New Orleans Health Briefs for Dec. 27, 2012

Kick off New Year with lifestyle seminar

Touro Infirmary dietitians will lead a free seminar on eating strategies to kick off the New Year with a healthy start Jan. 3 at 5 p.m.

The seminar will be held in the Foucher Room on the second floor of the hospital, 1401 Foucher St.

Learn strategies for weight management and eating habits you can stick with, such as how to monitor serving size and portions and how to track what you eat. The dietitians will also talk about the pros and cons of trendy diets.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. Call (504) 897-8500.

Parking in Prytania and Delachaise Street garages will be validated.

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:

  • Thursday: Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Rouses, 6600 Franklin Ave., Gentilly, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 3: Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

Seminar focuses on future health needs

Prime Years at Touro Infirmary will offer a presentation on long term care options Jan. 8 at noon in the Foucher Room of the hospital, 1401 Foucher St.

Topics will include costs and levels of care in assisted and independent living; regulations and requirements of skilled and residential nursing care; insurance issues, resources to help with expenses and a brief history of Touro’s retirement community, Woldenburg Village.

Lunch will be provided. Parking in the Prytania and Delachaise garages will be validated.

This seminar is free, but registration is required. Call (504) 897-8500.

Grief groups meet
at Touro, West Jeff

Free grief support groups are sponsored by the Akula Foundation at Touro Infirmary on the first and third Thursday of the month and at West Jefferson General Hospital on the first and third Wednesday.

For times and more information, call (504) 723-3628.

Ostomy Support Group meetings set

The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group holds meetings on the second Tuesday of February, April, June. August, October and December at 7 p.m. at East Jefferson General Hospital,4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie.

For more information,call (504) 454-4941.

Epilepsy group offers counseling services

Short-term counseling provides assistance 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 http://www.epilepsylouisiana.org.

Parkinson’s support group meets

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 at 1:30 p.m. on the last Monday of the month at East Jefferson General Hospital, 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 eighth-floor gym at East Jefferson General Hospital.

Call (504) 456-5000 for information.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau