January 11, 2005

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative, 272-3679

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE Looking for concrete ways to reduce your stress and improve your health? How can you protect yourself and your family from common accidents that can leave you disabled or worse? How might you enhance your life as age begins to affect your mind and body? Once you have your health, how do you keep it?

These are some of the questions that can be answered at the fifth annual Mini Med School, a series of four evening seminars offered free to the public each Tuesday in February by the Health Sciences Center's Office of Continuing Medical Education.

"Accessing trustworthy current medical information and technology can be difficult," relates Ellen Cosgrove, M.D., associate dean for continuing medical education at UNM's Health Sciences Center. "Our annual Mini Medical Schools are conducted by practicing, teaching and research physicians who can speak to the most current health issues, ideas, procedures and products."

2005 Mini Med School seminars include:

February 1, 6:30 8:30 p.m. INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE: Where complementary therapies and conventional medicine intersect

Stress is a major contributor to illness. Mindfulness-based stress reduction, a meditation technique with proven benefits in reducing stress, can dramatically improve your quality of life. Learn to practice this technique to attain and retain good health.

PRESENTED BY: BRIAN SHELLEY, M.D.; BETSY VAN LEIT, PH.D., OTR-L

February 8, 6:30 8:30 p.m. - INJURY PREVENTION: A critical health issue for New Mexicans

Preventable accidents and injuries are a major cause of death and disability for all ages. Learn to protect your children, your parents and yourself in the home, in the car and even off-road.

PRESENTED BY: BEN HOFFMAN, M.D.; CAMERON CRANDALL, M.D.; TOM HOWDIESHELL, M.D.

February 15, 6:30 8:30 p.m. - GERIATRICS: Medicine helping older adults to get the most out of life

As baby boomers begin to enter their golden years, there are lifestyle changes that can preserve mental and physical health for the twilight years. Learn the latest on healthy aging, including understanding the differences between simple forgetfulness and onset dementia and tools to cope with late life depression.

PRESENTED BY: CARLA HERMAN, M.D.; JANICE KNOEFEL, M.D.; WILLIAM APFELDORF, M.D.        

February 22, 6:30 8:30 p.m. - HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Important steps you can take to stay healthy

Learn simple, practical behaviors that will keep you healthier longer. From stretching, exercise and diet  to help care for your joints to hand-washing and basic oral hygiene, you can enjoy more of your life longer.

PRESENTED BY: JANET POOLE, Ph.D., OTR-L; CHRISTINE NATHE, Ph.D.; RON ANDREWS, Ph.D., PT

These health-wise seminars, conducted by physicians with UNM's School of Medicine who have volunteered their time, are located at the UNM Continuing Education Building, 1643 University Blvd. NE. They are free to the public and no registration is required. For more information, call 272-3942.

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center provides added value to health care through leadership in providing innovative, collaborative education; advancing frontiers of science through research critical to the future of health care; delivering health care services that are at the forefront of science; and facilitating partnerships with public and private biomedical and health enterprises. For more information on the UNM Health Sciences Center, visit http://.hsc.unm.edu .