Health briefs for May 5, 2013

LaCare

LaCare Cinco de Mayo Fest will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 7800 Independence Blvd. Health information will be available in both English and Spanish. The event will include inflatables for children, food vendors, a snow cone truck, music and more. For more information call, (225) 316-1307 or visit http://www.lacarelouisiana.com.

HopeKeepers

HopeKeepers support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road. The group is for anyone affected by chronic pain or illness, physical or emotional. For more information, call (225) 337-1633 or visit http://www.hopekeepersbr.com.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, 647 Main St., will offer assistance to women who are unemployed or under-employed and seeking a better paying job from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (225) 308-0220.

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 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.

YWCA Greater Baton Rouge, 8281 Goodwood Blvd., Suite B-1, will offer free HIV testing from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday at the office. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome. Call (225) 383-0681.

Baton Rouge AIDS Society will offer free HIV testing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the office, 4560 North Blvd., Suite 100. Call (225) 923-2437.

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 at the office.

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:

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

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Monday at the office.

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.

A Night for Colon Cancer Awareness will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. Comedian, cancer survivor and author Brenda Elsagher will speak. Local doctors will be on hand to answer questions. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The event is free and open to the public, but only 250 seats are available. For more information, visit http://www.cancerservices.org.

Caregiver Support Group will meet at noon Friday at the office.

Call (225) 927-2273.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

“Smoking Cessation,” two different five-week courses to help gain a smoke-free lifestyle, will begin Monday and Tuesday and run through June 3 and 4. Call for time and location. Registration is required. For more information, call (225) 387-7848.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Re-Certification Class will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the hospital, Mid City location, 3600 Florida Blvd. Cost is $175 per person.

“Tour for Two (or more!)” will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave. Tour is free. To register, call (225) 763-4281.

Basic Life Support (BLS) Re-Certification Class will be from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Bluebonnet location. Cost is $45 per person.

“CPR for Family and Friends” will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bluebonnet location. Cost is $30 per couple.

“Healthy Steps: Lebed Exercise Program,” a free class of healing through dance and movement, will be from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mid City location and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bluebonnet location. To register, call (225) 763-4050.

A Weight Loss Surgery Seminar will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Conference rooms 1 and 2, Bluebonnet location. Admission is free.

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is seeking volunteers. For more information, call (225) 381-6601 or email katherine.hay@brgeneral.org.

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 at Destination Maternity, 5921 Bluebonnet Blvd. Cost is $12 per class. A physician’s release is required.

“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.

Woman’s Ideal Protein, a free weight loss seminar for men and women, will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Woman’s Center for Wellness, 9637 Jefferson Highway.

“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.

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

Free skin cancer screenings will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Woman’s Center for Wellness. Register by calling (225) 924-8937.

“Anesthesia for Childbirth,” a class to discuss epidural anesthesia for childbirth, will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital, Conference Room 2. Cost is $5.

“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.

“Body Basics for Girls,” a puberty class for girls ages 9 to 12, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $15.

“Breastfeeding Basic” will be from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35.

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

Grief Support

Community Grief Support Group will meet at noon Tuesday at Cancer Services, 550 Lobdell Ave. For more information, call (225) 927-2273.

Hope Chests

Hope Chests, a breast cancer support group, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge, third-floor lobby, 9001 Summa Ave. Ochsner Health System oncologist Sreekanth Vasireddy will speak on “Reducing Your Risk for Breast Cancer Recurrence.” For more information, call (225) 761-5296.

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, Suite A, will offer the following event and opportunity:

A grief support group meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive.

The hospice is seeking volunteers. For more information, call (225) 767-4673.

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.

Red Cross

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 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

“CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers” will be from 8 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 and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Blended Learning Skill Session for CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers” will be from 3 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $110.

“CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

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

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

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

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

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following free events:

“Cardio Line Dancing” will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the YMCA A.C. Lewis, 350 S. Foster Drive. Reservation deadline is Monday.

“Aqua Zumba” will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at P.A.R.D.S., 30372 Eden Church Road, Denham Springs. Reservation deadline is Wednesday.

For more information or to register, call 1-866-220-0418 or visit http://myhealth.peopleshealth.com.

Celiacs of BR

Celiacs of Baton Rouge support group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Topics of discussion will be “Getting Proper Nutrition from Food on a Gluten-Free Diet,” “Conquering the Nutrition Challenges” and “Cooking Gluten-Free on a Budget.” Speaker will be Gail Johnson, a registered dietitian, life coach and celiac herself.

Call (225) 766-8872.

Heart Association

The American Heart Association and BREC will host “Strokes for Stroke” from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the LSU lakes. The event will feature kayaking, which is a good exercise for stroke prevention and stroke rehabilitation. The AHA and American Stroke Association will be on site with information. Visit http://americanheart.org.

Bereavement support

First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., will offer a free weekly bereavement support group at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, Room L-02. For more information, call (225) 383-4777.

Lane Regional

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

Free skin cancer screenings will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the office of Dr. Laurie Harrington, 20474 Old Scenic Highway, Zachary. Registration is required. For more information, call (225) 654-5263.

The Lane Outpatient Therapy Center, 4801 McHugh Road, Suite A, Zachary, will hold an open house from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday free speech screening will be offered. For more information, call (225) 658-4578.

Child abuse

Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana’s “Kids Are Worth It,” a conference to inspire and equip professionals, advocates, parents and other caregivers with strategies and techniques to prevent child abuse, will be Wednesday and Thursday at the West Baton Rouge Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Cost is $100 per day. For more information or to register, visit https://www.blacktie-louisiana.com/calendar/event-detailbt.cfm?id=2614.

St. Joseph Hospice

St. Joseph Hospice Bereavement Support Group will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Jefferson United Methodist Church, 10328 Jefferson Highway. For more information, call (225) 368-3117.

Cardinal Hospice

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

The hospice will hold a grief support group meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the office. Individual support is also available.

Volunteers are also being sought. For more information, call (225) 291-3322.

CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates, 848 Louisiana Ave., will hold a 45-minute informational session on becoming a CASA volunteer at noon Thursday at the office.

Call (225) 379-8598 or visit http://www.casabr.org.

Comfort Keepers

Comfort Keepers will offer customized fitness and wellness instruction from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at 4626 Jamestown Ave., Suite 3. Class is open to seniors, caregivers and professionals. For more information, call (225) 931-1315.

Mary Bird - OLOL

Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will hold “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. For information or to register, 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.

Mental health

Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge will host the fourth annual “Beat the Odds” Casino Night and Silent Auction at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Park Welcome Center, 702 N. River Road. The event will feature casino gaming with play money, food, drinks and prizes. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call (225) 929-7674.

Obesity walk

Walk from Obesity 2013 will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. Visit http://www.walkfromobesity.com.

Women’s Retreat

Women’s Retreat 2013, “My Body, My Life ... I’m Taking Charge,” will be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators, 5550 Florida Blvd. The event, hosted by the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, will provide resources and information that will help attendees lead a healthier life. For more information, visit http://www.lahealthequity.org.

Cancer Crusaders

Cancer Crusaders and Chateau Country Club will hold a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. The event will feature cocktails, a buffet, dancing, a live auction and music by The Wise Guys. Cost is $100 per person. Reservations are required by Friday. Proceeds will be donated to two medical schools in New Orleans, LSU and Tulane University, for cancer research. For more information, call (504) 455- 7065.

Alanon/Alateen

Alanon Family Groups, a 12-step program for those affected by someone’s drinking problem, meets daily in the Baton Rouge area. For more information, call (225) 924-0029.

Narcotics Anon.

Need help with a drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous holds daily meetings.

Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.