Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Nov 26, 2013 December 1st is World AIDS Day
Champaign, IL - Annually, December 1st is observed as World AIDS Day in an effort to raise awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that more than one million people are living with HIV in the United States and 33.4 million worldwide. Of the 12,000 new infections each year, one in four is in youth 13 to 24 years... more...

Nov 20, 2013 Food Safety durring a power outtage
Hazardous Weather Can Impact Food and Water Safety

Simple Steps Can Help Keep You Safe

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) and the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency are encouraging everyone impacted by the recent hazardous weather to take food and water safety precautions. Power outages that last longer than two hours may create food safety issues. If the power is out for longer than two hours, the food in your refrigerator and freezer may not be safe to consume. Citizens should use the following guidelines if the power is out longer than two... more...

Oct 17, 2013 Students of Leal Elementary School "CATCH" the Spirit of Good Health
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Helps the Students of Leal Elementary School "CATCH" the Spirit of Good Health

Sustainable Events Promote Active Living


Champaign, IL - Leal Elementary School has partnered with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) to implement a Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH). CATCH is a multi-component initiative that promotes healthy behaviors in students and gives them the opportunity to practice them. CATCH emphasizes the need for a healthy lifestyle to improve both living and learning. CATCH has four core components - nutrition, physical activity, health education and family/community involvement. All of the teachers at Leal completed a full-day training to implement CATCH over the summer, and they are holding a kick-off this Friday to introduce CATCH to their... more...

Sep 16, 2013 Carrie Busey Elementary School CATCH the Spirit of Good Health
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Helps the Students of Carrie Busey Elementary School "CATCH" the Spirit of Good Health

Champaign, IL - Carrie Busey Elementary School has partnered with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) to implement a Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH). CATCH is a multi-component initiative that promotes healthy behaviors in students and gives them the opportunity to practice them. CATCH emphasizes the need for a healthy lifestyle to improve both living and learning. CATCH has four core components - nutrition, physical activity, health education and family/community involvement. This is Carrie Busey's fifth year implementing... more...

Sep 5, 2013 Access to care provided through It's All in the Jeans campaign
Foundation at Presence Covenant Medical Center partners with Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) to award $10,000 for mammography screenings

Urbana, Illinois (September 4, 2013) - With $10,000 from Presence Covenant Medical Center's Foundation, Robin Newhouse is one of more than 675 names on a waiting list for mammography screenings who now has an opportunity to schedule this vital breast cancer detection procedure. "It's a huge relief to be able to get my mammogram," says Newhouse who doesn't have access to health insurance through either of her part-time... more...

Aug 20, 2013 Increased West Nile Virus Activity in Champaign
Champaign, IL - Several mosquito samples have recently tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). "This is the time of the year that we expect to see an increase of WNV between the bird and Culex mosquito populations. It is important for people to now take precautions to help prevent WNV," said Jim Roberts, Environmental Health Director at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District... more...

Jul 30, 2013 Upcoming Event to Support Breastfeeding Moms
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Peer Counseling Program will be hosting The Mommy and Baby Expo in conjunction with The Big Latch On August 2-3, 2013. This event is to increase awareness for mothers on the breastfeeding support services available to them throughout the community. Additional information will be available including prenatal care, labor and delivery options, postpartum care, infant care and health and wellness information. All events are free and open to the... more...

Jul 17, 2013 First West Nile Positive Bird in Champaign County
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Urges Residents to Take Precautions

Champaign, IL - A dead bird collected last week just outside the city limits of Champaign has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). "With an increase in the hot and dry conditions we will expect to see an increase of WNV between the bird and Culex mosquito populations. It is important for people to now take precautions to help prevent WNV," said Jim Roberts, Environmental Health Director at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District... more...

Jul 17, 2013 Body Art Grant Agreement Not Renewed
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will no longer inspect body art establishments.

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Jul 17, 2013 Recalled Pomegranate Seeds Distributed in Illinois
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Urges Consumers to Check Their Freezers for Recalled Pomegranate Seeds

CHAMPAIGN, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) received notice from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding a recall of pomegranate seeds. IDPH recommends checking the brand of frozen pomegranate seeds or a mixture containing pomegranate seeds purchased since February prior to eating them.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have determined the most likely source of a multistate Hepatitis A virus outbreak is a common shipment of pomegranate seeds from Turkey used in the Townsend Farms and Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Blends. These seeds were also used by Scenic Fruit Company to make its Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. The companies have voluntarily recalled these... more...