UF Health Advantage

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UF Health wants to help you discover better health through learning. Our classes, programs, groups, activities and health fairs are offered throughout Gainesville, Ocala and The Villages® communities. We also hold virtual events so you can learn from anywhere. Events are led by experts in health and wellness from UF Health. These programs support living a healthier life while learning about the latest advances in medicine, disease management, prevention, and research. Become a member today!

Classes and Event Calendar

Please visit our events calendar to see what’s currently being offered. Events are open to the public but registration may be required.

Check out some of our past online events:

A Proactive Approach to Pregnancy and Fertility. Whether you have been trying to get pregnant for a while or you are just starting out, there is a lot to understand. Learn how you can increase your chances of getting pregnant and when it’s time to seek help to create your family. Hear from R. Stan Williams, M.D., from UF Health Reproductive Medicine during this recorded webinar.

Intimacy and Painful Intercourse. Dyspareunia, or painful intercourse, can affect a woman’s quality of life, self-esteem, body image and relationship. There are several treatment options for dyspareunia. Our team is committed to providing compassionate care for this sensitive issue. Hear from Jessica Heft, M.D., M.S., from UF Health Women's Healthand Evette D’Avy Reed, P.T. from UF Health Rehab Center during this recorded webinar.

What’s New in Total Joint Replacement? Don’t let the pain in your joints keep you from enjoying life. Learn about the latest in hip and knee replacements and begin your journey toward a pain-free lifestyle. Hear from Chancellor Gray, M.D., from the UF Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute during this recorded webinar.

Herniated Disks: The Good, The Bad, The OUCH Presented by Matthew Decker, M.D., MBA, MPH, from the UF Health Comprehensive Spine Center. The disks in our spine act as shock absorbers. But over time or after injury, disks can become herniated and painful. Discover how personalized care can make the difference for your herniated disk.

What parents and expectant moms need to know about vaccines. Presented by Sonja Rasmussen, M.D., M.S., Kathleen Ryan, M.D., Lindsay A. Thompson, M.D. Vaccines are one of the best ways to prevent illnesses like the flu, hepatitis, measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. Yet, many parents and moms-to-be are delaying these lifesaving immunizations because of COVID-19. Hear about the importance of vaccines and how they are being administered safely.

Improving your health: Where do I begin? Presented by Donoffa Nelson, D.O. If you are like most people, you think about improving your health but just aren’t sure how to get started. Knowing how and where to begin can be daunting, but your family doctor might be the key to improving your lifestyle.

The Mind - Gut Connection. Presented by Irene Estores, M.D. Gut-directed hypnotherapy for conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease uses suggestions, imagery and relaxation to calm the digestive tract and reduce discomfort. Discover how these highly successful techniques can have long-lasting benefits.

Stroke — Don’t be the one. Presented by Anna Khanna, M.D. and Norah Chalouhi, M.D. Learn about stroke prevention, warning signs and treatments including medical and endovascular therapies from the experts at the UF Health Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Breast Cancer in 2020 Presented by Lisa Spiguel, M.D. and Mark Leyngold, M.D. The breast cancer experts at UF Health discuss prevention, treatment, recovery and breast reconstruction.

Alzheimer’s: Help and Hope for Tomorrow Presented by Steven DeKosky, M.D. and Todd Golde, M.D. Hear how multidisciplinary research teams at the University of Florida collaborate to discover better diagnostics and treatments to combat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

HEART VALVE PROBLEMS? YOU HAVE OPTIONSPresented by George Arnaoutakis, M.D. Minimally invasive surgery options to correct a heart valve problem often lead to a quicker recovery. Learn more about transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, which has been performed successfully more than 1,000 times at UF Health.

UF‘s COVID-19 Research and You. Presented by Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D. Learn what UF researchers are doing and how that research could ultimately help our community. The UF Clinical and Translation Science Institute is focused on COVID-19 by taking research discoveries from the lab and into the real world

Pregnancy and Covid-19 Presented by John Smulian, M.D., M.P.H., Dr. Smulian discusses the latest information what the virus means for the health of mothers and the health of their babies. 

Spine 101: Tips for a Healthy Back Presented by Michael Sein, M.D., Dr. Sein discusses things you can do to ease the pain and discomfort as well as prevent back pain in the future.

Diabetes and Your Feet 101: Keeping your Feet Healthy Presented by Leaha Neville, D.P.M. Dr. Neville discusses the effects of diabetes on the feet and how to avoid diabetes-related foot problems.

Solutions for a Sleepy Planet: Tips for Better Sleep Presented by Mary Wagner, M.D. - Dr. Wagner discusses the effects lack of sleep may have on kids and teens and offers up solutions to help all of us keep a more normal, healthy sleep schedule.

Raising Children with ADHD: Strategies for Success  Presented by Richard D’Alli, M.D., MEd, MEd - Dr. D’Alli discusses the history, symptoms, treatments and outlook for children with ADHD. He offers guidance and support for parents of children of all ages.

Understanding addiction: Know Science, No Stigma.  Presented by Jason Hunt, M.D. from UF Health Addiction Medicine at the Florida Recovery Center. Many people don’t understand drug and alcohol addiction. Addiction is a complex disease and it changes the brain, making quitting hard – even for those who want to. Hear about the science of addiction and how you or a loved one can find the path to recovery.

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Member enjoy:

  • Hearing the latest information about health and wellness
  • Opportunities to ask the experts questions
  • Advanced notice of upcoming events
  • Free gift for new members