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<strong>April</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />

Vol 5 No 9<br />

Spring<br />

Spring into action, don't hesitate<br />

to confront injustice, bigotry,<br />

unfairness, oppression and hate...<br />

Lela Gholar Tizano,<br />

Author, Playwright<br />

"Growing up, I never liked<br />

reading nor writing and I am<br />

amazed at what God is doing<br />

through me..."<br />

SWLA<br />

Health<br />

Center<br />

Healthy Eating<br />

For Women<br />

Young People! Parents!<br />

What is HPV? Why are we concerned?<br />

What can we do about it?<br />

Q&A<br />

with<br />

Patrick<br />

Steward,<br />

M.Ed<br />

Alcohol Abuse<br />

Prevention Awareness<br />

Embrace Your <strong>Voice</strong><br />

WILL YOU<br />

SPEAK?<br />

Sexual Assault<br />

Awareness Month

<strong>The</strong> SWLA Alliance for Economic Development, in partnership with <strong>Louisiana</strong> Department<br />

<strong>of</strong> Economic Development, is <strong>of</strong>fering its Small & Emerging Business Development<br />

Program (SEBD) for persons desiring to further develop their own business.<br />

Want to learn the truth about<br />

access to business capital for<br />

your business?<br />

Do you need managerial and<br />

technical assistance?<br />

SEBD Program <strong>of</strong>fers at a reduced cost<br />

managerial & technical assistance to<br />

certified SEBD businesses.<br />

DiSC is a personal assessment tool used to improve work<br />

productivity, teamwork and communication. This can<br />

be within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership<br />

position or other relationships.<br />


For program details and eligibilities contact:<br />

Adrian L. Wallace<br />

Executive Director SEED Center Business Incubator<br />

433-0977 · awallace@allianceswla.org<br />

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editor’s<br />

By Brenda Hill<br />

Spring<br />

pring into action, don't hesitate<br />

Sto confront injustice, bigotry, unfairness, oppression and hate<br />

ossessing money and power have limits especially in a doubleminded society<br />

P<strong>of</strong> individuals that exibit fits <strong>of</strong> rage to gain them notoriety<br />

emember this...we each have warm thoughts, emotions and feelings<br />

Rtowards those who are near and dear<br />

and do not want harm to come to them from any heartless dealings<br />

nor to us a lack <strong>of</strong> cheer<br />

nstantly, we could find ourselves in grievous moments <strong>of</strong> tragedy<br />

I<br />

left with memories that dominate and rob us <strong>of</strong> peace<br />

questioning our integrity<br />

and seeking silky comforts <strong>of</strong> fleece<br />

ever put in your mind<br />

N"injustice promotes freedom"<br />

for this is not wise, not kind<br />

nor is it behavior fit for the 'Kingdom'<br />

o...crucify, bury and resurrect<br />

Gfor daily is the time and this is the season<br />

to sprout life, love, unity and reject<br />

violence, oppression and treason!!<br />

Volume 5 • Number 9 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM <strong>April</strong> <strong>2018</strong> 3

Apr <strong>2018</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Voice</strong>'s Choice<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Voice</strong>'s Choice will spotlight groups, individuals or topics that<br />

spread love, joy and peace throughout SWLA.<br />

Lela Gholar Tizano,<br />

Author, Playwright,<br />

received her B.S. in<br />

Business Management<br />

from Grambling State<br />

University and Master<br />

<strong>of</strong> Arts in Teaching from<br />

McNeese State University.<br />

She currently resides<br />

in Lake Charles and is a<br />

Behavior Facilitator in<br />

the Elementary Special<br />

Education Department <strong>of</strong><br />

Calcasieu Parish School<br />

Board. In 2017, she<br />

was inducted into the<br />

Black Heritage Festival<br />

Entertainment Hall <strong>of</strong><br />

Fame in <strong>The</strong>atre & Drama.<br />

(See more on page 16)<br />

20 WILL YOU<br />

SPEAK?<br />




Healthy<br />

Eating for<br />

Women<br />

Editor-In-Chief<br />

Brenda Hill<br />

brenda@thevoice<strong>of</strong>southwestla.com<br />

General Manager<br />

Tracy Clark<br />

tracy@thevoice<strong>of</strong>southwestla.com<br />

Art Director<br />

Vinh Alexander<br />

tvswlart@gmail.com<br />

Sales<br />

Lori Ross<br />

loriross3422@gmail.com<br />

Copy Editors<br />

Jason Clark<br />

Cecely Clark<br />

Ann Champagne<br />

Consultants<br />

Gene R. Hill, Sr.<br />

Reginald Clark<br />

“Writing short stories for <strong>The</strong> <strong>Voice</strong> is a wonderful opportunity<br />

that will challenge me and will allow me to stay connected to<br />

my passion for writing.”<br />

3 EDITOR'S PEN<br />

SPRING<br />

5 SWLA NEWS<br />





FORUM:<br />






AGE?<br />





ABOUT IT?<br />

4<br />




14 MY SENIOR MOMENT 2.0<br />






20 WILL YOU SPEAK?<br />








M.ED<br />


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SWLA assumes no liability for errors or omissions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy <strong>of</strong> all content.<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>2018</strong> WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM Volume 5 • Number 9<br />


Brenda Hill<br />

Cheri L. Soileau, AICP, Executive/<br />

MPO Director<br />

Emily Ashworth RN, BSN<br />

Barbara Grigsby R.D LDN<br />

Lillian Browning WHNP-BC<br />

Dr. John Colligan, MD, Dir. <strong>of</strong> OB/<br />

GYN<br />

Joyce R. Kebodeaux<br />

Lela Gholar Tizano<br />

Ronald J. Blanchard<br />

Carra Sergeant, LPC<br />

Debra Lewis<br />

Regina James<br />

Cover Photo Credit<br />

Vinh Photography<br />


Team Publications LLC.<br />

4310 Ryan St. Ste. 123<br />

Lake Charles, LA. 70605<br />

In the McNeese SEED Center<br />


SWLA news<br />

Editor’s Note: This series <strong>of</strong> articles provided by Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning<br />

& Development Commission (IMCAL) will inform, educate and update our readers on<br />

events affecting transportation and economic development in <strong>Southwest</strong> <strong>Louisiana</strong>.<br />

Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning<br />

& Development Commission<br />

Regional Planning<br />

Commission<br />

By Cheri L. Soileau, AICP, Executive/MPO Director<br />

Since DOTD has begun<br />

the process <strong>of</strong> repairing<br />

and/or shoring up the<br />

joints on the I-10 Calcasieu<br />

River Bridge, this is a good<br />

time to do an update about<br />

the bridges in our region.<br />

<strong>The</strong> I-210 Bridge is the next<br />

bridge scheduled for repairs.<br />

It will be a re-decking project<br />

and it is anticipated to be let,<br />

meaning going out to bid for<br />

a contractor late Spring/early<br />

Summer, <strong>2018</strong>. <strong>The</strong> bridge was<br />

built in 1962 and is 8500 feet<br />

long and 140 feet tall, is one <strong>of</strong><br />

the tallest bridges around and<br />

even survived Hurricane Rita.<br />

It carries an estimated 54,000<br />

vehicles in each direction on a<br />

daily basis.<br />

Once the contract is<br />

awarded, the contractor<br />

has about 30 days or so to<br />

mobilize equipment and<br />

personnel to begin the<br />

project. It is, admittedly,<br />

a project that will cause<br />

considerable delays and will<br />

upset the flow <strong>of</strong> traffic in<br />

the region. <strong>The</strong> project will<br />

close one side <strong>of</strong> the bridge<br />

and then, after that side is<br />

completed, the other side will<br />

be closed down. This means<br />

traffic will be two-way only<br />

on one side. Semi-trucks will<br />

not be allowed to be on the<br />

bridge during this time which<br />

could cause delays on I-10.<br />

<strong>The</strong> MPO just completed<br />

a study that looks at the<br />

impact <strong>of</strong> this project on<br />

the transportation system<br />

in Lake Charles and beyond.<br />

It is available at https://imcal.<br />

la/i-210-bridge-study-impactand-mitigation-report.<br />

This<br />

report has been shared with<br />

the cities, parish and DOTD.<br />

It gives impact <strong>of</strong> different<br />

alternatives and <strong>of</strong>fers<br />

suggestions to help minimize<br />

traffic issues.<br />

This project is scheduled to<br />

take about three years but<br />

DOTD is looking at ways to<br />

reduce this time. Sometimes,<br />

with these large projects,<br />

once the project begins, more<br />

issues come to light. Ways<br />

to keep on top <strong>of</strong> the latest<br />

information is www.511la.org<br />

and download the 511 App.<br />

Real-time data is fed into the<br />

Waze app (available for both<br />

iPhone and Android). This is<br />

the best way to get real-time<br />

traffic information.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Environmental Impact<br />

Statement (EIS) is still<br />

underway with the I-10<br />

Calcasieu River Bridge<br />

and it is still anticipated<br />

to be completed in Spring<br />

2019. It is important to let<br />

the process work in order to<br />

prevent delays in the future.<br />

Please be skeptical <strong>of</strong> articles<br />

that may state the bridge<br />

is dangerous because that<br />

just fuels misinformation.<br />

DOTD inspectors are<br />

constantly looking at the<br />

bridge to ensure its safety for<br />

everybody.<br />

Cheri L. Soileau, AICP,<br />

Executive/MPO Director<br />

Imperial Calcasieu<br />

Regional Planning &<br />

Development Commission<br />

Lake Charles Urbanized<br />

Metropolitan Planning<br />

Organization (MPO)<br />

4310 Ryan Street, Suite 330<br />

Lake Charles LA 70605<br />

O: 337-433-1771<br />

C: 469-964-2015<br />

www.imcal.la<br />

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SWLA news<br />

Is Hosting A NAACP Forum:<br />

What's Going On In Calcasieu Parish Schools?<br />

APRIL 23, <strong>2018</strong><br />

6:00PM- 8:00PM<br />

NAACP Lake Charles<br />

Branch 6062<br />

New Covenant Faith Baptist Church<br />

2233 12th Street · Lake Charles, LA<br />

Rev. Jimmy Stevens, Pastor<br />

with<br />

Superintendent<br />

Karl Bruchhaus<br />

1987 Graduate <strong>of</strong> McNeese Statue University<br />

25 years' experience Administrator in LA Public Schools<br />

St. John the Baptist Parish-Business Manager/Controller<br />

Vermillion Parish-Financial Service Officer<br />

Jefferson Parish-Director <strong>of</strong> Finance<br />

Regarded as one <strong>of</strong> the top School Board Pr<strong>of</strong>essionals-LA<br />

Certified Member <strong>of</strong> LASBO, Government Finance Officers<br />

Association (State and National levels)<br />

Married more than 25 years<br />

Wife, Paula, teacher at Prien Lake Elementary School<br />

Two children: Christian and Bailey attend McNeese State<br />

Calcasieu Parish School Board<br />

Active in his Church, enjoys coaching youth sports, golfing,<br />

and other fitness activities.<br />

We Are Bringing <strong>The</strong> Superintendent To YOU - Come Join US!<br />

Call 337-215-5353<br />

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<strong>April</strong> <strong>2018</strong> WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM Volume 5 • Number 9

SWLA health, wealth & wellness Inform, Educate, Empower<br />


Whether Or Not To Vaccinate<br />

And At Which Age?<br />

By Emily Ashworth RN, BSN<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many healthcare<br />

decisions that we must make<br />

as parents for our children.<br />

One discussion that has been found<br />

at the forefront <strong>of</strong> the news and<br />

many commercials are choosing to<br />

vaccinate our children with the human<br />

papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. I have<br />

been asked by many friends and<br />

family members about the vaccine<br />

and whether or not to vaccinate and<br />

at which age. I always direct them to<br />

the Centers for Disease Control and<br />

Prevention (CDC) website as I will also<br />

direct you and share my experience<br />

with my two children a story I heard<br />

from women who have contracted<br />

HPV. What is HPV you might ask?<br />

According to the CDC, HPV is<br />

the most common sexually<br />

transmitted infection (STI) that<br />

can be transferred through direct<br />

contact through oral, vaginal,<br />

and anal sex. It is a virus that has<br />

over 40 different types and some<br />

<strong>of</strong> those can cause cancer to the<br />

throat, vaginal area, penis, and anus.<br />

Using a latex condom can prevent<br />

some forms but skin to skin contact<br />

may allow the transmission <strong>of</strong> some<br />

forms. Now before you go left and<br />

say, “My teen is not having sex or<br />

talking about it” think again. Sex is<br />

insinuated on commercials and other<br />

forms <strong>of</strong> advertising, video games,<br />

music videos, and more. While it<br />

is our job as parents to shield and<br />

protect our children/teenagers from<br />

adult conversations and content, it is<br />

also our job to be their teacher and<br />

protector in an area that can be very<br />

uncomfortable to discuss.<br />

Talking to a parent a few years<br />

ago she expressed to me that her<br />

child would not need the vaccine<br />

because she would teach her to wait<br />

until she was married to engage in<br />

intercourse. I shared with her the<br />

story <strong>of</strong> a young lady that did just that.<br />

What was not thought <strong>of</strong> was who<br />

her husband had been with before<br />

their first night together. HPV does<br />

not display any symptoms. When the<br />

young lady went for a pap smear, one<br />

<strong>of</strong> the only true forms <strong>of</strong> testing for the<br />

