Coalition formed to battle diabetes

CHAMPAIGN — When Angela Reggans was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, her first reaction was fear.

Then she got to work on her diet and started exercising.

"Over time, I realized I had a lot of control over the situation," said Reggans, 38, of Champaign.

Meals of Hope 2011

Meals of Hope at Urbana Middle School in Urbana on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

25th annual Food for Families kicks off Saturday at Memorial Stadium

The Food for Families Drive brings in tons of food and more than $100,000 annually for the hungry, but the first attempt at a Champaign-Urbana food drive didn't go so well.

Combining broccoli and other veggies can help fight cancer, other ailments

URBANA — Want to make one of the most nutrition-packed foods on the planet even better for you?

University of Illinois researchers have learned that eating broccoli with certain other veggies or with something spicy — such as horseradish, wasabi or mustard — will boost broccoli's cancer-fighting power and other health benefits.

Broccoli: the super food

Mom told you to eat your broccoli, but maybe she didn't tell you why. Here are five great reasons to include this cruciferous vegetable in your diet more than once a week:

'Go,' 'slow,' 'whoa' coming to food aisles

CHAMPAIGN — Want to eat tomatoes, apples, grilled chicken without the skin, whole-wheat rolls? Go for it!

White bread and cheddar cheese on your sandwich? Slow down!

Include the cake for dessert? Whoa!

Veggies 101: Danville, Urbana sites earn grants for healthy snacks

Last year, Deb Stevens got a kick out of watching her students taste certain fruits and vegetables. Many of them puckered their lips after popping a tart berry into their mouths. They crinkled their noses when they bit into the brown fuzzy skin of a kiwi fruit.

Students at Booker T. Washington will have vegetable garden

CHAMPAIGN — Parents know how hard it is to get kids to eat their vegetables. But try getting them to grow their vegetables.

Facts from obesity report

Some facts from the "F as in Fat" report:

— 33 percent of adults in the U.S. with $15,000 annual income were obese, compared with 24.6 percent of adults earning $50,000-plus per year.

— Nearly 33 percent of adults in the U.S. who didn't graduate from high school were obese, compared with 21.5 percent of adults who graduated from college.

State's obesity rate rises for second straight year

WASHINGTON — Illinois' obesity rate rose for a second year in a row, and the excess pounds are making people sicker.

In a report released Thursday, Illinois was ranked the 23rd fattest state in the nation, with nearly 28 percent of its adults obese, or at a body mass index of 30 or greater.

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