UConn Health Center February Programs, Events

Here is a list of University of Connecticut Health Center programs scheduled for February and early March. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes. (updated 2/12)

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, Feb. 2, 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.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, Feb. 2, 3 to 4 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, usually meets on the first Saturday of the month and is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 860-679- 6580 or email sampson@uchc.edu for more information.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, Feb. 2, 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.

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
Wednesday, Feb. 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.

(added 1/30)
Free Lifestyle Modification Educational Series on Exercise

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7 to 8 p.m., UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center presents “Customize Your Exercise Routine,” part of a free educational lecture series focusing on cardiac risk factors and lifestyle modifications that can help prevent cardiovascular disease. Seating is limited. Call 800-535-6232 to register; see http://heart.uchc.edu for more information.

Free Ayurveda & Wellness Program: “Breathe to Relax”
Thursday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m.,
UConn Health Center, RoomEG-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, Feb. 7, 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, Feb. 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.

(added 2/1)
Free Lecture: “Dentistry: Why Is It a Separate Profession?”
Wednesday, Feb. 13, noon to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room

The 2012-2013 Robert U. Massey/Hartford Medical Society Noontime Lecture Series is a presents a talk by Dr. Howard Bailit, professor emeritus of community medicine and health care. Please call 860-679-3200 or email miglus@uchc.edu for more information. Refreshments are provided. Register at http://hsecfs1.uchc.net/eventregistration. In case of inclement weather, call 860-679-2000.

(added 1/29)
Free Cardiac Support Group
Tuesdays, starting Feb. 19, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
, HR training room, 16 Munson Road, Farmington

Living With Heart Disease” is a free seven-week education-based support group series for patients, families and caregivers, running weekly from Feb. 19 through April 2. Registration is limited to 20. See scheduled speakers and topics at http://bit.ly/WdpIAu. Call 860-679-3633 or email sueisenberg@uchc.edu for more information.

Free Cosmetology Services for Cancer Survivors
Thursday, Feb. 21, 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 Ayurveda & Wellness Program: “Breathe to Relax”
Thursday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m.,
UConn Health Center, RoomEG-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, Feb. 21, 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 Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, Feb. 23, 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, Feb. 27, 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 head and neck cancers, generally held on the last Wednesday of the month. Light snacks will be provided. Please call 860-679-3066 or email tawfik-yonkers@uchc.edu to RSVP or for more information.

Gynecological Cancer Support Group
Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:30 to 6:30 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 forum for those affected by gynecological cancers, such as ovarian, endometrial, cervical, fallopian tube, or peritoneal, which generally meets the last Thursday of the month. 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 860-679-1144 or email mparente@uchc.edu to RSVP or for more information.

(new date as of 2/12)
Free forum: “Are Dental Implants Right for Me?”
Wednesday, Feb. 13, Thursday, Feb. 28, 6 to 7 p.m.
UConn Health Center, Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry, main floor
Dr. Elena Nazarova 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.

 “Ready to Lose” Weight Management Program
Tuesdays, noon to 1 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.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, March 2, 3 to 4 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, usually meets on the first Saturday of the month and is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 860-679- 6580 or email sampson@uchc.edu for more information.

Infant Care Class
Monday, March 4, 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.

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
Wednesday, March 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.

(updated 1/29)
Free Ayurveda & Wellness Program: “Breathe to Relax”
Thursday, March 14
March 7, 6 p.m., UConn Health Center, RoomEG-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, March 7, 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.

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, March 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.

(removed 2/6)
Celiac Disease Nutrition Class
Wednesday, March 13, 9 to 10 a.m., Dowling North Medical Building, 3rd floor
A registered dietitian leads a discussion for those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This is a new program scheduled to meet the second Wednesday of the month. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

(added 2/1)
Free Lecture: “The History of Nursing”
Wednesday, March 13, noon to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
The 2012-2013 Robert U. Massey/Hartford Medical Society Noontime Lecture Series is a presents a talk by Jennifer Telford, assistant professor of nursing instruction and research. Please call 860-679-3200 or email miglus@uchc.edu for more information. Refreshments are provided. Register at http://hsecfs1.uchc.net/eventregistration. In case of inclement weather, call 860-679-2000.

Breast-feeding Class
Thursday, March 14, 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. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

(added 1/29)
Free workshop: “Spiritual Conclave: Mind, Matter and Consciousness”
Friday, March 15, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
,UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013
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.