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.

To Your Health: Recess before lunch

By Irisha Clark

Easter: Illinois key to solving world hunger

CHAMPAIGN — Former University of Illinois President Robert Easter said Midwestern farmers, especially in Illinois, will play a crucial role in feeding the world as the population explodes in the coming decades.

To Your Health: Broth or stock — what's the difference?

By Jenna Smith

Is there a difference between broth and stock? Well, it depends on whom you ask. Some will say there's a world of a difference, while others will tell you it's the same exact thing. If you ask me, I say use them interchangeably.

To Your Health: Focus on 'Smarter Lunchrooms'

By Irisha Clark

Last month I introduced you to the Healthy Hunger Free-Kids Act of 2010 and discussed what was happening on Capitol Hill in regards to our children's school lunch.

Unit 4 food director helps mentor others

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4's food service director was one of four in central Illinois chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help other schools meet federal school lunch requirements.

To Your Health: Five ways to alter holiday treats for healthier eating

By Caitlin Huth

'Tis the season for holiday baking and, of course, eating!

This time of year, there are so many yummy treats to share with your friends and family (and taste buds and stomach).