News Release

December 20, 2007

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: January 2008

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 programs are being offered in January.

Continence Management: Patrick Coll, M.D., professor and director of clinical programs, Center on Aging and Division of Geriatrics, will talk about continence management on Friday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m. to noon at the Seabury Retirement Community, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield. The lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is required by calling Seabury at 860-243-6070.

Tai Chi for Health and Healing: Discover the health benefits and how relaxed you will feel with the deep breathing and slow movements of Tai Chi. Risa Brophy has training in medical Qigong – movements used to balance energy for disease prevention and healing. Those new to the class can try the first session without obligation. Registration is required for the series or a single class. The classes will be held on Mondays beginning Jan. 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Keller Auditorium, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. The fee is $39 for a four-week session or $12 per class.

Your Risk of Breast Cancer and What You Can Do: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. With about 180,000 new cases per year, it’s important to know your risk. Richard Everson, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of cancer control and prevention, Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, will discuss the overall statistics of the disease, how to determine your risk for developing breast cancer, outcomes of the STAR Trial (Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene), and recommendations on reducing your risk. The talk will be held Monday, Jan. 14, noon to 1 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. The lecture can be viewed live at, where you can also access archived webcasts.

Oral Cancer – Have We Really Come a Long Way, Baby?: Oral cancer used to be considered a disease that favored older men. In recent years, women appear to be catching up. Although it’s not one of the more common malignancies, oral cancer has profound implications for patients. The outlook is favorable when diagnosed at an early stage. Ellen Eisenberg, D.M.D., director of oral and maxillofacial pathology, will focus on understanding the risk factors, early detection, and diagnosis of oral cancer. The talk will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

The Gift of Donating Blood: Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months, and January is a difficult month for blood centers to collect donations. A low turnout can put the state’s blood supply at a critical low. In honor of National Blood Donor Month, Carolyn Mihalko, director of recruitment and outreach, American Red Cross Connecticut Region, will discuss the importance of donating blood, donor requirements, statistics, and the process blood goes through before it is used. The talk will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Healthy Aging Seminar: You can't stop aging, but you can learn how to stay healthy in the process. Neer Zeevi, M.D., UConn Center on Aging, will discuss how to prevent serious illnesses and give advice on key components of good health at every age. The talk will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility, 22 Simsbury Road, West Hartford. A light supper will be served.

Nutrition, Empowerment, and Motivation – A Special Series for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Transform your life with this six-week nutrition and empowerment program. Kimberly Lawrence, holistic health counselor, will discuss how to make effective plans, lose weight, conquer self-defeating behaviors, reach goals, and overcome setbacks. A sign interpreter will be present. The series will be held on Mondays beginning Jan. 28, 6:45 to 8 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. The program will not be held on Feb. 18 due to the holiday. The six-week series costs $118 for Celebrate Women members and $130 for non-members.

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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