Apr 042019
 

Residents of the Lower Garden District look at plans and discuss a proposed wellness center Wednesday, April 3. The center would occupy the space held by the Scandinavian Jazz Church — also known as the Norwegian Seaman’s Church — for the past 112 years. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

One-hundred and twelve years as a religious hub for the Norwegian community makes a space on Prytania Street ideal for yoga classes, meditation and water aerobics, its new owners told residents of the Lower Garden District on Wednesday.

If all goes as planned, the site of the former Scandinavian Jazz Church — previously called the Norwegian Seamen’s Church — will be transformed into a wellness center called the Santosa Center for Healthy Living by the fall of 2020. The property’s owners say the development will be a unique, all-inclusive wellness center not found anywhere else in New Orleans.

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Mar 192019
 

via The New Orleans Agenda

Kingsley House in the Lower Garden District will host a Health and Resource Fair this Friday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will feature more than 36 vendors and will offer health screenings & resources, STD testing, exercise classes, line dancing, 40-foot obstacle course, music, food, raffles and prizes. Continue reading »

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Mar 152019
 

Friends of Lafitte Greenway’s 13th annual Big Hike event will be reborn as a full-on festival this year. On Saturday, March 23, “The Hike: Tunes, Tales, and Trails Festival” will bring music, food, and libations to the Greenway.

Hosted in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission, Hike Fest will celebrate the Lafitte Greenway with an all-day lineup of live music featuring Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet, acclaimed singer Robin Barnes, TBC Brass Band, Cajun band Michot’s Melody Makers with members of Lost Bayou Ramblers, Funk Griot, and the Trombone Shorty Music Academy. Continue reading »

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Mar 112019
 

(courtesy of Footprints to Fitness)

Zeus’ Rescues is partnering with Footprints to Fitness and the Renaissance Art Hotel to offer an evening of poses and puppies — with a purpose. Participants have a chance to relax, tone their muscles and help stray dogs find a home, all at the same time.

“Pups & Poses: Yoga & Pilates & Puppies” benefits Zeus’ Rescues, a privately funded pet-rescue shelter on Napoleon Avenue that finds homes for animals that end up in local high-kill shelters. Its goal, according to its website, is to “eradicate pet homelessness and euthanasia within the New Orleans metro area.”

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Feb 152019
 

from Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University New Orleans announces the opening of the “Loyola Center for Counseling and Education (LCCE),” a new sliding-scale counseling clinic offering mental healthcare to underserved members of the New Orleans community. The LCCE is hosted by Loyola University New Orleans’ Department of Counseling.

The clinic is housed at 2020 Calhoun St. in Mercy Hall on Loyola University’s campus and is easily accessible from the surrounding residential area. Continue reading »

Sep 142018
 


Dr. Oliver Sartor, center, medical director of the Tulane Cancer Center, holds a sign at the start of the 2017 NOLA Bluedoo run with former New Orleans Saints linebacker and NFL Hall-of-Famer Rickey Jackson, left, and A.P. Sanchez, president of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. (submitted photo)

One thousand runners are expected to dash across the Tulane Uptown campus on Saturday evening as part of the Fifth Annual Blue Doo Run, a fundraiser for prostate cancer research. Continue reading »

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Sep 112018
 

Dr. Jennifer Creedon, with Podesta Wellness,
is currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Jennifer Creedon, with Podesta Wellness, is currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Creedon is board certified in adult, adolescent and child psychiatry. She has additional training and has worked in the fields of addiction and trauma as well. Dr. Creedon completed undergraduate studies in biology and psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and afterwards attended medical school at Tulane University.

Podesta Wellness and the health of the whole personShe then completed psychiatry residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, followed by sub-specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Tulane. Dr. Creedon’s clinical specialties include working with patients during stressful life transitions, such as school transitions, adjustment into young adult years, starting or changing careers, and exploration of potential life changes. She strives to help all of her patients achieve overall wellness.

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Sep 062018
 

Sponsored by CBT NOLA

CBT NOLA staff

Whether it’s developmental disabilities or deep social anxiety, both children and adults deal with a wide range of mental distress. There’s no better way to assess, diagnose, and treat these needs than with intentional, evidence-based therapy close to home. On a charming corner of Magazine Street sits The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of New Orleans, or CBT NOLA for short, a space where anyone can receive the kind of treatment that fits.

