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Dance/movement workshop Sept. 29

Patients, guests and employees are invited to a free Smilow Wellness Workshop Series event on dance/movement therapy, 5:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 29, 55 Park St. conference room (behind the auditorium). Reservations are required; call 888-700-6543 or register online: ynhh.org/events.

A Positive Difference deadline is Sept. 30

Employees who enroll in the A Positive Difference employee giving program by Sept. 30 will be automatically entered into a random drawing for one of three free iPads. The program is administered through Employee Self Service, making it easy and convenient for employees to support the Yale New Haven Hospital community. To enroll, log on to Employee Self Service today.

Upcoming walks

YNHH is sponsoring these walks in September:

  • Liver Life Walk, 8 am Sunday, Sept. 18, Rentschler Field, East Hartford. Benefits the American Liver Foundation. To join or support a team, visit liverfoundation.org
  • JDRF One Walk, 8:30 am Sunday, Sept. 25, Yale Bowl, New Haven. Benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. To join or support the YNHH/Yale Diabetes Team visit jdrf.org
  • Walk to Cure Arthritis, 9 am Sunday, Sept. 25, East Haven High School. Benefits the Arthritis Foundation. To join or support a team, visit walktocurearthritis.org.

Upcoming health lectures

To register, ynhh.org/events or call the phone number listed for the event.

  • New Thoughts and Solutions on Pediatric Allergies: 7 - 8 pm Wednesday, Sept. 14, conference room, Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike
  • Keys to Healthy Aging: 6 - 7 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 20, Cronin Auditorium, Saint Raphael Campus. To register, call 1-888-700-6543

Join the CarFree Challenge this month

Employees are encouraged to participate in goNewHavengo’s CarFree Challenge, a contest for businesses and individuals to see who can use their cars the least and travel sustainably the most in September. During the contest, which starts Sept. 1, participants are encouraged to walk, bike, telecommute, carpool, vanpool or use mass transit as much as possible and log their trips online. CarFree Challenge participants will be eligible to win prizes. GoNewHavengo is an alternative transportation program that encourages healthier, cleaner, and cheaper travel in the Greater New Haven Area. Last year, 483 individual CarFree Challenge participants and 35 partner businesses cut 52,055 miles of car travel in a single month, burned a combined 587,785 extra calories, saved $87,399 and reduced CO2 emissions by 74.12 tons. To sign up or for more information, visit gonhgo.org.

Last call: Patient Experience Conference abstracts due Sept. 6

The deadline for YNHHS employees to submit abstracts for the 2016 Patient Experience Conference is Sept. 6. For submission criteria and forms, visit the intranet or contact your department manager. Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference, and the awards committee will select a winning team from each delivery network. The conference is Oct. 13 at Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport. All YNHHS employees are invited. Registration is open through Employee Self Service.

Pre-retirement workshop Sept. 6

A pre-retirement workshop will be held 8 am - 4 pm Tuesday, Sept. 6, CH201, York Street Campus. Employees may attend on work time with manager approval. The workshop will cover estate planning, YNHH retirement and Social Security benefits, Fidelity Investment options and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in retirement. To register, visit Employee Self Service. For more information on these workshops, contact Joan Guilbault, [email protected], or 203-688-8254.

Prostate cancer screening for employees Sept. 15 and 16

The hospital and Yale Cancer Center will hold free prostate cancer screenings for YNHH employees, 3:30 - 5 pm Thursday, Sept. 15, and 7 - 8 am Friday, Sept. 16, Urology Center, 330 Orchard St., New Haven (Saint Raphael Campus). The screening will include a clinical prostate exam and PSA blood test. For an appointment call 1-888-700-6543 or visit ynhh.org/events. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Weight-loss program begins this month

YNHH is offering Live Well and Lose It, a group weight-management class for employees and their adult dependents covered under the Yale New Haven Health System benefits plan with no copay or deductible. The seven-session program, taught by YNHH registered dietitians, includes a brief lecture on topics such as best food choices, portions, dining out, healthy cooking and staying motivated, and confidential weigh-ins and goal-setting assistance.

Class schedule: York Street Campus: 7:30 am and 12:15 pm every other Tuesday, Sept. 20 - Dec. 13; Medical Center South: 12:15 pm every other Wednesday, Sept 21 - Dec. 14; Saint Raphael Campus: 12:15 pm every other Thursday, Sept. 22 – Dec. 15. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact [email protected] for details. The YNHH Nutrition Clinic also offers individual appointments with a dietitian; call 203-688-2422, (YSC) or 203- 789-3266 (SRC).