Inside UTMB
Experts to speak on health
"Nurturing a healthy heart: Know your numbers in 2014” will be presented by Dr. Rafic Berbarie, assistant professor of cardiology and expert in heart disease risk management, for the Lunch Bunch from noon to 1 p.m. today at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway S., in League City. Call 832-505-1600, email or visit

Gastrointestinal cancer support group
Dr. Nina Tamaris will discuss research about cancer studies at the next meeting of the GI cancer support group at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building, at the corner of Market and Eighth streets in Galveston. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Contact Robert Webster at 409-789-5074 or

Reconstruction of a Survivor
The next meeting of the UTMB Breast Cancer Support Group for women diagnosed with breast cancer will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 2098 W. Main St., in League City. The group helps women at any stage of diagnosis and treatment understand that breast cancer affects them both emotionally and spiritually, not just physically. A light meal and refreshments are offered. Meetings are hosted the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are in Galveston on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Contact Stella Turrubiate at or visit

Walk Across Texas
Walk Across Texas is a free eight-week program designed to help Texans establish the habit of regular physical activity. OLLI, the Osher Life Learning Institute, is a sponsor of this year’s walk in conjunction with Texas A&M University. The goal is to have 15 teams of eight walk 30,000 miles between Jan. 20 and March 17. The walk is open to anyone of any age in the community. Visit or call 409-763-5604.

Tree recycling
Galveston’s 20th annual Christmas tree Recycling Drive will run through Jan. 20. All live evergreen trees, including flocked trees, along with wood stands, will be accepted. All tinsel, lights, decorations and plastic or metal stands must be removed for recycling. UTMB and the city of Galveston will convert the trees to mulch for use throughout the year. Drop-off sites are at the open-top trash bin at Lindale Park off Marine Street and the Galveston Eco-Center, 702 61st St. Call Ken Steblein, 409-747-2959.

Inside UTMB is compiled by the communications department at the University of Texas Medical Branch.