URBANA -- A new national hunger study says 79,000 people in East Central Illinois don't have enough to eat -- and more than half of them may not qualify for federal food assistance.
It may still look like winter outside, but area produce farmers are busy preparing for the season ahead and seeking members for their community-supported agriculture programs, or CSAs.
In CSAs, members pay an upfront fee to receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruits during the growing season. CSAs help farmers budget and plan ahead for the season.
URBANA – Microwaving your broccoli might be the most convenient way to cook it, but to get benefit of this cruciferous veggie's cancer-fighting properties, steaming it lightly is the better way to go, a University of Illinois study suggests.
CHAMPAIGN – Is breakfast in your house usually some kind of sugary cereal?
Is lunch or dinner often served out of a bag after someone asked you if you wanted the value (translation: big) meal?
DANVILLE – Evidently, you don't have to trick kids into eating vegetables. Just put them in a muffin.
Yes, a muffin made with vegetables.
And the kids enjoy eating them, according to Northeast Elementary Magnet School Principal Cheryl McIntire.
URBANA – If Dr. John Stoll could focus the community's attention on just one big health improvement, it would be lowering the alarming rate of childhood obesity.
"You're seeing this childhood obesity that is just going to be disastrous," said Stoll, an internal medicine physician and vice president of quality at Carle.
DANVILLE – In the new school year, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers in Vermilion County will aim to help students improve not only their academics but also their health.
CHAMPAIGN – Subway has a message for its Illinois customers:
We're sorry. Please come back.
A statement the company issued Wednesday, as the total number of confirmed salmonella cases linked to Illinois Subway restaurants reached 80, included:
DANVILLE – Danville High School sophomore Brianna Reed said she eats Chicken McNuggets "like all of the time." But she plans to cut back – or try to, at least – since learning how much salt, sugar and fat are in a serving.