'Health briefs' for Feb. 10, 2013

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 E. Washington St. Syphilis testing will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Metro Health will also offer HIV 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.; and 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. 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, Wednesday and Thursday at the office. Call (225) 927-9810.

Alzheimer’s support

St. James Place, 333 Lee Drive, will have an Alzheimer’s support group meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Health & Wellness Building, first-floor conference room.

For more information, call (225) 490-3250 or (225) 490-3460.

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, Wednesday and 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.

Woman’s Hospital

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

“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 at Destination Maternity. Cost is $12 per class.

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

“After Baby Comes (ABC): Baby Care and Parent Care” will be from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35 per couple.

Call (225) 231-5475 or visit http://www.womans.org.

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.

OLOL diabetes

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 5000 Hennessy Blvd., will hold a free Diabetes Education & Awareness Group meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the main hospital auditorium.

Melanie Chandler, of the OLOL Diabetes & Nutrition Center, will speak on “Exercise Excuse Buster.” Call (225) 765-8020.

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, will offer the following event and opportunity:

A free grief support group session will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sunrise Assisted Living, 9351 Siegen Lane.

The hospice is seeking volunteers for patient assistance, pet care, office work and events. Call (225) 767-4673.

NAMI

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

Family to Family Support Group, for family members and caregivers of people with a mental illness, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at University Presbyterian Church, 3240 Dalrymple Drive.

Connection Recovery Support Group, for those whose lives are affected by mental illness, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at University Presbyterian Church.

For more information, call (225) 273-6061 or (225) 291-6262.

Red Cross

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

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Another class will be held Saturday. Cost is $90.

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

The Acadiana Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 101 N. Pat St., Scott, will hold “Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

“Adult CPR” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the office. Cost is $70.

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $90.

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED and Bloodborne Pathogens” will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the office.

“First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor Training” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, Tuesday, Feb. 19, and Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the office. Cost is $500.

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

“CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Blended Learning Skill Session for CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer” will be from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit http://www.redcross.org/classes.

Celiacs of BR

Celiacs of Baton Rouge will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Topic will be “Celiac Disease and Associated Autoimmune Diseases.”

Gail Johnson, a registered dietitian, life coach and a celiac, is the dietitian for the group. Johnson and other members help celiacs shop gluten-free on a budget.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Call (225) 766-8872.

CASA

Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association, 848 Louisiana Ave., is looking for caring adults, especially more men, to help abused and neglected children in foster care find safe and permanent homes. An informational session on becoming a CASA volunteer will be at noon Wednesday at the office.

For more information, call (225) 379-8598 or visit http://www.casabr.org.

Alzheimer’s Services

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

A “Lunch-N-Learn” session on “Determining Driving Safety” will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Roxanne Bingham will present. Registration is required by calling (225) 334-7494.

“A Cause to Remember,” a free one-hour informational session on the programs and services of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the office.

The session will include a light lunch and a tour of the award-winning adult day respite center, Charlie’s Place. Special sessions for groups are available upon request. Reservations are required by calling (225) 334-7494 or emailing alzdev@alzbr.org.

Cancer Services

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

Skin Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Wednesday at the office.

After Hours Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the office.

“Zumba Gold” will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at BREC Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd. Registration is required.

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

Lung Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Friday at the office.

Call (225) 927-2273.

St. Joseph Hospice

St. Joseph Hospice and its inpatient facility, The Carpenter House, will hold a bereavement support group meeting from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Jefferson United Methodist Church, 10328 Jefferson Highway. For more information or to RSVP, call (225) 368-3117.

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 patients and their families, or work in the office. Call (225) 291-3322.

Ochsner

Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, will hold “GO Road Trip: A Day at the Races,” a Golden Opportunity Program trip to see a race at the New Orleans Fairgrounds, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Participants will depart from and return to the medical center. Cost is $55 per person, which includes admission, transportation, lunch, racing program, tax and gratuity.

Ochsner’s Golden Opportunity Program is a program for adults, ages 50 and older, who want an active, healthy and independent lifestyle. Call (225) 755-4984 to RSVP.

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following events:

“Zumba Gold” will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Spectrum Central, 11424 Sullivan Road. Registration for the class will start at 10 a.m. The reservation deadline is Wednesday.

“Cardio Line Dancing” will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at the YMCA Paula G. Manship, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive. Registration for the class will start at 9 a.m. The reservation deadline is Friday.

Dr. Lance C. LaMotte will give a talk on “High Blood Pressure” at noon Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital, 8595 United Plaza Blvd. Registration for the lecture will start at 11 a.m. The reservation deadline is Friday.

All event are free and open to the public. For reservations, call 866-220-0418 or visit http://www.myhealth.peopleshealth.com.

Mary Bird Perkins

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will offer a free breast cancer screening from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Kmart, 3555 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Appointments are required.

Call (225) 215-1234 or visit http://www.marybird.org.

MBP-OLOL

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

“CancerFit,” a comprehensive wellness program designed to help keep cancer patients active and mentally fit, will be 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. Call (225) 938-9629.

A free skin and colorectal cancer screening will be from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wellness Day for Women expo at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. Call (225) 215-1234.

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.

Wellness Day

The 13th annual Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women will be from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the C.B. Pennington Jr. Building, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road.

The conference will have free health screenings, exhibits and educational sessions. Participants can also enjoy a lunch salad from 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Screenings include heart attack and stroke risk assessment, blood pressure, body fat percentage, skin and more. For more information, visit http://www.pbrc.edu.

Sickle Cell Support

Sickle Cell Support Group will hold a meeting and tutoring from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway.

The meeting and tutoring are open to adult clients and caregivers.

Wheels to Succeed

Wheels to Succeed has opened registration for its 5th annual “No Such Thing as Impossible” Bike Ride, which will be at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 17, at West Feliciana Sports Park in St. Francisville.

The bike ride will help raise money to buy specially adapted bikes for children with disabilities.

Sponsorship is also open. Wheels to Succeed gives physically disabled children specially adapted, three-wheeled bikes and opportunities to ride these bikes in free activities.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.wheelstosucceed.org.

CAHSD

Capital Area Human Services District will offer a tobacco cessation program for smokers who want to quit. The program is available in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.

The free program has trained facilitators for its group classes, which are held in convenient locations. It also offers free nicotine replacement patches to participants and telephone counseling for state smokers, ages 13 and older, who want to quit within 30 days.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for telephone counseling, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the location in your community to register for classes. For more information, visit http://www.realhelpbr.com or call (225) 922-2700.

STAR

Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center is seeking volunteers for its 24-hour hotline and to assist survivors at the hospital.

Volunteer training classes will begin Feb. 19. To volunteer or for more information, call (225) 615-7093 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit http://www.brstar.org.

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.