New Orleans area health briefs for March 28-April 3, 2013

Girl Power helps
with self-esteem

Girl Power, a self-esteem and social skills group for girls ages 11-14, begins a new series of meetings Tuesdays starting April 9, lasting through May 14, at 4 p.m. at Jewish Family Service, 3330 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 600, Metairie.

Girl Power activities increase participants’ self-confidence, teach them how to deal with stress and anxiety, encourage positive friendships and teach skills to handle peer pressure and bullying.

The cost is $240; sliding fee scale available. Reservations required. Call Rachel Lazarus, LCSW at (504) 831-8475.

Workplace Wellness Luncheon planned

The monthly discussion of health and wellness will be at noon Thursday at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., in New Orleans.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at (504) 569-9070 to reserve a space.

Medicare seminar
set for Thursday

“Understanding Medicare with Peoples Health” is the topic of a free seminar at 10 a.m. Thursday at the LeJeune Room of Ochsner Medical Center’s Brent House Conference Center, 1514 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson.

Visit http://www.ochsner.org/65 or call (888) 257-4515.

Varicose veins
topic of seminar

Dr. Jose Mena, cardiovascular surgeon, will speak at noon Thursday at Dakota Restaurant, 629 N. U.S. 190, in Covington on the topic of varicose veins.

Lunch is $18. The talk is part of Ochsner Health Systems’ “Hello Health” series. Call (866) 624-7637 to register.

GIRL Talk group
planned at Touro

The Gynecologic Cancer Support Group, or GIRL Talk, meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the patient lounge or Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher St., New Orleans. GIRL Talk is a support group for women who have been diagnosed with one of the gynecological cancers.

Reservations are required, and a healthy lunch is provided. Call (504) 897-8678.

Dietitians host talk
on healthy eating

Dietitians lead a talk on “Healthy Lifestyles: Eating on a Budget” at 5 p.m. April 4 in Touro Infirmary’s Foucher Room, 1401 Foucher St., New Orleans, second floor.

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

For information or to register, call (504) 897-8678.

Bus brings free vaccines to children

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 recordkeeping.

The bus will be parked:

  • Thursday, Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Clearview Mall, Metairie, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Home Depot, 500 N. Carrollton, Mid-City, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Walgreens, Lake Forest and Bullard drives, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • April 4, Wal-mart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Gentle yoga classes
held 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, from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Thursday; from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; or from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (504) 887-2833.

Cancer support group available

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.

Diabetes support group
meets monthly

Diabetes support group meets from noon to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at East Jefferson General Hospital. Members share information and support each other to promote successful diabetes management. New members are welcome. Call (504) 454-5609 or email cfreudenthal@ejgh.org.

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 information, call (504) 454-4941.

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

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 information.

East Jefferson hosts stroke support group

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.