News Release

September 23, 2011

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914
e-mail: cdefrancesco@uchc.edu

UConn Health Center October Programs

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Here is a list of University of Connecticut Health Center programs scheduled in October and early November.

  • Free Hospital Maternity Tours
    Saturday, October 1, 3:30 p.m.,
    UConn Health Center, Main Lobby
    A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. The free tours are held every other Saturday. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.
  • Free Skin Cancer Screenings at South Park Inn 5k Road Race and Fitness Walk
    Sunday, October 2, 8:30 to 11 a.m.,
    UConn Health Center, Dowling North, Third Floor
    The UConn School of Medicine is offering free melanoma and skin cancer screenings as part of the 14th annual South Park 5k Road Race and Fitness Walk. UConn Health Center dermatology faculty, residents and attending physicians will provide screenings and teach patients how to detect melanoma when it’s in its earliest, most treatable stage. Proceeds from the South Park 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk benefit the UConn School of Medicine Outreach Clinic at the South Park Inn, which provides primary care medical services to the transient residents of the South Park Inn Shelter in Hartford. The free clinic is run by medical students and local physician volunteers. The race starts at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 7 a.m. at Dowling North. Register online at http://fitsweb.uchc.edu/student/southpark/fundraising_SP5K_enter.html. For more information call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 or email adora@student.uchc.edu.
  • Free Educational Program: ‘Exercising for a Healthy Heart’
    Monday, October 3, 6 to 7 p.m., UConn Health Center, ARB Large Conference Room – EG013
    Learn how getting regular exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease. The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center’s Lifestyle Modification Program will cover the benefits of exercise and a healthy heart, the best types of exercise, and the amount of time you need to exercise and how to get started. Seating is limited. Call 800-535-6232 to register; see http://heart.uchc.edu for more information.
  • Free Presentation on Genetics and Cancer Risk
    Tuesday, October 4, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Low Learning Center
    Genetic counselors and the nonprofit FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) give a free presentation on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Please call 800-535-6232 to register.
  • Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
    Wednesday, October 5, 2 to 4 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Dowling North Building
    The UConn Health Center’s Healthy Nutrition program invites you on a journey to a lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and healthier weight. This workshop is offered on the first Wednesday of the month. Registration fee is $30. Call 800-535-6232 for more information.
  • Free IVF Information Session
    Thursday, October 6, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013
    Specialists with the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services lead an informational session about current treatments for infertility, specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF). Each program includes an in-depth explanation of the IVF process, discussion of some of the emotional issues surrounding IVF, and discussion of options for financial planning. Registration is required: 860-679-4580 or www.uconnfertility.com.
  • Breast-feeding Class
    Thursday, October 6, 7 to 9 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
    A certified lactation consultant leads a discussion of topics including the benefits of breast-feeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the family can help the breast-feeding mother as well as how to continue breast-feeding and working. Classes usually are held on the first Thursday of the month. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.
  • Free Hospital Maternity Tours
    Saturday, October 15, 3:30 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Main Lobby
    A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. The free tours are held every other Saturday. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.
  • Infant Care Class
    Monday, October 17, 7 to 9 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
    Offered for expectant parents and caregivers, the discussion topics include appearance and behavior of the newborn, car seat and home safety issues, well child care and the importance of immunizations, choosing a pediatrician, and practice with diapering and bathing a newborn. Classes usually are held on the second Monday of every month. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.
  • Free Presentation: “Mental Illness in Colonial Connecticut: Responses and Care”
    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., UConn Health Center, Low Learning Center
    UConn history professor Cornelia Dayton is the first featured speaker in the 2011-12 Robert U. Massey History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Lecture Series. Light refreshments will be served. Call 860-673-2478 or e-mail ralpharcari@yahoo.com for more information.
  • Free IVF Information Session
    Thursday, October 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013
    Specialists with the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services lead an informational session about current treatments for infertility, specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF). Each program includes an in-depth explanation of the IVF process, discussion of some of the emotional issues surrounding IVF, and discussion of options for financial planning. Registration is required: 860-679-4580 or www.uconnfertility.com.
  • Free Discovery Series: ‘Women’s Cancers—What You Need to Know’
    Thursday, October  20, 7 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium
    Drs. Angela Kueck, Molly Brewer and Christina Stevenson from the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center will cover breast cancer screening, the role of genetics, advances in surgical treatments, gynecologic cancer screenings beyond the Pap test, and minimally invasive surgical treatment and robotic surgery for gynecologic cancers. Register online at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.
  • Harvest Moon Party
    Friday, October  21, 6 to 11 p.m.,
    Farmington Woods Clubhouse, 43 Heritage Drive, Avon
    (off Rts. 4 and 167 near Avon/Farmington line)

