New rules bring fresh look at school lunch

When the bell for Monticello High School's first lunch period rings, freshman Blakley Nesselrodt heads to "the snack bar" in the cafeteria.

Never mind that it's two or three times as long as the hot lunch line.

To Your Health: Nutrition Facts label to change, but will it change the way we eat?

By Leia Kedem

As you may have heard, the Nutrition Facts panel is about to undergo renovations. Seems like the same old story. Just when you've gotten used to something, it up and changes.

But change isn't always bad, and we need it in order to move forward. To get a better idea of whether this one is good or bad, let's first recount the history of the Nutrition Facts label.

Leia Kedem: Spice it up to enjoy the taste of eating right

By Leia Kedem

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," given that taste is the best indicator of whether we will eat a food. With warmer weather on the way, I'm asking you, too, to bring the heat and try my favorite way to make healthy foods more exciting — by spicing it up.

To Your Health: It's time to rethink the obesity blame game

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

As Americans, we pride ourselves on having freedom of choice. We can choose whom we vote for, what to wear, where to travel and so on. Importantly, we can also choose what to eat.

Or can we?

Amazing Challenge offers healthy competition

CHAMPAIGN — Workplace wellness programs may make for healthier employees, and now there's a program available free that incorporates friendly competition and teamwork.

To your health: Get cozy and healthy with a warm bowl of oatmeal

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

For the past seven years or so, I would say that 95 percent of the time I have had oatmeal for breakfast. Why? What's so great about oatmeal?

Well, there are lots of reasons to love the stick-to-your-ribs hot cereal. To start, it's a whole grain, which means it contains the whole grain seed, and its nutritional value is left intact.

Campaign urges: 'Rethink Your Drink'

CHAMPAIGN — Could you give up sugary drinks for a day and then ease them out of your life?

Leia Kedem: Eating well on a smaller scale


I opened one of my cookbooks a few nights ago and realized that my recipes are mocking me.

OK, maybe that's a bit harsh, but think about it: Most are written to make four servings or more, suggesting that we should be eating that meal with family or at least a gaggle of friends. But what about the singletons out there?

To Your Health: Going gluten-free for the holidays

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

What would the holidays be without dinner rolls, stuffing, Christmas cookies or pie? Besides being traditional holiday dishes, they all have one common denominator: gluten.

To your health: Add a little Hanukkah to your table any time of year

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

Many people associate Hanukkah with December, but last week Hanukkah coincided with Thanksgiving for the first time since 1888.

(The next time will be in 2070, so for many, this was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.)