Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Apr 24, 2006 Public Health to Offer Two More Town Hall Meetings in Champaign County
Next Meeting in Philo to Hear County Residents' Views on Local Health Services and Needs

On Thursday, April 27, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Champaign County Public Health Department will hold the third of four Town Hall meetings in Champaign County. The meetings highlight health programs available throughout the county and canvas participants for their ideas about the future of Public Health.

Newly appointed Public Health Administrator Vito Palazzolo, representatives of the Champaign County and Champaign-Urbana Boards of Health, and Public Health division and program directors will be on hand to describe the many public health services available in Champaign County and to discuss future goals of Public... more...

Apr 19, 2006 Ned Kelly's to Host Live Music and Fundraiser For C-U Smokefree Alliance
"We've been smokefree for over a year, and we want to offer more for everyone including people who cannot be around second-hand smoke." -John Schmitt, owner, Ned Kelly's

URBANA - Ned Kelly's restaurant and bar will hold a fund-raiser for The C-U Smokefree Alliance on Friday, April 21, from 9-11 p.m. Performer G. Lee will play acoustic guitar, and 10% of all sales during the event will go to The C-U Smokefree Alliance.

Ned Kelly's owner John Schmitt is marking his restaurant's first smoke-free year by supporting the organization that helped convince him to completely eliminate cigarette smoke from his establishment. "I support the efforts of C-U Smokefree because this issue is larger than me, larger than Ned Kelly's," he said. "It's about having a healthy community, and wanting what's best for... more...

Apr 18, 2006 Town Hall Meeting
Memo about town hall... more...

Apr 13, 2006 Public Health to Offer Three More Town Hall Meetings in Champaign County
Many Attended First Event in Urbana to Offer Their Views on Local Health Services and Needs

On Tuesday, April 18, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Champaign County Public Health Department will hold the second of four Town Hall meetings in Champaign County. The meetings highlight health programs available throughout the county and canvas participants for their ideas about the future of Public Health.

Newly appointed Public Health Administrator Vito Palazzolo, representatives of the Champaign County and Champaign-Urbana Boards of Health, and Public Health division and program directors will be on hand to describe the many public health services available in Champaign County and to discuss future goals of Public... more...

Apr 11, 2006 Annual Spring Health Fair
Memo about health... more...

Apr 11, 2006 Minneci's Goes Smoke-Free, Joining a Growing Trend
Public Health to Award Smoke Free Recognition Certificate on April 13

"We tried just doing weekends for a while, but decided to go for it full-time." -Joseph Minneci, owner, Minneci's

CHAMPAIGN - Minneci's, at 401 S. First St., Champaign, is now a smoke-free restaurant. Owner Joeseph Minneci chose to make his restaurant smoke-free this week, adding his establishment to a growing list of eateries that are getting rid of their smoking sections altogether.

Mr. Minneci said he can sympathize with people wanting to smoke during a meal, but he felt he had to do what was best for... more...

Apr 6, 2006 Town Hall Meeting
Memo about town hall meeting April... more...

Apr 5, 2006 Central High School Students "Kick Butts" on April 5th
"This is the first year we've had a school participate in Kick Butts Day, so we're hoping this is just a start." -Nikki Hillier, Health Educator, CUPHD

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign Central High School will hold its first "Kick Butts Day" on Wednesday, April 5. Kick Butts Day is a national event designed to give youth a chance to speak out against tobacco use.

Central High School has invited Health District staff to support the event with "give-aways" from REALITY, IL. Participants will receive wristbands, CD holders, visors and bracelets with the anti-tobacco message. Organizers will also gather student signatures on letters thanking restaurant owners for providing a smoke-free environment for their customers and workers. Other letters will ask restaurant owners to consider going smoke-free.... more...

Apr 1, 2006 Diabete is...
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and adolescents; about 151,000 people below the age of 20 years have diabetes.

When diabetes strikes during childhood, it is routinely assumed to be type 1, or juvenile-onset diabetes. However, in the last 2 decades, type 2 diabetes (formerly known as adult-onset diabetes) has been reported among U.S. children and adolescents with increasing frequency. Also, studies conducted in Europe showed an increase in the frequency of type 1 diabetes, especially in young children. It is unclear whether the frequency of type 1 diabetes is also increasing among U.S. youth.... more...

Mar 30, 2006 Public Health Week to Focus on Improving Kids' Health by Designing a Healthier Illinois
(Springfield, IL) - As part of a weeklong observance of National Public Health Week, April 3-9, local officials and public health experts in Illinois will sponsor activities in honor of Public Health Week's theme: "Designing Healthy Communities: Raising Healthy Kids".

Communities across Illinois and the country will consider how buildings, roads, sidewalks and neighborhood design are affecting the health of children. For example, children who live close enough to school to walk often do not because they have no sidewalks to walk on. Air pollution has contributed to higher rates of childhood asthma, and the lack of access to fresh foods and avenues for activity in some neighborhoods has contributed to rising rates of childhood obesity. Coordinated by the American Public Health Association, each day will focus on the relationship between the built environment and a core children's health issue, with additional focus on effective solutions based on case studies from model... more...