PREGNANCY SERVICES: The Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans recently received a grant from March of Dimes Louisiana to expand the Centering Pregnancy program to the Daughters of Charity health centers in eastern New Orleans and Gentilly. Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans already utilizes Centering Pregnancy at its health center in Mid-City.

Participants in the Centering Pregnancy program get health assessment, education and support in a group setting rather than in one-on-one visits with a provider. Each pregnant woman will attend 10 sessions throughout her pregnancy, with topics ranging from breast feeding and nutrition to safety and pregnancy spacing.

“There is strong evidence that Centering Pregnancy assists in decreasing pregnancy complications and increases patient education and satisfaction. It also lowers costs and is efficient for both providers and patients,” said Michael Griffin, president and CEO, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans. “We are grateful for the support from March of Dimes Louisiana to help fund this program in New Orleans East and Gentilly.”

HEART HEALTHY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS: The LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine Women’s Affairs Committee has planned and will host hands-on healthy heart activities for kids to learn and play at local libraries over the coming weeks. The schedule for the events, which are free and open to the public includes: Feb. 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive; March 4, 3-4 p.m., Rosa F. Keller Library, 4300 South Broad St.; and March 22, 2-3 p.m., Milton H. Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave.

Part of their Heart Health Month events, the free LSU Health New Orleans faculty and student community outreach is designed to teach children to develop healthy habits for a lifetime of heart health. Activities include recording blood pressure at rest and after exercise; simulating the flow of blood through arteries, veins and capillaries; making a test tube model of the different types of blood cells; coloring heart-healthy foods; and identifying heart-healthy activities.

HOSPITAL AUXILIARY TO GIVE AWARDS: Eight role models of volunteerism and community service will be honored when the East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary holds its Great Lady/Gentleman Awards luncheon April 19 at the Audubon Tea Room. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the auxiliary’s nursing scholarship program.