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Extension’s Wellness Wednesdays: Begin with You series encourages self‐care to promote mental and physical wellbeing

For Immediate Release

COOK COUNTY, Ill. – The words “If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness” hold true not only for physical health but also for mental and emotional well-being. Engaging in self-care strategies might not feel comfortable for many but it is essential in enhancing overall health and well-being. The Wellness Wednesdays: Begin with You series presented by University of Illinois Extension community health educators encourages participants to focus on their own wellbeing and provides them with tools and self-care strategies to address mental and physical wellness.

Each of the weekly sessions will help participants understand how their surrounding environment and the choices they make can influence their wellbeing. The six-session series emphasizes self-care and will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. virtually on Wednesdays beginning February 2, 2022. Register for the free Wellness Wednesdays: Begin with You series at to receive the link to attend each of the following sessions:

  • February 2                      Stress and Your Health
  • February 9                      Seasonal Affective Disorder: Beyond the Winter Blues
  • February 16                    Mindful Eating
  • February 23                    Sleep: Recharge, Refresh, Reenergize
  • March 2                          Self-Compassion: Treat Yourself with Kindness
  • March 9                          Mental Health for Overall Well-being

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you will need reasonable accommodation to participate, please email Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

SOURCE: Community Health Team with University of Illinois Extension serving Cook County

WRITER: Veronica Aranda, Community Health Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension serving Cook County

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