Health Briefs for March 17, 2013

Lakeview Regional

Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington, will host the “Kids’ Town EGGStravaganza on the Green” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the hospital. The event will feature three different age-level Easter egg hunts, an egg toss, arts and crafts tents, inflatables, magic acts and dance and music performances.

The highlight of the day will be the Rubber Duck Regatta Race, which will only have 2,000 duck entries. Duck entries are $5 each. The winner of the race will get $500. The next five racers after the winner will each get $100. Admission to the event is $1 per person.

All proceeds will benefit Tammany Trace Kids’ Town, a child-size town at KIDS Konnection Playground that has a roadway for bikes and other tyke-size vehicles, exercise areas and recreational areas. Tammany Trace Foundation’s KIDS Konnection Playground is a place for children of all abilities to play.

For more information, visit http://www.lakeviewregional.com.

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.; 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.

Mary Bird - OLOL

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

A breast cancer screening will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way. Appointments are required.

Breast, skin, prostate and colorectal cancer screenings will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Innis Community Health Center, 6450 La. 1, Suite B, Innis. Appointments are required for the breast cancer screening.

A colorectal cancer screening will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Cortana Wal-Mart, 9350 Cortana Place.

“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, Baton Rouge.

Each session is free and includes an hour of individualized yoga and guided meditation. Call (225) 938-9629.

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

Lane Regional

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

A Masquerade $5 Jewelry & Accessories Sale will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday 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.

A diabetes support group meeting will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the center. The meeting is open to those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and their family and friends. Call (225) 658-4583.

A free blood glucose screening will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday at the Lane Medical Plaza, 6550 Main St. Fasting is recommended, but not required. Call (225) 658-4583.

Free colorectal cancer screening kits will be given away from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday in the front lobby of the Lane Medical Plaza and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the front lobby of the hospital. The test is not a substitute for a regular physical examination, but may indicate the need for one. Call (225) 654-5263.

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 Survivorship Luncheon will be 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,” an exercise program for cancer survivors, 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 Cancers Support Group will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the office.

Young Adult Cancer 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.

Blood Cancers Support Group will meet at noon Friday at the office.

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

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

Joint Success Seminar, an event to prepare people for surgery, will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday at Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave., Conference Room 1. To register, call (225) 763-4298.

“Back to Health,” a spine surgery education class, will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 1. Call (225) 763-4298.

Weight Loss Surgery Seminar will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Saturday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Conference rooms 1 and 2.

To register for the free event, 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.

A free vascular screening will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location.

The screening will come with additional screenings for blood pressure, body mass index and more as well as refreshments. Visit http://www.brgeneral.org or call (225) 763-4280 to make an appointment.

“Basic Life Support (BLS) Class” will be from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at Baton Rouge General, Mid-City location. The American Heart Association class will provide health-care professionals the ability to recognize life-threatening emergencies, do CPR, use an AED and relieve choking. Cost is $45 per person.

“Basic Life Support (BLS) Re-Certification Classes” will be from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Baton Rouge General, Mid City location. Cost is $45 per person.

“Baby Care Basics” will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 2. Cost is $30 per couple, which includes refreshments. Visit http://www.brgeneral.org to register.

Red Cross

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

“Blended Learning Skill Session for First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Training” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the office. Cost is $500.

“Adult CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $70.

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $90.

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

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

“Adult CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $70.

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

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 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Adult CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 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 3 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to 1 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 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $90.

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

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 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.

“After Baby Come (ABC): Baby Care and Parent Care,” a class geared toward expectant parents and caregivers, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35 per couple.

“Breastfeeding Tips for Moms On-the-Go” will be from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at Destination Maternity. Cost is $20.

“A Baby Is Coming,” a class to help future big brothers and sisters, ages 4 to 8, learn about their new siblings, 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. Call (225) 231-5475 or visit http://www.womans.org.

DBSA

The Baton Rouge “Open Arms” chapter of DBSA (Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance) will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at La Madeleine restaurant, 7615 Jefferson Highway. The meeting is free and open to those who have any depressive or bi-polar disorders. Friends and family members are also welcome. Call (225) 275-2778.

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.

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.

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.

