HEALTH FAIR: Second Harvest Food Bank will hold a “Second Line to Health” community health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Daughters of Charity Health Center at 5630 Read Blvd. in eastern New Orleans. Participants will have an opportunity to benefit from programs offered by the Daughters of Charity, Catholic Charities, Green Light New Orleans, Walnut Grove Apartments and Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest Food Bank’s community wellness team will assist with SNAP (food stamp) applications, prescription discount cards and other services. The team includes a bilingual staff member who can assist Spanish-speaking participants. Participants are encouraged to bring a state-issued ID as some organizations or programs may have eligibility requirements. Each household served at this health fair will receive a box of produce from the Second Harvest Food Bank Mobile Pantry. For information, call (504) 734-1322 or visit www.no-hunger.org.
FREE SCREENINGS: AAAneurysm Outreach and LSU Health New Orleans will offer free ultrasound screenings from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at LSU Healthcare Network, 3700 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Eligibility is once every five years for people older than 60 who have at least two cardiovascular risk factors and men 55 and older with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm and at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor. Risk factors include gender (men at higher risk); history of smoking; high blood pressure/high cholesterol; family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm; and hardening of arteries. Advance registration and eight-hour fast required. Call (504) 412-1578 for an appointment. Unhealthy behaviors also can increase the risk for aortic aneurysm. Tobacco use is the most important behavior related to aortic aneurysm. People who have a history of smoking are three to five times more likely to develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men older than 60 in the U.S., and it is estimated that more than a million people are living with an undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm. Most abdominal aortic aneurysms can be detected through an ultrasound screening.