Learn what research reveals for current health challenges.
Summer is busy, and it's easy to forget to take care of ourselves while we try to juggle what everyone else needs. Researchers from University of Illinois can help guide your summer health choices. Find a session that's perfect for you, or participate in all of them. Summer Self-Care is a collaboration between University of Illinois Extension and the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute as part of the Community Seminar Series.
If you will need a reasonable disability-related accommodation in order to participate, please email Dee Walls, firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-300-6862. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.
- Choose which workshop you wish to attend.
- There is no cost for the workshop.
- CPDU and CEUs are available. CEUs are being provided through the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois. Once you have registered for your desired sessions, please check your registration confirmation email for a link to purchase CEUs.
October 5 | Noon
From the scientist working away in the lab to the tiny pills we see on the shelves at our local pharmacy, how does the pharmaceutical industry actually develop drugs? Why are some drugs taken as pills but others given as syrups? How are drugs marketed consumers? The pharmaceutical industry is huge and can be challenging to navigate but understanding how medications are developed can make us all savvier consumers.
October 12 | Noon
Coffee and chocolate are both products that seem to be ubiquitous in the lives of people around the world. As types of products and knowledge about them continues to evolve, so do the health claims made about them. Access emerging research to learn about the potential health benefits of products from cold brew to ruby chocolate and caffeine to flavonoids and their impact on obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
October 19 | Noon
Aromatherapy has become increasingly popular due to its pleasant scent and ability to promote relaxation. More recently, there have been claims that aromatherapy can treat a wide range of brain conditions by crossing the blood-brain barrier, but how do we determine fact from fiction when it comes to the proven health benefits of aromatherapy? Explore the most recent studies of aromatherapy‘s impact on brain health in this session.
October 26 | Noon
How much of your brain do you really use each day? Do left- and right-brained people actually differ from each other? Will a conk on the head cause amnesia? The latest evidence from neuroscience and psychology debunks these and other common brain myths.
November 2 | Noon
From within the academic community to the halls of healthcare organizations and beyond, imposter syndrome drastically affects professionals' job efficiency and mental capacity. The concept of imposter syndrome, which leads to burnout, performance anxiety, and depression, is foreign to some while ever-present for others. More than half of all health professionals struggle with feelings of fraud and inadequacy when it comes to their accomplishments and skillset.
November 9 | Noon
Diet culture is all around us, telling us we are not healthy enough, not active enough, not small enough to be accepted in society. At the same time, nutrition science is constantly evolving, and members of the public need consensus! Unpack diet culture myths that keep us in the dieting cycle and learn how to free ourselves!
November 16 | Noon
Defined as an occupational syndrome that results from chronic workplace stress, burnout has negative consequences for individuals, organizations, and society overall. Beyond its impact on the physical and mental health of workers, burnout strains organizations and increases turnover, tardiness, absenteeism, and difficulty in retaining staff. Nurses are particularly at risk of experiencing burnout, and the condition is estimated to affect between 35% to 45% of registered nurses in the United States and 9% to 14% globally.