News Release

April 30, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Celebrate Women Programs: May 2004

Farmington, Conn. – Celebrate Women is offering a variety of health programs in May, including free screenings on National Women’s Health Screening Day, Monday, May 10. Here’s a look at the month’s events:

Human 101: Getting What You Really Want in Life: Cris Jacobs, an instructor with the Energy Medicine School of the Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences in West Hartford, will lead an introduction to “core energetics.” This is a body-oriented psychology that helps you change the way you live your life so that you feel more fulfilled and alive, Jacobs explains. The introductory class will describe personal growth steps. The program will be held on Wednesday, May 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Center for Women’s Health, located off the main hospital lobby at the UConn Health Center.

Free Women’s Health Screenings: As part of the second annual National Women’s Health Screening Day, free screenings will be offered in the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Center for Women’s Health, located off the main hospital lobby at the UConn Health Center on Monday, May 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. Screenings will include: breast screenings by Kristen Zarfos, M.D.; cervical smears by Mary Kinahan, A.P.R.N.; melanoma screenings by Karen Slade, A.P.R.N.; and blood pressure screenings by Lori Matyjas, L.P.N. Appointments are required. Please call 1-866-4-FEMALE.

Toxin Awareness and Natural Hormone Balance: Tracy Gruber, a consultant for Arbonne International, makers of natural skin care treatments, will talk about the toxins in many of today’s skin care products. She will also discuss natural ways to bring hormones back into balance. The presentation will be on Monday, May 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Health Center’s Onyiuke Dining Room (use main hospital entrance.) The program will also be offered that evening by Ivy Bendixen, Arbonne International consultant, at AmeriSuites on 224 Germanville Avenue in Mystic from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Good Sleep Habits Nobody Has: Daniel McNally, M.D., director of the Health Center’s Sleep Disorders Center, will talk about the value of good sleep habits in a sleep deprived society. He will offer common-sense approaches to improve sleep habits. Dr. McNally’s presentation will be on Tuesday, May 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Health Center’s Onyiuke Dining Room (use main hospital entrance).

Rejuvenate Yourself with Yoga: Yoga instructor M.J. Task is offering a “yoga reunion” class to people who have participated in past yoga programs at the Health Center. The class will be held on Thursday, May 20, from 4:30 to 6 in the Health Center’s Onyiuke Dining Room (use main hospital entrance).

Simple Strategies for Caring for Your Feet – Allowing You to Stay Active and Healthy: Orthopaedic foot surgeon Sam Berkowitz, D.P.M., will highlight some simple steps you can take to prepare your feet for summer activities and wearing your most flattering summer shoes. The program will be held on Wednesday, May 26, from 6 to 7 p.m., in the West Hartford office of UConn Health Partners on 65 Kane Street.

Other Celebrate Women sponsored events in May will include:

Coping with Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue: This workshop will explore the causes of fatigue problems, as well as new approaches to cope with fatigue. Discussions will cover issues such as lifestyle management, traditional testing, alternative medicine and the appropriate use of exercise. The workshop will be led by Robin Hulin, M.S., C.Y.T., and Stephen Fowler, D.C. It will be held on Sunday, May 2, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Yoga Puram on 100 Allyn Street in Hartford. There is a $60 fee for the program. Celebrate Women members will receive a 10 percent discount.

Celebrate Women FREE Health Screening: May is stroke awareness month and on Monday, May 24, free stroke screenings will be offered by Lori Matyjas, L.P.N., in the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Center for Women’s Health, located off the main Health Center lobby. Stroke screenings will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Y-ME Support Group meets every other Monday in the UConn Cancer Center conference room from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Women who have had breast cancer or are currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer are welcome to join. For more information, please call the Y-ME of Connecticut Breast Cancer Support Organization at 1-800-933-4YME.

For all programs, registration is recommended. Call Celebrate Women at 1-866-4-FEMALE or 860-679-8899. Celebrate Women is a free membership program designed to help women of all ages enhance their health. Women who join receive free, timely health information as well as invitations to seminars and programs designed for women. For more information, visit the Celebrate Women web site:

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