UConn Health April Programs, Events

APR-calendarHere is a list of UConn Health programs scheduled for April and early May 2014. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes.

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
Wednesday, April 2, 2 to 4 p.m., UConn Health, Dowling North Building
The UConn Health’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 to register or for more information.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, April 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, April 3, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health, 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 $25. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

UConn Health Center Auxiliary Book/cookie Sale
Friday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., UConn Health, Connucopia Gift Shop
The UConn Health Center Auxiliary is holding a book and cookie sale fundraiser. Call 860-679-8004 for more details. More information about the Auxiliary is available at http://auxiliary.uchc.edu.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, April 5, 3 to 4 p.m.
, UConn Health, rear of cafeteria
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health 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 Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
Monday, April 7, 2:30 to 6 p.m.
, UConn Health, Keller Auditorium Lobby

The UConn Health Complementary Alternative Supportive Care Program on Ayurveda offers guided labyrinth walks, Registration is not required. Please email aguha1@att.net for more information.

Free Discovery Series, “Should You Be Concerned About Varicose Veins?”
Tuesday, April 8, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health, Keller Auditorium

Dr. Adam Cloud, UConn Health vascular surgeon, will give a talk and take questions on recognizing, preventing and treating varicose veins. Register online, for free, at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.

Celiac Disease Nutrition Class
Wednesday, April 9, 9 to 10 a.m., UConn Health, 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 talk on 3D Mammography
Thursday, April 10, 9 a.m.
, Homewood Suites, 1096 West St, Southington

Drs. Christina Stevenson and Alex Merkulov will give a presentation on 3D mammography at the Southington Chamber of Commerce Women’s Group meeting. RSVP by calling 860-628-8036, or email donnadicesare@sbcglobal.net or julie@sdinsurancegroup.com.

Ayurveda & Wellness Series: “Ayurvedic Approach to Health and Wellness” Part I
Thursday, April 10, 5 to 6 p.m.
, UConn Health, Conference Room EG013

Learn how disease manifests, and the Ayurvedic approach to management of specific conditions such as allergy. Registration fee is $35. Please email aguha1@att.net to register or for more information.

Ayurveda & Wellness Series: “Ayurvedic Approach to Health and Wellness” Part II
Friday, April 11, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
, UConn Health, Conference Room EG013

Learn the Ayurvedic approach to management of specific conditions, with special emphasis on chronic diseases and cancer. Registration fee is $35. Please email aguha1@att.net to register or for more information.

Free Workshop: “Spiritual Conclave”
Friday, April 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
, UConn Health, 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. Here, it features discussion of the book “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom. Please email aguha1@att.net to register or for more information.

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, April 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
, UConn Health, 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 Cosmetology Services for Cancer Survivors
Monday, April 14, 1 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health, 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 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.

Ayurveda & Wellness Series: “Healthy Aging: Herbs for Health and Skin Care”
Monday, April 14, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., UConn Health, Conference Room EG013

Learn about Ayurvedic and Western approaches to aging and menopause, and cultural practices and competencies. Registration fee is $35. Please email aguha1@att.net to register or for more information.

Ayurveda & Wellness Series: “Herbs: Kitchen Pharmacy”
Monday, April 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m., UConn Health, Conference Room EG013

Learn how to assess selected herbs for their use and medicinal properties, and how to use and integrate into day-to-day life. Registration fee is $35. Please email aguha1@att.net to register or for more information.

Free Ayurveda & Wellness Program: “Breathe to Relax”
Tuesday, April 15, 6 to 7 p.m.
, UConn Health, Room EG013

The one-hour session will consists of 10 to 15 minutes of instructions, health information and discussions followed by 40 to 45 minutes of relaxation techniques. Attendees should bring two blankets, or a Yoga mat and a blanket/shawl, and a small pillow, and should not eat an hour before class. Seats are limited. Please email aguha1@att.net for more information or to register.

Free Program: “Exercise as Medicine”
Wednesday, April 16, 7 to 8 p.m., UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
Physician assistant Bradley Biskup of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center’s Lifestyle Modification Program discusses the role of exercise in preventing, managing, or treating health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, stress, obesity, depression and anxiety. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, April 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.

Infertility Peer Support Group
Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.
, UConn Health, Dowling South, 2nd floor Education Room

The Greater Hartford chapter of RESOLVE, a national nonprofit resource for those facing the challenges of infertility, offers support, information and confidential, informal, peer-led discussions on the third Thursday of the month. To learn more or to check for weather-related cancellation, call 860-523-8337.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, April 19, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
, UConn Health, 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 Ayurveda & Wellness Program: “Breathe to Relax”
Monday, April 21, 6 to 7 p.m.
, UConn Health, Room EG013

The one-hour session will consists of 10 to 15 minutes of instructions, health information and discussions followed by 40 to 45 minutes of relaxation techniques. Attendees should bring two blankets, or a Yoga mat and a blanket/shawl, and a small pillow, and should not eat an hour before class. Seats are limited. Please email aguha1@att.net for more information or to register.

Free Talk on Thyroid Disorders
Thursday, April 24, 6 to 7 p.m.
, Southington Library, 255 Main St., Southington

Dr. Beatriz Tendler, UConn Health endocrinologist and president of the Connecticut Endocrine Society, gives a talk and takes questions on thyroid disorders. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

UConn Health Center Auxiliary’s Spring Market
Friday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health, Main Lobby
The UConn Health Center Auxiliary’s annual spring shopping event includes vendors in the main lobby, Keller lobby and mezzanine. For more information please call 860-679-2963.

Free Workshop: “Things to Consider Before Joining a Research Study”
Monday, April 28, 5 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyuike Dining Room

The UConn Health Human Subjects Protection Office offers an educational session about the rights and responsibilities of participants in research projects on the last Monday of the month. Registration is required: 860-679-8802 or cagganello@uchc.edu.

Infant Care Class
Monday, April 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
, UConn Health, 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 $25 per couple. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

“Ready to Lose” Weight Management Program
Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m.
, UConn Health, Dowling North, 3rd floor
This program starts with an introductory session (call to schedule) followed by six weekly sessions that include a weigh-in, discussion of progress, and a timely nutrition topic such as eating out strategies, cooking light and right, emotional eating, exercise and activity, smart shopping, and summer holiday eating. Registration fee is $70, $50 for past participants. Call 800-535-6232 for more information.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, May 1, 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, May 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health, 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 $25. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, May 3, 3 to 4 p.m.
, UConn Health, rear of cafeteria
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health 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.

Ayurveda & Wellness Series: “An Evening of Kathak Dance”
Saturday, May 3, 5 p.m.
, UConn Health, Keller Auditorium
The Complementary Alternative Supportive Care program at UConn Health presents a performance by students of the Sumbhaav School of Kathak Dance. It follows a discourse led by scholar Terry Coe titled “Consciousness: An Inquiry Into the Self. Kathak is a 2,000-year-old classical dance style from North India. Admission is by donation, suggested $15 per person. Proceeds benefit the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at UConn Health. Please email aguha1@att.net for more information.

Free Program: “From Prenatal to Parenting”
Tuesday, May 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
, UConn Health Exchange, 270 Farmington Ave.
The Nurturing Families Network offers an eight-week program for new expecting parents to learn more about pregnancy, birth and early parenting from a relationship perspective. Topics include pregnancy and parenting adjustment, parent-child attachment, infant crying, feeding and sleeping, infant development, establishing routines, and postpartum planning/community resources. Educational materials and dinner are provided. This class meets Tuesdays through June 24. It is not intended to replace hospital childbirth preparation classes. To learn more or to register, call 860-679-4114.

Free Discovery Series on Women’s GI Issues
Tuesday, May 6, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health, Keller Auditorium
Dr. Reena Chokshi, Dr. Diana Paez, Dr. Haleh Vaziri, and dietitian Linda York present “Woman to Woman: A Conversation About Digestive Disorders. Register online, for free, at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.

UConn Health Center Auxiliary Plant Sale
Friday, May 9, 9 a.m.
, UConn Health, Gift Shop and Munson Road cafeteria
The UConn Health Center Auxiliary is holding a hanging plant sale. For more information please call 860-679-2963.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, May 10, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
, UConn Health, 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
Monday, May 12, 1 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health, 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 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.

“Freedom From Smoking” 7-week Smoking Cessation Program
Starting Tuesday, May 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
, UConn Health, Katz Conference Room
A seven-week program with UConn Health nurse practitioner Diahann Wilcox, an American Lung Association-trained facilitator, to help you quit smoking provides a tool box of smoking cessation techniques with personalized support. It meets Tuesdays through June 24. Fee is $50. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Celiac Disease Nutrition Class
Wednesday, May 14, 9 to 10 a.m., UConn Health, 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.

Free IVF Information Session
Thursday, May 15, 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.

Infertility Peer Support Group
Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.
, UConn Health, Dowling South, 2nd floor Education Room
The Greater Hartford chapter of RESOLVE, a national nonprofit resource for those facing the challenges of infertility, offers support, information and confidential, informal, peer-led discussions on the third Thursday of the month. To learn more or to check for weather-related cancellation, call 860-523-8337.

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
, UConn Health, 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.

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