Crescent City health briefs for July 31, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by Yetoria DeShazierÑKaren Wood Ward, left, the new president of the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation, congratulates her predecessor, Jack Stumpf, upon completion of his term. Wood Ward has served on the board of Crimestoppers for 20 years and also serves on committees for both Bravo and NOCCA.

SENIOR CARE WORKSHOP: A free senior care educational workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Belleville Assisted Living, 813 Pelican Ave., New Orleans.

At the workshop, industry experts will offer insight into senior living and long-term care options. The event is being presented by the St. Margaret’s Foundation and Belleville Assisted Living.

Workshop topics will include when it is necessary for seniors or their caregivers to seek additional assistance; how to determine the most appropriate living environment for the senior based on their specific needs; things to look for when choosing a long-term care provider; and how insurance, Medicare and Medicaid factor into the various long-term care options.

The workshop is open to seniors, senior caregivers and community members who are interested in learning more about long-term care options. Following the presentations, there will be a question and answer session with the speakers. Light refreshments will be provided.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call (504) 362-7166 or email

VETERAN VISION: Veterans with eyeglass prescriptions can now purchase eyeglasses at the New Orleans outpatient clinic of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, 1601 Perdido St., New Orleans. The hours for the optical shop are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and no appointment is necessary. For more information, call (504) 412-3700, ext. 7298.

EXERCISE FOR OVERWEIGHT CHILDREN: Building on more than two decades of childhood obesity research and clinical practice, Mellinda Sothern, of the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has written “Safe and Effective Exercise for Overweight Youth.”

The book offers health care providers exercise recommendations and guidelines specifically designed for overweight youth. The book addresses the challenges specific to overweight and obese youth including hypertension, asthma, type 2 diabetes, weakened muscles, joint vulnerability and heightened injury risk.

It includes 40 lesson plans based on age, gender, medical condition and level of obesity. There are guidelines for aerobic, strength and flexibility training as well as motivational tools, tracking techniques and outcome measurements.

Sothern is director of behavioral and community health sciences and a professor of research at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health. She is also senior author of a book for parents to use in conjunction with their pediatrician or family physician, “Trim Kids.”

VIBRANCE PROGRAM SLATED: A free seminar on treatment options available for the vaginal atrophy associated with menopause will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, 1717 St. Charles Ave. The “Vibrance” program is sponsored by the Blue Thong Society and Red Hot Mamas.

Television health expert Barbara Dehn will discuss vaginal atrophy symptoms such as dryness, irritation and pain during intercourse. Before the program, meet breast cancer survivor Tamara Severin, and hear her inspirational success story. A book signing follows the presentation.

Snacks and beverages will be provided. Complimentary parking is available. For reservations, email to rsvp1@redhot

DILLARD NURSING SCHOOL HONORED: HBCU Digest has chosen the Dillard University School of Nursing as the best school of nursing at a historically black college or university in 2014. The award was presented during the annual HBCU Media Awards event July 11 at Dillard University.

Founded in 1942, Dillard’s School of Nursing is the first four-year accredited nursing program in the state.

At the time of its founding, Dillard’s program was the only collegiate nursing school open to African-Americans in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. In 1952, it became the first accredited nursing program in Louisiana.

From 1932 to 1983, Dillard operated Flint-Goodridge Hospital, where thousands of student nurses trained.

Today, Dillard’s School of Nursing is based in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building, which opened in 2010. Students have the benefit of state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including nursing simulators that sweat, breathe, blink and simulate myriad human functions.