‘Health Briefs’ for Feb. 3, 2013

Family Service

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., will offer counseling services for children, individuals and families who need help with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and relationship problems from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Fee is based on a sliding scale. Private insurance and Medicaid are accepted. Call (225) 924-0123.

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered:

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

Cancer Services

Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., will hold the following free events:

Call (225) 927-2273.


Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, will hold the following events:

Cost is $25 per couple, which includes registration, materials and refreshments

Call (225) 755-4854 to register.

Participants will also get a free glucose screening and information on diets for the diabetic. Call (225) 755-4984 to RSVP.

Woman’s Hospital

Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way (Airline Highway and Pecue), will hold the following events:

Call (225) 231-5475 or visit http://www.womans.org.

Survivors of Suicide

Survivors of Suicide, a free support group for people whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one, neighbor, co-worker or friend to suicide, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, 4837 Revere Ave. For more information, call (225) 924-1431.

Grief support

The Community Grief Support Group, in partnership with several other local agencies, will meet at noon Tuesday at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave. The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a loved one.

Call (225) 927-2273.

Hope Chests

Hope Chests, a support group for breast cancer patients and their families, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge, 9001 Summa Ave., third-floor lobby. Pam Trembley, a nurse practitioner for Ochsner Health System Cardiology, will talk on “Heart Health for Women.” Call (225) 761-5296 or email sprescott@ochsner.org.

The Hospice of BR

The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, will offer the following event and opportunity:

Life Source Services

Life Source Services Hospice, 3049 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., will offer the following events and opportunity:

Mary Bird Perkins

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will offer the following free screenings:

Call (225) 215-1234 or visit http://www.marybird.org.

Red Cross

The Louisiana Capital Area Chapter American Red Cross, 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., will hold the following classes:

For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit http://www.redcross.org/classes.


L.I.F.T. Bereavement Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at Greenoaks Reception Center, 9595 Florida Blvd. Chaplain Bill Brewer will lead the discussion. Call (225) 925-5331.


The Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana’s Baton Rouge Support Group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the NeuroMedical Center, 10101 Park Rowe Ave.

The group is open to adults with epilepsy/seizures disorders, their family members, friends, caregivers and anyone wanting to support those who are managing seizures. Call (800) 960-0587.

Cardinal Hospice

Cardinal Hospice, 8280 YMCA Plaza Drive, No. 3-A, will offer the following event and opportunity this week:


The Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will offer “CancerFit,” a comprehensive wellness program designed to help keep cancer patients active and mentally fit, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane.

Each session is free and includes an hour of individualized yoga and guided meditation. Call (225) 938-9629.

Diabetic Foot

The Diabetic Foot Institute, 5428 O’Donovan Drive, Suite D, will offer complimentary diabetic foot screenings on Friday.

Screening will include thermal imaging, blood flow study, gait analysis and neuropathy screening. Call (225) 761-0025 to schedule.

‘Valentine Gala’

Jump Start Your Heart’s 5th annual “Valentine Gala” will be from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd.

The fundraising event will have live music by The Nile Rhythm Band featuring Maynard Batiste, Herman Jackson and Yolanda Windsay as well as dinner, cocktails and dancing.

Jump Start Your Heart Inc. is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to decreasing the sudden cardiac deaths of competitive youth athletes by providing free vascular screenings. Tickets are $75 each.

To purchase tickets or corporate and table sponsorships, call (225) 751-8684 or visit http://www.jumpstartyourheart.org.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods, 7529 Corporate Blvd., will host a workshop called “New Year’s Resolution Booster Shot,” a workshop on common health myths regarding sugars and fats, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Brittany Lynn Kriger, a certified health coach, will facilitate the workshop, which will also feature easy, raw recipes based on a whole foods, plant-based diet. Cost is $10. To reserve a spot, call (225) 218-0452 or visit the Whole Foods Guest Service desk.


Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center is seeking volunteers for its 24-hour hotline and to assist survivors at the hospital.

Volunteer training classes will begin Feb. 19. To volunteer or for more information, call (225) 615-7093 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit http://www.brstar.org.


Al-Anon Family Groups, a 12-step program to help those affected by someone’s problem drinking, holds meetings daily in the Baton Rouge area. There are no fees. Meetings are confidential. Call (225) 924-0029 or visit http://www.batonrougealanon.org.

Narcotics Anon.

Need help with a drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous holds daily meetings. Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.