New Orleans health briefs for Feb. 21, 2013

Jeff Parish agency honors counselor

Sandra Sumler, GSW, is employee of the quarter at Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority. Sumler, a social service counselor in the adult services division, has been employed at JPHSA since January 2001. She was recognized for her leadership skills and willingness to lend a hand whenever needed.

JPHSA provides behavioral health services and supports to children, adults and families who are residents of Jefferson Parish and who meet basic eligibility criteria. For infornmation, call (504) 349-8833. The mobile crisis team may be reached after hours at (504) 832-5123.

West Jeff sets fair
on heart health

West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., in Marrero hosts a free EKG and health fair Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. at the medical center.

“Hustle for a Healthy Heart Muscle” will include glucose, blood pressure and BMI screenings, and demonstrations on healthful cooking and exercise.

Three talks are planned: “Heart Disease in Women” at 12:15 p.m.; a patient success story at 12:30 p.m.; and an EMS talk about myths on calling 911 and heart attack equipment at 12:40 p.m. Entertainment is also planned, beginning at 1 p.m.

Wear red to win a door prize. RSVP to the hospital at (504) 349-1789.

Learn latest about treatment of veins

Dr. Tod Engelhardt will discuss the latest procedures to treat varicose and spider veins at 7 p.m. Thursday at East Jefferson General Hospital’s Crawford Conference Center, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. Fitness Principle Nutritionist Jodie Mulheisen will be on hand to discuss the right diet for lean legs. There will be a wine tasting, snacks, a fitness demonstration and health screenings including skin scanner, blood pressure, bone density, body mass index, pulmonary health and chair massages. $10. Call (504) 456-5000 to reserve a seat.

Doctor to speak
on eye surgery

Dr. Pulin Shah, M.D., a doctor of ophthalmology, will discuss new technology in cataract and laser eye surgery at noon Feb. 26 at Ralph’s on the Park, 900 City Park Ave., New Orleans.

Fee of $18 includes lunch.

The talk is part of Ochsner Health System’s “Hello Health” series. For information or to register, call (866) 624-7637.

Expectant moms invited to open house

Ochsner North Shore in Slidell invites area moms-to-be to an open house event to learn about the hospital’s birthing center at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Women’s Center, 100 Medical Center Drive, Slidell.

The free event will feature tours of the labor and delivery unit as well as the mother and baby, nursery and pediatric rooms.

Moms also will have the opportunity to meet with health care professionals trained in caring for expectant moms and their babies including labor and delivery nurses, anesthesia specialists, pediatric intensive care providers, lactation and dietary consultants and maternal/child healthcare educators. Children, family and friends are welcome. For information, call (985) 646-5821.

Walk to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Louisiana is looking for volunteers and walkers for Walk MS: New Orleans on Saturday in Aububon Park.

There is no minimum pledge or registration fee for participants. Registration starts at 8 a.m.; the walk starts at 9 a.m. Dogs are welcome.

Volunteers are needed to register walkers, hand out snacks, etc.

For information, go to walkmslouisiana.org, call (800) 344-4867 or email rebecca.pennington@nmss.org.

60 exhibitors set for health expo in N.O.

The Health & Fitness Expo will be open free to the public Friday and Saturday at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

More than 60 exhibitors and retailers will feature the latest health and nutrition information with a variety of products for sale and sample as well as free fitness related clinics.

Bus offers children free immunizations

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.

For information, call (504) 733-3268 or go to http://www.GNOshots4kids.com.

The bus will be parked at the following times and locations:

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Rouses, 4001 General de Gaulle Drive, Algiers;

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Walmart, 4810 Lapalco, Marrero

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Rouses, 4500 Tchoupitoulas St.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Clearview Mall, Veterans Boulevard

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Rouses, 1644 Gause Blvd., Slidell

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Rouses, 6600 Franklin Ave., Gentilly

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Walmart, 4810 Lapalco, Marrero

West Jefferson offers cancer support group

Bosom Buddies, a support group for breast cancer survivors, their family members and caregivers, meets the first Tuesday of the month at West Jefferson Medical Center’s Hall of History in the Gretna Classroom at the hospital in Marrero.

To register, call (504) 349-1640.

Grief support groups meet at Touro, W. 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.

Call (504) 723-3628.

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 information, contact Kelly Aprill at (800) 960-0587 or check online at http://www.epilepsylouisiana.org.

Parkinson’s support group sets 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 at 1:30 p.m. the last Monday of the month at East Jefferson General Hospital and include 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.