2021 Healthy Brain Webinar Series for People with IDD

Please join us for 2021 Healthy Brain Webinar Series for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities!
View 2021 HBI Webinar Series on the HealthMatters Program YouTube Playlist

June 29th, 2021 (1pm-2pm CDT)

Nutrition and Brain Health for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Dawna Torres Mughal, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences at Gannon University


Overview. This webinar will focus on the role of nutrition in brain health across the life span. It includes guidelines for reducing risks for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their caregivers. Since promoting brain health is multifactorial, the webinar will also discuss the importance of physical activity, sleep and relaxation and social interactions to the individuals’ overall health How do you enhance these lifestyle factors? Hypertension (high blood. Pressure), diabetes, hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol), and obesity are known risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Practical dietary principles will be discussed that can help persons with IDD and caregivers reach their health target in these areas. It should be noted that although certain nutrients help with brain function and disease treatment, what matters is not one food or one nutrient but the total dietary pattern individualized to each person’s needs. The nutrients will be translated to culturally appropriate food choices. 


1. Webinars are free.
2. CEUs are not offered for the webinars.
3. Webinars and materials will be recorded and archived on YouTube.
4. For disability accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak (jsisirak@uic.edu).
5.Webinars will be held on Webex platform. You can test your connection with Webex before joining the meeting HERE.

Healthy Brain Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters Program (https://www.healthmattersprogram.org), Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago in partnership with National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG) and is Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, The Healthy Brain Initiative Award #1 NU58DP006782-01-00 supported the development of this website. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views of CDC.

Previous Webinars

Healthy Brain Initiative for People with IDD (May 4, 2021)
Beth Marks, PhD, RN, FAAN, HealthMatters Program, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Valerie Gruss, PhD, APN, CNP-BC, FAAN, Clinical Professor, Director ENGAGE-IL Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), UIC
Matthew P. Janicki, PhD, UIC, US National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices
Kathy Service, RN, MS, FNP-BC, CDDN, US National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices
Jasmina Sisirak PhD, MPH, HealthMatters Program, UIC
Watch Webinar on YouTube

Brain Health Across the Lifespan for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (May 25, 2021)
PowerPoint Presentation
Lucille Esralew, PhD, NADD-CC, Office of Statewide Clinical Services, Clinical Services Branch for the California Department of Developmental Services
Watch Webinar on YouTube

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