Health & Wellness

Friday, January 20, 2017

Purple, green and good for you: Keeping well during Mardi Gras

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 6:13 PM

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Carnival is upon us — ready or not — as is the continuation of the holiday binge that began around Halloween. Everyone sees it coming: it began as an extra slice of pie (or three) while cooking the Thanksgiving turkey and morphed into a half-gallon of eggnog daiquiri right before Christmas, and will finally denigrate into a case of beer on the parade route Endymion Saturday, Bacchus Sunday and Orpheus Monday, and lead to profound Ash Wednesday guilt when looking back on the caloric choices made over the last four months.

Julie Fortenberry, a wellness dietitian at Touro Hospital, sees this gastronomic saga play out every year. At a time when the rest of the country has moved on to the contrition of New Year’s resolutions, New Orleans is just revving up for Mardi Gras season.

“The average six weeks of holidays (from Thanksgiving to New Year’s) becomes 12 weeks in New Orleans including Carnival season,” says Fortenberry. “That’s three months. If the average person gains 5 lbs. through the holidays, that’s 10 lbs. through Mardi Gras — that’s a lot.”

Fortenberry finds that her clients put off resolutions to eat right and lose weight until after the overindulgence of Carnival, but warns that this is not a healthy solution.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Comedy show Jan. 19 benefits New Orleans Abortion Fund

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 3:30 AM


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As a presidential administration widely feared to be hostile to reproductive rights takes office, women's health care observers make note of a significant date: Jan. 22, the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion services. To mark the occasion, Paul Oswell's Thursday night comedy show Jan. 19 becomes "Night Church v. Roe v. Wade," a benefit for New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF).

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Y@ Speak: health caring

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Last week in Twitter: The battle for health care, the ballad of King Cake Baby, Mississippi being supremely Mississippi, and resistance in the days before the Trump era.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

As Congress votes to begin repeal of Affordable Care Act, Edwards and Landrieu tout Medicaid expansion success in Louisiana

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Dr. Rebekah Gee, head of the Louisiana Department of Health, touted what they called health care success in Louisiana at a press conference today at the University Medical Center.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Dr. Rebekah Gee, head of the Louisiana Department of Health, touted what they called health care success in Louisiana at a press conference today at the University Medical Center.

One day after President-elect Donald Trump held a press conference in which he repeatedly vowed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a group of Louisiana leaders gathered at University Medical Center in New Orleans to commemorate the one-year anniversary since Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill allowing Medicaid expansion into the state. That expansion, which went into place last July, has resulted in more than 378,000 newly insured Louisianans, according to figures provided by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

"Behind all these numbers is a real live person," Edwards said.

Refusing the Medicaid expansion was a cornerstone of former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, while Edwards had made it a campaign plank. Edwards called signing Medicaid expansion "the easiest big decision I will ever make as governor."

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Church of Yoga to open Feb. 11 in the 7th Ward

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Dana Trixie Flynn, back row left, poses with kids from the neighborhood surrounding the Church of Yoga in the 7th Ward. - NOUSHA SALIMI
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  • Dana Trixie Flynn, back row left, poses with kids from the neighborhood surrounding the Church of Yoga in the 7th Ward.

Dana Trixie Flynn, founder of Laughing Lotus (a New York City-based yoga studio), will open the Church of Yoga Feb. 11 at the former Greater Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church. New Orleans blues legend Little Freddie King will be on hand to welcome the Church of Yoga (1480 N. Rocheblave St., 646-785-7220) to the neighborhood.

“It’s the home of the party and the prayer,” says Flynn.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Interview: Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 10:08 AM

Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus. - BABS EVANGELISTA
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  • Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus.

In her new book American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, sociology professor and New Orleans resident Lisa Wade explores the sex lives of modern college freshmen. She's especially concerned with the alcohol-soaked, commitment-averse, frat-party-centric “hookup culture” that has contributed to several high-profile sexual assault scandals at prestigious universities across the country. Wade argues that this culture isn’t espoused, or really even enjoyed, by most students. Rather, a small group of privileged students who control the college social scene are the key advocates for this culture, and students of color, queer students and many women often are excluded — or socially penalized for their failure to participate.

There’s a launch party for the book at Octavia Books on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. Wade spoke with Gambit in advance of her appearance about the history of hookup culture and how it pertains to gender, race and sexual orientation.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Bobby Jindal's back, with more health care advice

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 1:27 PM

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering his advice on repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Former Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering his advice on repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal — who made fierce criticism of the Affordable Care Act a cornerstone of his aborted run for president — wrote an op-ed yesterday for Politico titled "How to Drain the Health Care Swamp."

"We must repeal all of the new Obamacare spending and taxes," Jindal wrote, "and consider that our baseline against which we measure any repeal plan."

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Shots 4 Shots free flu shot clinic returns to Frenchmen Street Nov. 29

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM

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Musicians, bartenders and other hospitality workers can receive free flu shots at the second annual Shots 4 Shots clinic, presented by Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Musician's Clinic & Assistance Foundation (NOMAF). The shots are available at d.b.a. and Snug Harbor from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The event aims to crack down on the spread of flu via hospitality and entertainment workers, who are often uninsured or underinsured and frequently have to work when they're sick.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Victory for T&A, comedy/storytelling show about beating cancer, opens Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Comedian Katie East as "Sick Girl."
  • Comedian Katie East as "Sick Girl."

Comedians Caitlin Brodnick and Katie East present Victory for T&A, a comedic take on their individual experiences with cancer, at The Theatre at St. Claude this weekend.

In her portion of the show, which is based on her web series Screw You Cancer, Brodnick tells funny stories about getting a preventative double mastectomy after genetic testing revealed her unusually high breast cancer risk.

As "Sick Girl," East portrays a series of "Coney Island-style freak show" characters to share her experiences recovering from illnesses, injuries and a melanoma on her buttocks.

The comedians perform at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wall Street Journal: President-elect Trump considering Bobby Jindal for Health & Human Services

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 1:57 PM

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal (left) reportedly is being considered for President Donald Trump's cabinet — despite Jindal's vituperative criticism of Trump in the GOP primary last year. - PHOTO BY STEPHEN LOVEKIN/
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  • Former Gov. Bobby Jindal (left) reportedly is being considered for President Donald Trump's cabinet — despite Jindal's vituperative criticism of Trump in the GOP primary last year.

A Wall Street Journal report about President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and potential Cabinet includes one extremely familiar name: that of former Gov. (and presidential candidate) Bobby Jindal:
The team has also been assembling a list of people to fill key jobs in a Trump administration. Some have been close to home. Among those discussed for attorney general are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a top campaign adviser who heads the Trump transition team, and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, according to two campaign aides. Mr. Trump’s slim campaign team, which has included former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, may form the core of a Trump administration. Names discussed for Health and Human Services secretary include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson, one of Mr. Trump’s former primary rivals, one member of the transition team said.

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