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.
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!
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.
CHAMPAIGN — Parents know how hard it is to get kids to eat their vegetables. But try getting them to grow their vegetables.
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.
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.
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.
URBANA --The University of Illinois has received a five-year, $4.5 million grant to train future leaders in the war on childhood obesity.
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.
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.