Autumn Health Picks

Join the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute and University of Illinois Extension for a series on a variety of health topics. Pick and choose programs based on interest.

All sessions are offered via Zoom on Wednesdays at noon (CT) from October 6 - November 17, 2021.

These sessions are FREE, but registration is required. Register at AutumnHealth

Registrants must create and sign in to a personal or work Zoom account to access the webinar sessions.

CEUs and CPDUs are now available!

CEU's are being provided through the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois (CEII). CPDUs are available through the University of Illinois College of Education.

Moving forward we will be collecting registrations upfront and sending the participant list to CEII or the University of Illinois College of Education following the program. You must register for both the desired session and continuing education credits prior to the program, we will not be taking post-session registrations for CEUs or CPDUs. 

Pay and register here for CEUs/CPDUs

If you have any questions, please email Emily Harmon,

October 6 | Tinnitus and the Brain

Have you ever left a concert or other loud event with some ringing in your ears? It is estimated that nearly 50 million Americans live with persistent ear ringing—better known as tinnitus. While there are some ways to reduce tinnitus-related distress, there is no cure. Rafay Khan, B.Sc., discusses what we know about tinnitus, what we would like to, the difficulties in studying it, and how we can help those who suffer from it.

October 13 | Sugar and Fat: Friend or Foe?

How often do you hear about someone promoting a low-sugar or low-fat diet that claims to cure all of your health problems? Too often. The truth is, not all sugars and fats are created equal. To achieve optimal health, we need the right kinds of both. Join Ru Liu, M.S., R.D. to learn about the different kinds of sugars and fats, and how low-sugar and low-fat diets affect our bodies. 

October 20 | TBI Prevention and Recovery: What everyone should know

Each year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Fortunately, many TBIs are predictable and preventable. Join Evan Anderson, B.S., to learn about common causes of this neurological disease, the steps you and your loved ones can take to reduce your risk of suffering a TBI, and the remarkable ways the brain compensates and adapts following a traumatic brain injury. 

October 27 | Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence in Research and the Law

How much do we know about domestic or intimate partner violence? These types of violence are a public health issue and have individual and societal costs. According to recent data from the CDC, approximately 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men experience sexual, physical, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. Join So Young Park, J.D., M.P.P., to learn how to legally and theoretically identify and understand different types of violence, and what research tells us about its impact on families.

November 3 | Brain Waves: What Can They Tell Us?

Many of you have probably heard about "brain waves," but what are they and where do they come from? More importantly, how can we measure them and what can they tell us about the brain? Join Grace Clements M.S., as she discusses the history, methodology, and some current research on these so-called "brain waves."

November 10 | Understanding Genetic Screens

Genetic screening is one of the most powerful tools used in biological sciences, allowing researchers to learn more about genetic interactions and risk factors. Outside of the lab, genetic screening has transformed the way some diseases, including certain cancers, are treated. Join Sneha Das, M.Sc., as she discusses how genetic screening works, unpacks some of the latest research, and highlights how this tool is helping researchers and clinicians better understand and treat diseases.

November 17 | Health Data: What Does HIPAA Protect?

Lately, the acronym HIPAA is showing up everywhere! Are you familiar with the term? Do you know what it truly means to have protected health data, and have you taken measures to ensure that yours is safe? Join Erica Noel, M.S., as she talks about the history of HIPAA and keeping your health information from falling into the wrong hands in a post-COVID world.

These sessions are FREE, but registration is required.

Discover Wellness - Lessons for Living 2021

Discover Wellness in 2021 with Lessons for Living presented by the University of Illinois Extension. Sessions are conveniently offered on two dates to allow for your schedule. Choose sessions based on your interest and availability.

  • Five Flavors: How the Palate changes 
  • Building Resiliency in Yourself and Your Organization
  • How to Save on Travel 
  • Healthy Behaviors for a Healthy Immune System
  • Medical Identity Theft
  • Understanding the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences 

Register and learn more about each session here:

Sign-up for the Wellness Tips at Your Fingertips Text Program!

Once signed up, you will get a text message each week on a variety of topics geared towards healthy finances, healthy living/healthy aging, and healthy eating.

If you are interested, click to sign up

• Standard text message rates apply

• You can opt-out of messages at anytime

• You will get minimally one message each week and no more than 2/week

• Your number will not be shared with anyone, and we won’t use it for any other purposes

• Questions? Contact Chelsey Byers at