UConn Health Center October Programs, Events

Here is a list of University of Connecticut Health Center programs scheduled for October and early November. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes.
(Updated 10/29)

“Freedom from Smoking,” Fall Session #2
Monday, Oct. 1, 6 to 8 p.m., UConn Health Center, Katz Educational Conference Room
A seven-week program to help you quit smoking provides a tool box of smoking cessation techniques with personalized support. It meets Mondays through Nov. 12. Fee is $50, refundable after successful completion of the program. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 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, Oct. 4, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG052
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, Oct. 4, 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 Discovery Series: “Detecting Breast Cancer in 3D”
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium

Drs. Susan Tannenbaum, Alex Merkulov, and Christina Stevenson will discuss a new tool that uses 3D technology to detect abnormalities during breast cancer screenings. Register online, for free, at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.

(added 10/5)
Free Lecture: “The Evolution of the Death Penalty in Conneticut”
Wednesday, Oct. 10, noon to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room

The first installment of the 2012-2013 Robert U. Massey/Hartford Medical Society Noontime Lecture Series is a presentation by UConn history professor Lawrence Goodheart. Please call 860-679-3200 or email miglus@uchc.edu for more information. In case of inclement weather, call 860-679-2000.

Free Ayurveda & Wellness Program: “Breathe to Relax”
Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.,
UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room

This supportive care program for cancer patients and their caregivers is designed to help relieve stress and impart relaxation with techniques adopted from Ayurvedic yogic practices with scientifically proven benefits. The sessions generally meet every other Thursday. Please email aguha@att.net for more information, including what to bring. Register by calling 800-535-6232.

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, Oct. 13, 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, Oct. 15, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, NICU Conference 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.

Women’s Health Breakfast
Thursday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m.
, Pond House Café, 1555 Asylum Ave., West Hartford

Drs. Peter Deckers, Molly Brewer and Alex Merkulov will share the latest diagnosis, treatment and prevention news at this fundraiser to benefit the Charlotte Johnson Holfelder Center for Women’s Health at the UConn Health Center. Tickets to attend breakfast are $25. A $250 ticket underwrites one free mammogram; a $100 ticket partially underwrites a free mammogram. Register online at www.friends.uconn.edu/womenshealthbreakfast or call 860-679-4569 for more information.

Free Cosmetology Services for Cancer Survivors
Thursday, Oct. 18, 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.

Free Webinar: “Let’s Talk About Fertility”
Friday, Oct. 19, 4 to 5 p.m.
, online at www.uconnfertility.com

The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services presents “Stress and Fertility,” the next in a series of live, interactive webinars with real-time questions and answers. Dr. Mary Casey Jacob discusses techniques to manage stress associated with infertility and fertility treatments. 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.

(Fall Fling cancelled 10/12)

UConn Health Center Auxiliary’s Fall Fling
Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 to 11 p.m.
, Farmington Woods Clubhouse, near Farmington-Avon line
The UConn Health Center Auxiliary invites you to a night for food and drink, music and dance, and a silent auction to benefit the Auxiliary’s programs to help cancer survivors. Music will be provided by the regional R&B/jazz-influenced band The Colbys. Tickets are $70 and are available through the Connucopia Gift Shop or by calling 860-679-2963.

(cancelled 10/23 due to weather)
Gynecological Cancer Support Group
Thursday, Oct. 25, 5 to 6 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
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. Please call 860-679-7820 or email psnixon@uchc.edu to RSVP or for more information.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG052
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 Ayurveda & Wellness Program: “Breathe to Relax”
Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.,
UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room

This supportive care program for cancer patients and their caregivers is designed to help relieve stress and impart relaxation with techniques adopted from Ayurvedic yogic practices with scientifically proven benefits. The sessions generally meet every other Thursday. Please email aguha@att.net for more information, including what to bring. Register by calling 800-535-6232.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, Oct. 27, 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.

(cancelled 10/29)
Free Discovery Series: “Thumb Hurt? Wrist Sore? Hands Numb?”
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium

Drs. Jennifer Wolf and Craig Rodner will discuss common hand problems, including carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and texting tendonitis. Register online, for free, at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 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.

“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.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, Nov. 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.

Breast-feeding Class
Thursday, Nov. 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, Nov. 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, Nov. 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.

Free Ayurveda & Wellness Program: “Breathe to Relax”
Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.,
UConn Health Center, Room EG-013
This supportive care program for cancer patients and their caregivers is designed to help relieve stress and impart relaxation with techniques adopted from Ayurvedic yogic practices with scientifically proven benefits. The sessions generally meet every other Thursday. Please email aguha@att.net for more information, including what to bring. Register by calling 800-535-6232.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, Nov. 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.

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