News Release

October 24, 2007

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: November 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 programs are being offered in November.

Coping with Grief and Loss During the Holidays: People deal with losing a loved one in many different ways, and it can be a challenge to make it through each day. This program is aimed at helping you deal with loss, especially through the holiday season. Mahlon Hale, M.D., Department of Psychiatry and Diane Meyer, Department of Psychiatry and a Pastoral Services representative, will offer some coping strategies that will help ease your pain. They will also discuss the psychological and spiritual aspects of grieving. Co-sponsored with the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center. The talk will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Spirituality Study Group: Tap into your inner self, the source of guidance and advice on the things that matter most. Session includes discussion, reflection, dream interpretation and guided meditation to unite your inner and outer self. Kathleen Kiley, Dream Insights, will lead the group on Thursday, Nov. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Medical Arts and Research Building, room N4002. For more information, call Kiley at 860-432-8094. The fee for the class is $10.

Bleeding and Clotting Disorders - Effect on Women’s Health: The talk by Robert Bona, M.D., Department of Hematology-Oncology, will focus on the effect of common inherited bleeding and clotting disorders on women’s health, for example, von Willebrand disease, the most common bleeding disorder in women and Factor V Leiden, the most common hereditary blood coagulation disorder in the United States. The discussion will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Fibroids – New Treatment on the Horizon: Fibroids are benign tumors in or around the uterus that are most common in women between age 30 and 50. Erika Johnston-MacAnanny, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will give a general overview of uterine fibroids, including diagnosis, new treatments and impact on fertility. The talk will be held Monday, Nov. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. The lecture can also be viewed live at, where you can also access archived webcasts.

Health Effects of Climate Changes: Global climate change is one of the most pressing environmental issues facing humanity. The impacts include the appearance of new diseases and other health problems caused by extreme weather. Trained by Al Gore’s climate project, Mitch Kennedy, N.D., Hollfelder Center for Women’s Health, will discuss climate change, its anticipated health impacts and what you can do to help solve the problem. The talk will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Om for the Holidays - A Restorative Yoga Workshop: Find refuge from holiday stress, shopping, traffic, and busyness and experience the rest and relaxation of supported restorative yoga postures. This class led by Jenn Miller, certified Kripalu yoga instructor, is sure to bring about the frame of mind needed to tackle the holidays. The class will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Core Fitness Inc., 1577 New Britain Ave., Farmington. The fee for the class is $5 for Celebrate Women members and $8 for non-members.

Dental Implants: In most cases, the standard of care for tooth replacement is through the use of dental implants. David Shafer, D.M.D., associate professor and chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery, will talk about dental implants and the relationships between oral health, bone health and factors that must be considered when contemplating dental implant therapy. The talk will be held on Monday, Nov. 19, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The Gables of Farmington, 20 Devonwood Drive, Avon.

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. The class will be held Mondays beginning Nov. 19, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Keller Auditorium, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. The fee for the class is $39 for a four-week session or $12 per class.

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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