From sourdough baking to living room Olympics, there’s no end to the creative ways people have kept themselves entertained while staying physically distanced. On the flip side, many people find it difficult or impossible to enjoy their favorite activities because of stress, safety concerns, or lack of access. How do our pandemic pastimes affect our overall health and well-being? With more time to cook but fewer trips to the grocery store, how has the average diet been impacted? What steps can we take to maintain or even improve our overall health and wellness as the pandemic continues through the winter?

Join fellow UW alumni and friends online for a livestream and Q & A with two UW experts about staying healthy and active during COVID-19. The talks will be moderated by Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.

Cindy Kuhrasch is a Distinguished Faculty Associate in the Department of Kinesiology, where she has served for more than 20 years. She is also the program director for UW–Madison’s physical education teacher education program. She teaches methods, assessment, curriculum, class management, and technology coursework. She also supervises the placement and evaluation of student teachers. In addition, Kuhrasch has served as a consultant in many school districts, working in the areas of curriculum development, instructional strategies, and technology. She has presented on a wide variety of education topics at state, district, and national conventions, and has published articles in national educational journals. Kuhrasch also serves on the executive board for the Boys and Girls Club in Dane County.


Beth Olson ’85 is an associate professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A native of Wisconsin, she obtained her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from UW–Madison and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California–Davis. Olson began her career at the Kellogg Company, working in global research and development, followed by a position as a director in nutrition marketing for Kellogg USDA. She has spent the past 20 years in community-based nutrition research and programs. Her research and outreach at UW–Madison is focused on helping families make the healthiest choices possible in nutrition and health, including helping new parents with infant feeding.


A recording of this livestream will be available on uwalumni.com after the event.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

This event is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.