News Release

February 11, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Celebrate Women Offers Health Programs in March

"Just Us Girls," Health Education Program for Women and Teens Is March 27

Farmington, Conn. - Celebrate Women is offering a variety of health programs in March, including “Just Us Girls,” a first of its kind, all-day health program for girls and women.

Hepatitis from A to C: UConn Health Center liver specialist George Wu, M.D., will present a thorough look at Hepatitis A, B and C. He will discuss the epidemiology, natural history, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of viral hepatitis on Monday, March 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Health Center’s Faculty-Staff Dining Room (use main hospital entrance.)

Reducing Stress in Every Day Life: Norman Andrekus, Ph.D., a UConn Health Center psychologist with extensive experience in developing the mind-body connection through the study of Buddhism, yoga and behavioral medicine, will talk about ways to, “prevent stress from getting the best of you.” Dr. Andrekus will speak on Tuesday, March 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Human Resources Conference Room of the Mansfield Depot Campus of the University of Connecticut.

Just Us Girls! A Day for Girls and the Women who Love Them: This special, all-day presentation was designed for girls over age 12 and their mothers, aunts, grandmothers or other special women in their lives. Throughout the day, participants will learn about important health topics including nutrition, depression and stress management, exercise, skin care and overall health.

Just us Girls will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost for the program is $20 for non-members, $17 for members and $12 for young women.

Here’s a look at the day’s agenda:

  • Registration: 9 to 9:30 a.m. in the Health Center’s Keller Lobby
  • Nutrition: Health Center nutritionist Meredith Belden will speak from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. about maintaining a healthy diet in today’s busy world.
  • Depression and Stress Reduction: Leighton Huey, M.D., chairman of the Health Center’s Department of Psychiatry will talk about depression and youth from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Workshops: At 11:20 a.m., the girls will break into a discussion group led by Kathie Halbach-Moffitt, Ph.D., of the Health Center’s Department of Psychiatry. At the same time, Dr. Huey will lead a discussion for the women.
  • Following a lunch break and “health walk” around the Health Center campus, the girls will hear a presentation about adolescent health from Ursula Steadman, M.D., an OB/GYN with UConn Health Center, from 1 to 1:40 p.m. At that time, the women will participate in a session with Christi Martin, R.Ph., about common vitamins and supplements.
  • At the end of the day, the two groups will come together to hear a presentation by Jane Grant-Kels, M.D., chairman of the department of dermatology, called “From Pimples to Wrinkles: Smart, Sexy Skin,” from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.

Harmonizing the Physical and Spiritual Self through Sound: During this program, Marie Menut, R.N., HTP, will lead a demonstration on harmonizing the physical and spiritual self through healing touch and sound with Tibetan Singing Bowls and other instruments. The program will be held on Monday, March 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Zen Shiatsu, L.L.C., 9 School Street in Unionville.

Prevention of Colorectal Cancer: Wayne Frederick, M.D., a surgical oncologist at the Health Center, will discuss ways to prevent colorectal cancer on Tuesday, March 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Health Center’s Faculty Staff Dining Room (use main hospital entrance.)

Other Celebrate Women sponsored events in March will include:

Yoga Classes for Beginner and Advanced Students: Starting on Thursday, March 25, yoga instructor Martha Trask will offer three levels of yoga classes in the Health Center’s Faculty Staff Dining Room (use main hospital entrance.) Each of the classes will run for 6 weeks. A class for students of all levels will be held from 4 to 5 p.m.; a class for advanced yoga students will run from 5 to 6 p.m.; and another class for “all levels” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Each 55-minute class will consist of various meditation and breathing styles, together with gentle warm up exercises and yoga postures. The cost is $60 for 6 weeks.

Free Bone Density Screenings: UConn Health Center experts Enid Zayas and Lisa Kenyon will provide free bone density screenings on Friday, March 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Center for Women’s Health (off the main hospital lobby.)

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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