Health briefs for May 5, 2013


LaCare Cinco de Mayo Fest will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 7800 Independence Blvd. Health information will be available in both English and Spanish. The event will include inflatables for children, food vendors, a snow cone truck, music and more. For more information call, (225) 316-1307 or visit


HopeKeepers support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road. The group is for anyone affected by chronic pain or illness, physical or emotional. For more information, call (225) 337-1633 or visit

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, 647 Main St., will offer assistance to women who are unemployed or under-employed and seeking a better paying job from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (225) 308-0220.

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered:

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 at the office.

Fee is based on a sliding scale.

Private insurance and Medicaid are accepted. Call (225) 924-0123.

Cancer Services

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

Call (225) 927-2273.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

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

Grief Support

Community Grief Support Group will meet at noon Tuesday at Cancer Services, 550 Lobdell Ave. For more information, call (225) 927-2273.

Hope Chests

Hope Chests, a breast cancer support group, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge, third-floor lobby, 9001 Summa Ave. Ochsner Health System oncologist Sreekanth Vasireddy will speak on “Reducing Your Risk for Breast Cancer Recurrence.” For more information, call (225) 761-5296.

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.

The Hospice of BR

The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Suite A, 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:

Red Cross

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

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter American Red Cross, 2640 Canal St., New Orleans, will hold the following classes:

The Southeast Louisiana Northshore Chapter American Red Cross, 300 Ashland Way, Madisonville, will hold the following classes:

For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following free events:

For more information or to register, call 1-866-220-0418 or visit

Celiacs of BR

Celiacs of Baton Rouge support group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Topics of discussion will be “Getting Proper Nutrition from Food on a Gluten-Free Diet,” “Conquering the Nutrition Challenges” and “Cooking Gluten-Free on a Budget.” Speaker will be Gail Johnson, a registered dietitian, life coach and celiac herself.

Call (225) 766-8872.

Heart Association

The American Heart Association and BREC will host “Strokes for Stroke” from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the LSU lakes. The event will feature kayaking, which is a good exercise for stroke prevention and stroke rehabilitation. The AHA and American Stroke Association will be on site with information. Visit

Bereavement support

First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., will offer a free weekly bereavement support group at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, Room L-02. For more information, call (225) 383-4777.

Lane Regional

Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary, will hold the following events:

Child abuse

Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana’s “Kids Are Worth It,” a conference to inspire and equip professionals, advocates, parents and other caregivers with strategies and techniques to prevent child abuse, will be Wednesday and Thursday at the West Baton Rouge Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Cost is $100 per day. For more information or to register, visit

St. Joseph Hospice

St. Joseph Hospice Bereavement Support Group will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Jefferson United Methodist Church, 10328 Jefferson Highway. For more information, call (225) 368-3117.

Cardinal Hospice

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


Court Appointed Special Advocates, 848 Louisiana Ave., will hold a 45-minute informational session on becoming a CASA volunteer at noon Thursday at the office.

Call (225) 379-8598 or visit

Comfort Keepers

Comfort Keepers will offer customized fitness and wellness instruction from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at 4626 Jamestown Ave., Suite 3. Class is open to seniors, caregivers and professionals. For more information, call (225) 931-1315.

Mary Bird - OLOL

Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will hold “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. For information or to register, 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.

Mental health

Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge will host the fourth annual “Beat the Odds” Casino Night and Silent Auction at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Park Welcome Center, 702 N. River Road. The event will feature casino gaming with play money, food, drinks and prizes. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call (225) 929-7674.

Obesity walk

Walk from Obesity 2013 will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. Visit

Women’s Retreat

Women’s Retreat 2013, “My Body, My Life ... I’m Taking Charge,” will be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators, 5550 Florida Blvd. The event, hosted by the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, will provide resources and information that will help attendees lead a healthier life. For more information, visit

Cancer Crusaders

Cancer Crusaders and Chateau Country Club will hold a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. The event will feature cocktails, a buffet, dancing, a live auction and music by The Wise Guys. Cost is $100 per person. Reservations are required by Friday. Proceeds will be donated to two medical schools in New Orleans, LSU and Tulane University, for cancer research. For more information, call (504) 455- 7065.


Alanon Family Groups, a 12-step program for those affected by someone’s drinking problem, meets daily in the Baton Rouge area. For more information, call (225) 924-0029.

Narcotics Anon.

Need help with a drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous holds daily meetings.

Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.