Summer Self-Care 2022 - Community Seminar Series

Join the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute and University of Illinois Extension for a series on a variety of health topics. Pick and choose programs based on interest.

All sessions are offered via Zoom on Wednesdays at noon (CT) from June 29 - August 10, 2022.

Registrants must create and sign in to a personal or work Zoom account to access the webinar sessions.

CEUs and CPDUs are now available!

CEU's are being provided through the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois (CEII)CPDUs are available through the University of Illinois College of Education.

Moving forward we will be collecting registrations upfront and sending the participant list to CEII or the University of Illinois College of Education following the program. You must register for both the desired session and continuing education credits prior to the program, we will not be taking post-session registrations for CEUs or CPDUs. 

Please pay and register for any CEU/CPDUs using the link provided in the last question.

If you have any questions, please email Dee Walls,

June 29 | Training Your Mind and Brain: Maximizing Cognitive Efficiency Across the Lifespan

Out of necessity, our cognitive skills become specialized across the lifespan in order to cope and thrive. More than ever before, however, our attention is being pulled by external and internal distractors. Evidence suggests that we are incurring costs at a personal and societal level. How can we train our minds and brains in order to prevent this? Join Jonathan Cerna, MS and PhD Neuroscience student in discussing how various modalities of cognitive training can help us stay sharp, present, and healthy across the lifespan.

July 6 | Interpersonal Communication: Beyond the Frontlines of Healthcare

Interpersonal communication, the clinical skill known to hold patient-provider connections together, is also said to be the driving force behind positive health outcomes. Consisting of verbal cues, written and non-written prompts, and active listening, this network is needed as it can lessen stress while promoting health and safeguarding one's quality of life. Do these actions and relationships come across as the same for patients who vary in social status? Can this standardized care method be the tool needed when developing influences and theories of disease prevention methods? Join Erica Noel, MS, as she moves past the exterior of healthcare and what we know about interpersonal communication into mechanisms of transforming our health system through relational and comparative insight and care.

July 13 | The Human Genome Project

The human genome is comprised of 3 billion genetic letters called bases and when scientist printed it on paper for fun, it filled up 130 volumes with 43,000 characters on each page! The Human Genome Project (HGP) was launched in the 1990s to sequence and map the human genome and the first complete sequence was finally published in 2022. HGP is the largest international collaborative project in biological sciences to date, and scientists and institutes from around the world participated in this effort. Join Sneha Das MS to learn why the HGP endeavor was important, how it was accomplished and what can be done with the knowledge of the human genome sequence.

July 20 | The Science of Vaccines

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of discussion, research, money, time and effort has been expended on vaccines. But, what is a vaccine? How does it work? How old is this technology and what lies in the future? Join Apurva Godbole, PhD student in chemical and biomolecular engineering to learn the science behind vaccines as we discuss popular questions/myths in the context of vaccines.

July 27 | Fitness & Wellness Classes: Having Fun and Feeling Good

What is the difference between a good, great, and awesome fitness and wellness class? The instructor! Yes, the type of class, the equipment and even the room all play a part in every fitness and wellness class, however, even the most boring or challenging class can be exciting all because of who is leading it. So, once you have the “perfect” instructor, what’s next? Each person has their own personal journey they must navigate and attending a fitness and wellness class is no different. As classes are supposed to be fun and offer some challenges, they can fall short of one’s expectations. How many times have you asked yourself why am I going to class? Is it to lose weight, get stronger, meet new people, get ideas so I can work out on my own, or is it to help keep you accountable? All of these are honest answers and the goal is to learn how to have fun and feel good about moving and becoming more physically active. Join Latashia Key, PhD student and an avid Fitness and Wellness instructor on how to turn your excuses to promises and explore different classes for where you are today in your journey!

August 3 | The Golden Years: Cognitive and Brain Changes Observed in Healthy Aging

If we’re fortunate, the golden years of our lives will be spent engaging in rewarding activities with family and friends. What cognitive changes can we expect during this time and what does “healthy aging” look like in the brain? Join Grace Clements, PhD, as we take a tour of the cognitive system and the brain across middle and late adulthood and learn that although some changes can be expected, they are not all “bad news.”

August 10 | Diet, Gut Microbiome, and Child Health: Truths & Myths

Within our gastrointestinal tract there are over 1000 species of microbes, whose composition and function are shaped by genetics and other modifiable factors, including diet. Is all the hype surrounding the gut microbiome and its emerging role in child health warranted? How might diet be playing a role in this relationship? Join Arden McMath, MS, as we discuss the current state of the science in regards to links between diet, the gut microbiome and child health!

These sessions are FREE, but registration is required.

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