‘Health Briefs’ for May 19, 20013

HAART

HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two Inc. (HAART) along with other local AIDS service organizations will hold the 30th annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at North Boulevard Town Square, downtown.

The memorial seeks to honor those affected by the AIDS pandemic, educate the public about HIV/AIDS, influence policy makers and generate community dialogue about HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.

The theme is “In Solidarity.” It will feature Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis, The New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus, a candlelight vigil and a jazz funeral-style walk with music from The Michael Foster Project. It will also have refreshments, acupuncture and free HIV testing. The public is invited.

For more information, call (225) 927-1269, ext. 111, or email llauve@haartinc.org.

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,” a hands-on class about baby care, recovery and “baby blues,” 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.

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 at the hospital, Conference Room 2. The tour is free.

“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.

“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 about the labor process and options available for dealing with labor and birth pains, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the hospital, conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35 per couple.

Woman’s Ideal Protein Seminar, a free weight loss event for men and women, will be from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Woman’s Center for Wellness, 9637 Jefferson Highway. To register, call (225) 924-8313.

“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.

Orthopedic Care: Shoulder and Elbow Pain Seminar will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Woman’s Center for Wellness. To register, call (225) 924-8709.

“Tyke Hyke,” a class designed to prepare 3-year-olds for their new sibling’s arrival, 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 class designed to prepare children, ages 4-8, for their new sibling’s arrival, 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.

“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.

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

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 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.; 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.

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 the following service and event:

Counseling services for children, individuals and families who need help with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and relationship problems will be 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.

“Parenting Together While Living Apart: Trans-Parenting,” a seminar designed to help divorced or divorcing parents with their concerns about divorce and its effects on their children, will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $65. Call (225) 924-0123.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge will hold an informational meeting on Safe Families for Children, a program that offers a temporary sanctuary to children whose families are in crisis but do not need foster care, at 6:30 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church’s Education Building Banquet Hall, 4200 Main St., Zachary.

The program seeks to reduce child abuse and neglect by providing overwhelmed and resource-limited parents with a safe, temporary place for their child without the threat of losing custody. Those interested in volunteering for the program are invited to the meeting.

Call (225) 336-8708, email safefamilies@ccdiobr.org or visit http://www.ccdiobr.org/program/sfcbr.html.

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.

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,” 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.

Ascension Parish Support Group will meet at noon Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 224 West Constitution St., Gonzales.

After Hours Cancer Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the office.

LGBTQ Cancer Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the office.

“Zumba Gold” will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at BREC Independence Park. Registration is required.

Make TONIGHT Count Speaker Meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the office. Dr. Jay Brooks will give a presentation on “Treatment Side Effects.”

Call (225) 927-2273.

Grief Recovery

Grief Recovery Center, 4939 Jamestown Ave., Suite 101, will offer the following services:

A free grief support group for adults will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the center.

A free grief support group for adults will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road.

Grief Share, a faith-based, non-denominational grief support group, will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the center. Workbooks are available.

A free grief support group for adults will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales.

All support groups are free and confidential. Fees are based on a sliding scale. Private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. Call (225) 924-6621.

Grief Support

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

The Hospice of BR

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

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

The Hospice of Baton Rouge is seeking volunteers for patient care, pet care, office work and events. Call (225) 767-4673.

CASA

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

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

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

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. Tuesday at the Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave. Cost is $45. To register, call (225) 381-6602.

“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.

“Breastfeeding Basics” will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 2. Cost is $30 per couple, which includes refreshments. To register, visit http://www.brgeneral.org.

Basic Life Support (BLS) Class will be from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Mid City location. Cost is $45. To register, call (225) 381-6602.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Re-Certification Class will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mid City location. Cost is $225. To register, call (225) 381-6602.

A free weight loss surgery seminar will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bluebonnet location, conference rooms 1 and 2.

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

First UMC

First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., will offer a service of prayer for those struggling with infertility or miscarriage at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Aldrich Chapel. Discussion and refreshments will follow the service. Call (225) 383-4777.

Health Expo

Southeast Community Health Systems will hold a Community Health Expo from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Helena Community Health Center, 490 Stiman St., Greensburg. The expo will have health screenings, games, face painting and door prizes.

All five Bayou Health Plan participants will be there along with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition. For more information, call (225) 222-6059.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold a Lunch-N-Learn session from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Pointe Coupee Parish Library, 201 Claiborne St., New Roads. Topic is “Alzheimer’s Overview.”

The event is free, but registration is required. Call (225) 334-7494 or visit http://www.alzbr.org.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd. For more information, call (225) 752-3162.

Grandparents support

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at Family Road, 323 E. Airport Drive. For more information, call (225) 201-8888 or (225) 355-5442.

SouthernCare

SouthernCare Hospice will hold a monthly grief support group at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the hospice, 17316 Airline Highway, Suite P, Prairieville. Topic is “Grief in Every Day Life.” Call (225) 315-9902 for directions.

SurviveDAT

SurviveDAT will hold a “Bold Beautiful You” event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at U-WINK Eyelash Studio in the Mall of Louisiana. The event will provide young breast cancer survivors with beauty tips, post mastectomy care information, body image advice and more.

A reception will kick things off, and will be followed by a presentation from Fit Lab Fitness owner and licensed personal trainer Britney Temple at 7 p.m. Seating is limited to 20.

SurviveDAT, a program that provides access to local and national support groups, health information and more for survivors between the ages of 18 and 44, was recently launched by Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health.

For more information or to RSVP, call (225) 215-1343 or visit http://www.survivedat.org.

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following free events:

“Zumba Gold” will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the YMCA A.C. Lewis, 350 S. Foster Drive. Reservation deadline is Wednesday.

Dr. Garland G. Green will speak on “How to Love Your Heart” at noon Friday at the Lake House Reception Center, 12323 Old Hammond Highway. Reservation deadline is Wednesday.

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

Cardinal Hospice

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

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

Volunteers are needed to assist patients and their families, or do work in the office. For more information, 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.

OLOL College

Our Lady of the Lake College is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Distinguished Recent Alumni Award to honor alumni who are contributing to their profession and serving the community.

The college is also seeking nominations for the Franciscan Impact Award, which recognizes a community member who exemplifies the Franciscan concept of joyful service to others. Nomination deadline is Friday, June 14. Nomination forms are at http://www.ololcollege.edu>Alumni.

Nominations can be submitted online to the Office of Institutional Advancement, 5414 Brittany Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 or to elaine.crowe@ololcollege.edu.

Award winners will be recognized at the “90th Anniversary Celebration” on Nov. 16. For more information, call (225) 490-1637.

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.

Amedisys Hospice

Amedisys Hospice is seeking caring individuals who can be direct or indirect patient volunteers, comfort cooks and bereavement volunteers. Call (225) 751-4599.

South La. Hospice

South Louisiana Hospice is looking for volunteers who can help in several areas, including reading, writing, hobbies, crafts, music, housekeeping, flowers and hairdressing. Call (225) 924-6830.

Narcotics Anon.

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

Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.