News Release

March 17, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Celebrate Women Programs: April 2004

The Therapeutic Magic of Art Is Wednesday, April 21

Farmington, Conn. - Celebrate Women is offering a variety of health programs in April, including a special program about the healing powers of art and a first-of-its-kind exhibit by artists who are members of Celebrate Women. Here’s a look at the month’s events:

Management of Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema: Roger Thrall, Ph.D., director of lung research at the Health Center, will talk about living with chronic bronchitis and emphysema, especially for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Thrall’s presentation will be on Monday, April 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Health Center’s Faculty-Staff Dining Room (use main hospital entrance.)

The Facts About Diabetes: Carolé Mensing, R.N., M.A., C.D.E., coordinator of diabetes education programs at the Health Center and President of Health Care and Education for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), will present vital information about living with diabetes on Wednesday, April 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Human Resources Conference Room of the Mansfield Depot Campus of the University of Connecticut.

Controversies in Women’s Health: During an evening program designed for physicians, researchers, medical professionals and the public, three prominent leaders in women’s health will discuss timely and controversial issues. Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D., director of the UConn Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Health Center and a nationally recognized expert in gynecologic oncology, will talk about the latest findings on hormone replacement therapy. Sarah Warber, M.D., of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, will talk about “Frontiers in Medicine: Energy Medicine.” And Kimberly Yonkers, M.D., of Yale University School of Medicine will discuss mental health issues and women.

The research symposium will be held on Thursday, April 15, from 4:30 to 8:30 in the Health Center’s Faculty-Staff Dining Room. There is a $15 fee for health professionals and $10 for students.

The Therapeutic Magic of Art: Julia Courtney, M.Ed., education coordinator for the Springfield Museum in Springfield, MA., will share insights into the way art can be used to “access and empower the inner wisdom inherent in all human beings.” She will focus on the benefits of making art and how it can be used to promote a personal journey of healing on Wednesday, April 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Health Center’s Keller Auditorium (use main hospital entrance.)

Ms. Courtney’s presentation coincides with an exhibit in the Keller Lobby featuring original artwork by more than 25 members of Celebrate Women. The exhibit will open at 5:30 p.m. on April 21.

Other Celebrate Women sponsored events in April will include:

The Stress and Weight-Gain Connection: Robin Hulin, M.S., C.Y.T., will lead a workshop exploring the connection between stress and weight issues on Saturday, April 24, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Yoga Puram, 100 Allyn Street in Hartford.

“Do you feel frustrated by your attempts to lose weight and to fend off your cravings for those high-calorie comfort foods? Simply applying ‘will-power’ may not be the answer. Your tendency towards cravings and weight-gain around the waistline may have to do with the effects of powerful stress hormones on your body and mind,” Hulin explains.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the human stress response and how it can contribute to weight gain and other undesirable health conditions. Hulin will teach yoga, breathing and relaxation practices that help to quiet the stress response and return balance to the mind and body. The fee for this program is $50. Celebrate Women members will receive a 10 percent discount.

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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