months in Florida, enjoying the warm weather and watching the sunsets. He did so while hiking the length of the state, through wetlands, grasslands, forests, swamps and agricultural areas.

To your health: Breaking down the myth of acidity in your diet

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

When you hear "acid" or "acidic," you probably don't think of good outcomes. More likely, you're reminded of the burning sensation of lemon juice coming in contact with a cut on your finger. Or perhaps you think of the terrible heartburn you get after eating tomatoes.

The Fit List

If your kids wanted to run the Youth Run last weekend at the Illinois Marathon, they’re in luck.

At ARC, calm, eagerness before Illinois Marathon storm

CHAMPAIGN — Race participants started streaming into the Activities and Recreation Center on the University of Illinois Campus at 9 a.m. Friday and didn't stop throughout the afternoon and into the early evening.

There was a general hum to the ARC atmosphere: One part anticipation, another excitement.

1968 Boston Marathon winner to give keynote address

BOSTON — Amby Burfoot spent Sunday afternoon resting in his Boston hotel room. It was his lone moment of respite during the typical busy weekend leading up to Patriots' Day and the Boston Marathon.

After a weekend of festivities hosted by marathon organizers and Runner's World, of which he is editor-at-large after spending 25 years as editor, Burfoot ran the race.

Biden's visit, tennis tournament, marathon make UI place to be

URBANA — April has been a busy month on campus ever since the days of Vietnam War protests and Hash Wednesday celebrations.

Throw in a 20,000-person marathon, a Big Ten tennis tournament and a visit from the vice president all at once, and you're talking crazy town.

Urbana, Champaign park districts monitoring dog-flu situation

Chris Yerkes of Urbana has been taking her dogs, Ivy and Finn, to the Urbana Dog Park every day for three years, and she said the people she's talked to at the park are concerned about the recent outbreak in canine influenza.

"People are pretty conscious of it," Yerkes said. "People I've talked to out here are all thinking about" getting their dogs vaccinated.

Work to start on new Carle sports medicine center in September

CHAMPAIGN — State regulators have approved plans for a new $23 million outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine center at the University of Illinois Research Park.

To Your Health: Now you're (slow) cookin'

By Leia Kedem

There's no need to wait until autumn to break out the slow cooker. Believe it or not, warm weather is the optimal time to make use of this versatile appliance.

First, we're less likely to want to hang out inside and work up a sweat in the kitchen. Slow cookers do most of the work with little supervision, so you can get back outside.