URBANA, Ill. – We're never too young or too old to learn valuable lessons that keep us fit, healthy, happy, and financially sound. In a tradition which has lasted decades and adapted with the changing world environment, Lessons for Living are monthly workshops which provide easy-to-understand tips for living full, rich lives.

The free online webinars, taught by University of Illinois Extension educators, are extended at no cost to the public in collaboration with the Illinois Home and Community Education units throughout the state. One may register online at go.illinois.edu/2021HCElessons. If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please email Karla Belzer at kbelzer@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

The monthly webinars include:

Five Flavors: How the Palate Changes | February 2 @ 10 AM (repeated July 8 @2 PM)
How does our palate change through our lifecycle? What are some ways to enhance flavor using color and spices? What is behind the psychology of taste? Learn about the five senses, the process of aging, and the connection between smell and taste.

Building Resiliency in Yourself and Your Organization  | March 23 @ 2 PM (repeated November 9 @ 10 AM)
Every one of us has been challenged by a tough situation sometime in our lives. We have witnessed highly resilient people that have the ability to adapt, recover, and grow stronger from difficult situations. In this lesson, learn what characteristics resilient people and organizations possess that help them create opportunities from challenges, and how you can also nurture and strengthen your resilience. 

How to Save on Travel | April 15 @ 2 PM (repeated October 14 @ 10 AM)
Traveling across the state or around the world offers many opportunities for fun and spending money! Join us in discussing ways to be a savvy traveler including how to manage your finances efficiently and safely while traveling.

Healthy Behaviors for a Healthy Immune System | May 20 @ 2 PM (repeated September 9 @ 10 AM)
We want to do all we can to protect ourselves from becoming ill. A healthy immune system gives the body a layer of protection. While no one food or healthy lifestyle behavior can prevent illness, you can help boost your immunity with a healthy balance of nutrient-rich foods, adequate sleep, physical activity, and managed stress. Join us to learn the steps you need to take to build a strong immune system. 

Medical Identity Theft | June 8 @ 10 AM
Medical identity theft can be a real burden if it happens to you. A thief may use your name or health insurance number to get care for themselves. This program will help you detect signs of medical identity theft, protect your medical information, and what to do if you notice mistakes or find out your identity has been used. 

Understanding the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) | August 19 @ 2 PM
Recent research has revealed that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can cause a lifetime of health consequences; from not being able to sleep soundly as an adult, to difficulty concentrating, anxiety, depression, and physical health problems. Discover how ACES impacts you, your family, and your community and what you can do to help.

SOURCE: Karla Belzer, Illinois Extension, Family Life Educator

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