UConn Health Center November Programs

Here is a list of University of Connecticut Health Center programs scheduled in November and early December. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes (updated 11/8).

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart
Wednesday, Nov. 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.

Breast-feeding class
Thursday, Nov. 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.

Free IVF information session
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013
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.

“Medicine and Beyond” Ayurveda symposium
Friday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Nov. 6
, UConn Health Center

This is the sixth International Symposium for Ayurveda and Health, presented by Complementary and Alternative Supportive Care at the UConn Health Center in collaboration with the International Society for Ayurveda and Health. This program is approved for 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Registration is required. Email aguha@att.net for more information. Full details, including fee structure, are available at http://bit.ly/nvx8jG.

Free labyrinth walk
Friday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium lobby

The Connecticut Mental Health Center at the Yale University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the International Society for Ayurveda and Health, is offering free guided labyrinth walks. The labyrinth is an ancient meditative tool with origins in India and is practiced throughout the world. Walking the labyrinth is believed to help balance and calm the mind. The “petit Chartres” labyrinth is painted in the colors of the chakra, the traditional Indian medicine concept representing the seven major energy centers of the body. This portion of the sixth International Symposium for Ayurveda and Health, presented by Complementary and Alternative Supportive Care at the UConn Health Center, is open to the public and no registration is required. Learn more at http://casc.uchc.edu or aguha@att.net.

“Magic of Sound” featuring Bhajan, Kirtan and light music
Saturday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium

The public is invited to a musical performance featuring vocalist Smt Sanghamitra Chatterjee and Tabla virtuoso Pdt. Samir Chaterjee. The show is part of the sixth International Symposium for Ayurveda and Health, presented by Complementary and Alternative Supportive Care at the UConn Health Center. Admission is $20 and registration is required. Email aguha@att.net to register or learn more.

Childbirth preparation class
Saturday, Nov. 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.

Infant care class
Monday, Nov. 7, 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 Discovery Series: “Managing Back Pain”
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Keller Auditorium
Drs.
Isaac Moss and Joseph Walker III from the New England Musculoskeletal Institute will discuss how to prevent back pain, medical treatment options, and the latest advances in surgical interventions. Register online at http://discoveryseries.uchc.edu or call 800-535-6232.

Free hospital maternity tours
Saturday, Nov. 12, 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. The free tours are held every other Saturday. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

(added 11/8)
Free presentation on dental implants
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry
Dr. Liansheng Song gives a free talk about dental implant surgery and its benefits for the replacement of missing teeth. Refreshments will be served. Please register: 860-679-7692 or http://dentalimplants.uchc.edu/lecture_series/index.aspx.

Free IVF information session
Thursday, Nov. 17, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013
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 Presentation: “The Rape of Nauru
Wednesday, Nov. 23, noon to 1 p.m., UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
Dr. T.V. Rajan, Boehringer-Ingelheim Professor of Immunology and Experimental Pathology, UConn Health Center Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, speaks at the Hartford Medical Society History of Medicine Seminar Series. Call 860-679-3200 or email miglus@uchc.edu for more information.

Free quilting support group for women
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room

This new monthly support group seeks to include the art of quilting into the healing process for women who are living with cancer. The quilts will become part of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center’s artwork. Call 860-679-7820 or email psnixon@uchc.edu for more information.

Free bladder cancer support group
Saturday, Nov. 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, Nov. 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. The free tours are held every other Saturday. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

“Ready to Lose” weight management program
Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
, UConn Health Center, Onyiuke Dining Room
This program starts with an individualized 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, Dec. 1, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013
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.

Holiday Bazaar and Basket Raffle
Friday, Dec. 2, 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, a bake sale sponsored by the Creative Child Center, homemade fudge sale, spa lotion and bath salt giveaways, 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.

Childbirth preparation class
Saturday, Dec. 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.

Infant care class
Monday, Dec. 5, 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.

(updated 10/24 with details, new location)
Free program: “Keeping Your Heart Healthy During the Holidays”
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6 to 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 heart-healthy holiday food choices, staying active during the holiday season, and managing the holiday blues. Seating is limited. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Breast-feeding class
Thursday, Dec. 8, 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 hospital maternity tours
Saturday, Dec. 10, 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. The free tours are held every other Saturday. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free Presentation: “Consumer-driven Health Care: What it Means for Physicians
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., UConn Health Center, Low Learning Center
Medical business consultant Kevin Blank is this month’s featured speaker in the 2011-12 Robert U. Massey History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Lecture Series. Light refreshments will be served. Call 860-673-2478 or email ralpharcari@yahoo.com for more information.

Free IVF information session
Thursday, Dec. 15, 6 to 8:30 p.m., UConn Health Center, Conference Room EG-013
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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Here is a list of University of Connecticut Health Center programs scheduled in November and early December. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes (updated 11/8).