    The UConn Health Center Auxiliary’s Harvest Moon Party and Silent Auction raises money for its Family Place at Homewood Suites. This program provides a place for parents to stay while their newborn receives care at the the UConn Health Center’s neonatal intensive care unit, about a half-mile away. Tickets are $70 per person and include a western-style fare buffet dinner, one beer or glass of wine, and entertainment by the Colbys. Dress is casual, jeans encouraged. For more information or to register, call 860-679-2963.
  • Free Quilting Support Group for Women
    Saturday, October 22, 2 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
    This new monthly support group seeks to include the art of quilting into the healing process for women who are living with cancer. The quilts will become part of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center’s artwork. Call 860-679-7820 or email psnixon@uchc.edu for more information.
  • Free Bladder Cancer Support Group
    Saturday, October 22, 3 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
    Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to Conn Health Center patients) are invited to join others whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer. This support group, established in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 860-679-7820 or email psnixon@uchc.edu for more information.
  • Free Presentation on Shoulder and Arm Overuse Injuries
    Wednesday, October 26, 7 to 8 p.m., 1131 West St., Building 1, Southington
    Drs. Kevin Shea and Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, orthopedic surgeons at the UConn Health Center, will discuss prevention, recognition and treatment of common overuse problems in the shoulder and arm at the New England Musculoskeletal Institute’s Southington office. Please call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.
  • Free Drive-thru Medication Disposal Program
    Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Medical Arts & Research Building
    Keep expired or no-longer-needed medications out of the water supply and out of the wrong hands by dropping them off for proper disposal. Medications should be in their original container with personal information crossed out with a permanent marker. For more information call 860-679-7627 or see http://www.uchc.edu/events/medicationdisposal2011.pdf.
  • Free Hospital Maternity Tours
    Saturday, October 29, 3:30 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Main Lobby
    A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. The free tours are held every other Saturday. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.
  • “Ready to Lose” Weight Management Program
    Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
    This program starts with an individualized introductory session (call to schedule) followed by six weekly sessions that include a weigh-in, discussion of successes and challenges, and tip of the week. Registration fee is $70. Call 800-535-6232 for more information.
  • Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
    Wednesday, November 2, 2 to 4 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Dowling North Building
    TThe UConn Health Center’s Healthy Nutrition program invites you on a journey to a lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and healthier weight. This workshop is offered on the first Wednesday of the month. Registration fee is $30. Call 800-535-6232 for more information.
  • Free IVF Information Session
    Thursday, November 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    , UConnealth Center, Conference Room EG-013
    Specialists with the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services lead an informational session about current treatments for infertility, specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF). Each program includes an in-depth explanation of the IVF process, discussion of some of the emotional issues surrounding IVF, and discussion of options for financial planning. Registration is required: 860-679-4580 or www.uconnfertility.com.
  • Breast-feeding Class
    Thursday, November 3, 7 to 9 p.m.,
    UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
    A certified lactation consultant leads a discussion of topics including the benefits of breast-feeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the family can help the breast-feeding mother as well as how to continue breast-feeding and working. Classes usually are held on the first Thursday of the month. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.
  • Childbirth Preparation Class
    Saturday, November 5, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
    This one-day class covers anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, emotions of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, comfort measures for labor, working with unexpected events in labor, cesarean delivery, and practice of relaxation and breathing techniques for labor. Class size is limited to eight couples. Remember to bring two pillows and wear comfortable clothing. Light snack is provided. Fee is $100. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.
  • Infant Care Class
    Monday, November 7, 7 to 9 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
    Offered for expectant parents and caregivers, the discussion topics include appearance and behavior of the newborn, car seat and home safety issues, well child care and the importance of immunizations, choosing a pediatrician, and practice with diapering and bathing a newborn. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.
  • Free Discovery Series on Back Pain
    Tuesday, November 8, 7 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium
    Drs. Moss and Joseph Walker III from the New England Musculoskeletal Institute will discuss how to prevent back pain, medical a treatment options, and the latest advances in surgical interventions. Register online at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.
  • Free Hospital Maternity Tours
    Saturday, November 12, 3:30 p.m.
    , UConn Health Center, Main Lobby
    A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. The free tours are held every other Saturday. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

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