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Fitness and philanthropy

  Get fit with a professional trainer in the great outdoors of City Park, save money on your workout and raise funds for breast cancer research all at the same time during Salire Fitness and Pilates of New Orleans' (214 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 821-4896; boot camps.

  The boot camps will meet three days a week beginning May 12. Sessions are from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturdays during May. The four-week boot camps normally cost $180, but for this month are only $50 per person, with all proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

  The coed boot camps include cardio exercises, agility drills, calisthenics, body weight exercises, mat Pilates, jogging and an obstacle course. To register, call Salire or visit its Web site.

Dinner with the pros

  How would you like New Orleans Saint Marques Colston or NFL stars Jim Dombrowski or Brad Edelman to serve you brunch? They will if you attend the Celebrity Waiters III fundraiser for Bridge House at Andrea's Restaurant (3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31.

  The NFL Retired Players Association sponsors the annual brunch to raise money for the substance abuse treatment Bridge House provides for homeless and indigent New Orleans residents. In addition to cuisine from Andrea's, the event includes an open bar, live music and a silent auction. ESPN's Rene Nadeau and WWL-TV's Doug Mouton will serve as masters of ceremonies.

  Tickets are $150 per person and tables for four, six, eight and 10 guests are available. Sponsorship levels start at $750. For reservations, call Wayne Olivio at 522-2124 ext. 13 or email


  Buy a special burger designed by a celebrity and help a child during Burgerpalooza 2009 at Phil's Grill (3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080; For every celebrity burger sold throughout the month of May, Phil's Grill will donate $5 to the Greater New Orleans Miracle League (, which provides opportunities for children with disabilities to play in special baseball leagues. A Miracle League field, designed to be safe and accessible to wheelchairs and walkers, is under construction in Audubon Park and should be ready for play in September.

  Celebrity burgers were created for Phil's Grill by co-host of Burgerpalooza 2009, New Orleans Saint Pierre Thomas, his teammate Scott Fujita, Zephyrs mascot Boudreaux D. Nutria, The Imagination Movers, newsmen Fletcher and Travers Mackel, TV anchor Eric Paulsen, meteorologist Bruce Katz and radio personalities Stevie G. and TPot.

  Customers who order a celebrity burger will receive a Burgerpalooza T-shirt.

Spinal Talk

  Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Todd will present a free seminar about spinal stenosis at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Touro Infirmary (President's Room, second floor, 1401 Foucher St.; Todd, who specializes in spinal reconstructive surgery, will discuss the diagnosis of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatments. The condition can cause pressure or pain in your upper or lower back, pain in the legs, neck or shoulders, numbness, fatigue, hot or cold feelings or tightening in the legs that decreases when you sit or lean forward.

  For more information, call Debbie Reed at 897-8263.

Beauty Tips

  Women newly diagnosed with cancer can attend a free Look Good ... Feel Better session to teach them how to look and feel their best while undergoing cancer treatments. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the American Cancer Society's Volunteer Center (2605 River Road, 469-0021;

  Each participant will receive free skin-care products and cosmetics. Volunteer beauty professionals will teach women about makeup, skin and nail care, as well as how to deal with hair loss by using wigs, scarves and turbans.

  For reservations and more information, call 833-4024.

Sharing knowledge and resources

  Ochsner Health System ( and LSU Health Sciences Center ( are combining resources to provide cancer patients with better access to care and develop advanced treatment options. This collaboration also will help research move more quickly from the laboratory into clinical treatments.

  The partnership between Louisiana's largest medical research facility (LSUSHC) and the state's largest clinical provider (Ochsner) is aimed at providing more comprehensive and accessible cancer care. LSUHSC and Ochsner patients will have access to cancer services at both organizations. Patients no longer will have to travel outside the state to receive cutting-edge cancer treatments or to participate in clinical trials.

  In addition, scientists and physicians can study cancers together and design new methods of diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases.

Better and faster

  Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has acquired the first 1.2T high-field open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit in the Gulf South.

  While patients are in the unit, they will have a 270-degree field of view, which enables them to have a companion in the room with them during the process and will reduce the anxiety and claustrophobia some patients suffer in closed MRI units.

  From a diagnostic standpoint, the new unit has improved imaging power that allows advanced applications for vascular, orthopedic and women's health. It also has a work station that provides faster and better results to the doctor while decreasing the time a patient must remain in the MRI unit.

  The new machine is available at DIS' Metairie office at 3625 Houma Blvd. For an appointment, call 883-5999. DIS also has three other facilities (925 Ave. C, Marrero; 3437 Prytania St.; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie;


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