News Release

February 21, 2006

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: March 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 March including a special event for girls and the women who love them.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction: Temporomandibular joint-related pain disorders are characterized by pain and soreness in the area of the temporomandibular joint, and/or in the jaw muscles. The disorder may include locking of the jaw in an open or closed position, and difficulty chewing, or even difficulty talking. These disorders disproportionately affect women, and can cause significant disability. Mark Litt, Ph.D., department of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health, will discuss the characteristics of pain disorders related to TMJ dysfunction and current research regarding treatment. The program will be held on Monday, March 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center. The lecture can also be viewed live via web cast at

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 session on Wednesday, March 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Academic Research Building’s small conference room at the UConn Health Center.

Doll-Making for Healing: What if a doll could capture your feelings? Karen Miller will help you discover the gentle and tremendous healing power of doll-making to reflect your compassion for a friend who is ailing or grieving. We will look at some moving and creative ways to encircle a loved one with deeply personal and heartwarming expressions of love – through healing dolls that symbolize in a powerful way the impact of a person’s life. The program will be held on Thursday, March 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room at the UConn Health Center. For more information, visit

A Balanced Diet – A Program for Girls and the Women Who Love Them: A well-balanced diet is crucial for growing girls, but too often quick and easy wins out over healthy and nutritious. Celebrate Girls, an extension of Celebrate Women, is offering a program through our Just Us Girls series that will help you make better food choices that are simple yet satisfying. Our program welcomes girls between 10 and 18 and the special women in their lives.

The first part of the program will kick off with a beginner yoga class led by Jennifer Cook who will teach postures, meditation, and breathing techniques. Then we’ll learn about developing good nutritional habits and how your food choices can impact your long-term health.

The group will be divided into individual sessions for the girls and women and UConn Health Center registered dietitians, Deborah Downes and Nancy McCrystal, will lead the discussions. The session for girls will be based on nutritional goals to last a lifetime. Healthy eating is about developing life-long habits, not quick fixes. The session for women will address a healthy diet for the family. It is important to recognize what is too much, what is not enough, and how this may lead to health complications. The consequences of fad diets, dangers of overeating, and typical signs/symptoms of eating disorders will be discussed.

This special event will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon in Keller Auditorium at the UConn Health Center.

Create a Life You Love Workshop: Move from a life of reaction to a life of your creation. Instructor Beverly Sastri will help you act in “energetic partnership” with the world around you and discover the opportunities, support and guidance that occur every day. The workshop will be held on Sunday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room at the UConn Health Center. The $75 fee is payable in advance to: “Power Source Now, LLC,” P.O. Box 452, Guilford, CT 06437.

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 class will be held on Wednesdays beginning March 29, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in Keller Auditorium at the UConn Health Center. The fee is $39 per four week session; $10 per class if space is available.

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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