Harrah’s to host freehealth fair Thursday

Harrah’s New Orleans will host a health fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday on the Fulton Street promenade outside the casino. More than two dozen health care providers and fitness and nutrition experts will provide fitness and health information.

The fair will also offer free vision, blood pressure and body fat checks and complimentary juice samples.

The event will include healthy cooking demonstrations by Harrah’s executive chef, Chris Brown, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, go to http://www.harrahsneworleans.com.

Registration deadline for Camp Tiger set

Saturday is the deadline to register for Camp Tiger, a free one-week camp for disadvantaged and challenged children from the greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas.

Call (504) 568-4874 or visit http://www.lsuhsc.edu/no/organizations/camptiger/ to sign up.

The camp, organized and operated by volunteer first-year medical students from LSU Health Sciences Center, lets campers be “just one of the kids” and provides them with freedom to play and socialize.

Camp Tiger has benefitted more than 1,500 children. Attendance is free thanks to extensive fundraising by first-year medical students.

For more information or to purchase tickets to an April 19 gala fundraiser at the New Orleans Museum of Art, call (504) 568-4874.

Prostate cancer group meets Monday

West Jefferson General Hospital’s “Man to Man” prostate cancer support group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Marrero/Westwego classroom at the medical center, 4513 Westbank Expressway, Marrero.

The topic is “How to Live Your Daily Life with Incontinence.” There will be a 25-minute video, followed by a group discussion.

The meeting is free. To register or for more information, call (504) 349-6763.

Learn about elective hysterectomy

Touro OB/GYN Paul DuTreil, M.D., will lead a free seminar on elective hysterectomy for benign conditions at noon Tuesday at Touro Infirmary, second-floor Presidents Room, 1401 Foucher St., New Orleans.

A wide variety of noncancerous conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system, including chronic pain, heavy bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis/adenomyosis and prolapse. Learn more about these conditions and various treatment options, including minimally invasive da Vinci hysterectomy.

Lunch will be provided. Parking in the Prytania and Delachaise Street garages will be validated.

Registration is required; call (504) 897-8500.

Open house for expectant mothers

Ochsner Medical Center-West Bank Campus will host an open house for expectant mothers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdayat 2500 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, in the River Room on the first floor.

The open house offers women and their families the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about prenatal and Lamaze classes and take a tour of the Mother/Baby Unit and Labor and Delivery suites. Free. To RSVP: email FamilyUnitWB@ochsner.org or call (504) 391-5220.

Rto study depression

esearcher gets grantBenjamin Hall, an assistant professor of cell and molecular biology and neuroscience at Tulane University, has won a $1.8 million grant that will enable him and his research team to explore questions that could eventually lead to new treatments for chronic depression.

The five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health means Hall can purchase new lab equipment and employ additional researchers to study the role of the NMDA receptor in the treatment of depression. The NMDA receptor plays a critical role in the transmission of information between neurons.

Twilight Run slatedto benefit research

Former State Rep. Quentin Dastugue and LSU football coach Steve Kragthorpe have partnered to present the 4th Annual Twilight Run at Stone Creek on April 18, begining and ending at Stone Creek Club & Spa, 1201 Ochsner Blvd. in Covington.

The 1-mile fun run and 5K race are open to all ages. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., race sponsors and community members are invited to Stone Creek for a patrons’ gala, $100 per person.

Funds benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Dastugue and Kragthorpe have both dedicated fundraising efforts to the Foundation after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. For more information, call (985) 801-7107.

Program offers free vaccines 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 recordkeeping.

The bus will be parked:

  • From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Rouses, 4001 Gen. de Gaulle, Algiers.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Kenner Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave.
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Walgreens, Chateau & W. Esplanade, Kenner.
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wal-Mart, 880 N. Highway 190, Covington.

Gentle yoga classes for seniors being held

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

Metairie bdonations in Metairielood center looking for donors needs

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; from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; or from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (504) 887-2833.

Breast cancer groupschedules meetings

Bosom Buddies, a support group for breast cancer survivors, their family members and caregivers, meets the first Tuesday of the month at West Jefferson Medical Center’s Hall of History in the Gretna Classroom at the hospital in Marrero.

To register, call (504) 349-1640.

Diabetes support group meets monthly

Diabetes support group meets from noon to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at East Jefferson General Hospital.

Members share information and support each other to promote successful diabetes management. New members are welcome.

Call (504) 454-5609 or email cfreudenthal@ejgh.org.

Ostomy support group meetings set

The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group holds meetings 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 information, call (504) 454-4941.

Support groups meet at Touro, West Jeff

Free grief support groups are sponsored by the Akula Foundation at Touro Infirmary on the first and third Thursday of the month and at West Jefferson General Hospital on the first and third Wednesday.

Call (504) 723-3628.

Epilepsy group offers counseling

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 information, contact Kelly Aprill at (800) 960-0587 or check online at http://www.epilepsylouisiana.org.

Parkinson’s support group sets meetings

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 and include a guest speaker.

Call (504) 456-5000 for information.

East Jefferson hosts stroke support group

Stroke support group meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the eighth-floor gym at East Jefferson General Hospital. Call (504) 456-5000 for more information.