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Read article: A guide to feeding your baby
A guide to feeding your baby
It’s not easy having a new baby; the sleepless nights, the dirty diapers and the seemingly endless amount of washing that has to be done. But of...
baby and mommy
Read article: Should I breastfeed?
Should I breastfeed?
Breastfeeding…it can be tough, but oh so worth it!  August is National Breastfeeding month and a wonderful time to raise awareness of the...
More Tricks than Treats this Halloween
Read article: More tricks than treats this Halloween
More tricks than treats this Halloween
Often a day of candy, treats, and sugar, a "healthy" Halloween might well be an oxymoron. By focusing more on getting dressed up and the fun of...
busy parent
Read article: Eat your best to de-stress!
Eat your best to de-stress!
It’s May! And while we envision long springtime days filled with picnics and smiling children….that is often not our reality. May is busy,...

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Learn tips for a healthy pregnancy, toddler nutrition
URBANA, Ill. — The 1,000 days between a person's pregnancy and their child's second birthday offer a unique opportunity to build a healthier and more prosperous future, so knowing how to care for mother and baby during this period is vital. The University of Illinois Extension...
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Nutrition education training offered to local food service staff
MARION, Ill. – Many youth eat two-thirds of their meals at school, so it's important they receive healthy, nutritious food. Local school food service staff recently met to learn how to better serve their students through the School Lunch Rocks training program. Kim Nesler from the...
Family in the kitchen
Promote child independence in the kitchen
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – “As a parent of two kids ages six and nine, I sometimes have to remind myself to stop doing everything for them. Rather it is my job to teach them the important life skills that will set them up for success as they get older and leave the family home,” says Jenna Smith,...


SNAP-Ed Impact and Return on Investments

A return-on-investment analysis estimated the economic benefits of the IL SNAP-Ed program per dollar spent. A model was constructed using program data and prior literature to estimate the number of obesity and food insecurity cases prevented by IL SNAP-Ed. Altarum’s Value of Health model was...