New Orleans health briefs for Feb. 14, 2013

Touro offers free
flu vaccinations

Touro Infirmary is providing free seasonal influenza vaccinations to adults and children age 5 and older Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Touro, 1401 Foucher St. entrance, Uptown New Orleans.

Volunteers will greet attendees at the Foucher Street Entrance lobby, where they will complete and sign a consent form.

A nurse will administer the vaccine and complete the vaccination card showing the participant received the vaccine.

For more information, call Touro at (504) 897-8500.

Supper club offers gluten-free meal

Healthful eating specialist Caitlin Parys will host a Celiac Sprue Association Supper Club at the Metairie Whole Foods Market, 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd. on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The three-course meal will be geared toward individuals who are looking to avoid gluten. Cost is $10, which will be donated to the Whole Planet Foundation. To register, email caitlin.parys@wholefoods.com or call (504) 888-8225.

Surgeon to offer talk on stomach pain

Joshua Parks, M.D., a doctor of colorectal surgery, will speak on stomach pain Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Young’s Steakhouse, 850 Robert Blvd. in Slidell. Fee is $18, which includes dinner. The discussion is part of Ochsner Health System’s “Hello Health” series. To register, call (866) 624-7637.

Doctor to speak
on childhood obesity

Dr. Michael Wasserman, pediatrician with Ochsner’s Pediatric Health Center, will speak on childhood obesity Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Community Day School, located at the Jewish Community Center at 3747 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

The talk, one in a series on sponsored by the Parents Association at the school, is free.

Wasserman, has practiced pediatric medicine for 32 years and has appeared on the Eyewitness Morning News on WWL TV for more than 21 years.

Contact Deb Marsh at (504) 887.4091, or visit http://www.communitynola.org.

West Jeff slates fair
on heart health

West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, will host a free EKG and health fair from 7 to 10 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at the medical center,

“Hustle for a Healthy Heart Muscle” will include glucose, blood pressure and BMI screenings, and demonstrations on healthful cooking and exercise.

Three talks are planned: “Heart Disease in Women” at 12:15 p.m.; a patient success story at 12:30 p.m.; and an EMS talk about myths on calling 911 and heart attack equipment, at 12:40 p.m.

Entertainment is also planned, beginning at 1 p.m.

Wear red to win a door prize. RSVP to the hospital at (504) 349-1789.

‘Gentle yoga’ class offered at Keller

The Broadmoor Improvement Association offers a “gentle yoga” class on Saturday mornings in the meeting room at the Keller Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St. The class is geared to older patrons.

The free class begins at 11 a.m. Call (504) 309-2571.

Free car seat checks at Mandeville station

State Police station Troop L, 2600 Causeway Boulevard in Mandeville, offers free car seat checks from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday, by appointment.

Contact Trooper Nick Manale at (985) 893-6250, ext. 628.

Ostomy Support Group meetings set

The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group holds meetings on the second Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December at 7 p.m. at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie.

For information, call (504) 454-4941.

Support, play groups available at hospital

The Slidell Memorial Hospital Parenting Center offers free weekly support and play groups Wednesdays in the classroom on the second floor of the Wellness pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. Staff provides learning and support while children and parents socialize. Walking age to 30 months meets at 10 a.m.; 31 months to preschool at 11. Refreshments, crafts, story time, music and movement activities; no registration required. For more information call (985) 649-8529.

Bus offers children free immunizations

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

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

For more information, call (504) 733-3268 or go to http://www.GNOshots4kids.com.

The bus will be parked Thursday at Rouses in Algiers, 4001 Gen. de Gaulle Drive, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday at the Clearview Mall, Veterans Boulevard, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday at Walgreens in Kenner, Chateau and West Esplanade, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday at Walmart in Covington, 880 N. U.S. 190, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Feb. 21 at Walmart in Marrero, 4810 Lapalco, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

West Jefferson offers cancer support group

Bosom Buddies, a support group for breast cancer survivors, their family members and caregivers, meets the first Tuesday of the month at West Jefferson Medical Center’s Hall of History in the Gretna Classroom at the hospital in Marrero.

To register or for information, call (504) 349-1640.

Grief support groups meet at Touro, W. Jeff

Free grief support groups are sponsored by the Akula Foundation at Touro Infirmary on the first and third Thursday of the month and at West Jefferson General Hospital on the first and third Wednesday.

For times and information, call (504) 723-3628.

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.

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

Parkinson’s support group sets meetings

Parkinson’s support group offers opportunities to share information on new treatments and medications; discuss tips and tricks for living well with Parkinson’s and offer each other positive reinforcement.

Meetings are at 1:30 p.m. on the last Monday of the month at East Jefferson General Hospital and include a guest speaker.

Call (504) 456-5000 for more information.

Stroke support group meets at E. Jefferson

Stroke support group meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the eighth-floor gym at East Jefferson General Hospital.

Call (504) 456-5000 for information.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau

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