Christen A. Johnson, Well + Good

Christen A. Johnson

Well + Good

Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Christen:

How To Set Healthy Boundaries With Drinking As Your Social Calendar Fills Up

Is your social calendar filling up? Here, get expert tips for maintaining personal boundaries regarding drinking after quarantine. → Read More

Holiday volunteering looks very different this year due to COVID-19. Here are ways you can still help — in person or virtually.

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists in the Chicago area, organizations are seeing volunteer numbers dwindle. But the demand has only increased. → Read More

‘There’s always an increase of charity fraud this time of year’: Giving Tuesday and holiday donations can bring scammers; the pandemic makes it worse.

Most people give a bulk of their donations between now and the end of the year. But these days bring higher chances of charity fraud. → Read More

Virtual sex trending as millennials and Gen Z look for intimacy during COVID-19 pandemic, survey finds

According to a recent survey of 2,000 unmarried millennials and Gen Z folks, 58% have engaged in virtual sex at some point since the pandemic started. → Read More

Illinois earns a D+ grade on preterm birth and infant mortality assessment. 949 babies died in 2018.

Illinois is one of 11 states with near failing scores in preterm birth and infant mortality rates. Cook County was among the worst in the state. → Read More

Holiday volunteering will look a lot different this year due to COVID-19. Here are 10 ways you can still help — in person or virtually.

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists in the Chicago area, organizations are seeing volunteer numbers dwindle. But the demand has only increased. → Read More

2021 wedding trends shift to accommodate the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19

The pandemic persists and so do weddings. Many of next year's projected trends were born out of COVID-19 restrictions. → Read More

Can you catch COVID-19 twice? Is immunity real? What about ocular transmission? Health and science experts answer reader questions about the coronavirus.

Have questions about COVID-19? We’re answering them here. → Read More

How do I schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Illinois?

How can I tell if the COVID-19 vaccine was effective? What if I get the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, but don’t get the second dose? Health experts offer guidance. → Read More

A 63-year-old. An Iranian refugee. Teenagers. Mexican immigrants. All voted in their first presidential election. Here’s what they had to say.

First-time voters in Illinois discuss why they cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential election, and how they feel with results still pending. → Read More

Holiday gifts for new couples and longtime romantic partners

Whether you're in a new relationship or a long-established one, these holiday gifts will let that special someone know how loved they are. → Read More

Holiday gifts from Black-owned businesses in Chicago

Whether you are Black or an ally hoping to continue the anti-racism work you started, these gifts will help you support local Black-owned businesses. → Read More

Commentary: 11 ways to cope with the anxiety of election week

A routine to maintain your mental and emotional health should always be a priority, and this week that’s imperative. → Read More

Chicago student took 17,000 photos at 37 events of people fighting for social justice after George Floyd’s killing. Now, there’s a book. ‘I want to give you the whole story.’

"Chicago Protests: A Joyful Revolution" by Columbia College senior Vashon Jordan Jr. captures the many aspects of this year's social justice movement. → Read More

An Obama-era rule forces mortgage lenders and housing providers to fix policies that cause racial disparities. Now advocates are fighting to keep it from being ‘gutted.’

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to change a housing disparity rule. Advocates say it would "gut" the fight for fair housing. → Read More

‘My students are struggling’: Joint pain, migraines, vision impairment and mental health are impacting student wellness during remote learning.

Remote learning has been a challenging adjustment for many students. "Kids are hurting in all kinds of ways," says a Loyola University researcher. → Read More

Video dating can keep cuffing season alive this fall and winter as COVID-19 lingers

The desire for a relationship — temporary or long term — likely hit singles harder once the busyness of life halted amid the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

8 Black women create fund to raise $1 billion by 2030 to invest in African American girls

The Black Girl Freedom Fund's founders include Chicago activists Salamishah and Scheherazade Tillet, and Tarana Burke, who coined the phrase "Me Too." → Read More

Project Dandelion exposes sexual assault crimes on Illinois college campuses. It was created by a high schooler.

Project Dandelion gives students easy access to specific information on sexual assault crimes that have happened on all Illinois college campuses. → Read More

Gay men reclaim #ProudBoys on social media, after ‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei suggests co-opting the hashtag with ‘very gay things’

Gay men took to social media to erase the hate around "Proud Boys" after Donald Trump's statement in the first presidential debate. → Read More