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Living Greene
Bob Greene, an exercise physiologist and personal trainer to Oprah Winfrey, believes fitness is more than toned muscles and a slim waist. In his new book, Get With the Program: Getting Real About Your Weight, Health, and Emotional Well-Being, (Simon & Schuster, January 2002, $24), the author focuses instead on behavioral, eating and exercise changes that are simple, are undertaken at an individual's own pace and can result in lifelong changes. His program addresses underlying problems of weight and fitness, such as metabolism, emotional eating, stress and emotional health. The book also provides inspiring personal stories and lots of advice.

The author, who says his is neither a diet book nor a fitness book, will sign copies of Get With the Program from 4:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Tulane University Health Sciences Center Medical School Auditorium (1430 Tulane Ave.). The first 300 people to arrive will receive free copies of Greene's book. Cholesterol screenings also will be available at the event for $10. In addition, Greene and Tulane University physician Dr. Karen DeSalvo will discuss cholesterol and lowering health risks.

Greene also is author of the best-selling books Make the Connection and Keep the Connection, has been a guest on TV's Oprah and is a contributing writer for O, Winfrey's magazine.

For more information, call 588-5800.

Driving Force
The American Association of Retired Persons and Methodist Hospital are presenting an eight-hour improvement program for drivers 55 and older.

The refresher course is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at in the large conference room on the first floor at Methodist Hospital (5620 Read Blvd.). Those who complete the course are eligible for automobile insurance discounts.

The cost is $10, and reservations are required.

Athletic Camp for Girls
Helping young girls realize their athletic potential without injuring themselves is the goal of a new eight-week program being offered this summer by Crescent City Physical Therapy.

The Sports Enhancement Academy is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon from June 10 to Aug. 2 at the Academy of the Sacred Heart gymnasium. Girls in the ninth through 12 grades are eligible for the program, which is designed to build a girl's strength, endurance, flexibility, power and coordination in order to avoid injuries. The camp fills a void in year-round training regimens for female athletes and focuses on improving performance, avoiding injury and getting proper nutrition.

The eight-week session, which includes 114 hours of instruction, costs $850. Call 895-0638 for information.

Positive Outlook
NO/AIDS Task Force, the oldest organization for people affected by HIV, is initiating a new support group designed for young homosexual men who have tested positive for the virus.

The confidential group, Positive Young Men, will meet weekly with a focus on supporting, understanding and helping people living with HIV. Call Larry at 821-2601 for meeting time and location.

NO/AIDS Task Force administers a litany of services, including early intervention, education, HIV testing, counseling, meal delivery, a food bank and help with medicines and housing.

Wild Seniors
To celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day, Methodist Hospital's Wellspring and SportsCare programs are sponsoring "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Audubon Zoo.

In addition to touring the zoo, the event will feature a lecture, exercises, a group photo and prizes.

Space is limited; the cost is $10, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch, a T-shirt, transportation and zoo admission. Registration deadline is May 15. Call 244-2929.

The Good Doctors
Three Ochsner Clinic Foundation physicians have been ranked among the best doctors in the central United States by Ladies Home Journal.

Dr. Joseph Breault, a certified family practitioner, has been named among the Best Family Physicians in the area that includes 15 states. Ochsner gynecological oncologist Dr. Michael Finn and surgeon/breast cancer specialist Dr. Alan Stolier were ranked among Best Doctors for Women.

The ranking, compiled by the publisher of America's Top Doctors consumer guide, is compiled using criteria that includes educational and professional experience, consumer surveys conducted by mail, telephone and electronic methods, and peer recommendations by other physicians in the area.

Beautiful Minds
To commemorate Mental Health Month, the Mental Health Association in Metropolitan New Orleans is sponsoring a free lecture about mental illnesses by Dr. Leslie Citrome, director of the clinical research and evaluation facility at Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research.

Citrome, also a professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, will discuss "New Treatments for Those with Beautiful Minds who suffer from Mental Illness: New Research Evidence" at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 16, in the Cornet Room at the Sheraton (500 Canal St.). The discussion will address various aspects of mental illness, including symptoms, treatments, substance abuse and more.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 897-1140.

Later in the evening, the MHA will hold the group's inaugural Mental Health Awards Gala honoring people who have supported the goals of the association. The festivities begin with a patron party at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m., musical entertainment by Bobby Cure and the Summertime Blues, a silent auction and more. The event will be held in the Armstrong Ballroom at the Sheraton. Call 897-1140 for information.

Bone Health
Dr. Jill Lindberg, a nephrologist at Ochsner Clinic, will discuss osteoporosis and low bone mass at a free seminar at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, in Monroe Hall at Ochsner (1514 Jefferson Hwy.)

The physician will discuss ways to prevent osteoporosis as well as risk factors, symptoms and treatments.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that about 55 percent of Americans 50 and older are at high risk for the bone conditions. Women are four times more likely to develop the disease than men.

The talk is free and open to the public but seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 842-1234.

Getting Their Wings
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) is now accepting nominations for "angels" whose work with children in the state has earned them wings. Winners are honored by grants to their favorite charities.

Nominations for the eighth annual Angel Award, which will be announced at a special awards dinner in Baton Rouge Nov. 1, can be submitted by anyone but must be received by May 15. Nominees must have made a difference in the lives of children in Louisiana through volunteer work carried out individually or through groups. Only individuals can win the award, however. Their volunteer efforts can focus on improving children's emotional, physical, spiritual or creative sides.

BCBSLA's Louisiana Child Caring Foundation Inc. will award $10,000 to the overall winner's favorite charity, and $5,000 grants will be awarded to nonprofit charitable organizations selected by seven other finalists. Past award winners have come from all sectors, including students, clergy, business people, educators and entertainment stars.

Nomination packets can be obtained by calling (888) 219-2583, emailing, or filling out an online form at

New Yoga Position
Elysee Yoga Studio has moved to a larger space at 839 Spain St. (388-0511) in the Faubourg Marigny and has scheduled evening classes to begin and end the week, plus a morning class on Saturday. The studio previously occupied space on Burgundy Street in the Faubourg Marigny.

Instructor Adam Koffman mixes Kundalini and Ashtanga-based yoga methods into a program he says is particularly effective for beginning and intermediate students. Classes through June will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Monday and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Cost is $10 per class. Private instruction also is available.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Only about 25 percent of the 28 million Americans who are hard of hearing or deaf use hearing aids, although technological advances during the past decades have made the devices much more efficient and less cumbersome.

To inform the public about the new treatments and devices available for hearing problems, Ochsner Clinic Foundation Audiology Department is presenting a "High Tech Hearing Aids" seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, in Monroe Hall at Ochsner Hospital (1514 Jefferson Hwy.). The seminar is free, but seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Call 842-4565.

Mom's Heart
In honor of Mother's Day and the month of May dedicated as National Women's Health Month, send your mom or best girl to have a chat about cardiac health with a professional.

Tulane Xavier National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, one of only 14 such designated centers in the country, offers a special personalized Heart-to-Heart Chat with a health coordinator who discusses ways an individual can take better care of their heart.

The service is free and is available year-round. Call 588-5100 for an appointment. The Tulane Xavier center is a collaboration among several area universities and health care providers with a goal of improving the health and well-being of women in the southern United States.

Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer Bob Greene discusses fitness and signs his new book at Tulane University on Thursday, May 9.
  • Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer Bob Greene discusses fitness and signs his new book at Tulane University on Thursday, May 9.

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