New Orleans health briefs for Dec. 6, 2012

Immunization bus announces schedule

The Greater New Orleans Immunization Network bus offers free shots to children who lack insurance coverage for vaccines.

The network also maintains a computerized registry for easy record-keeping.

The bus will be parked:

Holiday cooking demonstration set

The Nutrition Services Department of East Jefferson General Hospital will demonstrate, discuss and serve healthful holiday recipes at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the hospital’s Esplanade 3 Conference Center. The menu is roast turkey breast with orange cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing, green beans with red onions and mustard vinaigrette dressing, and pumpkin mousse parfait.

Free lessons offered in Hatha flow yoga

Hatha flow yoga is taught at the New Orleans Jazz Park visitor center, 916 N. Peters St. in the French Market, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:15 a.m.

Bring comfortable clothing and your own yoga mat.

The instructor is Susan Landry; meditational jazz piano played by Peter Nu.

Sessions are free and open to the public.

Yoga practice set
in sculpture garden

Practice yoga among the sculptures in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art on Saturday at 8 a.m. $5.

Blood center seeks donations in Metairie

The Blood Center of Southeast Louisiana is seeking donations of whole blood and platelets.

Visit the center at 3400 16th St., Metairie, on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; or Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call (504) 887-2833.

Diabetes support group meets monthly

Diabetes Support Group meets at East Jefferson General Hospital on the last Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. Members share information and support each other to promote successful diabetes management. New members are welcome. Call (504) 454-5609 for more information or email cfreudenthal@ejgh.org.

Epilepsy group offers counseling services

Short-term counseling provides assistance in coping with the initial diagnosis of a seizure disorder, temporary and chronic difficulties and stress management. Efforts are directed toward promoting the healthy functioning of people with epilepsy in accordance with their own goals and reaching their potential.

For more information, contact Kelly Aprill at (800) 960-0587 or check online at http://www.epilepsylouisiana.org.

Parkinson’s support group available

Parkinson’s support group offers opportunities to share information on new treatments and medications; discuss tips/tricks for living well with Parkinson’s and offer each other positive reinforcement in good times and not so good times. Meetings are the last Monday of the month at East Jefferson General Hospital, 1:30 p.m., with a guest speaker. Call (504) 456-5000 for more information.

Stroke Support Group meets

Stroke support group meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the 8th floor gym at East Jefferson General Hospital. Call (504) 456-5000 for information.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau