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Read article: Let's walk! Take the first step to improve your health
Let's walk! Take the first step to improve your health
Spring has sprung and now that the days are longer and the temperatures are warmer, there is one simple thing we should all be doing – walking!...
Two people walking together on a snowy trail.
Read article: Staying active and socially connected in winter
Staying active and socially connected in winter
During the winter months, I usually notice a significant downward shift in my energy level and motivation to get out and socialize with friends. The...
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Read article: 6 steps to prevent a fall
6 steps to prevent a fall
Having just observed National Falls Prevention Week (Sept. 18-22), I thought it would be good to discuss falls and how to prevent them. Chances are...
bowl of yogurt and fruit with a banana and strawberries
Read article: How do I feed my active teen?
How do I feed my active teen?
A nutritious diet is important for teens to ensure proper growth and development. For teens that play sports or engage in regular exercise,...

News Releases

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Make time to be inspired by nature's lessons
URBANA, Ill. — Spending time in nature allows people to take in the world around them. In today's busy world, learning how to hit pause to take lessons from nature and explore the benefits of outdoor activities is vital. University of Illinois Extension...
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Learn what research reveals for current health challenges
URBANA, Ill. – The rush of summer activities can interrupt healthy routines. Researchers from University of Illinois can help guide your summer health choices. A series of seven workshops will dive into a wide range of topics, from fitness to brain health.  The free online...
Healthy habits can be learned
Rural communities are at higher risk of food insecurity and nutritional deficiency. Because summer is a great time for families to set new goals to eat healthier and exercise more, Illinois Extension Educator Susan Sloop offered the Healthy Habits 12-Day Challenge in June. Developed by...


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...