To Your Health: A heartfelt — and, of course, heart healthy — goodbye

By Leia Kedem

If I ever had to sum up my thoughts on healthy living, it would boil down to one thing. Don't believe everything you hear.

Or read, or watch on TV, or see on social media. Why? Whether you like it or not, you have selective hearing.

To Your Health: Simple tips add flavor to your water

By Leia Kedem

Dehydration might sound benign, but it can be dangerous if you let it go too far. Thirst is an obvious sign, but headaches, flushed skin and fatigue can all be attributed to early dehydration. Ignore your thirst and you'll progress to more advanced symptoms: dizziness, fainting, labored breathing and elevated body temperature.

To your health: An ode to a summer favorite: watermelon

By Leia Kedem

Okay, fun fact. I've polished off almost a whole watermelon by myself. Probably not the definition of moderation, but cut me some slack; this was over the span of about six hours while canoeing at Kickapoo State Park.

More children receiving free or reduced-price meals in school

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To your health: Breaking down the myth of acidity in your diet

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

When you hear "acid" or "acidic," you probably don't think of good outcomes. More likely, you're reminded of the burning sensation of lemon juice coming in contact with a cut on your finger. Or perhaps you think of the terrible heartburn you get after eating tomatoes.

Danville school district considers expelling unhealthy snacks

DANVILLE — When the dismissal bell rings Tuesday, a number of Danville High School students will follow the scent of cheese and pepperoni to the Clock Tower building.

There, members of the Young Women Aware program will be selling piping hot slices of Little Caesars pizza to hungry students — and teachers — to eat on their way home or to an after-school activity.

To Your Health: How to find new ways to stick with old goals

By Leia Kedem

During this season of renewal, it's a good time to take stock with your health goals. Even if you've been successful in the past, a healthy lifestyle has ups and downs. The phrase "what's old is new again" can apply to food and exercise just as much as fashion trends.

To Your Health: Boost brainpower with familiar foods

By Leia Kedem

Do you blame your aging brain for forgetting someone's name? Billions of brain cells can get bogged down with age, making it harder to keep up with cognitive demands like remembering where you left your car keys. Or whether your friend's cousin is named Dave or Dan.

Free information event for diabetes patients

CHAMPAIGN — Carle will host a free information event for diabetes patients from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday (March 19) at Champaign's Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St.

It will include hors d'oeuvres and exhibits starting at 5:30 and TV personality chef Curtis Aikens demonstrating how to make low-carb, full-flavor dishes and sharing healthful recipes at 6:30.