'Health Briefs' for Feb. 17, 2013

Woman’s Hospital

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

  • “After Baby Comes (ABC): Baby Care and Parent Care” will be from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35 per couple.
  • “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. Cost is $12 per class.
  • “Special Delivery,” a class on labor, will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge, 323 E. Airport Ave. Cost is $35 per couple.
  • “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.
  • “Anesthesia for Childbirth” will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital, Conference Room 2. Cost is $5.
  • “Weight Loss Surgery: What You Should Know” will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the hospital, Conference Room 4. Call (225) 924-8444.
  • “Mitral Valve Prolapse: Causes, Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis/Making Healthy Nutritional Choices” will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Woman’s Center for Wellness, 9637 Jefferson Highway.
  • “Breastfeeding Tips for Moms On-the-Go” will be from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday at Destination Maternity. Cost is $20.
  • “Tyke Hyke,” a sibling preparation class for 3-year-olds, will be from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $25 per child.
  • “A Baby Is Coming,” a sibling preparation class for children, will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $25 per child.
  • “Baby & You Orientation Tour,” a free tour of the labor and birth suites, family waiting areas, Transition Nursery and more, will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the hospital, Conference Room 2.
  • “Great Expectations,” a class on providing a baby with the best environment for growth and development, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $25.
  • “Breastfeeding Basics” will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 25 and 26, at Destination Maternity. Cost is $35.

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

Cancer Services

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

  • “Yoga Thrive: Yoga for Cancer Survivors” will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. Registration is required.
  • Digestive & Urinary Cancers Support Group will meet at noon Monday at the office.
  • “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” will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and 5:15 p.m. Thursday at BREC Independence Park. Registration is required.
  • Breast Cancer Support Group will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the office.
  • Oral, Head & Neck Support Group will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the office.
  • Young Adult Cancer Support Group will meet 6 p.m. Wednesday at the office.
  • “Zumba Gold” will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at BREC Independence Park. Registration is required.
  • Make Today Count speaker meeting will be at noon Thursday at the office. Stephen Hebert, clinical trials outreach coordinator at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, will speak on “Introduction to Clinical Trials.”
  • Blood Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Friday at the office.

Call (225) 927-2273.

BR General

Baton Rouge General Hospital will hold the following events:

  • “Joint Success Seminar” will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave., Conference Room 1. Call (225) 763-4298 to register.
  • “Back to Health,” a free class on spine surgery, will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 1.
  • “Healthy Steps: Lebed Exercise Program” will be from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Baton Rouge General, Mid City location, 3600 Florida Blvd. Another free exercise session will take place at the same time Thursday at the Bluebonnet location. Call (225) 763-4050 to register.
  • A free “Weight Loss Surgery Seminar” will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Visit http://www.brgeneral.org to register.
  • “Baby Care Basics” will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 2. Cost is $30 per couple, which includes refreshments. Visit http://www.brgeneral.org to register.

HIV services

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.; 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 the Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St. Call (225) 338-9333.

Red Cross

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

  • “First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Training” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the office. Cost is $500.
  • “Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $90.
  • “Adult CPR” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the office. Cost is $70.
  • “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $90.
  • “Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the office. Cost is $110.
  • “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the office. Cost is $110.
  • “CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers” will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

  • “Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $110.
  • “Adult CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the office. Cost is $70.
  • “Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $110.
  • “Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $90.

The Acadiana Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 101 N. Pat St., Scott, will hold “Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $90.

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

  • “Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Another will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.
  • “CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers” will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

Mary Bird Perkins

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will offer the following free breast cancer screenings:

  • A screening will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way. Appointments are required.
  • A screening will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the ExxonMobil YMCA, 7717 Howell Blvd. Appointments are required.

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

STAR

Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center is seeking volunteers for its 24-hour hotline and to assist survivors at the hospital. It will hold volunteer training classes beginning Tuesday.

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.

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.

The Hospice of BR

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

  • A grief support group session will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive.
  • The hospice is seeking volunteers for patient assistance, pet care, office work and events. Call (225) 767-4673.

Ochsner

Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, will hold the following Golden Opportunity program events for adults, ages 50 and older, who want an active, healthy and independent lifestyle:

  • “Culinary Run: Bistro Byronz” will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bistro Byronz, 5412 Government St. Golden Opportunity program members will meet for lunch. Call (225) 755-4984 to RSVP.
  • “Movie Review: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’” will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Grand Cinema Theater, 15365 George O’Neal Road. Golden Opportunity program members will see a private showing of “A Good Day to Die Hard.”

