News Release

September 30, 2005

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: October 2005

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Celebrate Women, the free women’s health membership program of the UConn Health Center, is offering a variety of educational programs in October including events aimed at promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A Healthy Home – How to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins: Physicians see the effects of Sick Building Syndrome such as headaches, allergies, asthma, and skin disorders caused by radon, pesticides, allergens, etc. Dr. Mitchell Kennedy, naturopathic physician, will discuss how to create a safe, non-toxic environment for your family, and how to make your home safer without breaking the bank. The talk will be held on Wednesday, October 5, from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Onyiuke Dining Room at the UConn Health Center.

Karate for Women: Women will learn how to defend themselves, reduce the chance of being attacked, and maximize their own strengths. Instructor Darryl Baleshiski earned a 3rd degree black belt while training with Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro in Okinawa. His classes are based on traditional Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate with an emphasis on the needs of women. Classes are held every Wednesday beginning October 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Keller Auditorium at the UConn Health Center. The monthly fee of $50 fee is due on October 5.

Fibromyalgia, Asthma and Other Disorders: Understanding the latest scientific research on the connections of emotions to physical health supports you in dealing, and working through, fibromyalgia, asthma, or other disorders. Your personality, lifestyle, and view of life can hinder your healing. You deserve to re-claim your life and live it with passion. The day-long workshop will be held on Saturday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Onyiuke Dining Room at the UConn Health Center. The fee is $150, payable to “Dorothy Martin-Neville,” can be brought to the workshop, but registration is required (see phone number below). Bring your lunch.

The Revolution in Anti-Aging Skin Care: How mother nature can save your skin from father time! Ivy Bendixen, an Arbonne International Consultant will share her skin care secrets on Tuesday, October 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Comfort Inn in Mystic. Please contact Ivy at 860-235-5255 or to register.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk: The American Cancer Society's 2005 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCHC and Channel 30 will be co-sponsoring a team. The walk will take place on Sunday, October 16, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Bushnell Park in Hartford. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Keeping Your Smile Bright for a Lifetime: Dr. Ruth Goldblatt, assistant professor in the Dept. of Advanced General Dentistry, will discuss preventive oral and cosmetic strategies to keep you healthy and your smile sparkling. The program will be held on Monday, October 17, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Administrative Research Building’s large conference room at the UConn Health Center.

Coach Yourself to Success: Learn powerful coaching techniques that will help you reach personal and professional goals. Whether your goal is large or small, you will feel motivated to make these changes in your life! Lori Woodhouse, life coach, will lead the discussion on Wednesday, October 19, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center. The $15 fee can be brought to class.

Create a Life You Love: This free introductory session will help you create a life you love by acting in “energetic partnership” with the world around you. Become more attuned to the life-changing opportunities, lessons and guidance that occur every day! Beverly Sastri will lead the workshop being held on Thursday, October 20, from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center.

Personal Growth Through Dreamwork – Understanding Your Personal Dream Symbols: Six-week exploration of dreams, including techniques that support you in releasing energy and insight from dream symbols, ways to resolve recurring dreams and nightmares, and how to use your dreams to support personal and spiritual growth. Handouts will be provided, and Dreams and Spiritual Growth: An Judeo-Christina Approach to Dreamwork by L. Savary et al. (cost from $2.50 used to $12.89 new) will be used as a reference. The sessions begin Monday, October 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will be held in the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Center for Women's Health at the UConn Health Center. The fee is $350. To reserve your space, send $50 deposit to “Faith at Healing Journeys, LLC,” 20 Guernsey Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002 by October 10. The balance is due on October 24. Call 860-286-5400 if you have any questions.

Breast Health Awareness: Learn how to stay healthy and reduce your risks of breast disease. Dr. Malini Iyer, assistant professor of surgery, will talk about the importance of diet, exercise, and other factors relating to early detection and prevention of breast cancer. The talk will be held on Tuesday, October 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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