Visit any Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) location on Nov. 15 for the Great American Smokeout, an all-day tobacco cessation event. The theme this year is Tobacco Free LIFE: Get on Board with Commit to Quit. The public is invited to stop by and learn how CIS can support an individual’s “quit game plan” with resources from a free cessation program; and to participate in interactive displays for a chance to win various prizes.
The public is invited to attend a community kick-off event to announce the launch of the Morehouse Parish Garden to Table Project on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the LSU Ag Center Auditorium, 9609 Marlatt Drive in Bastrop. Through a Louisiana Healthcare Connections Community Health Grant, the Garden to Table Project will install raised-bed gardens at the LSU Ag Center office. Seasonal fruits and vegetables will be grown and maintained by volunteers designated and trained by the LSU Ag Center’s horticulture and nutrition employees.
Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths for both women and men, with 3,660 new diagnoses in Louisiana estimated in 2018 alone. However, there’s a new opportunity to turn the tide against this deadly disease through the newly available lung cancer screening, which helps diagnose the disease in the earliest stages when it’s most curable. During Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Lung Association highlights that awareness of lung cancer is more important than ever, as the lifesaving lung cancer screening has the potential to save thousands of lives.
The Touro Infirmary Foundation announced that Allan Bissinger will receive the 2018 Judah Touro Society (JTS) Award at the Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala on Nov. 10 at the Mardi Gras World River City Ballroom.
With flu season approaching, several schools in the Greater New Orleans area expect to stay one step ahead of illness by offering local families access to a new innovative device, Kinsa Smart Thermometers -- an app-enabled smart thermometer that tracks fever, symptoms, and influenza-like-illness activity in real time. Kinsa partnered with Ochsner Health System to sponsor the FLUency Program, a community health initiative that invites families and staff at select schools to receive free Kinsa Smart Thermometers as a way to prevent illness and promote a healthier school year.