Kristin Bogdonas

Host, "Wellness Wake Up Call"

Kristin Bogdonas believes that everyone deserves access to fresh, affordable food and is committed to helping people improve their health literacy. In this digital age it can be difficult to decipher what nutrition information is accurate and what is hype. Connecting people with factual information and evidenced-based programs will help people build the skills and attain the knowledge necessary for positive behavior change. Although nutrition is important for a long and healthy life, one should not overlook the other dimensions of health required for overall wellbeing; physical, mental, emotional, vocational, spiritual, environmental and social. Each dimension impacting the next. 

Bogdonas earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from Illinois State University. She then went on to earn her post-graduate degree in the Master of Public Health program at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. During her graduate studies, she instructed Foundations of Human Health, and was employed by the Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development where she worked with the Illinois CATCH onto Health! Consortium and the CATCH onto Health! grant. Her main priorities were nutrition education and research/evaluation. Her collaboration on research regarding menu labeling as well as a case study on the CATCH onto Health! Consortium was presented at the 2013 Robert D. Russell Symposium. She is currently a member of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity workgroup, Local Food Systems/Food Access.

Bogdonas’s special interests include farm-to-institution, promoting a ‘slow food’ mentality, food safety, food preservation, improving food access and living sustainably. A long-term goal is to create a generation of conscious consumers and promote the local economy and local food movement by improving students’ food experiences through hands-on, evidence-based programming that is fun and innovative. She prefers to reach her audiences through face-to-face, interactive programming and social media outlets.

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.

As we make our way into a new decade I encourage you to take some time to reflect on the past year and make a plan for the year to come. If you’re feeling ambitious you may even want to make a plan for the next 10 years.

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.

In honor of Healthy Aging Month, I have a trivia question for you.


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. 

Summer Self-care

Jul 26, 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.