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St. Tammany Healthy Living for February 14, 2018

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: The Cancer Connection support group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the St. Tammany Cancer Center, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. Family members and friends challenged by a cancer diagnosis are invited to share experiences. For information, contact Jane Freudenberger at jfreudenberger@marybird.com or (985) 276-6832.

DEALING WITH BLEEDING: Three hourlong classes on stopping bleeding will be held Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Class times will be 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Participants will learn how to recognize life-threatening bleeding and how to stop it. To register, call (985) 867-3900 or visit www.lakeviewregional.com.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY CPR: An adult, pediatric and infant CPR class will be held from 7  p.m. to 9  p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Participants will view an American Heart Association DVD on CPR and view a mannequin demonstration. To register, call (985) 867-3900 or visit lakeviewregional.com.

CUDDLE BUDDIES: Parents of babies will have opportunities for learning and support, while their babies have a social playtime, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. The cost is $6 for members and $9 for others. For information, email ksupan@stph.org or call (985) 898-4435.

NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP: The St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center new baby support group meets from 11:15 a.m. to noon every Thursday (except holidays) at 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to 7 months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents, as well as professionals. Free. To register or for information, email ksupan@stph.org or call (985) 898-4435.

TAI CHI CLASS: The St. Tammany Parish Hospital offers free tai chi classes at 9 a.m. every Thursday, and meditation classes at 10 a.m. every Thursday, at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion, 16300 La. 1085, Covington. The classes, led by yoga and tai chi instructor Erlinda R. Nye, are free and open to the public.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A bereavement support group will meet at 3  p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the second-floor chapel at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6612.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT: The Council on Aging for St. Tammany Parish caregiver support program lets those caring for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other age-related illnesses share their struggles and successes, guided by an experienced facilitator. Sessions are scheduled:

  • At the Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month; the next sessions will be Feb. 20 and March 6.
  • At the Covington Senior Center, 500 Theard St., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month; the next sessions will be Feb. 15 (rescheduled because of Mardi Gras) and Feb. 27.

For information, call (504) 339-1757.

SAFE KIDS 101: Nurse Stephanie Daniels will present a Safe Kids 101 course for young people ages 9-14 from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 16, in the community outreach center on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. Topics will include basic first aid skills, digital and cooking safety, and how to handle unfamiliar scenarios. The cost is $35. For information and to register, call (985) 280-8529.

YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: Patricia Hart conducts free yoga classes for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. Slidell. The next class will be Feb. 19. The classes are sponsored by the Thomas McMahan Cancer Foundation. Participants should wear loose-fitting clothing. Supplies such as mats are available for use. For information, call Hart at (985) 707-4961.

HEALTHY COOKING: Chef Neil “Nino” Thibodaux will teach cooking skills needed to prepare easy recipes that not only taste good but also help develop healthy eating habits from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the first-floor conference room at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. For information on the free program or to enroll, call (985) 280-6624.

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. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Pelican Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. To reserve a spot, call (985) 867-3900 or visit lakeviewregional.com.

MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION: Registration is open for free mental health education programs offered by NAMI St. Tammany. The programs, for people living with mental illness and their families, are designed to help establish and maintain wellness and recovery. A 12-week Family-to-Family course begins Tuesday, Feb. 20; a 10-week Peer-to-Peer course begins Wednesday, Feb. 21; and a six-week Basics course for parents of children with emotional or behavioral issues also begins Wednesday, Feb. 21. To register, call (985) 626-6538. For information, visit www.namisttammany.org.

MEDICAID ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE: The St. Tammany Council on Aging will provide free enrollment assistance for the Medicare Extra Help and the Medicare Savings programs in Covington and Slidell in the coming weeks. Extra Help helps people with limited income pay Medicare prescription drug costs such as premiums, deductibles and co-insurance. Medicare Savings helps low-income Medicare beneficiaries pay medical expenses and health care costs. To find out if you’re qualified, bring proof of income and Medicare insurance. The Covington session will be at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Covington Senior Center, 500 Theard St. The Folsom session will be at 10 a.m. March 13 at the Folsom Senior Center, 82010 La. 25. The Lacombe session will be at 10 a.m. March 20 at the Lacombe Senior Center, 27397 U.S. 190.

TODDLING TIME: Parents and their children, 16 months to 2½ years, will play and learn together through music and movement, arts and crafts, and story time from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. The February theme is “Eyes, Ears and Nose.” The cost for nonmembers is $24 per month, per child. For information or to register, call (985) 898-4435 or ksupan@stph.org.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS: The St. Tammany Parenting Center is scheduling appointments for free inspections of child safety seats. Call (985) 898-4435. Inspections are also held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Louisiana State Police Troop L headquarters, 2600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are appreciated. For information on the State Police program, call (985) 893-6250 or email greg.marchand@la.gov.

BALLET: Kristen Zornman will teach a three-week series of ballet classes for children ages 2 and older at 2:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, at the St. Tammany Parish Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. The class costs $21 for members and $30 for others. To register or for information, contact ksupan@stph.org or (985) 898-4435.

SLIDELL AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP: Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources will meet at 9  a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the community outreach center on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. For information, call Anne Galiano at (504) 812-9548.

WOMEN WARRIORS: Breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers will meet at 1  p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6611.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: People living with cancer and their caregivers will meet at 2:30  p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the second-floor chapel of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. Remote participation is possible by calling (985) 280-8958 at 1  p.m. on group day.

BABY AND ME TOBACCO-FREE: Slidell Memorial Hospital is holding smoking-cessation programs for expectant mothers on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. For information or to request an application, call Ashlee Menke at (504) 733-5539.

LAMAZE CHILDBIRTH CLASS: Relaxation and breathing techniques for natural childbirth, signs and symptoms of labor, and postpartum care will be discussed during a Lamaze childbirth class to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Bring a pillow and blanket. To reserve a spot, call (985) 867-3900 or visit www.lakeviewregional.com.

HEART HEALTH: Dr. Vasanth Bethala will discuss the signs and symptoms of heart disease, and treatment options, during a free Lunch Learn program at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. To register, call (985) 280-2657.

MALL WALKERS: North Shore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, will open for walkers at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, through a partnership with Slidell Memorial Hospital, to encourage people to walk with the advantages of the mall’s security, air conditioning and water fountains. For information, call (985) 280-8529.

COVINGTON GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A general grief support group for adults who have suffered loss meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Madisonville Conference Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. For information, contact Daniel Vanek, chaplain, at (985) 898-4562 or dvanek@stph.org.

SISTER SURVIVORS: The Sister Survivors support group for female cancer survivors meets from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the St. Tammany Cancer Center, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. For information, call (985) 276-6832.

COVINGTON GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A general grief support group for adults who have suffered loss meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the Madisonville Conference Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. The next meeting will be March 7. For information, contact Daniel Vanek, chaplain, at (985) 898-4562 or dvanek@stph.org.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB: The Better Breathers Club, a program of the American Lung Association, meets from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The next meeting will be March 8. The club is meant for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as their caregivers. To register, visit lakeviewregional.com or call (985) 867-4390.

TEEN HEALTH EXPO: The Slidell Women’s Health Alliance will present a Teen Health Expo from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 17 at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The event is free, and there will be prize drawings every 15 minutes. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit SlidellMemorial.org

GIRL TALK: Girls ages 9-13 will learn about the physical, social and emotional changes of puberty during the Girl Talk session from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Presenters will include pediatrician Alice LeBreton and dermatologist Taylor Hilton. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $15 per family. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit slidellmemorial.org.

BABY AND ME TOBACCO-FREE: Slidell Memorial Hospital is holding smoking-cessation programs for expectant mothers on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. For information or to request an application, call Ashlee Menke at (504) 733-5539. 

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Gamblers Anonymous meets several times a week throughout the New Orleans area. Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with one another that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. For information, call (855) 222-5542 or visit gamblersanonymous.org.

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