Health and Fitness

Urbana Park District's Free Fitness Week starts Monday

URBANA — The first full week of January is Free Fitness Week at the Urbana Park District.

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I’m sure it’s not a surprise that I think the appropriate way to end one year and start another one is with a run. Here are some races/runs coming up on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day, and in early January.
Happy New Year!

Weekend of Dec. 28-29:
First Night 5K

So many stocking caps ...

Temperatures dipped below zero earlier this month, we’ve had our first snowfall and it might be tempting to hibernate for the rest of the winter, bundling up and heading outside only to drive to and from the gym for your workout.

But the cold is no reason to resort to running on the “dreadmill.” Embrace the season!

Here are my top 10 reasons to run outside during the winter:

The Fit List

Not so many races right now, so The Fit List will take a Christmas vacation. Back in two weeks to remind of you of area New Year’s Eve runs. Here’s your list through the first weekend in January:

Weekend of Dec. 14-15:
Mike Walsh Memorial 5K

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Races are getting fewer at this time of year, so take advantage of the opportunity to race when you can. Here’s your list:

Weekend of Dec. 7-8:
Run Run Santa

The pain, the pleasure

If you want to try cyclocross, be warned:

— You will get cold and muddy.

— You’ll have to get off your bike and carry it over barriers — or up a muddy hill or set of stairs.

— Spectators will heckle you.

But they also might hand you candy, money or a beer. You’ll talk with other cyclists afterward about how hard it was. You’ll have fun.

Paxton wellness center moves to bigger space

PAXTON — Gibson Area Hospital is moving its wellness center in Paxton to a much bigger building on East Pells Street — a facility that will also host educational health care classes and programs.

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Yes, it’s cold out, but there are still races to run. Here’s your list for the next few weekends:

Weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1:
Stuff ‘N Puff 5K
This is a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run on Saturday in Sullivan. It benefits the Sullivan-Okaw Valley cross country program.

Area HIV programs seeing steady patient inflow

URBANA — The new patients infected with HIV trickle in at about three to four a month at Carle's HIV program.

But what concerns program manager Cindy Goetting just as much as these new cases of a preventable infection are all the people out there who don't know they have it.

Women share recovery while battling different illnesses

CHAMPAIGN — Kidney disease arrived as a cruel surprise for Anna Wahba, but life gave her a second chance.

Now Wahba is hoping for the best for her friend Claudia Lennhoff, who was going to be Wahba's kidney donor earlier this year — and was forced to withdraw when she learned she had thyroid cancer.

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