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click to enlarge The recently opened Cobalt Medical Development Rehabilitation Hospital treats traumatic brain injuries, concussions, strokes, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, Parkinson’s and muscular-based diseases.

The recently opened Cobalt Medical Development Rehabilitation Hospital treats traumatic brain injuries, concussions, strokes, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, Parkinson’s and muscular-based diseases.

Cobalt Medical Development Rehabilitation Hospital (3701 Bienville St.), a 66,000-square-foot speech, physical and occupational therapy center, celebrated its grand opening last week. Featuring 60 private rooms and inpatient and outpatient programs, the facility employs 178 physicians, physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses and nurse assistants who treat traumatic brain injuries, concussions, strokes, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, Parkinson's and muscular-based diseases. Patients will be received starting in July.

The American Diabetes Association (www.professional.diabetes.org) holds its 76th annual medical meeting Friday, June 10 through Tuesday, June 14 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. More than 15,000 leading health care professionals and scientists convene to discuss innovations in diabetes treatment options and research.

Nordstrom (www.nordstrom.com) now carries Rosie G (www.rosiegstyle.com) apparel, a children's clothing line designed by New Orleans native Grace Rose Bauer, who is 13 years old and has cystic fibrosis. A percentage of proceeds from sales benefits cystic fibrosis research.

Lakeview Regional Medical Center (LRMC) and Art House Boston have partnered for a "Healing Arts" exhibition. More than 30 pieces of art by six artists of Art House Boston are on display during hospital hours at Lakeview Regional Medical Center (95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington, 985-867-3800; www.lakeviewregional.com). Artworks are for sale, and 25 percent of proceeds benefits Wounded War Heroes.   "We are dedicated to improving the health care experience for our patients, families and caregivers," Willie Paretti, Chairman of the LRMC Board of Directors, said in a press release. "By integrating the arts into our hospital setting, we provide another layer of therapeutic care, while also improving the overall aesthetic of our facility."

Julie Fortenberry, a dietitian with Touro Infirmary, hosts a free tour of the Crescent City Farmers Market (200 Broadway St., 504-861-4488; www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org) from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 7. She can address specific health needs and will teach participants cost-effective ways to incorporate fresh, local produce into their meals.

click to enlarge This blinged-out bra was auctioned last year by FestiGals to raise funds for Breastoration and the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans.
  • This blinged-out bra was auctioned last year by FestiGals to raise funds for Breastoration and the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans.

"Bling the Bra Challenge," a bra art competition from FestiGals, supporting Breastoration and the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, is underway. Participants may register online at www.festigals.org to decorate a bra through Wednesday, July 15. There will be an online fundraising competition, and the top three custom bras will be auctioned off at a brunch July 30. Stein Mart has donated bras for participants to decorate, which can be procured by contacting Michelle Linton at michelle@festigals.org or calling (504) 524-1227.

lululemon athletica (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 504-522-3264; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie, 504-833-5053; www.lululemon.com) holds Yoga Social Club in the pavilion at Crescent Park (1008 N. Peters St.) at 5:45 p.m. every Thursday through June. Participants should bring mats, water and a towel.

The LSU Health Foundation New Orleans received a $12,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (www.christopherreeve.org) to support its Stroke Clinic. The Stroke Clinic holds clinics twice a month for 10 months for people who have had strokes and lack access to rehabilitation services.   According to Dr. Barbara Doucet, assistant professor of occupational therapy at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Professions and director of the Stroke Clinic, most health insurance only pays for six months of rehabilitation. "That is why we are so grateful to the Reeve Foundation for providing funding for this invaluable program," Doucet said in a press release. "We believe these services will have a huge impact on those people living with chronic stroke."   For more information about the Stroke Clinic, call 504-568-4302 or 504-568-7697.

Ochsner Health System partners with Rouses, Hollygrove Market and Farm, Cleaver & Co., Edible New Orleans, Old New Orleans Louisiana Rum, New Orleans Food Co-op, Cajun Country Rice and more companies for the sixth annual Eat Local Challenge (www.nolalocavore.org). Throughout June, participants eat only food grown within a 200-mile radius of New Orleans and receive discounts to farmers markets and food workshops, meal plans and more. Ochsner's Eat Fit NOLA program develops healthy, locally grown menu items with area chefs. Visit the website to register.

Whole Foods Market Mandeville (3450 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-231-3328; www.wholefoodsmarket.com) hosts a free yoga class by Just Breathe Yoga Studio at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11. Participants should bring their own mats.

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