Food and Nutrition

Illinois Farm Bureau

WSIU's Brad Palmer reports on a campaign to highlight Illinois agricultural diversity and raises consumer awareness statewide, nationwide, and globally of the foods raised and sold in southern Illinois and throughout the state.

The Brown Bag Bistro

A restaurant in the Metro East has come up with a unique way to entice customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The front yard of a house in Union County has become a street food pantry.

Deidra Coleson has placed an old cabinet on the property and is filling it with non-perishable food that's free for the taking.

When, Can Be Just as Important as What You Eat

Jan 3, 2020
OSF HealthCare

While surveys show fewer people are doing it than previously, losing weight is still at the top of the list for New Year's resolutions in 2019. But, as most of us know, it's easier said than done.

New Healthy Beverage Guidelines for Children

Oct 3, 2019
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Scientists and doctors have released new guidelines for child nutrition and healthy beverages.


One recommendation is that children under five should not be given plant-based milks, like oat milk or soy milk, unless ordered by a doctor. While these are fine for adults, children need the nutrition that comes with cow's milk or formula.


Being hungry has an enormous impact on a student's ability to learn.

Shelby Miller is a pediatric dietitian with the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She encourages families to look at school menus and decide if what's offered is something their child will eat or not. If they don't eat lunch they can come home hungry and either eat a huge snack and won't eat dinner, or they just eat all night.

Dispelling Dairy Myths

Jun 21, 2019
A pitcher of milk next to a galss of milk with a background of sunflowers.
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June is Dairy month and the St. Louis District Dairy Council is taking the opportunity to dispel some myths about dairy.

Registered dietician Erin McGraw talked with WSIU about some of the persistent misunderstandings people have about milk and other dairy products.


The St. Louis District Dairy Council is ready to help southern Illinois schools get off to a nutritionally strong academic year.

The dairy council's Jaelyn  Munson says the agency works with Food Service Directors on ways to promote dairy products in school meals.

March is National Nutrition Month.

This year's theme is  Go Further With Food in order to achieve the many health benefits that healthy eating habits offer.

Farm, Food, Forestry And More On The Table In The Next Federal Farm Bill

Jan 16, 2018

In the coming months, Congress will map out how it’ll spend upwards of $500 billion on food and farm programs over the next five years.

The massive piece of legislation known as the farm bill affects all taxpayers — whether they know it or not — and runs the gamut from farm safety net and conservation programs to food stamps and loan guarantees for rural hospitals. Since the bill hasn’t been introduced yet, now is the time when interest groups, farmers and others clamor to ensure their desires will be heard.

A few years ago, Kansas City restaurateur Anton Kotar surveyed the local and national restaurant scenes and concluded his town’s reputation as a steakhouse paradise had slipped.

The problem, he says, is the way conventional beef is raised – bulked up with grain on feedlots, making it cheap and plentiful and changing what Americans expect to taste.

Egg Prices Expected To Rise In First Months Of 2018

Jan 2, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts consumers will be paying less for beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey in early 2018 than at the start of 2017. Not so for eggs.