Crescent City health briefs for Aug. 12, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Parade of Homes—From left are Veronica Blakesley of Camp Challenge, Patricia Tyson with baby Auggie Galliano, Larry Tyson of Tyson Construction, Lauren Galliano of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans, and Adam Bertuglia of Creative Builders of Louisiana with his wife, Holly, and their five kids.

  • CAMP CHALLENGE: The Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans has presented Camp Challenge with $1,500 raised during the Builders Challenge of its 2015 Parade of Homes. Camp Challenge is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving ill children and their siblings ages 6 through 18 a one-week, fun-filled summer camp experience. Camp is open to all children who reside in Louisiana and have a form of cancer and chronic hematological disorders. These children do not have to pay for camp; it is free for all campers. The Builders Challenge was a Facebook contest in which Parade of Homes visitors voted for their favorite Parade home. This year’s contest was won by a Lakeview home from Creative Builders of Louisiana.
  • PARKINSON’S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS: Betty Randle, of AbbVie pharmaceuticals, will give a presentation on the company’s Duopa treatment for people with advanced Parkinson’s disease when the Parkinson’s Circle of Friends meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at St. Francis Villa Assisted Living, 10411 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. The Duopa treatment is intended to reduce the amount of time patients experience poor mobility, slowness and stiffness. The Parkinson’s Circle of Friends meets on the second Tuesday of every month. For information, call Michelle Lane at (504) 952-6659 or Susan Sapir-Fields at (504) 432-0006.
  • BIOMEDICAL TREATMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents of children with autism or attention disorders can learn about alternative and complementary treatments when the Louisiana Chapter of the Thinking Moms Revolution meets from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15 in St. Joseph Hall at St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie. Biomedical treatments work with a child’s body, using vitamins and other natural medicines to treat the underlying source of the problem and not the symptoms. For information, contact Rainna Moran and Jeanna Broussard at chaseanswers@gmail.com.
  • 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. Aug. 19. The fee is $15 per person or $25 per couple. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 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. Aug. 22. West Jefferson Medical Center is 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 10 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. 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. For information call (504) 349-2173. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. 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 Fridays at 2:30 p.m. at West Jefferson Medical Center. For information, including location, call (504) 349-1346.
  • BACK-TO-SCHOOL HEALTH DAY: Members of local Lions clubs will hold a Back-to-School Health Awareness day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, in the center court at Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Free vision screening will be available for children along with tips on juvenile diabetes, hearing awareness and reading initiatives. Children often think that the fuzzy images that they see are normal and don’t complain. More than 26,000 Louisiana children were screened through the Lions’ Kid Sight program last year.