Throughout October: Free T-shirts and cupcakes for a mammogram screening. In recognition of October as national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every woman who completes a screening mammogram at Rapides Regional Medical Center during October will receive a free “My mammogram was a piece-a-cake!” T-shirt and a coupon for a free cupcake from Piece-A-Cake bakery in Pineville. For more information, go to www.rapidesregional.com.
Oct. 1: Paint Pink Art Exhibit, 10 a.m., South Tower Hallway. A new exhibit featuring works inspired by the fight against breast cancer will be on display during the month of October.
Oct. 2-4: United Way Book Fair, South Tower Lobby, Rapides Regional Medical Center. Employees of Rapides Regional will hold their annual book fair to benefit the United Way. The hours on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 2-3, are from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.
Oct. 5: Breastfeeding Class, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Gallery Room in the Medical Terrace at Rapides Regional Medical Center. Intended for women wanting to breastfeed their infants, this one-day class is taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and focuses on advantages, preparation and troubleshooting techniques. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for your baby. Research shows that learning about breastfeeding prenatally enhances your breastfeeding experience. The support partner/father is welcome to attend. Lunch is included. To register, call 877-801-8441.
Oct. 5: 24th Annual Walk to Remember, 9:30 a.m., Alexandria Zoo. The Walk to Remember is sponsored by the Healing Hearts Community Perinatal Loss Support Group, and there is no charge to participate. For more information, contact Denise Cross at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital at (318) 769-7569 or Stephanie Benavides at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital at (318) 448-6970 or (318) 794-3300.
Oct. 9: Diabetes Group Class: 9 a.m. – Noon, Medical Terrace Auditorium at Rapides Regional Medical Center. Rapides Regional Medical Center is offering a free program designed for adults with newly diagnosed diabetes and for people needing a refresher course in diabetes management. This is a basic diabetes program; therefore no physician referral is required. The program content follows the American Diabetes Association guidelines and uses a variety of teaching methods to enhance learning. Topics include meal planning, monitoring blood sugar, medications, complications, and learning to deal with a chronic disease. The course is taught by Sandy Couvillon, Registered Dietitian, and Amie Starks, Registered Nurse. The program is free, but space is limited. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (318) 769-3106.
Oct. 10: AARP Driver Safety Program for those 50 or older. A one day, four-hour class will be held Oct. 10 and Dec. 12. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Medical Terrace Auditorium at Rapides Regional Medical Center. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members. Bring a check or money order payable to AARP to cover the cost of the course and your AARP membership card to verify your AARP membership number. To register, call 877-801-8441.
Oct. 21: Cancer Support Group, Noon, Cascade Room in Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital. If you or someone you know has cancer, or you are a caretaker of someone with cancer, please join this group on the third Monday of each month. A light meal will be served. Please pre-register by calling (318) 769-7200.
Oct. 24: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, 6 p.m., Gallery Room in the Medical Terrace at Rapides Regional Medical Center. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call (800) 644-9730 for more information.
Oct. 26: Prepared Childbirth Class, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Gallery Room in the Medical Terrace at Rapides Regional Medical Center. This one-day class, taught by a certified childbirth instructor, prepares couples for the actual delivery. Topics include stages of labor and delivery, when to go to the hospital, pain management, assisted delivery, Cesarean birth as well as a tour of Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital. A light lunch will be provided. To register, call 877-801-8441.
Oct. 28: Sibling Class, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Cascade Room, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital. This free class is offered to children expecting a little brother or sister. It helps them understand where mom is when the baby is being born and lets them know how important it is to become a big brother or sister. The ideal age for this class is 3-10. Registration is required. To register, call 877-801-8441.
Oct. 31: Pumpkin Carving Contest, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rapides Regional Medical Center. Rapides Regional employees will display their creativity during the hospital’s annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Come out and see the winning, and not-so-winning, displays. The pumpkins will be on display in the hallway across from The Gift Shop in the main hospital.