Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

The Fit List

Fall gives us the best running weather of the year, so get outside. The Fit List has your weekend races:

UI prof: 'Mandatory sitting' needs 'office revolution'

URBANA — Chances are you're sitting down while you're reading this.

Experts have warned we all sit too much — in our cars, on the job and at our homes — putting us at increased risk for disease and death. We know we need more time on our feet, but standing around the dinner table doesn't have quite the same appeal.

The Fit List

Good luck to everyone running the Chicago Marathon this weekend!


Some young female athletes who are training hard to build strong bodies and be competitive in their sports could also be jeopardizing their health with their eating habits.

Young women training at a high level who don't eat enough calories lose body mass and bone density, putting them at risk for frail bones and fractures later in life.

The Fit List

Here’s your list of upcoming races and rides:


Health district offers school, sports physicals

CHAMPAIGN — If your child or teen still needs a school or sports physical, you can now get one from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

The district has hired a new nurse practitioner for its Maternal and Child Health division, and is now able to offer this service to the public, district Administrator Julie Pryde said.

Family Life: Vaccinations may be the boost you need

By Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker/University of Illinois Extension

It's fall. Don't fall into a flu trap or any other medical misstep for that matter.

Are you up to date on your vaicinations? There are many preventable diseases that can cause people to have long-term health effects, unnecessary pain, hospitalizations and medical costs and even cause death.

Sandra Mason: Garden buddies

It's fun to play in the dirt with veterans in Danville

When was the last time you played in the dirt? At face value, it's a simple question. It's similar to questions like when was the last time you went to the store? When was the last time you ate at a fast food place?

The Fit List

The weather has been wonderful, and this weekend looks like more of the same, so get out there!

Two-wheeled trek of freedom

Bonnie McElwee and Susan Evans biked 1,000 miles in two weeks in August, traveling from southern Ohio to Ontario. They struggled up hills, admired beautiful scenery and met new people along the way.