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.

Local community-supported farm programs

Local community-supported agriculture programs:

Brackett CSA

Season: May 24-Nov. 1.

Pickup on Tuesdays in Champaign.

Cost: $425.


Prairieland CSA

Season: May 18-Sept. 28.

Local CSAs seeking members, preparing for season

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.

Broccoli fights cancer best when it gets a little steamed

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.

New program teaches families to cook healthier

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 school is first to be recognized for healthy changes

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.

Report puts Illinois in the middle of the pack for health

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.