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Wellness Wake Up Call

Nutrition and wellness educator Kristin Bogdonas of University of Illinois Extension provides timely news, information, ideas to promote healthy living in the Quad Cities and beyond.

Wellness Wake Up Call is produced by WVIK in partnership with University of Illinois Extension.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In this episode, host Kristin Bogdonas delves into the important topic of maintaining healthy habits throughout the year.
  • 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:
  • 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 bring blood glucose levels back to normal. However, it is crucial to acknowledge that as diabetes progresses, medication may become necessary. With the rising costs of food and healthcare, Bogdonis shares valuable tips from the CDC on saving money when it comes to diabetes care and treatment.To further help individuals manage their diabetes, Bogdonis provides practical suggestions for saving money on food. These include prepping produce at home instead of buying pre-cut, stocking up on frozen and canned fruits and vegetables, and incorporating more plant-based proteins such as beans, peas, and lentils into meals. Moreover, she offers information on how to find financial assistance for diabetes care and encourages listeners to take a prediabetes risk quiz.In closing, Bogdonis reminds us all to prioritize our health and wishes everyone a healthy day. She expresses her gratitude for tuning in to the Wellness Wake Up Call segment and encourages listeners to continue their journey towards wellness.
  • 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.
  • 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.