Health briefs

Free immunizations in Marrero, Metairie

The Greater New Orleans Immunization Network bus offers free shots to children who lack insurance coverage for vaccinations.

The network also maintains a computerized registry for easy record-keeping.

The bus will be parked:

Saturday, Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Clearview Mall, Metairie, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Wal-Mart, 880 N. U.S. 190, Covington, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Walgreens, Bullard at Lake Forest Drive, eastern New Orleans, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 20, Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tulane seeking expectant mothers

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is conducting a study to help women achieve healthier birth outcomes.

The university is recruiting women for a program to understand reproductive health care needs post-disaster to effectively plan for disasters and to improve long-term recovery.

Women are eligible to participate if they are: 18-45 years old, pregnant or giving birth on or after March 15, 2012.

The study will focus on residents of St. Bernard, St. John, St. Tammany, Plaquemines and lower Jefferson.

Visit for more information about Tulane’s work on women’s reproductive health in the Gulf Coast. Email or call (504) 988-1174 for more information.

Superfoods, vitamins to be focus of lecture

East Jefferson General Hospital Wellness Center dietitian Rebecca Markway Lee’s lecture series continues Thursday at 5 p.m. with a discussion of superfoods, vitamins and antioxidants.

Admission to a single lecture is $20. For more information, contact Rebecca Lee at (504) 849-6801.

Gentle yoga classes
held on Saturdays

Seniors meet for stretching and gentle yoga Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the meeting room at the Rosa Keller Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St. The class is free.

Blood center needs donations in Metairie

The Blood Center of Southeast Louisiana is seeking donations of whole blood and platelets.

Visit the center at 3400 16th St., Metairie, on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; or Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call (504) 887-2833.

Diabetes support group meets monthly

Diabetes Support Group meets at East Jefferson General Hospital on the last Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. Members share information and support each other to promote successful diabetes management. New members are welcome.

Call (504) 454-5609 for more information or email

Epilepsy group offers counseling services

The Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana offers short-term counseling to assist in coping with the initial diagnosis of a seizure disorder, temporary and chronic difficulties and stress management. Efforts are directed toward promoting the healthy functioning of people with epilepsy.

For more information, contact Kelly Aprill at (800) 960-0587 or check online at

Parkinson’s support group holds meetings

Parkinson’s support group offers opportunities to share information on new treatments and medications; discuss tips and tricks for living well with Parkinson’s and offer each other positive reinforcement.

Meetings are the last Monday of the month at East Jefferson General Hospital, 1:30 p.m., with a guest speaker. Call (504) 456-5000 for more information.

Stroke support group
meets at E. Jefferson

Stroke support group meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the 8th floor gym at East Jefferson General Hospital. Call (504) 456-5000 for information.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau