Category Archives: Health & Medical

Walker Automotive Hosting Car Seat Safety Event

Saturday, parents and guardians can learn the proper installation of car seats for children. The event is at Walker Automotive on MacArthur Drive from 9 until noon.

Crashes are the leading cause of death for children between ages 1 and 13, and a properly installed safety seat can save a life.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/18/14

Efforts Begin to Organize Spring Heart Walk

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Executives leading the annual heart walk dine together on a healthy breakfast. Eugene Scriber and Doctor Vik Nijjar are chairing the 2015 walk.
This is the beginning of the effort to organize for the spring walk which raises money for education, research and equipment all to help out in the fight against the nation’s number one [...]

State Officials Get Public Input on Mental Health Issues

There’s a lot of discussion about mental health issues now, especially in Central Louisiana, where psychiatric beds are limited. Yesterday, state officials received input from the public about what should be done.

These sessions are held each year to find out what is being done and where there are needs.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/18/14

State Office of Group Benefits Expanding Customer Service Hours

Starting today, the State Office of Group Benefits is extending its customer service hours. The service line will be open from 7am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and is available at 1-800-272-8451.
In January, a new set of plans will be available to state retirees and employees eligible for group benefits. The state officials say they [...]

Rapides Regional Offers Lung Check

What if I have lung cancer?  Rapides Regional Medical Center gives patients at high risk a chance to find out, before symptoms begin
That’s the question many smokers may ask themselves from time to time, especially if they’ve been smoking for 20-30 years.
“Often, lung cancer isn’t found until a person develops symptoms of the disease,” said [...]

Pink Dress Run Scheduled for September

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A pink dress run, in connection with the Komen Race for the Cure, is scheduled later this month and it’s not just for women.

Visit the Race for the Cure web site for more information.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/2/14

Nachman Elementary Families Participate in “Walk Night”

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Families of students at Nachman Elementary get off their couches and take a hike, sort of.
2 physical education teachers late yesterday organized the Nachman Walk Night. Parents and students were invited for the hour-plus walk on the school campus.
Margaret Laborde and Rebecca Cook say the event was planned to promote family fitness and togetherness.
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New Doctor in Town Makes House Calls

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Remember when doctors made house calls? Well, one is back.
Today, the Chamber Red Coats helped Doctor Dana Mays announce her Yapha Physician Services, which means she goes to you and not the other way around.
Since she doesn’t have an office, the ceremony was held at the Chamber office in Downtown Alexandria.
Doctor Mays runs a retainer-based [...]

Rapides Regional Presents ER Expansion Plans

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An expansion of the emergency room at Rapides Regional Medical Center is planned.
Today, staff members described what is happening and when.

Rapides Regional, along with Cabrini, has taken over the services once provided by Huey Long Hospital in Pineville.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/27/14

Volunteers Working Hard on Cenla Race for the Cure

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The Komen Race for the Cure is less than two months away, and volunteers are working hard. The Cenla Race for the Cure Committee meets to recruit and inform new volunteers about the race. It’s October 11th in Downtown Alexandria.
These volunteers say Louisiana is at the top of the list for mortality from breast cancer. [...]

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