News Release

January 23, 2006

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: February 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 February including events aimed at keeping you heart healthy in observance of Heart Health Month.

Women’s Heart Health – Lecture and Heart Contest: Love your heart by making the necessary lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of heart disease. Bruce Liang, M.D., director of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, will help educate you on how to make simple changes that could save your life. One of Dr. Liang’s patients, Margo Larson, will offer a touching presentation about how heart disease affected her life. The program will also include a Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve contest. The contest is optional and is intended to promote awareness of heart disease in women. Women and girls are invited to bring a heart they’ve designed using fabric, beads, sequins, etc. to wear on their sleeve. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative hearts. Our special guest judges will be Pat Calhoun, Tina Liang, D.M.D., and Margo Larson. The program will be held on Wednesday, February 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Keller Auditorium at the UConn Health Center.

Learn the Joy of Reiki: Reiki is the most widely used healing modality today. Libbe Clarke will teach you about energy centers (chakras) and how to do Reiki healing for yourself and others. You will learn about healing intention and how to focus Reiki energy. This eight-hour class includes Reiki Level 1 Workbook and Certificate of Completion. The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Academic Research Building’s large conference room at the UConn Health Center. Please call Libbe Clark at 860-529-3091 regarding payment and name on certificate.

Getting Out of Your Own Way: Learn a simple approach to stop blocking yourself from getting what you really want in life. You will learn the basics of applying emotional freedom techniques (EFT) to your own life. EFT is a procedure used by thousands of practitioners around the world and has helped people find relief from phobias, panic/anxiety attacks, traumatic memories, guilt, grief and physical ailments. Our instructor, Cris Jacobs, will give an introductory talk on Monday, February 13, from noon to 1 p.m. and again on Wednesday, February 22, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center. The program on February 13 can also be viewed online at

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 four consecutive Wednesdays beginning February 15, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in Keller Auditorium at the UConn Health Center (February 22 will be held in Rm. 4002 in the MARB). The fee is $39 per four-week session and $10 per class if space is available.

Hypertension in Women: Beatriz Tendler, M.D., Division of Hypertension and Endocrinology, will discuss the impact of high blood pressure and how it affects quality of life. Women will learn how they can reduce elevated blood pressure to a rate they can live with. The talk will be held on Thursday, February 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room at the UConn Health Center.

Tax and Estate Strategies: Experts will provide you with financial strategies that will help you implement tax and estate planning so you can secure your future. The talk is co-sponsored with Primerica and will be held on Monday, February 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 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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