UConn Health Center October Programs, Events

Here is a list of University of Connecticut Health Center programs scheduled for October and early November 2013. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes. (Updated 10/11)

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
Wednesday, Oct. 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, Oct. 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Cell and Genome Science Building, 400 Farmington Ave.
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. 3, 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, Oct. 5, 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, Oct. 5, 3 to 4 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, rear of cafeteria
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 860-679-7820 or email hackett@uchc.edu for more information.

Free Cosmetology Services for Cancer Survivors
Monday, Oct. 7, 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 Discovery Series, “Memory Matters”
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 to 9 p.m.
, Keller Auditorium

Drs. Patrick Coll, Yazeed Maghaydah, and Kristina Zdanys and social worker Vicky Aldrich discuss what’s a normal part of aging, care options, the management of psychiatric and behavioral concerns, and strategies for prevention, diagnosis and treatment or memory disorders. Register online, for free, at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.

Celiac Disease Nutrition Class
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 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 program meets the second Wednesday of the month. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2:30 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 Program: “Good Vs. Bad Cholesterol: What Does It All Mean?”
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room

Physician assistant Bradley Biskup of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center’s Lifestyle Modification Program tells what your cholesterol levels mean, how to lower your cholesterol without medications, and the effect of diet and exercise. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

(added 10/1)
Health, Workplace, and Environment: Cultivating Connection Conference
Thursday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
, UConn (Storrs) Student Union Ballroom

The UConn Health Center’s Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion, the Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, and the Center for the Study of Culture, Health and Human Development present this daylong conference on the translation and dissemination of scientific information integrating health, workplace and the environment. Full details are available at http://cag.uconn.edu/conference/2013HWECCC/ or by calling 860-486-0018.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, Oct. 17, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Cell and Genome Science Building, 400 Farmington Ave.
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 10/1)
Free Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
Friday, Oct. 18, noon to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium Lobby

The UConn Health Center Complementary Alternative Supportive Care Program on Ayurveda offers guided labyrinth walks, courtesy of the Connecticut Mental Health Center at the Yale University School of Medicine and the International Society for Ayurveda. Registration is not required. Please see http://bit.ly/13Labyrinth or email aguha@att.net for more information.

Free Program: “Commonly Encountered Shoulder Problems”
Monday, Oct. 21, noon to 1 p.m., Avon Free Public Library, 281 country Club Road, Avon
Experts from the UConn sports medicine team will discuss how to recognize, treat, and prevent common shoulder injuries. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Infant Care Class
Monday, Oct. 21, 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 Program: “A New Option in Breast Cancer Screening”
Friday, Oct. 25, noon to 1 p.m., Southington Library, 255 Main St., Southington
Learn about 3D mammography, which detects the tiniest of abnormalities. The UConn Health Center is the first health care center in the greater Hartford region to offer this new tool. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free Drive-thru Medication Disposal
Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, academic entrance

Drop off unused medications, including no-longer-needed prescription and over-the-counter drugs, ointments, inhalers, vitamins, and veterinary drugs in original packaging, with personal information crossed out with permanent marker. Call 860-679-7627 for more information.

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, Nov. 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.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2:30 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.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, Nov. 2, 3 to 4 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, room TBD
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 860-679-7820 or email hackett@uchc.edu for more information.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Cell and Genome Science Building, 400 Farmington Ave.
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 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 10/11)
Holiday Fair and Basket Raffle
Friday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, main lobby
The UConn Health Center Auxiliary’s annual winter holiday shopping event includes vendors in the main lobby, Keller lobby and mezzanine and the Auxiliary’s popular raffle of gift baskets constructed and donated by UConn Health Center employees. Drawing is at 3:30. For more information please call 860-679-2963.

Free Cosmetology Services for Cancer Survivors
Monday, Nov. 4, 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.

Celiac Disease Nutrition Class
Wednesday, Nov. 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.

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