Health district to open milk donors' depot Friday

CHAMPAIGN — Nursing mothers with extra milk to spare will have a convenient place to bring it, starting Friday.

That's when the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's Milk Depot is set to open, with several donor moms expected to bring in breast milk for a christening ceremony at 10 a.m., according to Heather Ludwig, a nutritionist and lactation consultant for the health district.

To Your Health: Nutrition tips for guys

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

To Your Health: Store shelves loaded with milk alternatives

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

Quick read packed with good advice for a healthy life

David B. Agus, M.D., the author of "The End of Illness" and one of the world's leading cancer doctors and researchers, is back with a second small but important book, "A Short Guide to a Long Life."

10 good reasons to get your hands dirty

By University of Illinois Extension

In our hurry-up, busy world filled with electronic gadgets, where does gardening fit in?

"The gadgets of gardening aren't flashy — a shovel, pruners, hoses and bags of seeds," said Martha Smith, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "All are simple yet practical and guaranteed to bring satisfaction and sustenance."

Prosperity Gardens gets mobile market

CHAMPAIGN — A bounty of fresh vegetables could be coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Just look for the bright green bus.

Prosperity Gardens — a nonprofit community gardening operation on Champaign's North First Street that educates and employs school kids — has acquired a used school bus and is turning it into a produce market to take on the road later this summer.

Senate changes its mind, OKs modified 'cupcake bill'

SPRINGFIELD — Reversing a vote it had taken about three hours earlier, the Illinois Senate on Tuesday evening passed the so-called "cupcake bill," a measure that prohibits state and local public health officials from regulating home-based baking operations provided their sales are less than $1,000 a month and the product is labeled as homemade.

Free health screenings set Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Free health screenings and education will be provided from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through mobile units in the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District parking lot, 201 W. Kenyon Road, C.

Some of what will be included will be blood pressure screenings, body mass index checks, radon and West Nile virus prevention education, financial health information and prizes.

Woman invites restaurants to compete for gluten-free diet training

URBANA — Eating onions that were grilled on the same surface that grilled a hamburger bun isn't a big deal for most people.

But a seemingly small thing like that can make Dana Mancuso and other people with celiac disease sick.

Leia Kedem: Making the most of your farmers' market visit

By Leia Kedem

Farmers' market season is almost upon us, a sure sign that spring is finally here. After a seemingly endless winter, many people are ready to get outside and browse the stalls filled with colorful, fresh produce. But if you don't already frequent farmers' markets, you might want to consider a trip.