Nutrition

Nutrition

To Your Health: School may be out, but healthy living shouldn't be

By Irisha Clark

The children are out of school, and we want them to have a healthy summer break.

Research has shown that sometimes, children gain weight two times faster in the summer than during the school year. Here are some tips to keep children healthy this summer:

To Your Health: Brighten up your coleslaw with fresh radishes

By Beth Peralta 

Grilling season is upon us! What is your go-to side dish when it comes time to make up your favorite summer meal?

Area update: Library board interviewing candidates

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Public Library officials will meet this week to interview semi-finalists for the open director position.

Today and Thursday, the library board will meet in closed session, interviewing applicants and determining which finalists to bring in for a two-day process on June 13 and 14.

Meg Makes: 2 healthy ways for runners to fuel up

One of my post-grad-school goals is to run a marathon. June brings the beginning of my training.

As a result, I have to start thinking carefully about what I eat to fuel up.

Homemade granola is an often-recommended running food because it's full of protein and natural carbohydrates, but the baker can control the amount of white sugar included.

To Your Health: Updated food labels are coming — and it's about time

By Irisha Clark

First introduced in 1993, the Nutrition Facts label that can be found on most packaged foods was created to help consumers make informed choices when selecting food.

On May 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a "modernized" Nutrition Facts label will soon be on our store shelves.

Presence taking look at hospital food with grant

URBANA — Ground turkey can be a lower-sodium choice than ground beef, but when it comes to which burger visitors choose in the cafeterias at Presence Covenant and Presence United Samaritans medical centers, beef wins.

To Your Health: Marinated asparagus recipe is perfect for spring

By Beth Peralta

May is National Asparagus Month, so let's celebrate!

We are lucky in Champaign-Urbana to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables year-round. Due to this, there are only a handful of fruits or vegetables that I really get excited about when they are "in season."

To Your Health: Summer meals program provides important service

By Irisha Clark

Summer break for school is almost here, which means the homework and tests are almost over for the students. What is also almost over is school-provided meals.

To Your Health: 'Brain breaks' can improve students' productivity

By Irisha Clark

Children need to be active throughout the day. And it is getting harder and harder for our schools to make this possible. With the greater demands for increased instructional time, decreased recess and lack of funding for physical education teachers, it is hard for schools to get the students moving.

To Your Health: School breakfasts a smart, healthy way to start day

By Irisha Clark

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Especially for growing children, it is important that they are eating this meal to fuel their bodies.

Most schools that are part of the National School Lunch Program also participate in the School Breakfast Program, where students can eat a nutritious and healthy low-cost breakfast at school.