News Release

January 8, 2009

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: February 2009

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 February. 

Second Annual Wear Red Heart Walk: Walking can improve your heart, so why not join Celebrate Women for the second annual National Wear Red Day walk at UConn Health Center? The program begins with brief remarks about heart health awareness; then we’ll begin a one-mile trek. Arrive early to join the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign – and you will be entered into a free drawing for exclusive Go Red items. Winners will be chosen following the walk. Co-sponsored with the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center. The walk will be held on Friday, February 6, noon to 1 p.m. and will kickoff in Keller Lobby, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington.

Women and Heart Disease: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, but there are ways to prevent or lower this risk. UConn Health Center cardiologist Anjanette Ferris will discuss conditions of the heart, risk factors, symptoms, and primary and secondary prevention strategies. She will also share some statistics on gender differences and heart disease. February is American Heart Month, and awareness is the first step towards maintaining a healthy heart. The talk will be held Monday, February 9, noon to 1 p.m. at the Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington.

Understanding Thyroid Cancer: Thyroid cancer is when cells of the thyroid gland become abnormal and a tumor forms. Dr. Beatriz Tendler will discuss risk factors for the development of thyroid cancer including radiation exposure. The lecture will also include the role of the pituitary thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and diagnostic and treatment options including surgery and radioactive iodine. The talk will be held Wednesday, February 18, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, 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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