News Release

January 31, 2005

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Celebrate Women Programs, February 2005

Farmington, Conn. – Celebrate Women, the women’s health membership program of the UConn Health Center, is offering a variety of educational programs in February. In addition, Celebrate Women reminds everyone to wear red on Friday, February 4, in honor of the national Go Red for Women campaign to raise awareness about women’s heart health. Go Red for Women is sponsored by the American Heart Association.

Debt Elimination: Sonia Barkman of Primerica will lead a workshop on creating a “game-plan” to eliminate debt and develop a working budget. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Health Center’s Keller Auditorium.

Feng Shui for the Folks: Chuck Oakes, author of the book Making Your Home Senior Friendly, and colleague Steve Harkness will provide an entertaining presentation about creating a safe and secure environment for aging parents -- and sorting through years of accumulated clutter -- on Tuesday, February 15, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in the large conference room of the Health Center’s Academic Research Building.

What Vitamins Are Right for You: Naturopathic physician Mitch Kennedy will present a common-sense talk about vitamins and what women need at different times of their lives. The presentation will be on Tuesday, February 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the large conference room of the Health Center’s Academic Research Building.

Make-up and Mocha: Ivy Bendixen, independent district manager for Arbonne International, makers of natural skin care products, will lead a workshop to help women update their look and experiment with color. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, 48 Whitehall Avenue in Mystic. There is a $10 fee for the program.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings: Women in Medicine, a committee of women students from the UConn School of Medicine, will offer free blood pressure screenings on Friday, February 25, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Health Center’s Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Center for Women’s Health. Registration is not required.

Human 101: Getting More of What You Want in Life: Cris Jacobs, an instructor with the Energy Medicine School of the Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences in West Hartford, will lead an introduction to “core energetics.” This a body-oriented psychology that helps people change the way they live so they feel more fulfilled and alive. The introductory class will describe personal growth steps. The program will be held on Monday, February 28, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Health Center’s Onyiuke Dining Room.

Celebrate Women also introduces the following new classes and support groups:

Yoga Classes, including Chair Yoga, for Beginners and Advanced Students: A yoga class will be held on Mondays, beginning February 7, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the large conference room of the Health Center’s Academic Research Building. The class will be taught by Martha Trask, a certified yoga instructor, and is designed for beginners and advanced students. The class will explore various meditation and breathing styles, together with warm-up exercises and yoga postures. There is a $60 cost for the six week program.

Prenatal Yoga: Margaret Kirschner, a certified prenatal yoga instructor, will lead classes every Wednesday, excluding February 9, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. in the large conference room of the Health Center’s Academic Research Building. The cost is $10 per session.

Guided Meditation for Health and Well-being: Tara Leary, a certified regression therapist, will lead weekly sessions to introduce women to the healing powers of meditation. The classes are held on Wednesdays, beginning February 9, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the small conference room of the Health Center’s Academic Research Building. The cost is $50 for the four-week session.

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, except the blood pressure screenings, registration is required. Call Celebrate Women at 1-866-4-FEMALE or 860-679-8899. 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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