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Illinois Extension Offers Free ‘Gateway to Gut Health’ Program

Registration open for March 10 class in Yorkville

Researchers have found associations between gut microbiota and several disorders or diseases, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, autism, cancer, heart disease, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease and more. Proper nutrition and lifestyle choices play a major role in a healthy gut.

At an upcoming free seminar, University of Illinois Extension will provide research-based information to be your “Gateway to Gut Health.” Participants will learn about the roles of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the human gut microbiome and its role in both health and disease, common GI diseases, and ways to prevent or manage them.

In cooperation with the Association for Home and Community Education (HCE), this free program will be led by Extension Educator Laura Barr Walker from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at the Kendall County Extension office, 7775B IL Route 47, Yorkville.  

Registration is required by Friday, March 7 to prepare materials. Space may be limited. To register, visit or call the Kendall County Extension office at 630-553-5823. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your local University of Illinois Extension office listed above. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

This lesson is sponsored by the HCE and the University of Illinois Extension. HCE is an organization that works to enhance the lives of individuals and families through quality educational programs and experiences encouraging responsible leadership and service to the community. 

For more information on Extension programs in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties, visit