Summer Self-Care Series

Summer Self-Care 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 23 - August 25, 2021. **No session on August 11, due to presenter conflict. 

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

June 23 | Understanding How Memory Works

Your memories are one of the most important pieces that make you, you! But, have you ever wondered how our brain creates and stores memories? Discover the complexities of human memory in this free online webinar. Using several examples, we’ll consider interesting theories and break down what scientists understand about human memory. Presenter: Corinne Cannavale, Neuroscience Program.

June 30 | Our Chemical Environment: How to Read Product Labels and Understand Marketing Terms

Endocrine disrupting chemicals are all around us, so how can we reduce our exposure to them? Does replacing products in our homes with "natural" products reduce exposure? In this webinar, we’ll learn what the standard terms used on product labels mean and help you determine which strategies are best for you and your family. Presenter: Megan Woodbury, Neuroscience Program.

July 7 | The Pros and Cons of Probiotics

Probiotics are in many drinks and health-conscious foods, but what does the research say about their effectiveness? Can we believe the hype? Learn how to read a probiotic label, the current state of probiotic and prebiotic research, how probiotics impact the gut microbiome, and which health claims to dismiss as fake. Presenter: Join Breanna Metras, Division of Nutritional Sciences.

July 14 | How Does Biological Sex Manifest in the Brain

A person's biological sex plays into many parts of their lives: identity, behavior, expectations of others, physical health. Our biological sex affects brain health and function throughout our lives. Still, misconceptions exist. We’ll sort fact from fiction when it comes to biological sex and brain development. Presenter: Coltan Parker, Neuroscience Program.

July 21 | Healthy Arteries, Healthy Brain: Understanding Cerebrovascular Health

The brain is enveloped by a vast network of blood vessels that supply the energy for us to breathe, move, feel, and think. As we age, these vessels are susceptible to changes which may impact our brain and cognition. Learn how to keep your brain healthy throughout the aging process by understanding how blood is supplied to the brain and why that’s important to its function. Presenter: Grace Clements, Psychology Department (Cognitive Neuroscience).

July 28 | No Sugarcoating It: The Ins and Outs of Diabetes

Is diabetes preventable? Learn how diabetes affects our body, as well as dietary and other lifestyle modifications for diabetes prevention and management. Presenter: Ru Liu, Division of Nutritional Sciences.

Aug 4 | Harnessing Technology to Improve Healthcare Communications with Patients

Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems are revolutionizing health care, potentially improving patient and provider collaboration and patient self-care. A barrier to realizing this potential is that information in EHRs can be too technical and not patient-specific. Patients may misunderstand this information, especially numeric information presented without an explanation. Moreover, providers rarely have enough time to consistently use patient-centered communication when talking to their patients. The webinar will discuss how patients can more effectively use health information to communicate to their health care provider and how technology can provide support for busy providers. Presenter: Renato Azevedo, Educational Psychology.

Aug 18 | Science of Stem Cells: Fact versus Fictions

The scientific community is investing billions of dollars in stem cell research, but what are they, and why are researchers so interested in them? Moreover, is stem cell research legal? In this webinar, we’ll uncover popular myths surrounding stem cell research and its applications in modern-day medicine. Presenter: Apurva Godbole.

Aug 25 | How Bias and Racism Impact Health Systems and the Patient Experience 

Every day, patient care is shaped by adverse influences that may result in workplace trauma and second-rate care. By understanding the origin of these influences, organizations can recognize them in staff and provide growth opportunities for both patients and healthcare professionals. Presenter: Erica Noel, Health Communications.

CEUs and CPDUs are available! 

CEU's are available through the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois - If you would like to purchase CEUs for each session, please register and pay for CEU's at this link: Click on this link to open a new tab for CEU registration. Then finish completing the Summer Self-Care Series registration to get email reminders about sessions. 

CPDUs are available through the University of Illinois College of Education.

*In order to get credit for CEUs/CPDUs, you will be required to fill out an attendance form during the webinar. List your name, email, and Zoom name (or phone number you are calling from) in order for us to verify complete session participation. 

These sessions are FREE, but registration is required.

You will receive an email after you complete your registration with information on how to join each session.







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