Join University of Illinois Extension and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute for a series on self-care. Choose any sessions of interest. Each session begins at noon CDT and runs for one hour beginning June 9. These sessions are FREE, but registration is required.

August 11
Viral History: The Black Death, Spanish Flu, and COVID-19
This presentation examines the history of the Black Death, Spanish Flu, and COVID-19 to elucidate on how pandemics have shaped global history. Join history researcher Saniya Ghanoui, MA, to learn about the causes and spread of pandemics and the impact they have on vulnerable populations.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any of these programs, please contact Chelsey Byers at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Continuing Education Units are available through the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois. One may purchase CEUs for each session by paying at

Additional Webinars in the Series

June 9
Knowledge is Power: Evaluating Scientific Claims. Every day we are bombarded with information online about our health, but it is not always easy to tell what is correct. In this session we will discuss how to evaluate scientific information seen in the media.

June 16
Don't Sleep on Sleep: How Sleeping Can Impact Brain Functioning. Do you know why we sleep? We all have experienced a bad nights sleep that leaves us sluggish and irritable, but what are the benefits of a good nights sleep? In this session we will discuss what we know about why we sleep and how lack of sleep can impact our daily life.

June 23
Decoding that Diet You Saw on the Internet: Keto, Gluten-free, and Fasting.Have you ever felt overwhlemed by all the different diets you saw on the internet? Have you wondered if you should try the diet that your friend just started? Come learn about the gluten-free diet, ketogenic diet, and intermittent fasting, and gain the tools to decide whether those diets are for you.

June 30
The Ins and Outs of Menopause: Research-based Strategies to Improve Your Wellness During Midlife. Do you know why people go through menopause, and what can happen during this transition? What about ways to improve your health during this period of your life? Come learn about the ins and outs of menopause—what it is, why we go through it, what symptoms arise and what makes those symptoms worse. You’ll also have the chance to learn about research-backed strategies to improve your health and wellness during this critical time of your life!

July 7
Training Your Immune System: Outlining the Effects of Exercise on Immune Function. In the wake of a pandemic, immune health has become of large public health concern as of late. There is evidence that suggests exercise can be used strategically to enhance multiple aspects of immune function. Join me as we outline effective ways to use exercise as an additional tool in your prophylactic repertoir.

July 14
Making Your Habits Stick: All you Need to Establish Lasting Behavior Change. We are all trying to establish some behaviors that we have long-known we need to incorporate and root out some others. Interestingly, this topic has been studied non-stop in various fields. Learn what the science says regarding scaling adherence to your current level of preparation, and how to apply it to common frustrating areas: diet and exercise.

July 21
The Role of Genetics/Epigenetics in the Relationship between Nutrition and Cognitive Aging. The genes you inherit influence almost every aspect of your health and wellness. But, did you know that you could modify this effect with what you eat? This presentation will focus on (1) How one of the primary risk factors for cognitive decline, ApoE, is related to cognitive function in older adults and how nutrition might be used as an intervention tool and (2) The relationship between nutrition and epigenetics and its effect on cognitive aging.

July 28
Move your Way to a Better Day: How Exercise Can Combat Stress, Anxiety and Depression. Now more then ever you may be feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. Learn how you can use exercise to improve your mood and produce lasting changes to your mental health.

August 4
More Than a Gut Feeling: How Diet Impacts Your Gut Microbiome and Health. Have you heard of the gut microbiome? Did you know that what we eat can affect these little organisms in our gut? Join Leila Shinn, MS, RDN, to learn about the trillions of bugs that live in our gastrointestinal tract and the role our diets play.

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