News Release

April 24, 2007

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: May 2007

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Celebrate Women, the free women’s health membership program of the University of Connecticut Health Center, provides valuable health and wellness information to the community. A variety of educational programs are being offered in May.

Zumba Groove: Zumba is a mixture of body sculpting movements with easy-to-follow dance steps. This all-levels fusion of Latin, belly and hip-hop will burn maximum calories, while dancing your worries away. Guest instructors, Joy Perugini and Jenn Miller, will hold the free class on Saturday, May 5, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Core Fitness, Inc., 1577 New Britain Ave., Farmington.

Spirituality Study Group: Tap into your inner self, the source of guidance and advice on the things that matter most to us. Group sessions will be led by Kathleen Kiley, an expert in spiritual healing and dream analysis, on the second Thursday of each month and will include discussion, reflection, dream interpretation, and guided meditations to unite your inner and outer self. The group will be held on Thursday, May 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Medical Arts and Research Building, room N4002, at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. The fee for the class is $10.

A Young Girl’s Battle with Anorexia: Leslie Lipton, author of ”Unwell,” will talk about her five-year struggle with anorexia and how she was able to overcome this serious illness. UConn Health Center pediatrician Aruna Ramanan will discuss the medical facts associated with the disease. You will hear about the signs and symptoms of anorexia and how it can be defeated before it defeats you. Additional highlights include a book sale and signing of “Unwell,” door prizes and refreshments. Teens, parents or anyone interested in learning about anorexia and hearing Lipton's story are invited to the talk on Saturday, May 19, 9:30 a.m. to noon in Keller Auditorium at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. Presented with Celebrate Girls.

Bone Density Heel Screening: A bone density heel screening can help you find out if you are at risk for developing osteoporosis. The test is recommended for women over age 45, men over 65 and those with a family history of osteoporosis. The screening will be held Monday, May 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Keller Lobby at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. An appointment is required by calling 860-679-8899 or toll-free 866-433-6253.

Better Bones for a Better Life: Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones weaken and are more likely to fracture. Improving your bone health will improve your overall health. UConn Health Center doctors, Jo-Anne Smith and Pamela Taxel, will give an overview of osteoporosis and discuss how to prevent the disease and ways to manage it once diagnosed. The talk will be held Wednesday, May 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Registration for these programs is required. The programs are free unless otherwise noted. Call 866-433-6253 or 860-679-8899. For more information, visit the Celebrate Health web site:

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