Health briefs for July 21, 2013

CASA

The Capital Area CASA Association will hold its 19th annual playhouse fundraiser, “Casas for CASA.” Participants can visit the playhouse on the lower level center court of the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge and buy raffle tickets to win it through Aug. 11. Raffle tickets are $5 and are available at the mall, the CASA office (848 Louisiana Ave.) or online at casabr.org. The fundraiser will continue with “CASA Fiesta” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at the mall, and will include a silent auction, live music, Mexican cuisine and margaritas. Fiesta tickets are $50. The fundraiser will end with “CASA Kids Day,” a children’s safety fair, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at the mall. The Capital Area CASA Association’s mission is to advocate for timely placement of children in permanent, safe and stable homes. For more information, visit casabr.org or call (225) 379-8598.

Woman’s Hospital

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

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.

“Breastfeeding Basics” will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35.

“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.

“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.

Woman’s Ideal Protein 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. The event is free. Call (225) 924-8313.

“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.

“Body Basics for Girls,” a puberty class for girls, ages 9-12, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $15.

“Special Delivery,” a class on what to do when labor starts and how to deal with labor pain, will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the hospital, Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35 per couple.

Call (225) 231-5475 or visit womans.org.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, 647 Main St., Baton Rouge, will offer help to women who are unemployed or underemployed and looking for a better paying job from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the office. Call (225) 308-0220.

Grief Recovery

The Grief Recovery Center, 4939 Jamestown Ave., Suite 101, Baton Rouge, will offer the following events:

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

A 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.

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

All support groups are free and confidential. Private counseling sessions are available. Call (225) 924-6621 or visit www.grcbr.org.

Cancer Services

Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., will hold the following events:

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

“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 W. Constitution St., Gonzales.

After Hours 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.

Make Today Count Speaker Meeting will be at noon Thursday at the office.

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

Call (225) 927-2273.

Red Cross

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter Northshore Office, 300 Ashland Way, Madisonville, 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 and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $90.

“CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers” will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

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

“Adult CPR/AED” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the office. Another class will be Saturday. Cost is $70.

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

“Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $90.

“Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $90.

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Blended Learning Skill Session for Emergency Medical Response Instructor” will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the office. Cost is $550

The Acadiana Area Chapter, 101 N. Pat St., Scott, will hold the following classes:

“Blended Learning Skill Session for First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Training” will be from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the office. Cost is $500.

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

“CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers” will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Blended Learning Skill Session for CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers” will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Cost is $110.

“Babysitting” will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the office. Training is for ages 11 to 15. Cost is $85.

“Adult CPR” will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the office. Cost is $70.

“Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the office. Cost is $90.

“Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED” will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the office. Cost is $90.

“Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the office. Cost is $110.

“Blended Learning Skill Session for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, at the office. Cost is $110.

Call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcross.org/classes.

Grief support

Community Grief Support Group will meet at noon Tuesday at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave. Call (225) 927-2273.

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold “Silver Ball Fitness” at noon Tuesday at Spectrum Fitness & Medical Wellness, 7069 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. Reservation deadline is Monday. Registration will start 30 minutes before the class.

For more information, call 866-220-0418 or visit myhealth.peopleshealth.com.

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.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, will hold the following events:

Caregiver network meetings for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Assisted Living, 1532 S. Burnside, Gonzales; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Village Assisted Living, 4400 McHugh Road, Zachary; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Place, Health and Wellness Building, Classroom 1, 333 Lee Drive, Baton Rouge; and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Denham Springs/Walker Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs. Call (225) 334-7494.

NAMI

National Alliance on Mental Illness Baton Rouge will offer 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, Baton Rouge.

Connection Recovery Support Group for those whose lives are affected by mental illness will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at University Presbyterian Church.

Call (225) 273-6061 or (225) 291-6262.

Life Source Services

Life Source Services Hospice, 3049 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, 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, Baton Rouge.

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.

Southern Hospice

Southern Care Hospice Grief Support Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the office, 17316 Airline Highway, Suite P, Prairieville, to discuss “Understanding Life Changes.” Refreshments will be provided. Call (225) 315-9902.

Grandparents

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at Family Road, 323 East Airport Drive, Baton Rouge.

Refreshments will be served. Call (225) 355-5442 or (225) 201-8888.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd., Baton Rouge. Call (225) 752-3162.

Stroke Support

Stroke Support Group will meet at noon Thursday at Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital, 8595 United Plaza Blvd. Registered dietitian Tracy Michel will discuss “Eating Better for Life.” Lunch will be provided. RSVP to (225) 231-3123.

Cardinal Hospice

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

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

Volunteers also are being sought to assist patients and their families, or to help in the office. Call (225) 291-3322.

Lane Regional

Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary, will offer the following event and opportunity:

A blood drive will be from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the hospital. Registration is not required. However, donors are encouraged to sign up online at bloodhero.com.

Auxiliary volunteers are needed to direct guests at the information desks, distribute ice, water, coffee, mail and magazines to patients and more. Auxiliary volunteers are asked to commit to two to four hours per week to be considered active members. Dues are $4 per year. Call (225) 658-4309.

MBP-OLOL

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

“CancerFit,” a wellness program to help cancer patients be mentally and physically fit, will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the hospital, 4950 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Each session is free and includes an hour of individualized yoga and guided meditation. Call (225) 938-9629.

A free breast cancer screening will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mo Hair, 9321 Burbank Drive, Baton Rouge. Appointments are required. Call (225) 215-1234.

A free tobacco cessation program will begin its nine weekly classes Wednesday at Our Lady of the Lake Livingston, 5000 O’Donovan Blvd., Walker. Classes will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The program is free. For more information, call (225) 215-1274.

MBP - OLOL Cancer Center will be the recipient of $2 from the sale of every Fresh Strawberry Cake from Ambrosia Bakery, 8546 Siegen Lane, during the month of July. Call (225) 763-6489 or visit ambrosiabakery.com.

FHF

Families Helping Families will hold “Sibshop,” a workshop for siblings of children with special needs, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the office, 2356 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge. Lunch will be served. The event is free. Call (225) 216-7474.

The Hospice of BR

The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Suite A, needs volunteers for patient assistance, pet nurturing, office clerical and events. Call (225) 767-4673.

South La. Hospice

South Louisiana Hospice needs volunteers in the following areas: reading, writing, crafts, music, housekeeping, hairdressing and more. Call (225) 924-6830.

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 or visit batonrougealanon.org.

Narcotics Anon.

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