Upcoming events at the UNC Wellness Center

Read on to see everything going on at the UNC Wellness Center through the beginning of November.

For more program information, please visit www.uncwellness.com or to sign up for these programs contact the UNC Wellness Center at 966-5500. Space is limited, registration is required.


Overview of Gynecological Cancers – Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
With the cancer education that is readily available today, one can become quickly overwhelmed with it all.  What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?  Who is at risk for ovarian cancer? Dr. Wesley Fowler, Jr. will provide a simple and concise overview of all gynecological cancers.

Presenter: Dr. Fowler is a native of Dunn, North Carolina and first arrived in Chapel Hill in 1957. He earned a BS in mathematics as an undergraduate, completed medical school, interned in pediatrics, did his residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and completed a fellowship in clinical cancer. At UNC, he has served as Director of Gynecologic Oncology, Vice-Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Obstetric-Gynecologic Residency training program, Associate Director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and was named the Leonard Palumbo Professor in 1987.


Cancer Awareness and Nutrition – Monday, Oct. 3, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
This presentation will feature cancer preventative through good nutrition, focusing on colorful vegetables, antioxidants, and healthy/lean protein sources. Learn about some common cancers and how to nutritionally take a preventative measure to avoid these cancers.

Presenter: Andrea Manley, RD, LDN, CSO, has worked mostly clinically in the hospital atmosphere with two years of outpatient experience. Andrea has furthered her experience by receiving her CSO, certified specialty in oncology nutrition.  Her career experiences include Nancy N and JC Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion, in Savannah, GA, inpatient oncology in Washington, DC at Georgetown University Hospital and she is currently employed by UNC Healthcare as the inpatient oncology RD.


Colorectal Cancer: How You Can prevent this potentially fatal disease! – Monday, Oct. 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
October is Cancer Awareness Month at the UNC Wellness Center. Dr. Sidney Levinson will review the basics about colorectal cancer, including the incidence, the risk factors, the annual mortality from the disease, and methods of prevention. Dr. Levinson will focus on colon cancer screening with colonoscopy, including some of the more recent techniques which enhance our ability to find and remove pre-cancerous polyps. Dr. Levinson will also touch on dietary and chemopreventive issues.

Presenter: Sidney E. Levinson, M.D., FACP, AGAF, Professor of Medicine, UNC School of Medicine, Director, UNC Hospitals Endoscopy Center at Meadowmont


Mind, Body and Motherhood:  The Psychology of Pregnancy and Postpartum – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
From conception to the first months of motherhood, a woman’s brain undergoes multiple changes to accommodate the demands of pregnancy and parenting. Join Dr. Alison Stuebe as she shares the latest research on how brain biology affects the transition to motherhood.

Presenter: Dr. Stuebe is an Assistant Professor at UNC Maternal Fetal Medicine. She is internationally known for her expertise in breastfeeding, mastitis, obesity, and gestational diabetes. Dr. Stuebe completed both her residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology and fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and she also holds a masters degree in Epidemiology.


Oh, My Aching Feet – Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Find out what is causing that nagging problem with your feet and get recommendations on what are the latest advancements in treatment and shoe gear. Diabetic and non-diabetic foot screenings will be available as well. All for free.

Presenters: Dr. Howard Kashefsky comes to UNC having completed his training at Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens, NY where he served as the chief surgical resident. Dr. Kashefsky previously graduated the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Kashefsky is the Director of the UNC Podiatry and the Wound Management Clinic His interests also include biomechanical evaluation and long term management with orthotics and appropriate shoe gear.

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Cholesterol Screenings – Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.
$30 – UNC Wellness Center members and $35 - non-members

Cholesterol screenings will be conducted by UNC Hospitals McLendon Clinical Laboratories and 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. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to scheduled appointment. Space is limited. Please contact the UNC Wellness Center front desk for more information or to sign-up for an appointment.


Diabetes:  How to Avoid It and How to Treat It – Thursday, Nov. 3, 12:30 -1:30 p.m.
Diabetes now affects Americans in epidemic proportions. Dr. John Buse will discuss how to screen for diabetes, how to prevent diabetes if you don’t have it but are at risk, and how to treat diabetes if you already have it.

Presenter: John B. Buse, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, UNC School of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Director of the UNC Diabetes Care Center, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Research, and Past-President, Medicine & Science of the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Buse was recently recognized as a Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Award Honoree.


Optimizing Fertility – Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
This program will provide an overview on optimizing fertility. Dr. Anne Steiner will discuss the evaluation and treatment of disorders relating to male and female infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, reproductive endocrinopathies such as androgen excess and hormone deficiency syndromes, and the menopause. This program will cover the spectrum of fertility treatments ultrasounds, inseminations, and in vitro fertilization.

Presenter: Dr. Steiner joined the UNC faculty in 2006. Dr. Steiner is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and also in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She has distinguished herself as a WRHR Scholar (Women’s Reproductive Health Research) and directs a variety of clinical research activities focused on aging and fertility. Dr. Steiner has special interest and expertise in: infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF), reproductive aging, and menopause.


Substance Abuse and Women – Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
In this presentation, Elizabeth Johnson, FNP, will discuss how big of a problem substance abuse is for women. She will also touch on commons drugs of abuse, who the likely abusers are, and types of pain and substance use/abuse. Ms. Johnson will also share with us what can we can do and provide resources for our loved ones.

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