A First Name Basis
5500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 206, Metairie, 247-9155; www.afirstnamebasis.com
A First Name Basis is the fastest-growing, non-medical home-care company in the state. It offers personal care services that assist with eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, toileting and medication reminders. The company provides companionship services such as conversation, monitoring diet, assistance with walking and mobility, entertainment, dressing and clothing selection and mailing bills and letters. A First Name Basis also offers home helper services such as light housekeeping, laundry and ironing, removing garbage and making beds. Visitors to A First Name Basis' booth can receive a free assessment and informational brochures and pick up freebies like pens.
American Laser Center
3900 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 204, Metairie, 887-0727 or (877) 252-7977; www.americanlaser.com
This company helps you look better with aesthetic services including laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation and body contouring. Enter to win prizes at its Expo booth, including a grand prize of $1,500 off a package of services.
463 CR 199, Nacogdoches, Texas, (936) 564-7792; www.teamasea.com/vonallmen
After 40 years of study and millions of dollars worth of research and testing, ASEA was introduced to the public last fall. ASEA is a patented product that gives your body natural molecules critical for creating the chemical balance required to optimize your immune system. Stop by the company's booth to try a free sample or place an order.
The Blood Center
315 S. Johnson St., 524-1322 or (800) 86-BLOOD; www.thebloodcenter.org
This nonprofit organization is the primary supplier of blood, plasma derivatives and blood components to more than 30 hospitals and outpatient transfusion facilities in southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi. At the Wellness Expo, the center will conduct a blood drive and each donor will receive a T-shirt.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
5525 Reitz Ave., Baton Rouge, (225) 298-1593; www.bcbsla.com
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) is a not-for-profit company founded in New Orleans in 1934. The Louisiana-owned and -operated company serves 1.14 million members with district offices across the state. The It's My Health Commitment program provides members access to free health and wellness resources including an online personal health assessment questionnaire, a customized health report, lifestyle management information and more. It also offers all Louisianians free access to Louisiana2Step (www.louisiana2step.com) and 2Step4Kids (www.2step4kids.com) to improve their health. Representatives will be on hand to discuss BCBSLA programs and services.
The Body Shop
Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 832-0285; www.thebodyshop-usa.com
This store offers a range of nature-inspired products for the face, body, hair and home. Ingredients are derived from participation in the Community Trade Program and help uphold The Body Shop's core values: support community trade, defend human rights, oppose animal testing, activate self-esteem and protect the planet. The company's skin care and body care lines are based on simple three-step processes that make it easy to look your best. The store offers Girl's Nights Out as well as makeup application tips, personal consultations and a Love Your Body rewards program with special offers and events throughout the year. At its booth, The Body Shop will display accessories, body fragrances and home fragrances and offer free samples of its Nutraganics skin care line and some body butters.
Bopp Dermatology and Facial Plastic Surgery
3901 Houma Blvd., Suite 410, Plaza II, Metairie, 455-9933; www.boppskin.com
This dermatology and plastic surgery clinic focuses on making faces as beautiful as possible. It offers a range of services, including laser hair reduction, laser vein therapy, Laser Genesis skin rejuvenation, CO2 laser resurfacing, Intense Pulsed Light treatments, Botox, fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, hair transplants, eyelid and brow lifts, rhinoplasty, nasal reconstruction and more. At its booth, Bopp will conduct complexion analyses as well as displaying Obagi products and providing information about Botox, Dysport, Juvederm and Restylane.
Close Combat and Fitness LLC
4407A Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 456-3553; www.closecombatandfitness.com
Close Combat and Fitness provides self-defense classes for men, women and children 7 and older. Ongoing classes are offered for adults in Krav Maga, an Israeli form of self-defense. Krav Maga teaches children 7 to 14 years old discipline, awareness and "anti-bully" techniques. Classes are held Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Staff and students will present a demonstration on the main stage, and visitors can get more information at Close Combat's booth.
