Crescent City health briefs for December 16, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Junior League of New Orleans -- The Junior League of New Orleans raised more than $30,000 during its third Freret 5K run on Oct. 17.

  • FRERET 5K: The Junior League of New Orleans raised more than $30,000 to advance the well-being of women during its Freret 5K on Oct. 17. “We are grateful to every runner, every event sponsor, JLNO member and volunteer whose support helped continue our efforts to make the Freret 5K a marquee event within the Freret neighborhood,” said JLNO President Shannon McCloskey Able. “Registrations, business sponsorships and donations combine with more than 50,000 hours of direct volunteer service by JLNO’s members to impact the lives of those in metropolitan New Orleans.” More than 600 participants enjoyed the festivities, including more than 90 youth runners sponsored by JLNO members and the public. The Freret 5K showcases the area, promotes family fitness and raises funds for JLNO’s community projects and volunteer efforts.
  • AVOIDING THE HOLIDAY BLUES: A recent study by the National Association for Mental Illness found that 64 percent of people living with a mental illness report that the holidays make their symptoms worse. The New Orleans NAMI affiliate shares the following tips for avoiding the holiday blues:
  • Stick to normal routines as much as possible.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Take time for yourself, but don’t isolate yourself. Spend time with supportive, caring people.
  • Eat and drink in moderation. Don’t drink alcohol if you are feeling down.
  • Get exercise, even if only a short walk.
  • Make a to-do list. Keep things simple.
  • Set reasonable expectations and goals for holiday activities.
  • Set a budget for holiday activities.
  • Listen to music or find other ways to relax.