News Release

December 20, 2005

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: January 2006

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Celebrate Women, the free women’s health membership program of the UConn Health Center, is offering a variety of educational programs in January including events aimed at starting your new year out right by teaching you ways to relax, reduce stress and take control of your health.

10 Powerful Ways to Reduce Stress: Learn how to bring peacefulness, balance, and serenity into your day-to-day life. Life coach Lori Woodhouse will explore a variety of stress reduction techniques including relaxation breathing, laughter, goal-setting, and meditation. The talk will be held on Monday, January 9, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center. You can also view the live web cast online:

Zen Yoga and Deep Relaxation Workshop: Explore the connection between body and mind with Aaron Hoopes, one of Celebrate Women’s most recommended instructors. Zen Yoga raises energy levels while relieving stress through peaceful, flowing movement and mindful breathing. Based on the ancient arts of China, Japan and India, Zen Yoga offers simple practices for healthy living. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Academic Research Building’s large conference room at the UConn Health Center. Bring a mat or towel. Fee of $18 payable to “Aaron Hoopes” can be brought to class.

Tai Chi for Health and Healing: Clear your mind and energize your body with the deep breathing and slow movements of this ancient Chinese martial art. Come discover Tai Chi’s many health benefits and how wonderfully relaxed you will feel. Risa Brophy has been teaching Tai Chi for over 15 years. She has specialized training in Medical Qigong, Tai Chi movements used to stimulate and balance energy in the body in specific ways for disease prevention and healing. The classes will start on Wednesday, January 18, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the Keller Auditorium at the UConn Health Center. $39 per four-week session can be brought to class. If space is available, you may drop in for $10 per class.

Think Like a Decorator: The best rooms are uniquely individual, harmonious and balanced, while still remaining lively and interesting. Sound like an impossible challenge? Discover how a decorator evaluates a room’s potential, and then learn how to bring it all together with an artful mix of color, pattern, furniture, art, and accessories. Our speaker, Kathy Hayes, principal of The Inside Story, LLC in West Hartford, will help you identify your own personal style and craft your own design statement to guide you as you create rooms you’ll love to come home to. The talk will be held on Thursday, January 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room at the UConn Health Center.

Managing Shoulder Pain: Orthopedic surgeons’ Augustus Mazzocca and Kevin Shea of the UConn Health Center have done extensive research involving shoulder pain and injury and will share their latest findings with you. Dr. Mazzocca will speak about disorders associated with shoulder pain and basic non-operative and operative treatments. Dr. Shea will discuss what to do if shoulder surgery doesn’t work for you. The talk will be held on Tuesday, January 24, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. on the third floor of the Medical Arts and Research Building (MARB) at the UConn Health Center. Co-sponsored by Celebrate Aging.

Take Control of Your Health—How to Get Started: What is most important? How can you decipher all of the confusing messages? Create a plan of action that will support a long and active life, and one that is potentially free of suffering and pain. Learn the facts from an expert in nutrition and natural health. Dr. Mitch Kennedy is a nationally board-certified and licensed naturopathic physician. The talk will be held on Wednesday, January 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room at the UConn Health Center.

For all programs, registration is required. Call Celebrate Women at 1-866-4-FEMALE or 860-679-8899. For more information, visit the Celebrate Women web site:

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