Top of the Morning, Sept. 13, 2014

Things lean and mean STEVE WARNS won't do after finishing today's Crazy K at the Champaign County Fairgrounds (preview, B-1):

— Party. "I will be more interested in going to bed," he said.

— Show off a first-place ribbon. "Me and my knocked knees aren't going to set any records," he said. "But barring any major broken bones, I WILL finish."

To Your Health: What's the secret to winning the battle of the bulge?

By Leia Kedem

Dietitians don't always have the answers. We know what foods to eat and in what amounts for certain conditions, but it's not as cut-and-dried as just following the diet, especially when it comes to weight loss.

Researchers hope to give condiments a health boost

URBANA — Spices and condiments may be capable of doing more than beefing up the flavor of foods.

Researchers are working on fortifying some of these commonly used products, such as soy sauce and curry powder, to help make up vitamin and mineral deficiencies in developing countries around the world.

To Your Health: 'Chemical' not bad word, and 'natural' means nothing

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

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.