January – March 2009

An Owner’s Guide to the Body: An Interactive Program (details)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feburary 17 – March 12, 2009 (7pm – 9pm)
Location: Marina Physical Therapy/ Physiotherapy Associates

Have your methods of managing pain been ineffective or counterproductive?  Would you like to learn how to correct yourself and reduce your dependence upon health care?  Are you too overwhelmed to develop a physical regimen and want to integrate these efforts into your daily life?  Would you like learn how to prevent injuries? Do you want to guarantee your quality of life in the future?

Pain is the body’s way of telling us that it needs our attention.  The cause of pain is usually misuse of the body; for example, when one part fails to give proper support, another part tightens to compensate.  A muscle in spasm will most likely release itself with some help from its neighbors.  If we move according to the logic of the body, we can move without incurring or aggravating pain or injury.

In this interactive program you will learn a nonverbal vocabulary of body movement, that can be taken anywhere for self-correction. You will learn how the body works, and what to do and not to do when sitting, standing, walking, bending, lifting, reaching, twisting, or sleeping.  You will learn how to prevent injury while learning new movement patterns. You will develop your own daily regimen for self-care.  You will learn to listen to and respond to pain.  In short, your relationship with your body will change.  You will be in charge.


Smoking Cessation Program (details)

UCLA Health System is offering an 8-session Smoking Cessation Program to help employees, family members, and people in the community to finally kick the habit!  The “Freedom From Smoking•” program is a well-proven program designed by the American Lung Association•.

The sessions will be held at 200 Medical Plaza, Suite 206 and runs 90 minutes to 2 hours on Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm.  The orientation session is free of charge, so participants can determine if the program is right for them!

Payment Information:  UCLA employees receive a discounted cost of $75, and non-UCLA employees the cost is $120.  Please make payment to the 200 Medical Plaza cashier.

Contact (310) 825-0014 for more information and to sign up today!


UCI Successful Aging Conference (details)

February 28 – March 1, 2009

The Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine and the University  of California, Irvine, are sponsoring a CME / CEU Conference:   “Successful Aging:  Integrative Medicine Throughout a Lifetime”.  This  1 ½ day conference will be held at the Hilton Irvine/Orange County  Airport on February 28 – March 1, 2009.  Please see the attached  brochure and Register Now! And earn up to 11.5 AMA PRA category (1)  credits.  CEU pending for chiropractors, naturopathic doctors,  acupuncturists, certified nutrition specialists & registered dietitians.

There is limited exhibit space available as well as other opportunities for involvement.


MAPs II:  Heartfulness on TUESDAYS (details)

Tuesdays, January 20 – Feburary 24, 2009 (7pm-9pm)
Where: C Space (room C8-201),  Semel Inst., 740 Westwood Blvd,
Cost: $165; $110 UCLA Staff/Faculty; $85 student & seniors (other discounts)
CEUs: None

In this class we will learn how to cultivate loving kindness, compassion, equanimity, joy, gratitude, and forgiveness.  A helpful expansion to your mindfulness practice.

Pre-requisite: Attendance in any introductory MAPs series (for Daily Living, Attention, etc.) or equivalent mindfulness introductory class with permission from our instructor.


Freedom From Anxiety with Diana Winston (details)

Saturday, February 21, 2009 (10am – 4pm)
UCLA Sunset Recreation Center – Buenos Ayres Room
(Refreshments provided, bring your own lunch)

Many of us struggle with fear, worry, and anxiety. Our days can be filled with little concerns, worry, or anxieties, and we never seem to have a moment of ease.

As we start the New Year, MARC invites us to learn new ways to relate to fear and anxiety. We will learn how to be mindful in the midst of fear, and how to use mindfulness to prevent our thoughts from getting out of control, by returning to the present moment. We will also learn to cultivate states of mind that antidote these emotions such as fearlessness, ease, and kindness.

Suitable for all levels of experience. This is an educational program and not a clinical treatment.


Mindfulness, Parenting & the Brain with Dr. Dan Siegel and Diana Winston (details)

Saturday, January 31, 2009
UCLA Campus- Neuroscience Research Auditorium

Cost: $75; $50 (student, senior, UCLA staff/faculty)
(cost includes a copy of Dr. Siegel’s “Parenting from the Inside Out”)
CEUs: $25 additional (CME/BBS)
(special rates available for seniors (65+), students, UCLA Staff. see website for details)


Health Care Models to Prescription Bottles: What the New Health Care Economy Means for You (details)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The 13th Annual UCLA Healthcare Symposium invites you to explore the current state of healthcare finance. On January 24, 2008, Dr. James Robinson and Dr. Gerald Kominski will address how prices are established in the American healthcare system, as they trace the path from policy to practice. Dr. Robinson serves as the Kaiser Permanente Distinguished Professor of Health Economics at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and Dr. Kominski is the Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Joseph Dunn, JD (CEO of the California Medical Association), Michael Belman, MD, MPH, FACP (Medical Director of Anthem Blue Cross), and David M Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D. (Director of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Developmentwill then join Dr. Robinson to comprise a Keynote Responder Panel. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Kominski.


Refining Your 7th Sense – of Humor (details)

Monday, January 12, 2009

This workshop introduces each participant to their uniquely holistic Sense of Humor. Actress/Comedienne/Coach Melanie Chartoff utilizes improvisational and acting exercises to access the “objective witness” within – that humorous point of view which is essential for a healthy psycho-spiritual outlook in challenging times

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