New Orleans area health briefs, Aug. 15-21, 2013

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:

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

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Walgreens, Chateau and W. Esplanade, Kenner.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Walmart, 880 N. U.S. 190, Covington.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, at Rouses, 4500 Tchoupitoulas St.

Women’s cancer support group held

This cancer support group is open to any woman, regardless of her cancer diagnosis, who is actively in treatment and interested in receiving and giving support to other women with cancer.

The monthly group meetings are designed to be informative and promote the sharing of thoughts and feelings. The meeting is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Call (504) 897-8678 to register. The meeting is free.

Doctor to speak on pain management

Join Leslie Lirette, MD, at Commander’s Palace, 1403 Washington Ave., at noon Wednesday for lunch and a discussion of how to manage pain. Cost is $18 per person.

Call (866) 624-7637 toll free to register.

Podiatrist to lead bunion discussion

Join Keith Luper, DPM, Podiatry at Young’s Steakhouse, 850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, for a discussion about bunions. Cost is $18 per person for lunch.

Call (866) 624-7637 toll free to register.

Touro to host diabetes support group

Join Valerie Burton, RN, CDE, for a diabetes support group meeting at Touro Infirmary. Learn important tips to keep your diabetes in control, from diet, to glucose testing, and medication management to exercise — you’ll learn life can still be sweet.

The Diabetes Support Group meets the third Tuesday of every month in suite C309, third floor, 1401 Foucher St.

For information, call the Touro Diabetes Center at (504) 897-8813.

Learn to read nutrition labels

Learning how to read food labels is a key step in learning how to eat healthy. The Nutrition Facts label provides detailed information about a food’s nutrient content, such as the amount of fat, sodium and fiber it has — but the percentages and terminology included can be confusing and hard to understand.

Join Touro dietitians from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Foucher Room of Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher St., for an overview of following a heart-healthy diet plus a comprehensive discussion of reading and understanding food labels within the American Heart Association guidelines.

A light lunch will be provided. Parking in the Prytania and Delachaise Street garages will be validated.

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

Walking group meets Thursdays at mall

The Healthy Lifestyles Walking Group meets every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Lakeside Mall. Enter any Mall entrance. Participation is free.

Yoga class meets at Museum of Art

Yoga class is held the first, second and third Saturday of every month in the Besthoff Sculpture Gardens at The New Orleans Museum of Art. Class is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The instructor is Addy Meisenheimer, of East Jefferson General Hospital Wellness Center. The fee is $5 per class but is free to Wellness Center members and NOMA members.

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

Chi Kung classes at NOMA Galleries

Tai Chi/Chi Kung classes are held every Monday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the NOMA Galleries in City Park.

Chi Kung (study of energy) is the basis of all Tai Chi practice. Primary goals of Chi Kung postures and movements are to heighten awareness of the energy in the body. Learn how to generate, cultivate and move the energy where needed. Develop physical stamina, promote relaxation, harmony and balance are achieved through stretching exercises, standing postures, repetitive movements and abdominal breath technique.

The cost is $5 per class but is free to Wellness Center members and NOMA members. Tai Chi participants should enter New Orleans Museum of Art by going to the rear volunteer/staff entrance as the building is closed to the general public on Mondays. Proceed up the stairs and Security will direct them either to an indoor gallery or to the garden.

To register, call HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000.

Booklet offers holistic health tips

The Department of Occupational Therapy in the LSU Health Science Center School of Allied Health Professions has published “A Lifelong Guide to Wellness and Prevention.”

A compilation of holistic health information for people in their teens to their 80s and beyond, the booklet is the result of the Master of Occupational Therapy Class of 2013 student project under the supervision of Allied Health faculty advisors.

The 29-page booklet is full of information for a healthy life at all ages. It offers general wellness tips, as well as age-specific information, by decade. The focus of the guide is on inter-professional prevention and health measures for all aspects of life. It includes information on physical, emotional, social, financial, spiritual, vocational health and more.

The booklet is posted on the Occupational Therapy Department home page on the LSUHSC School of Allied Health Professions website at http://alliedhealth.lsuhsc.edu/ot/docs/wellnessbook06182013FINAL.pdf.

Center offers stroke prevention advice

The West Jefferson Rehab Center staff offers free group classes to those interested in learning about prevention and treatment of stroke. Meetings are every Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Call for location of meeting, (504) 349-1346.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau