Rickey Jacksonto speak at health fest

Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Rickey Jackson, who played for the Saints from 1981-1993, will give a lecture aimed at young people called “Choices” at 10 a.m. Saturday in Dent Hall Gymnasium at Dillard University highlighting Dillard’s annual Family Health and Sports Festival.

The festival, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is sponsored by Dillard University’s Community Development Corp.

Dillard University’s Community Development Corp. will host the festival, its seventh. Admission is free and includes lunch.

Former NBA player Jonathan Bender, a native of Picayune, Miss., who spent seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers, will join Jackson at the lecture.

Also planned are healthy cooking demonstrations, financial fitness workshops, blood pressure screenings, diabetes tests, eye exams, rapid HIV tests and dental screenings.

Students of all ages can participate in volleyball games, a tennis clinic and a series of basketball games, which begin at 11 a.m. in Dent Hall Gymnasium.

The AARP Soul Steppers will lead a community walk at 10 a.m.

Over 40 health care exhibitors will be in attendance. Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, Dillard University’s School of Nursing, Daughters of Charity, Tulane Medical Center, Tulane School of Medicine, EXCELth, Inc., LSU School of Dentistry and Iberia Bank are among the festival’s sponsors.

Deletion Syndrome support group meets

There will be a meeting of the parent support group of the Louisiana 22q Support Network at 1 p.m. Saturday at the University of New Orleans Geology and Psychology Building.

The group is planning its annual event, 22q at Audubon Zoo, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19.

Louisiana 22q Support Network connects and supports families affected by 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. The syndrome is caused by a missing section of chromosome and is present in one out of every 2,000-4,000 live births — almost as common as Down syndrome. Older names for the syndrome include DiGeorge syndrome and velo-cardio-facial syndrome.

For information or to register for an event, contact Joy McClellan at 22q11la@gmail.com or (504) 250-1916.

Alternatives offeredto fast-food meals

Eating on a budget does not mean drive-thru lunches and frozen meals. Join Touro dietitians to learn strategies on eating fresh, healthy foods while watching your pennies and your waistline.

Topics will include grocery shopping strategies, tips to stretch your food budget, cooking small meals and uses for leftover ingredients. Seminar starts at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Foucher Room, 1401 Foucher St., second floor, New Orleans.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Parking in the Prytania and Delachaise streets garages will be validated. The seminar is free, but registration is required. Call (504) 897-8500 for more information.

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:

  • Thursday, Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Clearview Mall, Metairie, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Rouses, 4500 Tchoupitoulas St., 2 to 6 p.m.
  • April 11, Rouses, 4001 Gen. de Gaulle, Algiers, 2 to 6 p.m.

Gentle yoga classes held Saturdays

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

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. 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. Call (504) 887-2833.

Cancer support group available

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, W. 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.