BR Rehab Hospital

Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital, 8595 United Plaza Blvd., will hold “Ask the Expert: How to Manage Your Pain from Head to Toe” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital.

Dr. Richard Robichaux, of Baton Orthopaedic Clinic, will talk. The event is free and comes with a light lunch. Call (225) 231-3123 or email roxane.bingham@brrehab.com to RSVP.

STAR

The Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center (STAR) will host the 6th annual community production of “The Vagina Monologues,” Eve Ensler’s award-winning play featuring monologues on women’s experiences with love, intimacy, birth and sexual violence, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. A silent auction will start at 6 p.m. The event is part of the National V-Day Campaign, which aims to end violence against women and girls.

It will raise funds for STAR and awareness about the issue of sexual violence in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. Cost is $25 for general admission and $20 for seniors and students.

All proceeds will go to STAR’s services, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, hospital advocacy, counseling and community outreach and education. Call (225) 344-0334 to purchase tickets.

Wheels to Succeed

Wheels to Succeed, a nonprofit organization that provides physically disabled children with adapted three-wheeled bikes, will hold fundraisers throughout March by partnering with local businesses who will donate a portion of the money from customers who mention “Wheels to Succeed” when ordering.

The goal is to raise $1,250 to provide bikes for children in need. The fundraisers will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bistro Byronz, 5412 Government St.; all day Wednesday at Raising Cane’s, 3313 Highland Road; and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Schlitz and Giggles, 2355 Ferndale Ave.

Participants can be dining in, carrying out or making catering orders.

The fundraisers are part of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Email aschro3@tigers.lsu.edu for more information.

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.

Ochsner

Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, will hold the following events:

“Breakfast Bunch: Kidney 101,” a Golden Opportunity Program talk on kidneys and kidney diseases, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the center. The Golden Opportunity Program is for adults, ages 50 and older, who want an active, healthy and independent lifestyle. Call (225) 755-4984 to RSVP to this free event.

“Breastfeeding Basics” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge, I-12 at O’Neal Lane. Ochsner’s Family Birthing Center is sponsoring. Cost is $25 per couple, which includes registration, materials and refreshments. Call (225) 755-4854 to register.

Ascension Library

Ascension Parish Library, 500 Mississippi St., Donaldsonville, will host “Eat Right for Life,” a talk by Amanda Perron, a personal trainer, on healthy eating habits, at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the library. The talk is part of National Nutrition Month. Call (225) 473-8052 to reserve a spot.

Alzheimer’s Services

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold the 20th annual “Education Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease” from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road.

The conference will inform and advise health-care professionals and families on diagnosis, caregiving and other topics on Alzheimer’s disease. The focus will be “Thinking Outside the Medicine Bag: Alternative Approaches to Care for People with Alzheimer’s.” Participants will get to see exhibits, have a PDF digital download of conference materials and enjoy a continental breakfast and lunch.

Early registration is $125 for health-care professionals, which includes certification of continuing education credit, and $40 for family caregivers and members of the public. Early registration deadline is Tuesday. Registration on the day of the event will be an extra $25. Call (225) 334-7494 for more information.

Cancer Society

American Cancer Society will hold an ACS Cares Day event Thursday at Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave. It 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.

CASA

Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association, 848 Louisiana Ave., Baton Rouge, 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 Thursday at the office. Call (225) 379-8598 or visit http://www.casabr.org.

Parkinson’s group

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.

Dr. Jay Rao, of Ochsner Medical Center, will be the speaker. Call Sharilyn at (225) 933-0542 or Sally at (225) 756-2645 for more information.

Cardinal Hospice

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

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.

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.

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 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 event 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.

St. Jude Dream Home

WBRZ Channel 2 and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will host the “2013 Baton Rouge St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway” to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic in Baton Rouge.

The giveaway house is located in Carriagewood Estates in Baton Rouge and can be toured from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until June 9. The giveaway will have other prizes, including gift cards, savings bonds and spa packages. Tickets are $100. To purchase, visit Citizens Bank and Trust, The UPS Store, http://www.dreamhome.org or call (800) 726-6409. The home will be given away at a special that will air June 15 on WBRZ.

Narcotics Anonymous

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