New Orleans area health news, July 4-10, 2013

Touro offers free childbirth classes

The Childbirth Education Series is a free four-class series starting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Tuesday and July 16, July 23 and July 30, in the Presidents Room of Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher St., second floor.

Class I addresses the stages of labor and recognizing early labor signs.

Class II focuses on pain management and medical interventions. Class III is about birth and changes after delivery. Finally, Class IV is all about baby.

Registration is encouraged. Please call (504) 897-7319.

Complimentary parking is available for all classes in Touro’s parking garage on Delachaise Street across from the Emergency Department.

Network bus offers 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.

The bus will be parked:

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

2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Walgreens, 11297 Lake Forest Blvd., at Bullard Ave.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Rouses, 4001 General DeGaulle, Algiers.

For more information, call (504) 733-3268 or visit

Yoga class meets
in Sculpture Gardens

Yoga class is held at 8 a.m. on the first, second and third Saturday of every month in the Besthoff Sculpture Gardens at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Instructor is Addy Meisenheimer of East Jefferson General Hospital Wellness Center.

The fee is $5; free to Wellness Center members and NOMA members.

For reservations or information call HealthFinder at 504-456-5000.

Class addresses how to find child care

Finding child care for an infant or young child can seem overwhelming. Learn about the different types of child care available in the New Orleans area.

Topics include how to find a great care provider, how to spot bad ones and how to choose the best type of child care for your family.

The free class will be held Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at East Jefferson General Hospital, 3300 N. Causeway Blvd., in the Learning Suite. Call (504) 456-5000 for information.

Tai Chi, Chi Kung
offered at NOMA

Classes are being offered in Chi Kung and Tai Chi Monday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Develop physical stamina, promote relaxation, harmony and balance are achieved through stretching exercises, standing postures, repetitive movements and abdominal breath technique.

Classes cost $5. Classes are free to Wellness Center members and NOMA members. Enter New Orleans Museum of Art at the rear volunteer/staff entrance. To register call HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000.

Nonprofits invited
to apply for grant

Humana is inviting all nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations based in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes to apply for the one-time, $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit charitable grant in New Orleans. The deadline is July 30.

Humana Communities Benefit is a charitable giving program, sponsored by the Humana Foundation.

The program awards a one-time, $100,000 signature grant to a Greater New Orleans nonprofit organization, focused on improving the health and well-being of the community in the areas of childhood health, intergenerational health and active lifestyles.

For more information on the application and the 2013 grant go to Questions can also be directed to Humana by e-mail to

Mall walking group meets at Lakeside

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.

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. on 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 from noon to 1 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Members share information and support each other to promote successful diabetes management. New members are welcome. Call (504) 454-4165 or email

Ostomy Support Group meets at E. Jeff

The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group meets 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.

Gentle yoga classes
held on Saturdays

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

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 April at (800) 960-0587 or check online at

Parkinson’s support group offering info

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