Metro New Orleans health briefs, June 13-19, 2013

Diabetes support group meets at Touro

Valerie Burton, R.N., a certified diabetes educator, will lead a free diabetes support group meeting Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m. at in Suite C309, third floor of Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher St., New Orleans.

Participants will learn tips to keep their diabetes in control, including diet, glucose testing, medication management and exercise.

The Diabetes Support Group meets the third Tuesday of every month. For more information, call the Touro Diabetes Center at (504) 897-8813.

Gala to benefit March of Dimes

The March of Dimes will celebrate its 75th anniversary and honor 29 outstanding young professionals in the local community with its 27th annual Spotlight on Success Gala, hosted at Generations Hall, on Friday.

The event, which is open to the public, will also raise awareness and help fund research, education, vaccines and scientific breakthroughs for improving the health of babies everywhere.

The gala will feature cuisine from more than 15 New Orleans restaurants, an open bar, music by Bucktown All-Stars, and a silent auction.

Tikcets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door; call (504) 264-9288.

Proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes campaign to reduce the rate of premature births, birth defects, and other serious threats to babies’ health. More than half a million babies are born too soon each year. Over 193 of these babies are born each week in Louisiana, and in New Orleans one in seven births are premature.

Transcending cancer through meditation

The Ochsner Cancer Institute’s Support Group will host “Transcending Cancer Through Meditation” for cancer patients and their families at 6 p.m. Thursday at Ochsner Medical Center Cardiology Auditorium, New Concourse area, third floor.

The medical center is located at 1514 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson.

Dr. Indranill Basu Ray, an attending physician and assistant professor of medicine at Ochsner, a trained cardiologist and a mind-body expert, has practiced meditation for more than 20 years and has trained in the practice with multiple masters.

His expertise in the field is widely recognized, and he has been invited to present talks and conduct meditation workshops worldwide. Dr. Basu Ray promotes meditation as a supplement to standard medical therapy.

For more information call the Ochsner Cancer Institute at (504) 842-3708.

Lakeside walking group forms

Join the Healthy Lifestyles walking group, sponsored by East Jefferson General Hospital, at Lakeside Shopping Center’s center court from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Thursday. Enter via any entrance of Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Free. Call (504) 456-5000 to register.

First aid class offered at West Jefferson

West Jefferson Medical Center Birth Place, 1101 Medical Center Blvd. in Marrero, will offer a Family and Friends CPR class at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor classroom. The class is an introduction to first aid. Fee is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (504) 349.6200.

Free immunizations in Algiers, Kenner

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.

The bus will be parked:

Gentle yoga classes
held on Saturdays

Seniors meet for stretching and gentle yoga Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the meeting room at the Rosa Keller Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St. The class is free.

Blood center needs 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 from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Thursday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Ostomy group sets meetings at E. Jeff

The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group holds meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of February, April, June. August, October and December at East Jefferson General Hospital,4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. For more information, call (504) 454-4941.

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 meets

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 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 at E. Jefferson

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

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau