WATCH: Pilsen activist uses fitness, political education to combat life expectancy gap

Tanya Lozano leads political education event

By Chantel Ropp Medill Reports According to an analysis of the largest 500 U.S. cities by NYU School of Medicine, Chicago is the city with the largest life expectancy gap amongst low income and affluent communities in the country. One nonprofit organization in the Pilsen neighborhood is tackling these inequities through fitness, political education and […]

2020 warming trend may intensify infectious diseases, scientists say

Global warming may make infectious diseases such as COVID-19 more widespread, warn health and climate experts. They say increasing temperatures are changing disease progression and interaction among people in ways that make it hard to predict and prepare for future public health crises.

Community activists to prevent Mercy Hospital closing

“I am a proud member of the Black Leaders Building Together Coalition and the Chicago Health Equity Coalition that have come together to make sure that safety-net hospitals in the City of Chicago receive the support they need to thrive and that we actually achieve health care equity in the City of Chicago,” said Jitu Brown, national director of the Journey for Justice Alliance and former education organizer of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)during a Wednesday afternoon press conference on 26th St. nearMercy Hospital. (Marc Monaghan/Hyde Park Herald)

By Kelly Milan Medill Reports Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., and community activists held a press conference outside Mercy Hospital in Bronzeville on Tuesday to call on Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker to save Mercy Hospital from closing amid the pandemic. “This is a life-or-death issue,” said Jackson, head of Chicago-based nonprofit organization […]

Professionals work to break mental health stigma in sports

By Zoe Collins Rath Medill Reports Social workers and therapists like Stephanie Adams and Natalie Graves work to break the stigma of depression and mental health while helping athletes perform. “I created a practice that helps address mental health and performance in athletes,” said Graves, who has a practice based in Chicago and Orland Park. […]

Meet TV Chef, Inventor, and ‘Fit Foodie’ Mareya Ibrahim

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By Harrison Liao Medill Reports For today’s health-conscious eaters, it is all too easy to get lost within the maze of contradictory nutritional advice. Nearly 80% of Americans surveyed  “come across conflicting information about food and nutrition,” and 59% reported that “conflicting information makes them doubt their choices,” according to a 2018 study conducted by […]

Former Athlete Helping Others Find Their Identity

By Nick Mantas Medill Reports High school athletes who don’t play sports in college all go through a transitional period of what life is like without a practice schedule. Chloe Barnes went through that same transition and her experience, like that of thousands other athletes, wasn’t a smooth one. So she created Elle Grace Consulting […]

FITpreneurs: Women Are Becoming Entrepreneurs Through Fitness

By Kathleen McAuliffe At 8:30 on a Tuesday morning, Dani Muckley is already teaching her second workout class of the morning at River North’s Studio Three. Though this spin class will last only 45 minutes, she spent two hours choreographing moves and planning the music, logging each workout onto a PDF to ensure she doesn’t […]

Some physicians call Daylight Saving Time a health burden

By Mariah Quintanilla Twice a year, Americans enter a government-instituted time warp. Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends this Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 a.m., and we will collectively rejoice in an extra hour of precious, precious sleep as clocks “fall back.” Come March, however, that hour is “lost” once again and many of us may […]

The deal with diet pills—Weight loss supplements remain a ‘Wild West’

By Neil Murthy Meet Whitney—a 42-year-old wife and a mother living on the North Shore.  Her favorite pastimes include performing in musical theater, actively participating in her child’s PTA, volunteering with various local charity organizations and mentoring her 7-year-old daughter’s busy round of school, homework and sports. She is also on a decades-long quest to […]

Women warriors have special health needs, researchers report

Women Veterans

Women veterans are more at risk for lower life satisfaction, lung cancer, cognitive decline and hip fractures than non-veteran women, the Women’s Health Initiative reported in a new study. The initiative published  the study in the current issue of The Gerontologist just two months after the Obama administration announced all military roles will be open […]