“Health Briefs” column for May 12, 2013


The Huntington’s Disease Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

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.

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:

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

For more information, visit http://www.brgeneral.org.

Cancer Services

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

Call (225) 927-2273.

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. Call (225) 924-1431.

Women’s Retreat

Women’s Retreat 2013, “My Body, My Life ... I’m Taking Charge,” will be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday 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 http://www.lahealthequity.org.

Grief Support

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness Baton Rouge will hold the following events:


Court Appointed Special Advocates, 848 Louisiana Ave., will hold 45-minute informational sessions on becoming a CASA volunteer at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the office.

Call (225) 379-8598 or visit http://www.casabr.org.

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 Acadiana Area Chapter American Red Cross, 101 N. Pat St., Scott, 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 http://www.redcross.org/classes.

Sickle cell

Sickle Cell Anemia Support Group for adult patients and caregivers will meet at noon Wednesday at the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Office, 2301 North Blvd.


Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area will have a Lunch-N-Learn Session from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the office, 3772 North Blvd. Topic is “Exercising with Alzheimer’s.” The event is free, but registration is required.

Call (225) 334-7494 or visit http://www.alzbr.org.

Breast cancer

The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery (CRBS) will host Kathy Steligo, author and breast cancer survivor, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 1717 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Steligo will discuss the ins and outs of breast cancer reconstruction when mastectomy is unavoidable. The event is free, but reservations are required.

Call (504) 899-2800.

ABC Adoption

ABC Adoption Search and Reunion Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3552 Morning Glory Ave. Call (225) 752-3162.

Cardinal Hospice

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

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.


The Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Physical therapist Richard O’Quinn of Central Physical Therapy will speak. Call (225) 933-0542 or (225) 756-2645.

Mary Bird - OLOL

Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will hold skin cancer screenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the hospital, 4950 Essen Lane. An additional screening will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. at Albertsons, 402 South Range Road, Denham Springs. Appointments are required for the screening at Albertsons.

Call (225) 215-1234.

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following free events:

For more information or to register, call 1-866-220-0418 or visit http://myhealth.peopleshealth.com.

Health expo

A Community Health Expo will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Southeast Community Health Systems - Zachary, 6351 Main St., Zachary. The event will include health screenings, games, face painting, door prizes and more.

Call (225) 654-1298.

Lane Regional

United Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary. Registration is not required, but donors are encouraged to sign up online at http://www.bloodhero.com. Sponsor code: LaneRegional.

Be the Match

Be the Match will host the 1st annual “Masquerading for a Match” masquerade ball from 8 a.m. to midnight Friday at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans.

The fundraiser will benefit bone marrow patients and help cover the cost of adding new donors to the Be The Match registry.

For more information, visit http://www.masqueradingforamatch.com or call (504) 962-7260.

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.

Cystic fibrosis

The Baton Rouge Regional Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host “Great Strides,” a 5K walk, at 10 a.m. Saturday at the LSU Agricultural Barn. Check-in will be 9 a.m.

The fundraiser will benefit cystic fibrosis research, education and care. For more information, call (225) 769-9994 or visit http://www.cff.org/greatstrides.


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.