Impact of 'Obamacare' topic of expert's talk

Nationally-recognized public health expert Dr. Jonathan Weisbuch, who is the former director of the Maricopa County Health Department, will speak at a free public forum Wednesday.

The Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona, which advocates for justice for the disabled, will host the event at 5:30 p.m. at the YWCA Tucson, 525 Bonita Ave. The talk is titled "Obamacare and How it Affects Us."

Weisbuch,is a graduate of New York University College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. He speaks on public health concerns and medical system reform.

New CPR, heart health program is Wednesday

A free chest-compression CPR class and lecture about heart health is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the community room of the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road.

The lecture, presented by UA College of Medicine professors and cardiologists Dr. Karl B. Kern and Dr. Kapil Lotun, is titled "New Method for Opening Arteries: Update on Surgery and Interventional Approaches."

The event is free and open to the public.

Reservations are requested but not required. Email or call 626-4146. For more information about UA Sarver Heart Center, go online to

Let's Get Fit fair coming up Saturday

The annual Let's Get Fit Health and Wellness Fair at the Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave., is scheduled for Saturday.

The event will take place on the courtyard and lawn along Sixth Avenue between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The museum will offer free admission all day.

Families can learn about the importance of incorporating aspects of healthful living into their lifestyles from animal therapy to gardening and exercise. There will be cooking demonstrations, games, crafts, face painting and information on nutritious eating.

For information, visit

Olympics star Beard set for April 18 talk

Olympic gold medal winner Amanda Beard is scheduled to talk about her book, "In the Water They Can't See You Cry: A Memoir," at an event in Tucson next week.

In her book, the international swimming star reveals some of the demons she battled along the way to becoming an Olympian, including alcohol abuse, bulimia, cutting and depression.

The UA graduate won seven medals during four Olympiads. In 2008, Beard was inducted into the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.

Beard, a Tucson resident, is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. April 18 at Barnes & Noble, 5130 E. Broadway. The talk will coincide with next week's release of her book in paperback.

Mind-body researcher to speak at conference

Internationally recognized mind-body researcher Dr. Esther Sternberg is scheduled to speak at the 12th annual Women's Mental Health Symposium on April 27.

The event is set for 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive.

There is a registration fee of $125 per person or $50 for students and medical residents. The fee includes course materials on a USB flash drive, general and breakout sessions, continuing education credits, continental breakfast and boxed lunch. For an additional fee of $30, participants may request a printed binder of presentation materials; CDs are $5.

Sternberg, who is the first director of research at the UA Center for Integrative Medicine, will speak about interactions between the brain and the immune system.

Other subjects at the conference include mental health and aging women; mood disorders during pregnancy, postpartum and menopause; and girls and bullying.

To register or for more information, visit the website or contact the UA Department of Psychiatry Professional Development Office, 626-1392, or by email at

S. Ariz. disability expo to spotlight services

The Southern Arizona Disability Resource and Transition Expo is scheduled for April 20.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Beacon Group, 308 W. Glenn St., near North Oracle Road.

Twelve agencies will bring together people with disabilities and their families with service providers.

More information is available at

Contact health reporter Stephanie Innes at or 573-4134.