News Release

September 21, 2007

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: October 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 October including a special event called Make Time for Girlfriends - Women's Health: The Application of Mind/Body Medicine.

Dental Implants and Bone Health: In most cases today, the standard of care for tooth replacement is through the use of dental implants. Thomas Taylor, D.D.S, professor and head of oral rehabilitation, biomaterials and skeletal development; David Shafer, D.M.D., associate professor and chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery; and Pamela Taxel, M.D., associate professor of medicine will explain what dental implants are and will focus on the relationships between oral health, bone health and factors that must be considered when contemplating dental implant therapy. The talk will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Alumni Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Being the Best You Can Be: No matter what your health status, Chinese herbal therapy can help make it even better. Laura Mignosa, director of the Connecticut Institute for Herbal Studies in Wethersfield, will look at herbs and foods that strengthen your constitution and help maintain or improve the body's normal balance, even when you may need Western medicine. The talk will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is the widening or stretching of the aorta, the largest artery in the body. Left untreated, it can cause internal bleeding and even death. Patricia Bozeman, A.P.R.N., Department of Surgery, will discuss how AAAs are detected, if you are at risk, and repair options. The talk will be held Monday, Oct. 15, 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.

Make Time for Girlfriends: At the heart of the growing popularity of mind/body medicine is Alice Domar, Ph.D., director of the Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Domar will be the guest speaker at the Make Time for Girlfriends event where you will learn how to apply her system of lifestyle practices to your daily routine. These practices include relaxation techniques, diet and nutrition, emotional expression, self-nurturance and more. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Keller Auditorium, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. Registration, hors d'oeuvres and table displays begin at 5 p.m.; program at 6:30 p.m.; dessert buffet also included. The cost is $40 for Celebrate Women members and $55 for non-members. To register or receive more information, call 860-679-8899 or toll-free 866-433-6253.

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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