UConn Health Center February Programs, Events

Here is a list of University of Connecticut Health Center programs scheduled in February and early March. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes. (updated 2/27)

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2 to 4 p.m., UConn Health Center, Dowling North Building
The UConn Health Center’s Healthy Nutrition program invites you on a journey to a lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and healthier weight. This workshop is offered on the first Wednesday of the month. Registration fee is $30. Call 800-535-6232 for more information.

Free IVF information session
Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013
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.

Free Discovery Series: “Understanding Vascular Disease”
Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium

Drs. Michael Dahn, James Menzoian and Kanwar Singh from the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, will discuss detection and treatment of carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, and chest and abdominal aneurysms, as well as stroke prevention. Register online at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.

Free hospital maternity tours
Saturday, Feb. 4, 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.

Breast-feeding class
Thursday, Feb. 9, 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.

Childbirth preparation class
Saturday, Feb. 11, 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.

Free forum: “Are Dental Implants Right for Me?”
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6 to 7 p.m.
UConn Health Center, Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry, main floor

Dr. Ajay Dhingra from the Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry presents a free talk about the benefits of natural-looking dental implants. Register by calling 800-535-6232.

Free IVF information session
Thursday, Feb. 16, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013
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.

Free Presentation: “The Medical Practice of John Winthrop, Jr., and the Nature of Healing in 17th Century Connecticut,”
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Low Learning Center
State historian
Walter Woodward, an associate professor of history at UConn, is this month’s featured speaker in the 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 bladder cancer support group
Saturday, Feb. 25, 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 meets monthly. It was 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.

Free hospital maternity tours
Saturday, Feb. 25, 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.

(updated 2/27 to reflect additional time)
Free program: “Are You Heart Smart?”
Monday, Feb. 27, noon to 1 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 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 cardiovascular disease risk, personal risk factors, and the effects of diet, exercise and stress management. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

(added 1/30)
Head and neck cancer support group
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 5 to 6 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Food Court (rear of cafeteria)
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health Center patients) are invited to join this new forum for those affected by head and neck cancer. Light snacks will be provided. Please call 860-679-7820 or email psnixon@uchc.edu to RSVP or 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.

Free IVF information session
Thursday, March 1, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013
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.

Free Discovery Series: “Tummy Troubles? Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome”
Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium
Dr. John Birk, chief of the UConn Health Center Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, discusses symptoms and causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, how IBS is diagnosed, and new advances in treatment options. Register online, for free, at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.

Breast-feeding class
Thursday, March 1, 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.

Childbirth preparation class
Saturday, March 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.

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
Wednesday, March 7, 2 to 4 p.m., UConn Health Center, Dowling North Building
The UConn Health Center’s Healthy Nutrition program invites you on a journey to a lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and healthier weight. This workshop is offered on the first Wednesday of the month. Registration fee is $30. Call 800-535-6232 for more information.

Infant care class
Monday, March 12, 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 IVF information session
Thursday, March 15, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013
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.

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