News Release

April 21, 2008

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: May 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 May.

Gear Up for Summer Biking: Technicians from UConn’s Rehab Services will discuss body mechanics and proper stretching exercises that will help prepare you for bike riding. Glenn Kohrs from Healthy Gears – a program that promotes healthy living through indoor biking classes and group bike rides on scenic Connecticut trails – will talk about bike safety, new technology and comfort bikes, and activities that will help achieve realistic goals. The talk will take place on Thursday, May 8, 7 to 8 p.m. in the Medical Arts and Research Building, Rehab Services gymnasium, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Free Screenings for Women: On National Women’s Check-up Day, May 12, Celebrate Women is teaming up with health care professionals at the UConn Health Center to offer these screenings: breast exam; pap smear; and melanoma screening. The screenings will be held Monday, May 12, 1 to 4 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. Appointments will be taken on a first-call, first-served basis. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Call 860-679-8899 or toll-free 866-4FEMALE to schedule a screening.

Stand Tall against Osteoporosis: Learn how to prevent or manage osteoporosis and let fractures be a thing of the past. Experts will give an overview of the new risk assessment tool and new FDA-approved IV medications for osteoporosis. There will be an opportunity for individuals to learn their own personal risk for osteoporotic fragility fractures and what to do about it. The talk will take place on Tuesday, May 13, noon to 1 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

An Integrative Approach to Breast Health: Integrative medicine has long been recognized as a means to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western medicine. Experts from the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center will offer prevention strategies for optimal breast health. Options for conventional and alternative treatment methods, acupuncture, and nutritional supplementation will also be presented. The talk is sponsored by the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Foundation and will be held Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive.

Living with Asthma: Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways of the lungs. Most people can control their asthma and can live active lives. Learn about what causes asthma, diagnosis, symptoms, how to treat and manage the disease, and how to lower your risk for having an asthmatic attack. The talk will take place on Tuesday, May 20, 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 at

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