Health Briefs for March 10, 2013

Myosistis support

A myosistis support group will meet at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at The Haven, 8225 YMCA Plaza Blvd. The group is open to those with myosistis and their caregivers. For more information, call (225) 572-7752.

Woman’s Hospital

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

“After Baby Come (ABC): Baby Care and Parent Care,” a class geared toward expectant parents and caregivers, 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.

“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.

“Every Breath You Take,” a breathing class to calm the mind and nourish the body, will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Woman’s Center for Wellness, 9637 Jefferson Highway. Cost is $30. Call (225) 924-8709.

“Body Basics for Boys,” a puberty class for boys who are 10 to 13 years old, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $15.

“Basics of Breastfeeding and Pump Pointers” will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Woman’s Center for Wellness. The class is for women only. Cost is $20.

“Doulas and Comfort Measures for Labor” will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Destination Maternity. Cost is $5 per couple.

“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, March 17, at the hospital, Conference Room 2.

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

Huntington’s support

Huntington’s Disease Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Mary Bird Perkins

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

A colorectal cancer screening will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Wal-Mart, 4858 Highway 1, Matthews.

A breast cancer screening will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Stage, 230 Cumberland St., Bogalusa. Appointments are required.

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

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.

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered:

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.

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 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.

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.

Brain Cancer 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.

“Survive DAT!,” a young adult breast cancer support group, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Wellness Studio, 7472 Highland Road.

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. Registration is required.

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

For more information, call (225) 927-2273.

Our Lady of the Lake

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 hospital’s auditorium.

Kristine Rumney of the OLOL Diabetes & Nutrition Center will speak on “Diabetes: Fact or Fiction.” For more information, call (225) 765-8020.

PC Hospice

Pointe Coupee Hospice, 350 Hospital Road, New Roads, will host an “Open House: Introduction to Hospice Care” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the hospice.

Featured speaker will be Dr. Jack McNulty, founder and president of Palliative Care Institute of Southeast Louisiana.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (225) 638-5717.

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.

MS Association

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America will meet at noon Tuesday at BREC, 7505 Independence Blvd. Lunch will be served. To RSVP, call (225) 766-6089.

Grief Support

The Community Grief Support Group 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. For more information, call (225) 927-2273.

The Hospice of BR

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

Grief support group sessions will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sunrise Assisted Living, 9351 Siegen Lane, and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd., and 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.

NAMI

National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold the following events:

Family to Family Support Group for family members/caregivers of people with a mental illness will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at University Presbyterian Church, 3240 Dalrymple Drive. For more information, call (225) 273-6061.

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.

Cancer Society

American Cancer Society will hold an ACS Cares Day Tuesday at Baton Rouge General, Mid City location, 3600 Florida Blvd. The event provides those currently in cancer treatment assistance with wigs and other resources. For more information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org.

Ochsner

Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge, I-12 at O’Neal Lane, will hold the first part of its “Childbirth Series,” a three-part series on pregnancy topics, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center. Other parts are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 19 and 26. The entire series can be taken at once from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $25 for mom and a partner. Call (225) 755-4854 to register.

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.

Mary Bird - OLOL

Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will hold the following free cancer screenings:

A breast cancer screening will be from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at LSU Mid City, 1401 N. Foster Drive.

A colorectal cancer screening will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at BREC Howell Park, 5509 Winbourne Ave.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (225) 215-1234 or visit http://www.marybird.com/olol.

People’s Health

People’s Health will hold the following free events:

“Cardio Line Dancing” class will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the YMCA, 7717 Howell Blvd. Registration will start at 9 a.m. Reservation deadline is Monday.

A lecture on “Colorectal Cancer Awareness” will be at noon Wednesday at the Lake House Reception Center, 12323 Old Hammond Highway. Registration will start at 11 a.m. Reservation deadline is Monday.

A lecture on “Diabetes and Avoiding Complications” will be at noon Friday at the Family Health Center, 3801 North Blvd., second floor, Conference rooms A and B. Registration will start at 11 a.m. Reservation deadline is Wednesday.

To make reservations, call (866) 220-0418 or visit myhealth.peopleshealth.com.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

“Breastfeeding Basics” will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave., Conference Room 2. Fee is $30 per couple and includes refreshments. To register, visit http://www.brgeneral.org.

“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 location, 3600 Florida Blvd. The program will also take place Thursday at the same time at the Bluebonnet location. Call (225) 763-4050 to register.

“Weight Loss Surgery Seminar” will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Conference rooms 1 and 2. To register for the free event, visit http://www.brgeneral.org.

Red Cross

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

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

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 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 2 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/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $70.

“Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 2 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $90.

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday 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.

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. Cost is $110.

“A Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 3 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $90.

“A Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 2 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $90.

“CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers” 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.

Alzheimer’s Services

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold a free Lunch-N-Learn session, “The Sunset of Life,” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Registration is required. Call (225) 334-7494 or email alzdev@alzbr.org for more information.

CAHSD

Capital Area Human Services District, 4615 Government St., Building 2, Room 200, will host its “Annual Public Forum” from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the office. The goal of the forum is to get community input to develop strategies for enhancing substance abuse treatment and prevention services. CAHSD will post a report on its website based on community input. The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, call (225) 922-2700 or email Vivian.Gettys@LA.gov.

St. Joseph Hospice

St. Joseph Hospice and its inpatient facility, The Carpenter House, 10615 Jefferson Highway, 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.

Lane Regional

Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary, will hold the following events:

“Books Are Fun” Book Fair will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the West Wing Conference Room in the hospital. The fair will have a variety of books and gifts. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds will go toward future LRMC Auxiliary projects and educational scholarships. For more information, call (225) 658-4309.

A $5 Jewelry & Accessories Sale will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 18, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the center’s Staff Development Classroom.

The sale will have rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, watches and more. All items are $5 each. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds will go toward future LRMC Auxiliary projects and educational scholarships. For more information, call (225) 658-4309.

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.

Wheels to Succeed

Wheels to Succeed is looking for volunteers 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, St. Francisville.

Volunteers will help with food, cleanup and more from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration and sponsorship are now open as well. Proceeds from the bike ride will help buy specially adapted bikes for children with disabilities. To register, visit http://www.wheelstosucceed.org.

Sisters Network

Sisters Network Baton Rouge, an affiliate chapter of the national African-American breast cancer survivorship organization, will host a one-day conference from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Second Baptist Church, 914 North Acadian Thruway.

The conference is part of a 10-day conference tour by Sisters Network Inc. and will focus on triple negative and advanced breast cancer. Speakers will be Dr. B. Jay Brooks, Jr. chairman for the Department of Hematology and Oncology at Ochsner Clinic, and Dr. Deborah Abernathy, medical oncologist and hematologist.

The conference is free and open to breast cancer survivors, clinicians, caregivers and the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit http://www.sistersnetworkinginc.org or (225) 456-6271.

Narcotics Anonymous

Need help with a drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous holds daily meetings. Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.