CANCER RECOVERY WORKSHOP: Dr. Beau Bagley will be one of the speakers during a “Healing from Within: Pathways to Wellness” workshop from 8:15 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 14, in the Covington Conference Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1202 S. Tyler St., Covington. It is a free community workshop for cancer survivors and caregivers who are focused on optimal recovery after a diagnosis of cancer.

Bagley, a rehabilitative specialist with Gulf Coast Brain Sport and Spine, will begin the workshop with a discussion of the common side effects cancer survivors experience and the relationship of exercise, rehabilitation and integrative therapies in the restoration of optimal health.

Additional speakers and instructors will discuss wellness strategies that can be used during and after cancer treatment such as exercise, tai chi, restorative yoga, acupuncture and nutrition. A panel discussion comprised of cancer survivors sharing their personal strategies for ensuring physical and emotional well-being and a meditation moment by a licensed massage therapist and meditation instructor also are part of the lineup. For information, contact Jane Freudenberger at jfreudenberger@marybird.com or (985) 276-6832.

NAMI AWARDS PRESENTED: The 2014 NAMI State Conference was recently held in New Orleans. Those who throughout the year have supported the NAMI community attended. State Senator Ben Nevers and Representative Scott Simon in attendance to give their thoughts on our work. The evaluations of the 15 education sessions that were conducted look very positive. Many people personally told me after Tracy Moseley gave her story of living with bipolar disorder, that their day was made.

At the conclusion of the conference, NAMI awards were given to people that have fulfilled the NAMI mission in numerous ways.

The NAMI Louisiana Award Winners for 2014 included, from St. Tammany, Consumer Advocate of the Year Award , Tracy Moseley, NAMI St. Tammany; Criminal Justice Award, The Honorable Peter J. Garcia, 22nd Judicial District Court for the Parishes of St. Tammany and Washington; and Public Service Award, Pat Brister, parish president of St. Tammany Parish

For information on NAMI St. Tammany, call (985) 626-6538.

WIEGHT MANAGEMENT DISCUSSED: Slidell Memorial Chief Dietitian Paula Brown, MS, RD, CDE, will lead a health education seminar to introduce area residents to the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method, a 4-phase, hospital-based weight loss plan proven to decrease body fat and improve participants’ health.

“Ideal You: Weight Management” will be held on Thursday, June 12 at 6 p.m. in the SMH Medical Office Building, 1051 Gause Blvd., in suite 370.

Participants will work with a personal weight loss coach and with Brown as the dietitian during the program. Brown said the program is designed to empower participants with knowledge to develop better lifestyle choices and smart eating habits to maintain a healthy weight after program ends. Space is limited. For information, call Brown at (504) 280-1554.

INFANT AND CHILD CPR: Hands-on training in performing life-saving CPR and relieving choking will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. Register a week in advance. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for others. This is not a CPR certification class. For information, contact ksupan@stph.org or (985) 898-4435.

BLOOD CANCER SUPPORT: The Northshore Blood Cancer Support Group for individuals with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome, and their caregivers, will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14, in the Abita Conference Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1202 S. Tyler St., Covington. For information, call (985) 898-4406.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: Adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and their family members may benefit from the diabetes support group that will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Slidell Memorial Hospital. No registration is required. Call (985) 280-1554 or send email to paula.brown@slidellmemorial.org for a list of monthly topics and more information.

BABYSITTING TRAINING: The two-day Safe Sitter program will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17, at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. Topics include CPR, choking rescue, injury management, safety for the sitter, babysitting as a business and child care basics For information, contact ksupan@stph.org or (985) 898-4435.

SLIDELL AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP:An autism support group hosted by Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Community Outreach Center, Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. is open to all parents and caregivers of people with autism spectrum disorder. For information, contact Anne Galiano at (985) 718-0432.

LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA GROUP: A support group for blood cancer survivors, patients and caregivers will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6612.

TOTAL JOINT CLASS: A physical therapist, surgical nurse, case manager, and orthopedic nurse will discuss preoperative and postoperative care for patients undergoing total joint replacement surgery at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. To reserve a spot, phone Nurses on Call at (985) 867-3900.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: A grief recovery support group will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6612.

POSITIVE PARENTING: This class offers help identifying the stress and anger points that may be barriers to better parenting, and can help parents stay positive even during hard times. The class will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Crossgates Family Fitness, 200 N. Military Road, Slidell. The fee is $10 per family, and childcare will be available if requested during registration. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit SlidellMemorial.org.