Metro New Orleans health briefs, May 23-29, 2013

Sibling class slated Saturday at Touro

Big brothers- and sisters-to-be learn what to expect when a new baby enters the family in a free class at Touro Infirmary, designed for children 4 to 11, Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

The class covers what happens when mom goes to the hospital, what to expect when the baby comes home, and how older siblings can help their parents. There will also be a tour of the family birthing center.

The class will meet at the Coliseum Room of the hospital, 1401 Foucher St. To register or for more informatoin, contact Cheryl Tschirn at (504) 897-7319.

Heart health is Ochsner topic

Ochsner Health System “Hello Health” series will feature Dr. Eiman Jahangir speaking on having a healthy heart at noon Tuesday at Royal Palm, 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Cost is $18.

For reservations call (504) 842-5669.

Lakeside walking group forms

Join the Healthy Lifestyles walking group, sponsored by East Jefferson General Hospital, at Lakeside Shopping Center’s center court from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Thursday. Enter via any entrance of Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Free. Call (504) 456-5000 to register.

Free skin cancer screenings offered

The Division of Dermatology and the oncology nurses of East Jefferson General Hospital, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Christopher Guillot Memorial Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screen will be offering free skin cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the East Jefferson General Hospital Conference Center, Esplanade Rooms 1 and 2, in the hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. No appointment necessary. First come, first served. For information about the screening, call (504) 454-4454.

Sports medicine event planned

Physical exams, information about concussions and heat stroke and demonstrations of taping technique are among the highlights of a preventive medicine community event Saturday at the Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute, 1201 Clearview Parkway, Jefferson.

Coaches, athletes, parents, trainers and weekend warriors are invited.

Experts will provide preventive care through the promotion of wellness, fitness, performance enhancement and education.

There will be pre-participation physicals at $10 per athlete; physician presentations on concussion management and heat-related injuries; and sports medicine demonstrations on taping, physical therapy and athletic training.

For more information contact Graylin Jacobs at (504) 842-6855.

Scholarships offered by Slidell Memorial

Slidell Memorial Hospital is accepting scholarship applications for the 2013/2014 school year for local students enrolled in a medical program at an accredited university or college.

Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. To qualify, applicants and/or their parents/guardians must be a resident of St. Tammany Parish. Students must be 50 percent through their college or university curriculum; have a GPA of 2.5 or better; and have unmet financial needs.

Completed applications must be postmarked by July 5.

Application packets can be picked up in the Volunteer Services office at Slidell Memorial Hospital, college/university financial aid offices or downloaded from SMH’s web site at http://www.SlidellMemorial.org.

This project is funded by the SMH Volunteers who raise funds from book, jewelry and bake sales throughout the year.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Laurie Manley at (985) 280-8531 for additional information.

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, from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Thursday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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 cfreudenthal@ejgh.org.

Ostomy Support Group sets meetings

The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group holds meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of February, April, June. August, October and December 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. 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 at 6:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the 8th floor gym at East Jefferson General Hospital.

Call (504) 456-5000 for information.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau