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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - February 27, 2013

In Many Families, Exercise Is By Appointment Only

By Jane Greenhalgh and Patti Neighmond

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(Duration: 8:30)

Kid playing basketball

Most families know that their kids need to exercise. In a poll that NPR recently conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, practically all of the parents surveyed said it's important for their kids to exercise. But about one-third of them said that can be difficult.



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 29, 2012

A Look at Superstorm Sandy’s Impact on Central Illinois

By Jeff Bossert and Sean Powers

Superstorm Sandy is effecting several areas in Central Illinois, from transportation (gas prices & air travel), food expenses (the price of seafood), to the efforts of local agencies (relief crews from the Red Cross, and repair crews from Ameren).


Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - October 04, 2012

Sustainable Farming Brings Producers, Customers Together

By Jim Browne

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(Duration: 5:30)

Consumers are becoming very savvy when it comes to their food. They want to know about the origins of food, chemicals that may have come in contact, and the level of freshness. This interest in more information has resulted in a growing interest in locally grown food from a type of consumers known as “locavores.”

Categories: Agriculture, Food





WILL - Illinois Public Media News - July 15, 2012

Healthy Cooking 101

Funded in part by a grant from the Lumpkin Family Foundation

It's easy to be swayed to turn to fast and affordable food that may not be healthy. But in Urbana, there’s a push to teach people the basics of healthy cooking on a budget.

Urbana High School students Kaitlyn Breitenfeldt, Miranda Bullok, and Tessla Varvel make a salad in the school's teaching kitchen.

At Urbana High School, Amanda Perez teaches an independent living class that aims to prepare teenagers as they enter the “real world.”

“So, we’re preparing students to live on their own,” Perez explained. “So, a lot of that is focused on the financial career aspect, but what goes into that is, ‘Ok, you’re living on your own. What kind of food are you going to eat because the kind of food that you eat kind of influences everything else you do?’"

Perez is working with teenagers to help them think about think about food differently. Students in the class are required to prepare a healthy meal on a budget with ingredients that meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new dietary recommendations.

Categories: Consumer issues, Food, Health

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 27, 2011

Eastern Illinois Foodbank Could Win $10,000 from Kraft

Eastern Illinois Foodbank Could Win $10,000 from Kraft

As the University of Illinois' football team gears up to take on UCLA this weekend in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, fans from both team's hometowns are trying to garner enough support for their area food banks.

By "Liking" the Kraft Fight Hunger Facebook page and playing a two-minute trivia game, a user has the chance to donate meals to Feeding America, one of the largest anti-hunger organizations in the country.

Categories: Community, Economics, Food, Poverty

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