UConn Health Center May Programs, Events

Here is a list of University of Connecticut Health Center programs scheduled May and early June. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes. (Updated 5/29)

(Date changed 4/30)
Free Fly Casting Demonstration
Wednesday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m
., UConn Health Center, center courtyard

Fly fishing experts will demonstrate fly casting as guests of the UConn Health Center Auxiliary. Please call 860-679-2963 for more information.

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
Wednesday, May 2, 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, May 3, 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.

(Event cancelled 4/30)
Texas BBQ for Casting for Recovery
Saturday, May 5, noon to 5 p.m.
, Winding Trails, 50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington
The UConn Health Center Auxiliary is holding a Texas barbecue and fly fishing event, with the proceeds going toward sending a breast cancer survivor to a Casting for Recovery weekend retreat. Tickets are $50 each and include the barbecue and fly casting and fly tying demonstrations. There also will be a silent auction. For tickets and more information please call 860-679-2963.

Breast-feeding Class
Thursday, May 10, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, NICU Conference 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 Discovery Series: “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain?”
Thursday, May 10, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium

Drs. Jay Lieberman and Greg Polkowski discuss hip and knee preservation and replacement. Register online, for free, at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.

UConn Health Center Auxiliary Plant Sale
Friday, May 11, 10:30 a.m.
, UConn Health Center
The
UConn Health Center Auxiliary is holding a plant sale. Last year’s sold out in an hour and a half. For more information please call 860-679-2963.

Bone Marrow Donor Drive
Monday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Food Court

UConn medical students are running a bone marrow donor drive in partnership with the National Marrow Donor Program’s “Be the Match” campaign. Please call 860-304-2433 or email kesokol@student.uchc.edu for more information.

(Added 4/30)
Free Ayurveda & Wellness Series Workshop: “Breathe to Relax”
Monday, May 14, noon to 1 p.m.,
UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG013

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

Infant Care Class
Monday, May 14, 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 Cosmetology Services for Cancer Survivors
Tuesday, May 15, 1 to 3 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.

“Nutrition: Less Is More! Planning for Good Health”
Tuesday, May 15, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Dowling North Building

Learn about fad diets, healthy choices when eating out, working exercise into your routine, and developing weight-loss strategies. Registration fee is $25. Call 800-535-6232 for more information.

Free Community Discussion on Access and Inclusion for Residents with Disabilities
Wednesday, May 16, 5 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Food Court

Join officials from the town of Farmington, local police and emergency service departments, and youth, religious and business leaders. “Community Discussion to Enhance Access and Inclusion of Residents With Disabilities” aims to see how the community can take action to put Farmington at the forefront of being an inclusive, accessible community, inspire people to think about individual and community strengths, and to act constructively to use those strengths in assuring full participation of people with disabilities in community life. The event is presented by the A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service at the UConn Health Center, in coordination with the Farmington group Citizens Coalition for Equal Access. See www.uconnucedd.org for more information.

(Added 4/30)
Ayurveda & Wellness Series: “Herbs for Wellness”
Thursday, May 17, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG013

Learn about five must-have herbs, their unique healing properties, and how to use them as food and medicine. Registration fee is $35. Please email aguha@att.net to register or for more information.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, May 17, 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 4/30)
Ayurveda & Wellness Series: “
Ayurvedic Herbology, Pharmacopoeia, and Immunomodulators”
Thursday, May 17, through Sunday, May 20
, UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG013

This four-day workshop (Thursday 1:30 to 4 p.m., Friday 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) covers concepts of ayurvedic pharmacology, mediums for herbal delivery, and principals and art of selecting herbs and herbal formulations, as well as principals of drug delivery, properties of selected herbs and their application, drug-herb interactions, caution and precautions, and demonstration of selected herbs. Registration fee is $400 and includes all May Ayurveda & Wellness Series events. CME credits are available. Please email aguha@att.net to register or for more information.

Free Webinar: “Let’s Talk About Fertility”
Friday, May 18, 4 to 5 p.m.
, online at
www.uconnfertility.com
The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services presents “All You Need to Know About IVF,” the next in a series of live, interactive webinars with real-time questions and answers. Dr. David Schmidt, gives an in-depth explanation of the IVF process and takes live questions. 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.

(Added 4/30)
Free Ayurveda & Wellness Series Workshop: “Spiritual Conclave: Dreams and Dreaming”
Friday, May 18, 5 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG013

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. Please email aguha@att.net to register or for more information.

Free Huntington’s Disease Program Symposium
Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
, Cell and Genome Sciences Building, 400 Farmington Ave., Farmington

The UConn Health Center’s Huntington’s Disease Program invites the community to a free symposium that will cover topics such as caregiver issues, family planning options, behavioral issues and the future of Huntington’s Disease research. Registration is required. Please call 860-679-4919 or email ebysiewicz@foundation.uconn.edu by Monday, May 7.

(Added 4/30)
Ayurveda & Wellness Series: “One-day Herbology”
Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG013

Learn about the basic science of herbology and how to select herbs for health, healing and wellness. Registration fee is $65. Please email aguha@att.net to register or for more information.

Free Program on Cholesterol Control
Tuesday, May 22, 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 ways to improve cholesterol levels without the use of prescription medication, including exercise, diet and supplements. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

(Added 4/30)
Ayurveda & Wellness Series: “Foods for Your Constitution”
Wednesday, May 23, 5 to 7 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG013

Hear discussion of an ayurvedic analysis of different body constitutions and explore how to select food to complement the body type in order to live a balanced life. Registration fee is $25. Please email aguha@att.net to register or for more information.

Free Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, May 26, 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.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, May 26, 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.

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
Wednesday, May 30, 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 cancers. Light snacks will be provided. Please call 860-679-7820 or email psnixon@uchc.edu to RSVP or for more information.

(location updated 5/29)
Gynecological cancer support group
Thursday, May 31, 5 to 6 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room Room LM 070
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health Center patients) are invited to join this new forum for those affected by gynecological cancers, such as ovarian, endometrial, cervical, fallopian tube, or peritoneal. In collaboration with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, this will be a place to share experiences and information and provide a supportive community. This month’s guest speaker is dietitian Deborah Downes, who will discuss the nutritional needs of cancer patients. Please call 860-679-7820 or email psnixon@uchc.edu to RSVP or for more information.

“Ready to Lose” Weight Management Program
Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m.
, UConn Health Center
This program starts with an 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, June 6, 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, June 7, 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, June 7, 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.

NBC Connecticut Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk
Saturday, June 9, 7 a.m.
registration, Simsbury Performing Arts Center, 22 Iron Horse Blvd.
UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun’s annual bike and walk fundraiser benefits the UConn Health Center’s Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center and Coaches vs. Cancer. Bicycle rides of 10, 25, 50 and 75 miles are open to anyone over 14. The 5K walk is open to anyone. The day includes a cookout and live music. Volunteers and donations are welcome. Registration fee is $20 until April 15, $35 after April 15, and $45 at the door. See http://calhounride.uchc.edu for more information.

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, June 9, 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, June 11, 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 Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, June 16, 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, June 19, 1 to 3 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.

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