Community Volunteers Association
804 N. Broad St., 251-0358
This community organization's goal is reunification and reutilization of the New Orleans community by implementing programs aimed at helping at-risk youth, the elderly and the disadvantaged. Programs are developed after identifying a problem, discussing possible solutions with community leaders and implementing solutions. The Community Volunteers Association will provide more information at its Wellness Expo booth.
Cosmetic and Laser Center of Louisiana
1477 Louisiana Ave., 895-4339; www.mdclaiborne.com
This center offers a wide range of cosmetic and dermatological services including anti-aging and hydrating facials as well as acne treatments. It also provides microdermabrasions, laser hair removal, chemical peels, Laser Genesis, Fraxel and more. Visit the booth for samples, free skin care consultations and to register for a prize drawing.
Counseling Solutions of Catholic Charities
921 Aris Ave., Suite A-B, Metairie, 835-5007
This organization provides counseling for individuals, couples and families. Visit the booth to learn more about its programs including stress management, mental health issues, a divorce support group and cognitive behavior therapy.
Diagnostic Imaging Services
4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 200, Metairie, 888-7921; www.disnola.com
Diagnostic Imaging Services has been serving the patients and physicians of the Greater New Orleans area since 1973. It offers a full range of imaging procedures including digital X-ray, digital fluoroscopy, digital mammography, MRI, color Doppler, ultrasound, PET/CT scans, nuclear medicine and more. Its booth will offer free heel ultrasound screenings for osteoporosis and fracture risk assessment. The company also will provide information on its non-invasive 4-D ultrasound program.
Discover Wellness and Rehab
2629 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 100, Metairie, 835-0565
To help its patients achieve optimum health, Discover Wellness and Rehab offers weight-loss programs, massage, chiropractic services and more.
Doctors Imaging Services
4204 Teuton St., Metairie, 883-8111; 4605 Magazine St., 883-8111; www.doctorsimagingservices.com
Doctors Imaging Services provides MRI (3T, 1.5T and open), CT scan (64 and 16 slice), virtual colonoscopy, ultrasound and X-ray. Its booth will include registration for cardiac calcium score screening, a diagnostic imaging film review and general information about its services.
East Jefferson General Hospital Healthy Lifestyles
4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 454-4286; www.ejgh.org
Members of Healthy Lifestyles can access the latest in preventive and wellness programs, seminars and medical information, as well as discounts at area businesses and invitations to social events. Free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings will be available at the Healthy Lifestyles booth.
East Jefferson General Hospital Imaging Center
3100 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4223; www.eastjeffersonimaging.org
The East Jefferson Imaging Center offers high-field open MRI, 64-slice CT exam, ultrasound and conventional X-rays. Staff members will provide bone density screenings, brochures and more at the Expo.
East Jefferson General Hospital Nutrition Counseling
4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 454-4077; www.ejgh.org
The Nutrition Counseling Center offers programs for disease prevention/wellness, sports nutrition, weight management and pre-pregnancy nutrition. Its booth will feature BMI and waist circumference screening as well as a chance to win free nutritional counseling at the Wellness Center.
East Jefferson General Hospital Oncology Services
4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 883-8950; www.ejgh.org
Oncology services at East Jefferson General Hospital provide inpatient and outpatient cancer treatments and palliative care team consultations, various support group meetings and a Cancer Care Navigator who helps patients over hurdles from diagnosis to treatment to recovery. Its booth will include educational literature on wellness and cancer prevention.
East Jefferson General Hospital Sports Medicine Program
4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-5000; www.ejgh.org
East Jefferson General Hospital offers a Sports Medicine Program, a Total Joint Replacement Program and Joint Wellness Program. Stop by its booth for a chance to win an iPod or lounge chair or to pick up other giveaways.
East Jefferson General Hospital Wellness Center
3726 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 849-6868; www.ejgh.org
Find the fitness regimen that suits you at the EJGH Wellness Center, which offers a variety of cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, an aquatic area with two pools, a raised walking track and a special room for aerobics and other classes. The center also offers line dancing, a disease management program, massage therapy, personal training and tai chi. At the Expo, the center will demonstrate Spicy Steps, aerobics using dance steps and popular music for a fun workout.
Green Apple Foam Insulation
25 Papworth Ave., Metairie, 258-2564 or (877) GO-GREEN; www.greenapplefoam.com
This eco-friendly company promotes green building and energy conservation by installing the latest in foam insulation. Its booth will host a demonstration comparing the effectiveness of foam, cellulose and fiberglass batt insulation.
5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 899-4624; www.gymmatrix.com
Certified professionals at Gymmatrix coach and motivate their members in small, intimate group sessions. Trainers provide nutritional coaching, and members have 24-hour access to the gym's training center facility. Wellness Expo attendees can meet the trainers and register for free personal training sessions.
Hernia Institute of Louisiana
1111 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, 349-6860
The Hernia Institute of Louisiana is equipped with a team of hernia surgery specialists. Stop by the institute's booth to learn more about its services.
Howard's Hart's Telecommunication LLC
2101 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 252-1775
Howard's Hart's provides the latest technology, including a videophone that allows you to see and talk to people in real time. At its booth, the company will give tutorials on the videophone and offer giveaways.
819 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 464-4003
Inches-A-Weigh is a weight-loss center for women. Visit its booth for more information and a free six-week membership.
Magnolia Physical Therapy
839 Spain St., 943-8026; 5606 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-0254; www.magnoliatherapyla.com
This practice offers physical therapy, wellness visits, massage therapy and pregnancy therapy. It also provides specialty programs to relieve temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, chronic pelvic pain and urinary incontinence. Visit Magnolia Physical Therapy's booth for a short consultation with a physical therapist, or make an appointment for a free screening.
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md., (888) 346-3656; www.nlm.nih.gov
The Library, part of the National Institutes of Health, offers the public free access to reliable health care information online, including MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov), NIHSeniorHealth (www.nihseniorhealth.gov), ClinicalTrials.gov, a household products database (www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov) and Genetics Home Reference (www.ghr.nlm.nih.gov). Its booth will offer promotional pens, notepads, bookmarks and a variety of health-related pamphlets and brochures.
4360 Washington Ave., 218-4198; www.newbathnow.com
This bathroom remodeling company serves southeast Louisiana and Houston. It specializes in tub liners, wall surrounds, shower pans, handicap showers, whirlpool/spa tubs, and walk-in or walk-through tubs. Visit NewBath's booth to see displays of a shower and a walk-in tub.
NO/AIDS Task Force
2601 Tulane Ave., Suite 500, 821-2601; www.noaidstaskforce.org
NO/AIDS Task Force provides a full spectrum of services at low or no cost to men, women and families affected by HIV and AIDS. Services include an HIV medical clinic, housing, mental health services, medications, meal delivery, food pantry services, peer support and emergency financial assistance. At the Expo, the Task Force will give water bottles to anyone who signs up for the NO/AIDS email or mailing list.
NOLA Laser Liposculpture LLC
3600 St. Charles Ave., Suite 201, 224-2808; www.nolalaser.com
NOLA Laser Liposculpture offers body sculpting with lasers and Vaser Liposuction, suture suspension lifts for minimally invasive lifting of the face, breasts and buttocks, as well as Zerona noninvasive body contouring. Stop by its booth to get more information on these procedures and to see an interactive demonstration of ultrasound fat melting.
Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center
5600 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 394-5991; www.olwhealth.org
This center provides 24-hour skilled nursing care and physical, occupational and speech therapy. It also includes pastoral care with daily Mass and Rosary. The center provides cable television, phone services and wireless Internet for its residents. Its booth will feature informational brochures, free pens, anti-bacterial spray and calendars.
Three Lakeway Center, 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 2200, Metairie, 681-8969; www.peopleshealth.com
Established in 1994, Peoples Health is a Medicare Advantage organization serving Medicare beneficiaries in southeast Louisiana. The physician-owned company has more than 500 employees who provide plan members with a unique approach to wellness, care coordination and support services. Two benefits advisers will distribute plan materials, notepads and pens at the Expo booth.
