Crescent City health briefs for August 26, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Humana Guidance CenterÑExercise classes at the Humana Guidance Center in Metairie have helped Leah Weis lose more than 50 pounds and get off insulin. From left are Helen Talbot, Sylvia Spilmann, Jan Machado, Leah Weis, and Taryn Vinet.

  • ORAL CANCER SCREENING: Faculty and medical students from LSU Health New Orleans will conduct free oral cancer screenings from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Daughters of Charity Health Center, 3201 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, the screening involves an examination of the oral cavity and neck, as well as counseling about risk factors for oral cancer. Participants will be referred for follow-up when warranted. The major risk factors for oral cancer are smoking and the use of tobacco products, drinking alcohol, especially together, and prior cancer in the region. Signs and symptoms of oral cancer include a sore in the mouth that doesn’t go away; sore throat or the feeling that something is caught in your throat; difficulty chewing or swallowing; difficulty moving or swelling in your jaw; a change in the voice; thickening of your cheek; or a growth or swelling in the neck. The screening project will be led by Dr. Rohan Walvekar, a head and neck surgeon at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. For more information about the LSU Health oral cancer screening, call (504) 568-4785.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: Jane Levine will be the guest speaker when the Big Easy Fleur de Lis Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday in the Esplanade 1 Room of the Conference Center at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4300 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The meeting also will feature ice cream treats. Patients and their relatives, friends and caregivers are all welcome, and there is no fee. For information, contact Bonnie Huddleston at (504) 905-6355 or BonHudd4417@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR: The Marrero Seventh-Day Adventist Church will hold a Community Holistic Health and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Marrero Lions Club, 2334 Barataria Blvd. Screenings and health-promotion activities will include blood pressure screenings, BMI assessments, diabetes risk assessments, kidney disease screenings, vision screenings, healthful-cooking demonstrations and exercise demonstrations. Presenters will include Ochsner Medical Center, the American Cancer Society, the National Kidney Foundation, Walgreens, Excelth, Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation, Urban Farmstead and Van Jasper. The Blood Center of Louisiana also will hold a blood drive.

HUMANA GUIDANCE CENTER: The Humana Guidance Center is highlighting the achievements of Leah Weis, of Metairie, in recognition of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day on Sept. 30. When Weis lost her job two years ago, she was in an unhappy place. “Not only had I lost my job, I wasn’t feeling too good physically, either,” she recently said. “I have a family history of diabetes, and I have battled it for a long time. I went to my doctor and found out that my diabetes was really out of control.” Weis and her doctor decided to change her diabetes medications and focus heavily on diet and exercise. Weis took advantage of the exercise classes available at the Humana Guidance Center, 1107 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, and through them, she has changed her life for good. Thanks to the many exercise classes she attends on a weekly basis, Weis has lost more than 50 pounds and no longer needs insulin. The Humana Guidance Center offers activities and programs that are open to the public, including seminars led by local health and wellness experts, social activities and special events. There will be a program on dealing with high cholesterol at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, and a program for grandparents caring for grandchildren at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. For information, go to www.humana.com/GuidanceCenter.

ABC’s OF BREAST-FEEDING: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will offer a discussion of breast-feeding basics and common concerns from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

SIBLING T.L.C.: A program to help prepare children 3 and older for the arrival of a new baby will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

CARING FOR YOUR NEWBORN: A physician and a registered nurse from West Jefferson Medical Center will discuss newborn behavior and care from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS CPR: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will offer an introduction to CPR from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. The fee is $15 per person or $25 per couple. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

CAR SEAT CHECKUPS: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center offers free car seat checkups every Wednesday by appointment at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-2173. To learn more about car seat safety, visit www.safercar.gov.

STROKE EDUCATION: A series of free stroke education classes for patients and caregivers is being held at 2:30 p.m. Fridays at West Jefferson Medical Center. For information, including location, call (504) 349-1346.

OSTOMY SUPPORT: The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The next meeting will be Oct. 13. For information, call (504) 454-4941.

INFANT SAFETY AND FIRST AID: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will present a program on infant safety and first aid from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.