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.

'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.

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.

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.

Vitamin D, calcium can help fight osteoporosis

URBANA — If you're at risk for osteoporosis — and a lot of aging Americans are — consider reaching for the milk before you reach for the medicine, a new University of Illinois study suggests.

Grant at UI to help fund obesity fight

URBANA --The University of Illinois has received a five-year, $4.5 million grant to train future leaders in the war on childhood obesity.

Vermilion fourth from bottom in ranking health of Illinois' counties

DANVILLE — For a second year in a row, Vermilion County has been ranked one of Illinois' unhealthiest places to live in a report that looked at health of all U.S. counties.

Study: Tens of thousands have too little food

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.