Health briefs for Dec. 16, 2012

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered this week:

Metro Health will offer free, confidential HIV testing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 East Washington St. Syphilis testing will be conducted from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Metro Health will also offer testing from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave.; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Earl K. Long Mid-City, North Foster at Gus Young Avenue; and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St. For more information, call (225) 338-9333.

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. No needles and no blood are necessary, and results are ready in 20 minutes. For more information, call (225) 927-9810.

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.

Cancer Services

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

“YogaThrive: Yoga for Cancer Survivors” will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. Registration is required.

“Fit & Fearless,” an exercise program for cancer survivors, will be at 5:15 p.m. Monday at BREC Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd. Registration is required.

“Fit & Fearless: Total Body Workout,” an exercise program for cancer survivors, will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and 5:15 Thursday at BREC Independence Park. Registration is required.

“Zumba Gold” will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the BREC Independence Park.

Call (225) 927-2273.

Woman’s Hospital

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

“Prenatal Yoga” will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Destination Maternity, 5921 Bluebonnet Blvd. Cost is $12 per class.

“Baby Steps,” a light exercise class for mothers to do with their babies, will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Thursday at Destination Maternity, 5921 Bluebonnet Blvd. Cost is $12 per class.

Woman’s Ideal Protein Seminar will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Woman’s Center for Wellness, 9637 Jefferson Highway. To register, call (225) 924-8313.

“Strong Mamas,” an exercise class to prepare for pregnancy body changes, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Destination Maternity. Cost is $12 per class.

“Weight Loss Surgery: What You Should Know” will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the hospital, Conference Room 4. To register, call (225) 924-8444.

To register for most classes, call (225) 231-5475 or visit http://www.womans.org.

Hospice Compassus

Hospice Compassus of Baton Rouge, 8704 Jefferson Highway, Suite B, will offer the following event and opportunity this week:

A grief support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office.

The hospice is seeking volunteers to visit with its patients, assist families and also for office support.

For more information, call (225) 768-0866.

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.

DBSA

The Baton Rouge Open Arms chapter of the Depression and Bi-polar Support Alliance will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at La Madeleine Cafe, 7615 Jefferson Highway. Meetings are free and open to those diagnosed with any depressive or bi-polar disorder and to family and friends. Call (225) 275-2778.

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.

Alzheimer’s Services

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold the following caregiver network group meetings for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the office and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at PACE of Baton Rouge, 7436 Bishop Ott Drive.

Call (225) 334-7494.

Red Cross

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

“CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer” will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Adult CPR” will be from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the office. Cost is $70.

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

Babysitting will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 27 and 28 at the office. The two-day camp for ages 11 to 15 will teach lifesaving skills including first aid, CPR and caregiving.

For more information or to register, call (225) 291-4533 or visit http://www.batonrouge.redcross.org.

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following free events this week:

Cardio Line Dancing will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the YMCA A.C. Lewis, 350 South Foster Drive. Registration time is 9 a.m., and the reservation deadline is Monday.

“Zumba Gold” will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Cortana Mall, 9401 Cortana Place. Registration time is 9 a.m., and the reservation deadline is Thursday.

“Know Your Numbers: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Blood Sugar” talk will be at noon Thursday at the Lake House Reception Center, 12323 Old Hammond Highway. Registration time is 11 a.m., and the reservation deadline is Tuesday.

For reservations, call 1-866-220-0418 or visit http://www.myhealth.peopleshealth.com.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events this week:

Healthy Steps Lebed Exercise Program, healing through dance and movement, will be from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Baton Rouge General, Mid City, 3600 Florida Blvd., and at the same time Thursday at the Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave. To register for the free events, call (225) 763-4050.

A free Weight Loss Surgery Seminar will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluebonnet location, Suite 600. To register, visit http://www.brgeneral.org.

ABC Adoption

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

Cardinal Hospice

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

A grief support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the office. The group is free and open to the public.

The hospice is looking for volunteers to assist its patients and their family members, or volunteer in its office. Call (225) 291-3322.

Neuropathy pain

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.

SouthernCare Inc.

SouthernCare Inc., 17316 Airline Highway, Suite P, Prairieville, will hold a free grief support group meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the office. Topic will be “Understanding Grief and Holidays.” Refreshments will be at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (225) 673-9949.

Ochsner

The Teddy Bears 4 Tykes Ochsner Blood Bank will hold a community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at The Sonic Drive-In, 2434 O’Neal Lane, Baton Rouge, outside in the Ochsner Blood Mobile.

There will be free hot chocolate and drinks, and Santa will be on hand. Each blood donation will sponsor a teddy bear gift to a child in the hospital’s pediatric units during the year.

Call (225) 755-9926.

Al-Anon/Alateen

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.

The Hospice of BR

The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, is seeking volunteers for patient/caregiver support, health fairs and office assistance.

Call (225) 767-4673.