“Health Briefs” column for May 12, 2013

Huntington’s

The 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.

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.

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.

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 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the office. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome. Call (225) 383-0681.

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

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.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

A Joint Success Seminar will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave., Conference Room 1. The seminar will discuss the surgery experience. To register, call (225) 763-4298.

“Back to Health,” a free seminar about spine surgery, will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 1. For information, call (225) 763-4298.

“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, 3600 Florida Blvd., 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. Tuesday at the Bluebonnet location, conference rooms 1 and 2. Admission is free.

Basic Life Support (BLS) Class will be from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Mid City location. Cost is $45.

“Baby Care Basics” will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 2. Cost is $30 per couple, refreshments included.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Recertification Class will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Mid City location. Cost is $175.

For more information, visit http://www.brgeneral.org.

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.

Brain Cancer 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.

Survive DAT! Young Adult Breast Cancer Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the office.

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.

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

Call (225) 927-2273.

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. A physician’s release is required.

Woman’s Ideal Protein Seminar, a free weight loss event 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.

“After Baby Comes (ABC): Baby Care and Parent Care,” a hands-on class about baby care, recovery and “baby blues,” 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.

“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.

“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.

Free skin cancer screenings will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Woman’s Physician Office Building, Outpatient Clinic, Suite 515.

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

“Special Delivery,” a class about the labor process and options available for dealing with labor and birth pains, will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the hospital, conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35 per couple.

Baby & You Orientation Tour will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the hospital, Conference Room 2. The tour is free.

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

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.

Women’s Retreat

Women’s Retreat 2013, “My Body, My Life ... I’m Taking Charge,” will be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday 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.

Grief Support

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

NAMI

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

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

Connection Recovery Support Group, for those 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.

CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates, 848 Louisiana Ave., will hold 45-minute informational sessions on becoming a CASA volunteer at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the office.

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

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

“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 CPR/AED” will be from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday the office. Cost is $70.

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

The Acadiana Area Chapter American Red Cross, 101 N. Pat St., Scott, 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. Cost is $90.

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be 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 First Aid/CPR/AED Plus Bloodborne Pathogens” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 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. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $90.

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

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

“Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. Tuesday 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. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Blended Learning Skill Session for CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers” will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

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

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

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

Sickle cell

Sickle Cell Anemia Support Group for adult patients and caregivers will meet at noon Wednesday at the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Office, 2301 North Blvd.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area will have a Lunch-N-Learn Session from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the office, 3772 North Blvd. Topic is “Exercising with Alzheimer’s.” The event is free, but registration is required.

Call (225) 334-7494 or visit http://www.alzbr.org.

Breast cancer

The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery (CRBS) will host Kathy Steligo, author and breast cancer survivor, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 1717 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Steligo will discuss the ins and outs of breast cancer reconstruction when mastectomy is unavoidable. The event is free, but reservations are required.

Call (504) 899-2800.

ABC Adoption

ABC Adoption Search and Reunion Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3552 Morning Glory Ave. Call (225) 752-3162.

Cardinal Hospice

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

A grief support group meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the office. Individual support is also available.

Volunteers are also being sought. Call (225) 291-3322.

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.

Parkinson’s

The Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Physical therapist Richard O’Quinn of Central Physical Therapy will speak. Call (225) 933-0542 or (225) 756-2645.

Mary Bird - OLOL

Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will hold skin cancer screenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the hospital, 4950 Essen Lane. An additional screening will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. at Albertsons, 402 South Range Road, Denham Springs. Appointments are required for the screening at Albertsons.

Call (225) 215-1234.

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following free events:

Yoga will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the YMCA Southside, 8482 Louisiana 427. Reservation deadline is Wednesday.

“Zumba Gold” will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 20, at the YMCA Paula G. Manship, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive. Reservation deadline is Friday.

“Osteoporosis” will be at noon Monday, May 20, at the Family Health Center, 3801 North Blvd. Reservation deadline is Friday.

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

Health expo

A Community Health Expo will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Southeast Community Health Systems - Zachary, 6351 Main St., Zachary. The event will include health screenings, games, face painting, door prizes and more.

Call (225) 654-1298.

Lane Regional

United Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary. Registration is not required, but donors are encouraged to sign up online at http://www.bloodhero.com. Sponsor code: LaneRegional.

Be the Match

Be the Match will host the 1st annual “Masquerading for a Match” masquerade ball from 8 a.m. to midnight Friday at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans.

The fundraiser will benefit bone marrow patients and help cover the cost of adding new donors to the Be The Match registry.

For more information, visit http://www.masqueradingforamatch.com or call (504) 962-7260.

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.

Cystic fibrosis

The Baton Rouge Regional Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host “Great Strides,” a 5K walk, at 10 a.m. Saturday at the LSU Agricultural Barn. Check-in will be 9 a.m.

The fundraiser will benefit cystic fibrosis research, education and care. For more information, call (225) 769-9994 or visit http://www.cff.org/greatstrides.

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.e_SClB