News Release

August 25, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Celebrate Women Programs: September 2004

Women’s Health Expert Dr. Judith Reichman to Speak at Health Center on September 20th

Farmington, Conn. – Sound advice about ways to look and feel younger, as well as insightful information about managing migraine headaches and more much, is available this month during programs sponsored by Celebrate Women, a women’s health membership program of the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Updates: Migraine Headaches & Inflammatory and Irritable Bowel Disease: Neurologist Morven Barwick, M.D., will talk about the full spectrum of migraines, including effective ways to manage these headaches. Rheumatologist Ann Parke, M.D., will present the latest concepts about the causes of chronic bowel diseases, including inflammatory and irritable bowel disease, and tips to help women manage their condition – and get their physician to listen to their concerns.

The program will be held on Wednesday, September 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Health Center’s Keller Auditorium. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of Pfizer, Inc.

Chakras – The Power Within: Amala Guha, Ph.D., M.P.H., a researcher in cancer immunology with special training in Ayurvedic medicine, will introduce an ancient concept of energy in the context of life and wellness. She will explain the seven chakras – specific energy centers throughout the body – and their role in physical and mental health. Dr. Guha’s presentation will be held on Friday, September 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Health Center’s Patterson Auditorium (use academic entrance.) There is a $15 registration fee; $10 for members of the International Society for Ayurveda and Health (ISAH). Call 800-535-6232 for more information.

Stress and the Skin: Stress can take a toll on women’s skin. Jo-Ann Benoit, an aesthetician with UConn Health Center’s Department of Dermatology, will share a “stress buster list” and other ways to help women deal with day-to-day stress – and improve their complexion. Ms. Benoit’s presentation will be held on Monday, September 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Health Center’s Onyiuke Dining Room (use main hospital entrance.)

The 21st Century Woman: Becoming a Partner in Your Health Care: In partnership with the Capitol Region Conference of Churches, Celebrate Women will co-sponsor the second annual women’s health conference on Saturday, September 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The First Cathedral in Bloomfield. Through presentations and workshops, this free conference will cover a range of important topics such as spirituality, cultural impacts on health care, nutrition and exercise, health disparities and reproductive health. For more information, call 860-236-8071. Other co-sponsors of the conference include Aetna, the American Cancer Society, the Connecticut Health Foundation, the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Celebrate Aging at the UConn Health Center.

Slow Your Clock Down: The Complete Guide to a Healthy, Younger You: During this special presentation, Judith Reichman, M.D., a gynecologist, women’s health expert, best-selling author, and medical correspondent for NBC’s Today show, will share anti-aging insights from her new book, Slow Your Clock Down. Dr. Reichman’s presentation will be held on Monday, September 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Health Center’s Keller Auditorium (use main hospital entrance.) Her talk will be followed by a book signing.

Bettering Your Best Workshop: Ralph Hubbard, M.B.A., a management consultant, life coach and founder of, “A World Without Fear Foundation,” will lead a two-hour workshop to help participants learn steps to eliminate self destructive habits. “The workshop provides coaching needed to open up to a higher level of personal achievement and satisfaction,” Hubbard explains. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room (use main hospital entrance.)

For more information, visit The cost is $25 at the door; $20 in advance. Send your check payable to “A World Without Fear Foundation” to: AWWFF, P.O. Box 1282, New London, CT 06320.

Just Us Girls Fitness Day: This is the second Celebrate Girls event for “Girls and the Women Who Love Them.” The program will start with a healthy walk around the campus of the UConn Health Center, followed by talks on building a fitness schedule, bone health and fitness, and healthy eating for weight loss. This event will be held on Saturday, September 25, from 9:30 am to noon. The rain date is Sunday, September 26. Participants should meet in the main lobby of the Health Center. Refreshments will be served.

The Y-ME Support Group meets on the first and third Mondays of every month 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, 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: The website now contains an updated and expanded online health resource guide at The resources were evaluated and recommended by the professional consumer health librarians at the Health Center’s Lyman Maynard Stowe Library.

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