Upcoming events at the UNC Wellness Center

The Wellness Center has a lot going on in the month of February, including lots of heart healthy programs in honor of heart month. Please join us for one of our many great programs!

The UNC Wellness Center is located at Meadowmont. For more information on any of the classes, please call the main desk at (919) 966-5500. All classes are free unless otherwise noted.

Heart Healthy Screenings
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. - noon
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Heart Healthy Screenings will provide information to determine an individual’s risk for cardiovascular heart disease. The screening assesses weight, blood pressure, Body Mass Index, and waist to hip ratio.

Imaging Matters: Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Testing
Wednesday, Feb. 2
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Larry Klein, MD, Professor of Medicine and Radiology from the Division of Cardiology at UNC-CH will give an overview of the present state of the art on cardiac imaging, providing useful background patients should know when talking to their health care provider about the benefits and risks of non-invasive testing for cardiac disease.

UNC Wellness Splash, Spin, Sprint Indoor Triathlon
Sunday, Feb. 7
9 a.m. - noon
$35 for members, $45 for non-members
Swim, bike and run indoors! The goal is to cover as much distance as possible for each segment. Athletes can compete either individually (doing all three sports) or as two- or three-member relay teams (each athlete does one or two sports). Athletes are placed into six-member waves that will begin every 20 minutes. Athletes start in the pool where they will have 15 minutes to complete as many lengths as possible. Any stroke is allowed and two athletes share a lane. After a five-minute transition, they have 15 minutes to bike as far as they can on Life Fitness stationary bikes located in the clinical fitness area. After another five-minute transition, athletes run or walk as far as possible on treadmills in the clinical fitness area. Distance is recorded in total mileage to the nearest tenth on the bikes and treadmills. Distance in the swim is determined by the number of completed pool lengths. The swim number is added to the total mileage from the bike and run to determine race time.

Ask the Cardiologist
Monday, Feb. 7, 9:15 - 10 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 14, 10:15 - 11 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 21, 9:15 - 10 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 28, 10:15 - 11 a.m.
Bring your questions about heart disease and treatments, cardiac medications, preventive exercise and speak with a Fellow from the UNC Division of Cardiology.

Ask the Dietitian: Chocolate Tasting
Monday, Feb. 7, 9 - 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 5 - 7 p.m.
This Ask the Dietitian information table will be an opportunity for you to learn about the nutritional value and heart health benefits that dark chocolate can provide.

UNC Stroke Support Group
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1 - 2 p.m.
The UNC Health Care Stroke Support Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month. This program is hosted and led by the UNC Department of Neurology will cover topics in stroke recovery for survivors, family, friends, and caregivers.
Contact: UNC Department of Neurology, Speech Pathology, Kelly O’Brien at 966-8044

A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Apnea Group
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6 - 8 p.m.
Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic is a support group for people affected by sleep apnea. Topics may include information on sleep apnea, sleep disorder equipment, and new research findings. The UNC School of Medicine Department of Neurology facilitates lectures, hosts sleep aid vendors, and provides dinner and refreshments for the presentation. Space limited to 50 participants. Contact: UNC Sleep Clinic, Rebecca Torres or Jeanette Wedsworth at 966-4401.

UNC Cardiac Survivors’ Support Group
Thursdays, February 10, 24, noon - 1:30 p.m.
This is an informal, drop-in discussion group for individuals who have survived a cardiac diagnosis or event. This group is facilitated by Dr. Sandra Freeman, a psychiatrist in private practice in Chapel Hill and a cardiac survivor herself. The group meets at the UNC Wellness Center from noon - 1:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Contact: UNC Cardiac Rehab, Betty Matteson, 843-2154

Women’s Heart Health
Tuesday, February 15
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Paula Miller, MD, Clinical Associate Professor from the Division of Cardiology at UNC School of Medicine, Director of the UNC Women’s Heart Program, and the Medical Director of the UNC Hospitals Cardiac Rehabilitation Program will give an overview of the number one killer of women - Heart Disease.

Homecare Facial Massage Class
Tuesday, Feb. 15
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Come learn how to do a short, simple and effective facial massage routine for use at home, using some of the strokes from the Facial Wellness Massage. This will improve the health and vitality of your skin and will complement the Facial Fitness exercises and Facial Wellness Massage treatment. Be sure to have freshly washed skin for this class! Suitable oil will be provided.

Cholesterol Screenings
Thursday, Feb. 16
7 - 9 a.m.
Fees: $30 for members and $35 for non-members
The cholesterol screenings will provide full lipid panel including Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and glucose. This screening is a full blood draw, and requires a 12-hour fast. Water consumption is okay. Results will be sent directly home to participants. Light refreshments will be served. We will host a cholesterol education lecture to help explain and discuss results. Please contact the front desk for more information or to sign-up for an appointment. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to scheduled appointment. Space is limited.

UNC Brain Injury Support Group
Wednesday, Feb. 16
1 - 2 p.m.
The UNC Health Care Brain Injury Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month and is hosted and led by the UNC Department of Neurology. The UNC Brain Injury Support Group’s mission is to provide support, education, and advocacy for survivors of brain injury as well as for their families, friends, and caregivers. Contact: UNC School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Dr. Karla Thompson at 966-9501.

Cholesterol Numbers: The Real Discussion
Friday, Feb. 18
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Phil Mendys, Pharm D, Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Pharmacotherapy, Division of Cardiology and School of Pharmacy at the UNC Hospitals and the Co-Director of the Lipid Prevention Clinic at UNC, will discuss the “numbers” behind the assessment of cardiovascular disease and risk assessment. Cholesterol numbers may seem complicated if you don’t know how to interpret them. Dr. Mendys will help us to gain a better understanding of their meaning to our overall heart health.

The Weigh to Wellness Support Group
Monday, Feb. 21
6 - 7 p.m.
The Weigh to Wellness Support Group typically meets on the second Monday of each month and is hosted and led by a UNC Wellness Center Weigh to Wellness faculty. This meeting is provides support, education, and physical activity for graduates of the Weigh to Wellness program. Contact: Liz Watt at 843-2186.

Facial Fitness Class
Tuesday, Feb. 22
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join Nancy Vincent, LMBT, and learn easy, fun and effective facial exercises that improve muscle tone and the appearance of your face! Use this class as a compliment to the popular Facial Wellness Massage, or just on it’s own! Turn back the clock, erase years and give your face a workout. Try seven exercises that work all of the major muscles of the face and neck.

The Relationship between Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and Cardiovascular Disease
Friday, Feb. 25
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
 They are everywhere - you know, commercials for men...and erectile dysfunction...but what do you need to know beyond the advertisement? ED (Erectile Dysfunction) is more than just the inability to engage in sexual activity, it can be a critical condition which represents extensive and even long standing cardiovascular disease. Come learn more about cardiovascular risk and ED.

Art Prescription: Expressive Painting Workshop
Saturday, February 5
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Fees: $10 - members and $15 - non-members
Art is healing. It boosts the immune system, eases pain and depression by increasing good brain chemicals, and can be a way to release emotions. This workshop will feature a combination of instruction in technique and creative expression. Everyone will go home with a beautiful tree painting in watercolor. Beverly Dyer, nurse and artist, will lead participants through expressive and fun painting, and share how creativity promotes wellness. Everyone is an artist.

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