URBANA, Ill. - Staying healthy can be a challenge, especially as more of our time is spent at home. Learn healthful strategies for enriching your wellness journey over the next two months that can change your life. Free online webinars offered by University of Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educators begin at 1 p.m. each Wednesday beginning April 8 and running through May 20. Register online.

April 8 | Food Rescue at Home: Reducing Food Waste and Reusing Leftovers
Reducing food waste is a shared responsibility and we can all play a part in reaching the national food waste reduction goal – to reduce food waste by 50% by the year 2030. Learn what you can do to reduce food waste at home, save money, and protect the environment.

April 15 | Emotional Eating: Understanding How Stress Impacts Hunger and Appetite
Have you ever found yourself searching for something to eat when you are not truly hungry? We eat for a number of reasons; maybe we’re looking for comfort, feeling stressed and overwhelmed with life, or simply bored. Increase your awareness of how emotions and stress affects eating habits, increase your ability to identify emotional triggers leading to emotional eating, and learn helpful practices to reach your wellness goals.

April 22 | The Science Behind Popular Eating Trends
What is all the hype around Keto? What about Whole 30, Paleo or Intermittent Fasting? Join us to explore these eating styles and learn the pros and cons of current diet trends. Plus, explore the eating plans which are evidence-based such as Mediterranean, DASH, and the USDA MyPlate.

April 29 | Every Step Counts: Getting the Most Out of Activity Trackers
Every step counts! Activity trackers give you an accurate count for steps, heart rate, and sleep. They are also fun; they get you off the couch and moving! One could say they are a wearable piece of accountability. Learn about different types of activity trackers, take a talk test, and set goals for yourself. Get tips to get the most out of your activity tracker.

May 6 | Take Your Kitchen Appliances Out for a Spin
Are your counters full of appliances? Did you get an electric pressure cooker as a gift and not sure what to do with it? Do not let it sit on your counter collecting dust! Join us to learn how to use slow cookers, spiralizers, heavy-duty blenders, air fryers, and the newest type of electric pressure cookers. We will share tips and tricks, recipes and food safety information, all to make your life easier and your meal plans varied!

May 13 | Diabetes: Practicing Self-care During Difficult Times
Managing stress during difficult times is challenging for everyone; however, if you or a loved one has diabetes, it is even more important to be intentional about managing stress. Making healthy food choices, getting adequate physical activity, and understanding how stress affects diabetes are all steps you can take to get through those difficult times.  

May 20 | Cooking For One
Set the table and light a candle for yourself! Single-person households are on the rise and forecast to grow over the next 15 years! The fastest growth in single-person households are citizens between 35 and 55 years of age. Cooking for one can be creative and rewarding with or without leftovers. Indulge, choose what you like to cook, and get the good smells going in your kitchen! Join us and learn some new ways to plan, shop, prepare, and enjoy meals on the smaller side. Liven up your menus.

One may access the online registration at go.illinois.edu/HealthAtHome.

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Diane Reinhold, MPH, MS, RDN, works to improve the overall health of consumers living within the communities she serves. Using community needs assessments, Diane develops, implements, and evaluates nutrition and wellness programming to address those needs in a cost‐effective manner. Diane received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from North Dakota State University.  She completed her Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and Master of Public Health at Saint Louis University in addition to receiving her Certificate of University Teaching. While in Saint Louis, Diane worked with school food service staff, teachers, administrators and parents in addressing childhood obesity on a two-year childhood obesity prevention grant. 

Reinhold is a registered dietitian, a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Illinois Dietetic Association and previously served as a clinical dietitian where she specialized in medical nutrition therapy for the geriatric and critical care populations. Diane also supervised students in the dietetic intern program at Andrew’s University in southwest Michigan.