Category Archives: Health & Medical

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. [...]

Mobile Pantry Teaches Residents Healthy Cooking

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It’s a little like the book mobile, but it carries food. The Mobile Pantry Program will serve rural areas.
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana showed off its nutrition on wheels. It will be used in the under-served areas of Central Louisiana to provide food and information for healthy eating.

The Mobile Pantry is provided by grants [...]

New Farmer’s Market to Open In Boyce

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A new farmers market is being set up in Central Louisiana. It’s in Boyce on Pacific Street, where a groundbreaking event was held this morning.
The USDA is providing a grant to build the new market, because Boyce is currently designated as a food desert. That means residents there do not have easy access to fresh [...]