By Leia Kedem
Did you know that eating pasta can help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, cognitive problems and even skin damage? If it's topped with plenty of classic marinara sauce, it can.
Tomatoes, the primary ingredient in marinara, can prevent blood clotting and have anti-inflammatory properties to prevent a whole host of chronic conditions.
CHAMPAIGN — Thousands of Champaign County moms, infants and preschoolers in a government nutrition program stand to be affected by an extended federal government shutdown, a local public health official says.
By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension
When fall arrives, there's nothing more satisfying to me than biting into a fresh, juicy apple that's as crisp as the autumn air. Sure, we can get apples any time, but they're never as plentiful, affordable and downright delicious as during the last quarter of the year.
DANVILLE — People can learn more about foods that are full of fiber and can be delicious and easy to prepare at a cooking demonstration at the Village Mall County Market on Sept. 4.
"Fun Foods & Fiber" will be presented by the Women Aware Committee of the HALO Project.
URBANA — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank says it will be able to expand its school food pantry program in the upcoming school year with the help of a new donation.
The $29,882 donation from Project Goodstart was one of two the food bank announced Tuesday, along with a $5,000 gift from Ameren Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN — The spinach, lettuce and collard greens are already planted.
Strawberries, squash, tomatoes and a lot of vegetables are on the way.
And there's more sprouting at Prosperity Gardens on Champaign's North First Street: expansion plans.
CHAMPAIGN — Contributions to the United Way of Champaign County are running behind, with less than three months left to meet the agency’s $3.3 million goal.
As of Tuesday, the United Way had raised a bit over $3.03 million, about 9 percent behind where fundraising was at this time last year, says United Way President and CEO Sue Grey.
CHAMPAIGN — Mushroom and swiss burger, 820 calories: Stop.
Crab cake sandwich, 350 calories: Go.
Adding traffic symbols like stop, caution and go signs — along with calorie labels — to restaurant menus can reach a broader group of diners than just calorie labels alone, a recent study suggests.
CHAMPAIGN — The American Cancer Society has awarded the Prosperity Gardens program in Champaign an $8,850 grant to expand its work with students in an alternative education program.
The grant was one of 30 youth obesity prevention community grants totaling $360,000 to nonprofit organizations across the state.