UConn Health Center December Programs, Events

Here is a list of University of Connecticut Health Center programs scheduled in December and early January. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes (updated 11/30).

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, Dec. 1, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG013
Specialists with the
Center for Advanced Reproductive Services lead an informational session about current treatments for infertility, specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF). Each program includes an in-depth explanation of the IVF process, discussion of some of the emotional issues surrounding IVF, and discussion of options for financial planning. Registration is required: 860-679-4580 or www.uconnfertility.com.

Holiday Bazaar and Basket Raffle
Friday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Main Lobby

The UConn Health Center Auxiliary’s annual winter holiday shopping event includes vendors in the main lobby, Keller lobby and mezzanine, a bake sale sponsored by the Creative Child Center, homemade fudge sale, spa lotion and bath salt giveaways, the Auxiliary’s popular raffle of gift baskets constructed and donated by UConn Health Center employees, new this year, a raffle for a trip to Aruba. Drawings are at 3:30 p.m. For more information please call 860-679-2963.

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
This one-day class covers anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, emotions of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, comfort measures for labor, working with unexpected events in labor, cesarean delivery, and practice of relaxation and breathing techniques for labor. Class size is limited to eight couples. Remember to bring two pillows and wear comfortable clothing. Light snack is provided. Fee is $100. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Infant Care Class
Monday, Dec. 5, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room

Offered for expectant parents and caregivers, the discussion topics include appearance and behavior of the newborn, car seat and home safety issues, well child care and the importance of immunizations, choosing a pediatrician, and practice with diapering and bathing a newborn. Classes usually are held on the second Monday of every month. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free Program: “Keeping Your Heart Healthy During the Holidays”
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6 to 7 p.m., UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
Physician assistant Bradley Biskup of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center’s Lifestyle Modification Program discusses heart-healthy holiday food choices, staying active during the holiday season, and managing the holiday blues. Seating is limited. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Breast-feeding Class
Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
A certified lactation consultant leads a discussion of topics including the benefits of breast-feeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the family can help the breast-feeding mother as well as how to continue breast-feeding and working. Classes usually are held on the first Thursday of the month. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Main Lobby
A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. The free tours are held every other Saturday. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free Presentation: “Consumer-driven Health Care: What It Means for Physicians
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., UConn Health Center, Low Learning Center
Medical business consultant Kevin Blank is this month’s featured speaker in the 2011-12
Robert U. Massey History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Lecture Series. Light refreshments will be served. Call 860-673-2478 or email ralpharcari@yahoo.com for more information.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, Dec. 15, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG013
Specialists with the
Center for Advanced Reproductive Services lead an informational session about current treatments for infertility, specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF). Each program includes an in-depth explanation of the IVF process, discussion of some of the emotional issues surrounding IVF, and discussion of options for financial planning. Registration is required: 860-679-4580 or www.uconnfertility.com.

(added 11/30)
Free bladder cancer support group
Saturday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health Center patients) are invited to join others whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer. This support group, established in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 860-679-7820 or email
psnixon@uchc.edu for more information.

“Ready to Lose” Weight Management Program
Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
This program starts with an individualized introductory session (call to schedule) followed by six weekly sessions that include a weigh-in, discussion of successes and challenges, and tip of the week. Registration fee is $70. Call 800-535-6232 for more information.

Please see the updated January events at http://today.uconn.edu/?p=52529.

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