Nutrition

Nutrition

Senate changes its mind, OKs modified 'cupcake bill'

SPRINGFIELD — Reversing a vote it had taken about three hours earlier, the Illinois Senate on Tuesday evening passed the so-called "cupcake bill," a measure that prohibits state and local public health officials from regulating home-based baking operations provided their sales are less than $1,000 a month and the product is labeled as homemade.

Free health screenings set Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Free health screenings and education will be provided from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through mobile units in the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District parking lot, 201 W. Kenyon Road, C.

Some of what will be included will be blood pressure screenings, body mass index checks, radon and West Nile virus prevention education, financial health information and prizes.

Woman invites restaurants to compete for gluten-free diet training

URBANA — Eating onions that were grilled on the same surface that grilled a hamburger bun isn't a big deal for most people.

But a seemingly small thing like that can make Dana Mancuso and other people with celiac disease sick.

Leia Kedem: Making the most of your farmers' market visit

By Leia Kedem

Farmers' market season is almost upon us, a sure sign that spring is finally here. After a seemingly endless winter, many people are ready to get outside and browse the stalls filled with colorful, fresh produce. But if you don't already frequent farmers' markets, you might want to consider a trip.

New rules bring fresh look at school lunch

When the bell for Monticello High School's first lunch period rings, freshman Blakley Nesselrodt heads to "the snack bar" in the cafeteria.

Never mind that it's two or three times as long as the hot lunch line.

To Your Health: Nutrition Facts label to change, but will it change the way we eat?

By Leia Kedem

As you may have heard, the Nutrition Facts panel is about to undergo renovations. Seems like the same old story. Just when you've gotten used to something, it up and changes.

But change isn't always bad, and we need it in order to move forward. To get a better idea of whether this one is good or bad, let's first recount the history of the Nutrition Facts label.

Leia Kedem: Spice it up to enjoy the taste of eating right

By Leia Kedem

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," given that taste is the best indicator of whether we will eat a food. With warmer weather on the way, I'm asking you, too, to bring the heat and try my favorite way to make healthy foods more exciting — by spicing it up.

To Your Health: It's time to rethink the obesity blame game

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

As Americans, we pride ourselves on having freedom of choice. We can choose whom we vote for, what to wear, where to travel and so on. Importantly, we can also choose what to eat.

Or can we?

Amazing Challenge offers healthy competition

CHAMPAIGN — Workplace wellness programs may make for healthier employees, and now there's a program available free that incorporates friendly competition and teamwork.

To your health: Get cozy and healthy with a warm bowl of oatmeal

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

For the past seven years or so, I would say that 95 percent of the time I have had oatmeal for breakfast. Why? What's so great about oatmeal?

Well, there are lots of reasons to love the stick-to-your-ribs hot cereal. To start, it's a whole grain, which means it contains the whole grain seed, and its nutritional value is left intact.