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Microbes and Gut Health: Meet some tiny friends

What’s a microbiome and why should I care?
How do microbes help keep us healthy?
What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics anyway?
Does the microbiome change as we age?

Join us on Thursday, August 4, from noon to 1 p.m. as Dr. Hannah Holscher, assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois, discusses your questions about diet and the trillions of microbes that live inside of you during a one-hour chat on Twitter. Use the #askACES to ask your questions about the microbiome, how microbes keep us healthy, what foods we can eat to keep good microbes happy, and more!  

How can you take part in this exciting conversation?

  1. Go to Twitter. Type in #askACES. Watch the questions and answers from noon to 1 p.m. CT.
  2. Ask your own questions and contribute to this conversation by including #askACES with your question.
  3. If you aren’t on Twitter, watch the live feed at
    If you have a question, but can’t participate in the live chat, send it to
  4. Watch ACES social media (Twitter and Facebook) for a follow-up podcast with Dr. Holscher.

The College of ACES is excited to host this series of chats - #askACES - on Twitter addressing some of the hot topics in social media today. We discussed biofuel mandates with Dr. Scott Irwin in December, GMOs with Dr. Steve Moose in February, processed meats with Dr. Anna Dilger in April, and childhood obesity with Dr. Barbara Fiese in June. Our goal is to distribute sound science on social media and provide the public an opportunity to engage in a conversation and ask their questions about these topics. We would love to have you join us on Twitter for these chats and contribute to the conversation. Or, listen to the follow-up podcasts for childhood obesity at, processed meats at, GMOs at and biofuel mandates at

Don't miss this discussion on August 4!