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Understand the science behind being healthy

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Community Health Seminars begin March 30. Register at

URBANA, Ill. – Understanding the science of chronic disease can guide individuals to a healthier life. University of Illinois Extension, in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, will present a series of free, online health workshops.

The series will be held each Wednesday beginning March 30 and ending May 4. The workshops begin at noon and lasts 60 minutes. Register at If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, contact Dee Walls at

The workshops include:

March 30: Preventing Chronic Disease Through Behavior Modification: Lifestyle medicine seeks to prevent risk of chronic disease and improve quality of life through patient-driven behavior modification.

April 6: Engineering the Future of Health: Regenerative medicine goes beyond disease management to discover therapies to heal tissues and organs and restore the body to a state of well-being.

April 13: Patients vs. Pathogens: When Antimicrobials No Longer Work: Antimicrobial occurs when commonly prescribed medications that could previously treat bacterial or fungal infections no longer work on infected patients, often leading to death.

April 20: How Being Too Informed is Hurting the Health of the World: Are differing information choices vital to remaining informed, or can they be considered harmful to a person's ability to retain messages and make conscious health decisions?

April 27: The Impact of Cutting Physical Activity Opportunities in Schools: Learn how physical activity became part of the school day; the impact of physical education cuts on children's academic success; and how teachers, school administrators, policymakers, and parents can increase children's access to physical activity opportunities.

May 4: Influence of Hedonic Eating on Mood and Emotions: Understand the motivation behind eating and brain neural networks working behind it.

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

WRITER: Judy Mae Bingman, Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications Manager