Cost is $6.50 per person, which includes admission, small drink and small popcorn. Call (225) 755-4984 to RSVP.

EBR Library

“You and Your Health — The Prevention and Immediate Treatment of Stroke,” the first in a series of programs by representatives of Baton Rouge General, will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Registration is required. Call (225) 756-1180.

Life Source Services

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

  • A grief support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Resthaven Swan Room, 11817 Jefferson Highway.
  • A grief support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the office.
  • A grief support group will meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at La Plantation Retirement Community, 26635 La. 16, Denham Springs.
  • LSS is seeking volunteers for many of its projects. Call (225) 291-9421.

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.

Sarcoidosis Support

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

Guest speakers will be Dr. Claude Tellis, pulmonologist at Ochsner Health Center, and Deborah W. Jones, community outreach specialist for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan-Louisiana.

Tellis will speak on “What’s New in the Treatment of Sarcoidosis.”

Call (225) 773-0985 for more information or to RSVP by Monday.

Dutch PT

Dutch Physical Therapy and the Livingston Parish Library will host the 51st “Helping You Help Yourself” seminar at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch Livingston Parish Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs.

The free event will feature Dr. Adam Whatley, of the Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic, discussing the causes of and how to treat hip pain.

Chris Fussell, physical therapist with Dutch Physical Therapy, will explain how physical therapy can help with hip pain and surgery recovery.

Call (225) 588-2068 or email amys@dutchpt.com to make a reservation. For more information, visit http://www.DutchPT.com.

Alzheimer’s Services

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold a “Lunch-N-Learn in East Feliciana” session on “Alzheimer’s Overview” presented by Katherine Schillings, LMSW, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at East Feliciana Council on Aging Inc., 11102 Bank St., Clinton. For more information, call (225) 334-7494.

Parkinson’s group

The Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Gretchen Duplantis, a physical therapist, will speak on “Parkinson’s Disease and Physical Therapy — Improving the Quality of Life.”

For more information, call (225) 933-0542 or (225) 756-2645.

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.

C.G. Jung Society

C.G. Jung Society of Baton Rouge will hold a film presentation on “Peter Birkhauser: A Modern Artist Who Breaks the Mold” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive.

Dean Frantz, a Jungian analyst, will present and Deldon Anne McNeely, also a Jungian analyst, will lead the discussion.

Heart Association

American Heart Association will hold a Go Red For Women Luncheon from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Baton Rouge River Center, Grand Ballroom, 275 S. River Road.

The luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. after free health screenings, educational activities and a silent auction, which will all start at 9:30 a.m.

A fashion show will take place during the luncheon. The event is part of the Go Red For Women Movement, which focuses on how more women die from heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.

The movement encourages women to take charge of their heart health. Tickets are $100. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-257-6941, ext. 6180, or visit http://www.heart.org/batonrougegored and click “Your Event.”

MBP-OLOL

The Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will offer “CancerFit,” a comprehensive wellness program designed to help keep cancer patients active and mentally fit, 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.

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.

Kidney screening

A free kidney health screening will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway.

The screening will come with blood pressure checks, glucose and cholesterol measurements, urine testing and educational information.

The screening is open to people who are 18 or older and have one or more of the following: diabetes, high blood pressure or a relative with these conditions or kidney disease. Preregistration is required. Call (504) 861-4500.

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 10 a.m. Saturday at the office.

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

Oscar Experience

Oscar Experience New Orleans will hold the “New Orleans’ Oscar Night” celebration to benefit the American Red Cross at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at The Theatres at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans.

The celebration will start with a Patron Party at 5 p.m. followed by the live broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards ceremony, which participants will watch on large screens from ABC26 WGNO New Orleans.

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.redcross.org/neworleans or call (504) 620-3162.

BR Eye Bank

Baton Rouge Eye Bank Auxiliary will raise funds for the Baton Rouge Eye Bank with the “Day at the Races,” a trip to the New Orleans Fairground Clubhouse where participants will get to see a race and eat a buffet lunch.

Participants will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the Mall of Louisiana and return to the mall at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14.

Tickets are $75, which includes bus fare, admission to the clubhouse, racing form, lunch and snacks. Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, March 1.

For information, call (225) 761-8382 or (225) 766-8996.

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.