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Wellness Wake Up Call

English, Fitness / Keep-fit, 1 season, 39 episodes, 3 hours, 4 minutes
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Healthy living tips for the Quad Cities and beyond from University of Illinois Extension educator Kristin Bogdonas
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Feed Your Brain!

Do you find yourself forgetting a word or your keys? Don’t fret, some memory lapses are signs of normal aging. But, to help you remember better, we have new research available that has found a way to sharpen brain health.
6/17/20245 minutes
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Men's Health

In June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the United States. The goal throughout the month is to bring awareness to men's health issues.
6/10/20245 minutes
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6 Tips for Brain Health

This is your Wellness Wake Up Call for the week of June 3rd
6/3/20245 minutes
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In the Kitchen with Herbs

Gardening season is in full swing! If you are new to gardening, try your hand at growing herbs. Culinary herbs are a favorite of many gardeners. They are easy to grow as they require little care and have few insect and disease problems.
5/27/20245 minutes
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Lower Blood Pressure with the DASH Diet

Half of Americans have high blood pressure, and many don’t know they have it. However, it’s important to know your numbers since heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
5/20/20245 minutes
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Move Your Way This May

April showers bring May flowers. Enjoy the month of May as we emerge from winter and primarily indoor activity, to the outdoors. Step into Spring with some new ideas for physical activity.
5/13/20245 minutes
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5 Ways to Protect Your Bones

May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month, a time dedicated to shedding light on a condition that silently affects millions worldwide.
5/6/20245 minutes
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Saving Money and the Planet: Simple Habits to Reduce Food Waste at Home

In this month's episode of Wellness Wake Up Call, Kristen Bogdonas sheds light on the issue of food waste and the importance of addressing it during Food Waste Prevention Week.
3/28/20245 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Three Pillars of Living Well: Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health

In this episode, we explore the three pillars of holistic well-being - physical, mental/emotional, and community engagement - and how they contribute to living well.
3/1/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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Embracing Heart Health: Lifestyle Tips for a Strong and Happy Heart

February is not just a month for roses and chocolates; it's also Heart Health Month—a time to prioritize and nurture the very organ that keeps us ticking.
2/5/20245 minutes
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Consistency is Key: Establishing a Routine for Wellness Success

In this episode, host Kristin Bogdonas delves into the important topic of maintaining healthy habits throughout the year.
1/3/20245 minutes
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Stocking Your Winter Wellness Arsenal

Building a winter wellness arsenal involves preparing yourself physically and mentally to navigate the challenges of the colder months. Here are 12 tips to help you create a comprehensive winter wellness plan:
12/5/20235 minutes, 16 seconds
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National Diabetes Month: Taking Charge of Your Health and Saving Money on Diabetes Care

In this episode of the Wellness Wake Up Call, hosted by Kristin Bogdonis, a nutrition and wellness educator for University of Illinois Extension, we dive into the importance of National Diabetes Month, which takes place in November. With an alarming 37 million Americans living with diabetes, it is crucial to raise awareness and understanding of this widespread disease. Shockingly, 20% of those affected are completely unaware of their condition. In the Quad Cities area alone, 13% of adults have diabetes, and an additional 11% have been informed that they have prediabetes or borderline diabetes.Bogdonis sheds light on the fact that prediabetes can go unnoticed for years, without showing any symptoms. To tackle this issue head-on, she advises individuals with a family history of diabetes, those aged 45 or older, individuals who are overweight, or those who have had gestational diabetes, to consult with their doctors and get their blood sugar tested. By determining elevated blood glucose levels, one can take the necessary steps to make lifestyle changes that can prevent or delay the progression of the disease. Shockingly, if left untreated, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within a decade.Apart from the risk of developing diabetes, both diabetes and prediabetes increase the likelihood of heart disease and stroke. Bogdonis emphasizes the importance of taking control of one's health through exercise and dietary modifications to prevent complications and…
10/31/20235 minutes
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The Itch That Won't Quit: Understanding and Managing Atopic Dermatitis

In this episode, host Kristen Bogdonas, a nutrition and wellness educator, sheds light on atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, in honor of eczema awareness month. Kristen shares her personal connection to the topic, as her son was recently diagnosed with the condition.Eczema is a persistent and uncontrollable itchiness that can deeply impact one's quality of life. It affects approximately one in 10 people at some point in their lives, with most individuals experiencing their first symptoms during childhood. Babies can even be diagnosed just a few weeks after birth. While eczema isn't contagious, there is a genetic predisposition to the condition, and disturbances in the skin microbiota can contribute to its development.This complex skin disease is characterized by flare-ups of severe symptoms, followed by periods of remission. Those with eczema are more likely to also have asthma, allergies, sleep disruptions, and secondary infections. The appearance of eczema can vary depending on skin tone, appearing as a red rash on fair skin or as pale, gray, ashy, or purple patches on darker skin.
10/12/20235 minutes
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Happy Healthy Aging Month!