There is a lack of mental health resources in New Orleans, and there aren’t many practitioners who specialize in developmental delays, working with kids, or mental health in general. According to the most recent U.S. News & World Report, Louisiana ranks 47th in Health Care and 37th in Mental Health out of all 50 states. CBT NOLA opened with the intention of making treatment as comprehensive as possible, so people of all ages can receive the care they need in the format shown to work best. Continue reading »

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Aug 132018
 

Psychiatry – Massage – Counseling – Nutrition

Podesta Wellness is a multidisciplinary collaborative practice that aims to treat the mental and physical health goals of each individual client. As both a massage therapist and biochemist, Dr. Arwen Podesta merged her interests in mind-body wellness and biology by opening Podesta Psychiatry, LLC in 2012.

Now operating as Podesta Wellness, Dr. Podesta collaborates closely with a tremendous team of providers with experience and expertise in whole health.

The team includes experts in psychiatry, counseling, massage, and nutrition, leading to whole health results for patients experiencing anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, grief, and other issues.

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Jul 172018
 

Psychiatry – Massage – Counseling – Nutrition

Podesta Wellness is a multidisciplinary collaborative practice that aims to treat the mental and physical health goals of each individual client. As both a massage therapist and biochemist, Dr. Arwen Podesta merged her interests in mind-body wellness and biology by opening Podesta Psychiatry, LLC in 2012.

Now operating as Podesta Wellness, Dr. Podesta collaborates closely with a tremendous team of providers with experience and expertise in whole health.

The team includes experts in psychiatry, counseling, massage, and nutrition, leading to whole health results for patients experiencing anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, grief, and other issues.

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Mar 152018
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Covington clinical psychologist Dr. Raphael Salcedo and his wife Beth don’t have much free time on their hands. They spend day and night working with girls at the state-licensed Free Indeed Home where victims of child sex trafficking come to rebuild their lives. As founders of the Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking (LCAHT), the Salcedos created a state-wide advocacy program that provides information and referrals as well as training for local social service providers including police and social workers. Continue reading »

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Mar 132018
 


New Orleans is a place of indulgence, but that doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. With all the running routes from the St. Charles streetcar line to Audubon Park, not to mention the many races and marathons throughout the year, New Orleanians love to run just as much as we love beignets.

Whether you’re new to running or trying to reach a specific running goal, All Inclusive Health can help. We can increase your speed and endurance, improve your form, make sure you avoid injuries, and even train you to run a race! Continue reading »

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Mar 082018
 

Paramedics treat an overdose victim at a Mid-City car wash. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

A quick visit to a Mid-City car wash recently became an unexpected lesson for me in the deadly prevalence of our nation’s opioid epidemic when two quick-thinking customers realized that an unresponsive couple whose car was still running had just overdosed. Within minutes of placing 911 calls, a plethora of police, fire and EMS personnel arrived to administer the live-saving drug Naloxone, an antidote medication that reverses opiate overdoses.

The NOPD began carrying Naloxone in October 2016 after the City of New Orleans received a $300,000 federal grant and Mayor Landrieu introduced a new “sweeping plan” to address the crisis. In 2016 Louisiana was one of 8 states that had more opioid prescriptions than people. That same year, over 1,000 Louisiana residents died from an overdose of opioids, surpassing the number of deaths from motor vehicles accidents, homicides or suicides. While many cancer and terminally ill patients are regularly prescribed such medication, they account for only 20 percent of patients who receive it. Continue reading »

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Feb 272018
 

Gert Town’s Low Cost Animal Medical Center will celebrate its “One Year Pawty” this Sunday with an afternoon featuring adoptable pets, music, raffles, food from Bonafried Truck, and cold beer from Brieux Carré Brewing Company.

Low Cost Animal Medical Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit veterinary hospital that opened its doors last March. Located at 4300 Washington Ave., the hospital is “dedicated to providing quality affordable veterinary care to the pets of Greater New Orleans.” Continue reading »

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