News Release

July 24, 2006

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Health Programs: August 2006

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Celebrate Health at the University of Connecticut Health Center encompasses two free membership programs, Celebrate Women and Celebrate Aging, that provide valuable health and wellness information for targeted audiences in the community. A variety of educational programs are being offered in August.

The Wellness Lecture Series at Seabury: Join us at the Seabury Retirement Community for a “healthy” lecture intended to promote successful aging, led by Patrick Coll, M.D., UConn Center on Aging. This month’s lecture will explore the topic of medications and exercise. The lecture will be held Friday, August 4, from 11 a.m. to noon at Seabury, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield. The talk is free and open to the public. To register or for further information, call the Seabury Retirement Community at 860-243-6071.

Varicose and Spider Vein Treatments: Varicose and spider veins are prevalent in approximately 80 million adults. These veins can be painful and unsightly, but different treatments are available depending on the severity of the problem. Severe varicose veins can cause health problems such as blood clots, skin ulcers, and swelling. Michael Dahn, M.D., professor of surgery at the UConn Health Center, will discuss the causes and symptoms, and the latest non-surgical procedures, including sclerotherapy and laser treatment. The talk will be held Tuesday, August 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center.

Finding Balance as a Parent or Grandparent: Karen Steinberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the UConn Health Center, will discuss the complexities of parenting and grandparenting. She will focus on learning how to balance personal needs and those of others, relational connection with structure and limit-setting, and developing the skills to adjust to the different stages of child development. The talk will be held Monday, August 14, 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:

Powerful Aging Exercise Program Open House: Join us for a Powerful Aging Exercise Program Open House Thursday, August 17, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Road. Learn how Powerful Aging, the supervised exercise program for people over 50, might be right for you. The first session of Powerful Aging at the Avon Senior Center begins September 12 and will be led by Mary Carroll Root, a certified personal trainer and specially trained older adult fitness instructor.

The Talks at Covenant Village of Cromwell: Join us once a month for an informative with Patrick Coll, M.D., UConn Center on Aging, who will provide insightful tips on how to remain healthy as you age. This month's talk explores the topic of bone health as you age. The talk will be held Thursday, August 24, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the Commons Building, 52 Missionary Road. The talks are fee and open to the public.

Acid Reflux and Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders: Acid reflux is extremely common and caused when acid from the stomach flows up into the esophagus leading to heartburn. Kourosh Parham, M.D., assistant professor of surgery at the UConn Health Center, will discuss how reflux of acid can also affect the ear, nose, and throat, and cause infections, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and the feeling of something stuck in the throat. Dr. Parham will also talk about a new in-office procedure, transnasal esophagoscopy, that examines the esophagus and top portion of the stomach without the need for sedation. The procedure is used as a screening tool to evaluate patients with long-standing reflux-related complaints and to check for abnormalities in the throat, airway, and esophagus. The talk will be held Thursday, August 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center.

Registration for these programs is required. The programs are free unless otherwise noted. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692. For more information, visit the Celebrate Health web site:

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