September is here, and that means it's officially Healthy Aging Month. It's a time to celebrate growing older and wiser while taking steps to maintain our health and vitality. In today's episode, I'll share some practical tips to help you age gracefully.
9/13/20233 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Facts About Vaping

8/9/20235 minutes, 7 seconds
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Tips for Extreme Heat

7/5/20234 minutes, 56 seconds
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Keep Kids Safe this Summer

6/12/20236 minutes, 2 seconds
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Stroke Prevention

You may have heard of the acronym FAST or F-A-S-T. It stands for Face, Arms, Speech, and Time. If you think someone may be having a stroke, ask these questions:Does one side of the face droop when smiling?Does one arm drift downward when both arms are raised?Does speech sound strange or slurred?If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.
5/3/20235 minutes, 4 seconds
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Disaster Preparedness at Home

Just in time for September, national disaster preparedness month, Kristin Bagdonas shares her top tips for disaster readiness at home, whether it's natural or financial.
9/1/20225 minutes, 2 seconds
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8 Dimensions of Wellness

Good Morning, this is your Wellness Wake Up Call with Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties. Joining us today is Flora Denton, dietetic intern for the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
1/26/20224 minutes, 45 seconds
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Elements of healthy aging

What can we do to ensure we age successfully? I’ll outline six key elements of aging well, whether you’re 16 or 65.
9/9/20214 minutes, 33 seconds
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Reducing food waste at home

Good morning, this is your Wellness Wake Up Call with Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties.
4/1/20214 minutes, 23 seconds
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Kind Mind, Happy Heart

Good morning, this is your Wellness Wake Up Call with Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties.
2/8/20214 minutes, 22 seconds
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Mindful Eating, Holiday Edition

Kristin: Good Morning, this is your Wellness Wake Up Call with Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties.
12/15/20204 minutes, 24 seconds
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Colors of summer: a rainbow of benefits

Good Morning, this is your Wellness Wake Up Call with Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties.
6/3/20204 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ways to stay healthy at home

The spread and mitigation of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is an evolving concern for Illinois. University of Illinois Extension has a collection of resources to assist families and community leaders preparing for and coping with COVID-19. These resources continue to grow each day as educators across the state develop content for families, businesses and food producers.
4/13/20204 minutes, 10 seconds
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Living Well Month - March 2020

Good Morning, this is your Wellness Wake Up Call with Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties.
3/4/20204 minutes, 23 seconds
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Staying Focused on the Goal Ahead

Good Morning, this is your Wellness Wake Up Call with Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties.
1/21/20204 minutes, 13 seconds
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Eating Better Together

October is Eat Better, Eat Together Month and the perfect time to make family meals a priority. Research has shown that eating more meals together has a positive effect on both the nutrition and emotional well-being of the entire family.
10/31/20193 minutes, 59 seconds
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Aging Well with Fruits & Vegetables

In honor of Healthy Aging Month, I have a trivia question for you.
9/25/20193 minutes, 59 seconds
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Drink to your health

What have you been drinking lately? Our health is influenced by our day-to-day food and beverage choices so why not make your drinks count? Did you know the majority of added sugar in the American diet comes from sugar-sweetened beverages? This is not limited to soda. It also includes fruit juice, energy drinks, sports drinks and specialty coffees.
8/14/20193 minutes, 59 seconds
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Summer Self-care

Kristin talks about summer self-care routines that promote healthy habits in the 6 dimensions of wellness, including the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, and social dimensions. Self-care is a way of living each and every day that incorporates health promoting behaviors to keep you feeling motivated to accomplish your goals.
7/26/20193 minutes, 59 seconds
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Maintaining A Brain-Healthy Lifestyle

In honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, University of Illinois Extension health educator Kristin Bogdonas gives advice on maintaining a brain-healthy lifestyle.
6/12/20194 minutes, 16 seconds
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Living Well With Arthritis

May is Arthritis Awareness Month — a time to learn not just about the prevalence of arthritis, which affects about one in four adults in the U.S., but also about diet and exercise habits that can enhance the quality of life for those living with any one of the more than 100 types of arthritis. Joining host Kristin Bogdonas is Diane Reinhold, a registered dietician and health educator with the University of Illinois Extension.
5/29/20196 minutes, 58 seconds
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How To Recognize Bogus Diets And Pseudo-Scientific Supplements

In this month's episode of Wellness Wake Up Call, University of Illinois Extension health educator Kristin Bogdonas lays out some "red flags" to help you detect deceptive marketing behind bogus health products and services.
4/3/20194 minutes, 12 seconds
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Focusing On Your Eating Pattern, Rather Than The Latest Fad Diet

March is National Nutrition Month — the perfect time to observe your overall diet, also known as your eating pattern. It's the totality of foods and beverages consumed over a lifetime, and represents all of the dietary choices made day to day. In this month's episode of Wellness Wake Up Call, University of Illinois Extension health educator Kristin Bogdonas gives advice on how to build up a healthy eating pattern, which she stresses is far more beneficial than chasing the latest diet fad.
3/13/20194 minutes, 7 seconds
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Practicing Smart Behaviors For A Strong And Healthy Heart

February is American Heart Month—a time to raise awareness of heart disease and strategies to prevent this leading cause of death in the U.S. So, in this month's episode of Wellness Wake Up Call, University of Illinois Extension health educator Kristin Bogdonas shares some "heart-smart" behaviors.
2/6/20194 minutes, 19 seconds
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Following Through On New Year's Resolutions

University of Illinois Extension health educator Kristin Bogdonas discusses how to make good on New Year's resolutions and maintain healthy habits well into the future.
1/9/20194 minutes, 25 seconds