Health Briefs for June 16, 2013

Family Service

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., will offer the following service and event:

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

The classes and workshops will focus on child development, strategies for effective parenting and methods to promote healthy emotional growth in children. Call (225) 924-0123.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, 647 Main St., will help unemployed or under-employed women connect to a better paying job from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the office. Call (225) 308-0220.

HIV service

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., will offer free, confidential HIV testing and counseling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the office. Call (225) 927-9810.


Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will offer the following events:

Each session is free and includes an hour of individualized yoga and guided meditation.

For more information or to register, call (225) 938-9629.

Grief Recovery

The Grief Recovery Center, 4939 Jamestown Ave., Suite 101, will offer the following events:

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

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.

Spinal cord support

Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital, 8595 United Plaza Blvd., will host a Spinal Cord Support Group meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital. The group is for survivors and their caregivers.

Anita Gray, 2013 Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana, will share her experiences from the past 13 years in “Achieving Success through Independent Living.” Chef Mike Noonan will provide lunch.

To RSVP, call (225) 231-3123 or email

The Hospice of BR

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

Grief support

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


Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold the following events:

The program and lunch are free, but registration is required by calling (225) 334-7494.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

For more information, visit

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following free events:

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

Life Source Services

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

Sarcoidosis support

Sarcoidosis Awareness Support Group of Greater Baton Rouge will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ochsner Health Center, 9001 Summa Ave., third-floor conference room.

Dr. Claude Tellis, pulmonologist at Ochsner Health Center, will answer medical questions. Call (225) 773-0985.

Adoption support

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.

Diabetes support

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will hold its first monthly support group meeting for those new to and those who have been dealing with Type 1 diabetes at 10 a.m. Wednesday at LaMadeleine, on Jefferson Highway, in the Bocage Shopping Center.

The meeting will include candid discussions with those who have experience with Type 1 diabetes on how to get through challenging situations.

For more information, visit or call (225) 932-9511 or (225) 975-1188.


Court Appointed Special Advocates, 848 Louisiana Ave., will hold a 45-minute informational session on becoming a CASA volunteer at noon Wednesday at the office. The group’s mission is to advocate for timely placement of children in permanent, safe and stable homes.

Call (225) 379-8598 or visit

Cancer Society

American Cancer Society will train volunteers for its Reach to Recovery Program at 9 a.m. Thursday at 10528 Kentshire Court.

The program matches volunteers who are breast cancer survivors with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to help the patients with their emotional, physical and cosmetic needs related to the disease.

Volunteers must be at least one year post-treatment for breast cancer and be emotionally stable, have knowledge of personal ethics, maintain confidentiality and participate in ongoing training updates.

To volunteer or for more information, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

EBR Library

East Baton Rouge Parish Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., will hold the class, “Introduction to Yoga for Women @ the Library” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the library.

A certified yoga instructor from Fitness Design for Women will give a demonstration of yoga exercises and discuss the benefits of yoga.

The class is for women only and requires registration. To register, call (225) 658-1840.

3 Lives Blood Drive

Remington College Baton Rouge campus, 10551 Coursey Blvd., will hold a 3 Lives Blood Drive from 8:45 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Thursday on campus. 3 Lives is a national effort to recruit minority blood donors, who are in high demand, and help supply local hospitals with blood. African-American blood donors provide blood with unique antigens vital for people battling sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases.

The effort is held in partnership with America’s Blood Centers and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.

For more information, visit

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.


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 or visit

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, 1900 S. Acadian Thruway, will offer the following services:

Services include helping set goals, connecting with education and job services, locating medical care, finding food resources, counseling and more.

All services are free, confidential and open to all women. Call (225) 336-8708.

Evening appointments are available. Sliding scale fees are based on income. Some insurance companies are accepted. Call (225) 336-8708.