News Release

January 16, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Celebrate Women Offers Free Programs in February

Farmington, Conn. - Celebrate Women is offering a variety of free health programs in February.

College Financial Planning: Colleen Walsh, C.P.A., C.F.P., will present timely information about financial strategies to meet college-planning goals. Her presentation will look at many aspects of Section 529 College Savings Plans, tips for financial aid, and current tax breaks for college tuition. The program will be held on Wednesday, February 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Health Center’s Link Room (use main hospital entrance.)

Women and Healthy Hearts: UConn Health Center cardiologist William Hiser, M.D., will talk about the impact of heart disease on women on Monday, February 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Health Center’s Faculty-Staff Dining Room (use main hospital entrance.)

How to Reduce Stress by Using New and Improved Communication Skills: 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 provide guidelines to help people improve communication with family, co-workers and community members. Dr. Andrekus will speak on Tuesday, February 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Human Resources Conference Room at the Mansfield Depot Campus of the University of Connecticut.

Heart Matters - Prevention and Treatment: Cardiologists Peter Schulman, M.D., of the UConn Health Center and Anthea Woodley, M.D., of Windham Hospital, will provide information on how women can reduce their risk of heart disease, as well as information about new treatments available in the fight against heart disease. Drs. Schulman and Woodley will speak on Thursday, February 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Great Hall of the Alumni Center on the UConn-Storrs campus.

The Art of Zen Shiatsu: During this program, Laurie Ann Leach, a licensed national certified Shiatsu therapist, will present information about Zen shiatsu -- an Asian medicine similar to acupuncture. Zen shiatsu has the same philosophies and theories as acupuncture, but does not use needles. This program will be held on Wednesday, February 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Zen Shiatsu, L.L.C., 9 School Street in Unionville.

The Impact of High Blood Pressure - How it Affects Your Quality of Life: UConn Health Center hypertension expert Beatriz Tendler, M.D., will present a comprehensive look at how blood pressure affects health and well being. Dr. Tendler will speak from 6 to 8 p.m. Her presentation will be preceded by a cooking demonstration from 5:30 to 6 p.m. This special event will be held on Thursday, February 26, at the Immanuel Congregational Church on 10 Woodland Street in Hartford, and is co-sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Celebrate Women.

Other Celebrate Women sponsored events in February will include:

Free Glaucoma Screening: UConn Health Center ophthalmologist Jeanine Suchecki, M.D., will provide a free glaucoma screening on Friday, February 27, from 3 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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