New Orleans health briefs for Aug. 22-28, 2013

Network offering free shots 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 record-keeping.

The bus will be parked:

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Clearview Mall on Veterans Blvd., Metairie.

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

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

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero.

Heart disease topic of talk at Andrea’s

Dr. David Liff will speak on the topic of heart disease Aug. 27 at noon at Andrea’s Restaurant, 3100 19th St. at Ridgelake Dr., Metairie.

Cost is $18 and lunch is included. To register call (855) 312-4189, toll free.

Cancer support group reaches out to women

This 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 today from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday. Call (504) 897-8678 to register. The meeting is free.

Diabetes support group to meet at infirmary

Join Valerie Burton, RN, CDE, for a diabetes support group meeting at Touro Infirmary.

Learn important tips to keep your diabetes under control, using diet, glucose testing, medication management and exercise.

The Diabetes Support Group meets the third Tuesday of every month in suite C309, 3rd floor, 1401 Foucher St. For information, call the Touro Diabetes Center at (504) 897-8813.

Walking group meets at East Jefferson Hospital

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

Yoga class available 2 Saturdays a month

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.

Tai Chi, Chi Kung classes to be held in City Park

Tai Chi and Chi Kung classes meet in City Park from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday in the NOMA Galleries.

Chi Kung (study of energy) is the basis of all Tai Chi practice. The 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.

Physical stamina, relaxation, harmony and balance are achieved through stretching exercises, standing postures, repetitive movements and abdominal breath techniques in Chi Kung.

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 public on Mondays.

Go up the stairs and security will give directions to either to an indoor gallery or to the garden. To register call HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000.

Rehab center to offer stroke education classes

The West Jefferson Rehab Center staff offers free group classes to those interested in learning about prevention and treatment of stroke. Meetings are at 2:30 p.m. every Friday. Call for location of meeting, (504) 349-1346.

Compiled by the

New Orleans bureau