Category Archives: Health & Medical

Flu Shots Offered Tomorrow at Health Unit

Medical experts say it’s easy to get your flu shots now. Tomorrow, just take your insurance cards and drive through, with your sleeves rolled up, at Rapides Parish Health Unit from eight to three.
The maximum out-of-pocket expense is 10 dollars. And it’s free for Medicaid and Medicare patients.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/30/14

Local American Heart Assoc. Honors Forward-Thinking Children


Ladies from the American Heart Association local chapter honor some forward-thinking children today. They’re members of the Circle of Red, women dedicated to eliminating heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in the United States.
These students at Julius Patrick Elementary won the prize for door decorations that inspire a healthy Halloween by [...]

Cabrini, Rapides Regional Recognized for Healthy Baby Efforts


Cabrini and Rapides Regional are recognized for their efforts in giving babies a healthy start in life.
This banner was presented by the March of Dimes and the Louisiana Hospital Association. March of Dimes leaders say both hospitals have succeeded in reducing the number of early elective deliveries and cesarean births performed before 39-week pregnancies.
March of [...]

Local Health, Law Enforcement Participate in Ebola Exercise


An Ebola exercise is done with local health and law enforcement agencies. It’s a tabletop test to see if each official knows who to call if confronted with questions about the deadly virus.
So far, there have been no reported cases in Central Louisiana. But, there have been questions, especially since some people work in the [...]

Local Restaurant Recognized at First “Well Spot” in Alexandria


The head of the state’s largest department, Health and Hospitals, is in Alexandria today. Secretary Kathy Kliebert is recognizing all eight public health units in Central Louisiana as what are known as Well Spots.

Any entity can qualify to become a well spot: a business, a school, and even a church.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/29/14

Peanut Dog May Help Girl with Severe Allergies

Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. Research shows food allergies are on the rise.
Tonight, we introduce you to one teenager who has a severe allergy to peanuts. But as Kari Beal reports, there’s hope that a fuzzy four-legged friend could lend a paw.

Abby’s peanut dog doesn’t come cheap. [...]

“Well Ahead” Program Unveiled Today


A new program is unveiled to help the people of Louisiana make healthier choices. It’s called “Well Ahead” and it’s being led by the Central Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition and nearly everybody can get involved. If you represent childcare centers, hospitals, restaurants, work places, colleges or universities, then this is for you.

The program covers a [...]

Ride For Your Life Aims to Raise Motorcycle Awareness

The “Ride For Your Life” is Saturday to help raise motorist awareness of bikers on the road. It’s sponsored by the Fallen Riders Foundation and Southern Steel.

Registration starts at 8:30 am at AmVets, Post 7 on England Drive.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/22/14

Avoyelles Head Start Classes Celebrate Food

Head Start classes in Avoyelles Parish are celebrating food.
All week classes are taught by the Southern Ag Center about eating real. This is an effort to encourage children and families to enjoy healthy, affordable and sustainable food.
Today, the group from Jack and Jill Head Start learns the art of eating real.

Friday is officially food day. [...]

State Police Sponsor Child Safety Seat Demonstration


State Police sponsor another child safety seat demonstration. Today’s event was held at the Rapides Regional Medical Center.
Three of every four seats are not properly installed. Troopers and technicians are sponsoring these events throughout the state to help parents save lives.
There will be future demonstrations if you missed this one. Troopers say these instructions are [...]

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