UConn Health Center March Programs, Events

Here is a list of University of Connecticut Health Center programs scheduled in March and early April. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes. (Last updated 3/5)

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, March 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.

Free Discovery Series: “Tummy Troubles? Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome”
Thursday, March 1, 7 to 9 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 Seminar: “Rev Up for Running Season
Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., New England Musculoskeletal Institute Southington office
1131 West St., Building 1, Southington
Hear training tips and advice on how to avoid injury from Dr. Greg Polkowski, orthopaedic surgeon, expert in hip and knee preservation and replacement, and avid runner. Light refreshments will be served. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free Presentation: “William Welch: Father of American Medicine
Wednesday, March 14, noon to 1 p.m., UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
Dr. Joseph Grasso, Professor Emeritus, UConn Health Center Department of Cell Biology, gives the next talk in the Hartford Medical Society History of Medicine Seminar Series. Call 860-679-3200 or email miglus@uchc.edu for more information.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, March 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 3/5)
Free workshop: “Breathe to Relax: An Ayurvedic Approach to Relaxation”
Friday, March 16, noon to 1 p.m.,
UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013

Experiential workshop focuses on basic yogic techniques for effective breathing, meditation, relaxation and taming stress. Participants are requested to bring a blanket and must consider not eating at least one hour before class or bringing or having lunch after the class. Please email aguha@att.net to register or for more information.

Free webinar: “Let’s Talk About Fertility”
Friday, March 16, 4 to 5 p.m., online at www.uconnfertility.com
The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services presents “Fertility Facts,” the first in a series of live, interactive webinars with real-time questions and answers. Dr. John Nulsen, director and lead physician, discusses fertility treatments from the most basic to the very advanced. The webinar will be archived and available for viewing at any time, with the opportunity to submit questions and receive responses within 48 hours. Register at www.uconnfertility.com; click the “Let’s Talk About Fertility” icon. More information is available at 860-679-4580.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, March 17, 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. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free Cosmetology Services for Cancer Survivors
Tuesday, March 20, 1 to 2 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center

“Look Good…Feel Better” is a free program to help improve the self-image and self-esteem of women experiencing appearance-related side effects from cancer treatment. During this hands-on workshop, a trained volunteer certified cosmetologist will offer self-help instruction and education on hairstyling and coping with hair loss, skin care, makeup and nail care. Wigs, turbans and scarves will also be discussed. Classes are offered monthly, generally on the third Tuesday, and are not limited to UConn Health Center patients. Registration is required: call 860-679-7820 with your name, program date, phone number, and skin color. Kits are available in Light, Medium, Dark and Extra Dark.

(added 3/5)
“Introduction to Ayurveda, Yoga, Philosophy & Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine”
Thursday, March 22, through Sunday, March 25
, UConn Health Center, Conf. Room EG-013

Four-day workshop covers basic principles of Ayurvedic medicine: application of universal elements, subtle energy, concepts of cosmic consciousness and theory of creation, six major philosophies and yoga and their scientific application in Ayurvedic medicine, daily and seasonal routine, theory of three doshas, biological attributes, Ayurvedic concept of health, wellness and disease and understanding Ayurvedic immunology. Hours are Thursday 1 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration fee is $475. Please email aguha@att.net to register or for more information. Please register by March 15.

(added 3/5)
Free workshop: “Spiritual Conclave: Mind, Matter and Consciousness”
Thursday, March 22 5 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Conf. Room EG-013

This program intends to shed light on “Lost Years of Jesus” Spiritual Conclave provides a platform for discussions on global issues, various aspects of mind, matter and consciousness (mind, body and spirit), spirituality, preservation of nature, natural phenomena, health, healing and wellness incorporating science, philosophy, humanity and research. Registration is not required. Please email aguha@att.net for more information.

(added 3/5)
“An Invitation to Spring: Eliminate Toxins, Redesign Diet and Lifestyle”
Friday, March 23
, UConn Health Center, Conf. Room EG-013

Learn how to cleanse/detoxify with proper diet and rejuvenate to welcome spring as seasonal change. Detoxification programs and nutritional support will be discussed in context of symptoms and diseases and how to prevent them by making simple changes in your lifestyle. Registration is $30. Please email aguha@att.net to register or for more information. Please register by March 16.

(added 3/5)
“Yoga for Health and Wellness”
Saturday, March 24
, UConn Health Center, Conf. Room EG-013

Explore the origin, principle and practice of yoga and eight steps to develop yogic resilience, health benefits, elements to build a strong balance between mind body and consciousness. Registration is $45. Please email aguha@att.net to register or for more information. Please register by March 16.

Free Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, March 31, 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.

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
Wednesday, April 4, 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, April 5, 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.

Breast-feeding Class
Thursday, April 5, 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.

Infant Care Class
Monday, April 9, 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 Discovery Series: “Say Hello to Your Kidneys”
Tuesday, April 10, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium
Drs. Erica Lambert and Carl Gjertson explain how your kidneys work, discuss kidney stones, kidney cancer and other conditions, and describe the latest treatment advances, including minimally invasive robotic surgery. Register online at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, April 14, 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 Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, April 14, 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. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

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