School lunch changes praised, but not universally embraced

Schools are trying to answer a tough question: What can they serve that students will eat, while still meeting U.S. guidelines?

In the school cafeteria these days, if you're trying to skate through the line without a fruit or a vegetable, watch out.

Report foresees half of Illinoisans becoming obese

UPDATED 9:20 p.m. Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — More than half of Illinois residents could be obese by 2030 if current trends continue, a new report Tuesday projects.

As school year nears, seminar focuses on food allergies

URBANA — How do you keep your child safe from a food allergy at school?

Parents are being invited to a free seminar focusing on kids going back to school with food allergies to be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at The Forum at Carle, 611 W. Park St., U.

Support from family, workplace determines breastfeeding success

CHAMPAIGN — Linda Steinberg knows it can be a challenge for new moms to continue breastfeeding when they go back to work.

She also knows it's worth the effort, she says.

Six local nonprofits to share financial aid from Provena

URBANA — Six local programs, including three aimed at better family nutrition, will share $65,714 in grant money from the Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation.

The grants, the first being awarded in a new program called "Faith Squared," are set to be awarded later this morning, foundation officials said.

Quinn signs limits on executive search firms for state universities

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation limiting the use of executive search firms by state universities into law.

Giving of themselves: Excess breast milk helping infants around the world

Somewhere in South Africa, a baby could be thriving today because of life-saving breast milk donated by a mom in Savoy.

Other programs providing meals

DANVILLE — Here's a list of other groups that also are providing free, nutritious meals to Danville area youth this summer:

Boys and Girls Club of Danville

The club provides a well-balanced and usually hot lunch at the Mervis Unit, 850 N. Griffin St. The program started this week and runs through Aug. 10, and lunches are served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.

Meals-wellness program 'a beautiful thing'

DANVILLE — Every morning for the next 10 weeks, you can find Arthetta Broom and her brood of young ones at Danville's Lincoln Park.

Health district launches garden plots

CHAMPAIGN — It can be a real challenge helping people stay healthy when fried chicken and doughnuts are easier for them to get than fresh fruits and vegetables.

But when the going gets tough, well, the tough ... get gardening.