St. Charles Vision
8040 St. Charles Ave., 866-6311, 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020, 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 712-3551, 837 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-0406, 1844 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-8103, 3909 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 328-9733; www.stcharlesvision.com
St. Charles Vision offers eye exams, a wide range of designer eyeglasses frames, treatment of eye diseases, LASIK consultations, specialty contact lenses, prescription sunwear and comprehensive frame fittings. Come by the booth for a vision screening.
Service Corporation International — Dignity Memorial
4800 Airline Drive, Metairie, 833-0971; www.dignitymemorial.com
Dignity Memorial offers prepared funeral services for Garden of Memories, Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home and Leitz-Egan funeral homes. Service Corporation International is the nation's largest network of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers. It specializes in pre-need funeral arrangements. Counselors at its booth can provide further information and personal planning guides, and visitors can pick up free pens, mints, emery boards and pillboxes.
2309 Clearview Pkwy, Metairie, 883-0309; www.snapfitness.com
Snap Fitness makes it easy to stay in shape with its cardio equipment, strength training, circuit training, online meal planning, free weights, tanning and personal training. Stop by Snap's booth for a free week pass.
Street Smarts Krav Maga Inc.
2901 General DeGaulle Drive, Suite 201, 324-5705; www.kravmaganeworleans.com
Street Smarts, an official Krav Maga training center, offers classes in self-defense, fitness and fighting. Learn more about its programs at its booth and watch a demonstration video.
Sunrise Assisted Living of Metairie
3732 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-9777; www.sunriseseniorliving.com
Sunrise Senior Living offers a full range of personalized services including assisted living and care for individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss. At its booth, staff members will provide information about assisted living, memory care services, short-term and respite stays, companion living and financial options.
Surgical Clinic of Louisiana LLC
1111 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, 349-6860; www.sclaweightloss.com
Surgical Clinic of Louisiana has been certified a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation. The center offers bariatric surgery and a comprehensive weight-loss program that includes counseling, education and support before and after the procedure. Pick up brochures and watch an informational video at the booth.
3221 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 834-7000; www.travelcentralvacations.com
This travel agency provides resources, a team of professionally trained travel agents and information on the best travel destinations and rates. Stop by its booth for getaway ideas.
Tulane Medical Center
1415 Tulane Ave., 988-0928; www.tulanehealthcare.com
The Tulane Medical Center is committed to providing the best quality health care, education and research in New Orleans. Current facilities and services include: Tulane-Lakeside Hospital, Tulane Hospital for Children, Tulane Cancer Center, Tulane Stroke Program, Tulane Pediatric Heart Center, Tulane Healthy Aging and Tulane Center for Women's Health. Outstanding physicians of the Tulane Medical Team, experts in their specialties, will be at the Wellness Expo to answer your medical questions and concerns. You can stop by the booth for free blood pressure screenings, coupons for free prostate screenings or to speak with medical experts.
Upper Cervical Family Chiropractic
128 W. Harrison Ave., 858-3997; www.ucfamilychiropractic.com
Upper Cervical Family Chiropractic will open this summer to provide family chiropractic care, specializing in upper cervical-specific techniques and wellness. Every patient will receive a personalized plan of care with specific goals to achieve optimum wellness. At its booth, specialists will offer free health reviews along with postural and nervous system analyses.
Watkins Foot Center
2520 Harvard Ave., Suite 2B, Metairie, 454-3004; www.watkinsfootcenter.com
Watkins Foot Center is a podiatry office that treats all foot conditions, including ingrown toenails, overlapping toes, ankle sprains, corns and calluses, bunions, fungus and diabetic foot care. Receive foot screenings at its booth.
Wellcare of Louisiana
2424 Edenborn Ave., Suite 430, Metairie, 841-0300; www.wellcare.com
Wellcare of Louisiana provides Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. At its booth, visitors can obtain information on the Medicare Advantage plan.