disease she had cancer cells present on<br />

her cervix from the HPV virus.<br />

<strong>The</strong> HPV vaccine is not a “permission<br />

to have sex” vaccine as many<br />

parents have expressed concern<br />

for this. <strong>The</strong> vaccine is the only<br />

prevention against several forms<br />

<strong>of</strong> cancer caused by the human<br />

papillomavirus. My children asked<br />

me when we went to the doctor<br />

what the vaccine was for and I told<br />

them, “This is a vaccine that will help<br />

prevent you from developing cancer<br />

later in life.” Gauging the maturity<br />

<strong>of</strong> your child when discussing the<br />

vaccine is important. <strong>The</strong> current<br />

recommendations from the CDC<br />

are to administer as 2 shot series<br />

6-12 months apart starting at age<br />

11 or 12. Today at 14 and 12 they<br />

both know why they received the<br />

vaccine. We have open conversations<br />

about sexually transmitted infections<br />

which are important to ensure their<br />

questions are being answered with<br />

the most up to date and factual<br />

information.<br />

Prayer and continued honest<br />

dialogue with our children and with<br />

their pediatrician is essential to<br />

optimal growth and development.<br />

May we continue to remember as<br />

parents even though sometimes it<br />

seems they are not listening, our <strong>Voice</strong><br />

is vital to the choices and decisions<br />

they make.<br />

Be well!<br />

References:<br />

https://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/<br />

stdfact-hpv-and-men.htm<br />

https://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/<br />

stdfact-hpv-vaccine-youngwomen.htm<br />

https://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/<br />

stdfact-hpv.htm<br />

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SWLA Health Center<br />

Healthy Eating Women<br />

for<br />

By Barbara Grigsby R.D LDN<br />



See Pg. 11<br />

For Recipe<br />

Abalanced diet is a cornerstone <strong>of</strong><br />

health; women, like men, should<br />

enjoy a variety <strong>of</strong> foods, such as<br />

whole grains,fruits, vegetables, healthy fats,<br />

low-fat dairy and lean protein. However,<br />

women also have special nutrient needs<br />

and during different stages <strong>of</strong> a woman’s life<br />

these needs change.<br />


Nutrient rich foods provide energy for<br />

women’s busy lives and help to prevent<br />

disease. A healthy daily diet includes:<br />

99<br />

At least three 1 ounce servings <strong>of</strong> whole<br />

grains such as whole grain bread, cereal,<br />

pasta, brown rice or oats.<br />

99<br />

Three servings <strong>of</strong> low-fat or fat free dairy<br />

products including low-fat or fat free<br />

milk,soy milk, yogurt or cheese.<br />

99<br />

Five to 6 ounces <strong>of</strong> protein such as lean<br />

meat,chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, beans or<br />

peas, and nuts.<br />

99<br />

Two cups <strong>of</strong> fruits - fresh, frozen or<br />

canned without added sugar.<br />

99<br />

Two and a half (2 1/2) cups <strong>of</strong> colorful<br />

vegetables – fresh, frozen or canned<br />

without added salt.<br />


Iron rich foods - Iron is one <strong>of</strong> the keys<br />

to good health and energy levels in<br />

women. Iron rich food sources include<br />

red meat,chicken, turkey, pork, fish, kale,<br />

spinach, beans, lentils and fortified breads<br />

and cereals. Plant based sources <strong>of</strong> iron are<br />

more easily absorbed by your body when<br />

eaten with vitamin C rich foods. For example,<br />

eat fortified cereal with strawberries on<br />

top,spinach salad with mandarin orange<br />

slices, or add tomatoes to lentil soup.<br />

Folic acid - Folic acid is important during a<br />

woman’s reproductive years. When women<br />

reach childbearing age, they need to get<br />

enough folic acid to decrease risk <strong>of</strong> birth<br />

defects. Be sure to consume adequate<br />

amounts <strong>of</strong> folic acid daily from fortified<br />

foods or supplements.You can also get<br />

folic acid from eating certain foods, such as<br />

cereals, liver, cooked dried beans and peas;<br />

dark green leafy vegetables, orange juice,<br />

fortified grain products and citrus fruits. Be<br />

sure to consult with your healthcare provider<br />

before taking folic acid supplements.<br />

Calcium - For healthy bones and teeth,<br />

women need to eat a variety <strong>of</strong> calcium<br />

rich foods every day. Calcium keeps bones<br />

strong and prevents osteoporosis, a bone<br />

disease in which the bones become weak<br />

and break easily. Some calcium rich foods<br />

include low-fat or fat free milk, yogurt and<br />

cheese, sardines, and calcium fortified foods<br />

including juices and cereals.<br />


To keep weight in check at any age, women<br />

should avoid a lot <strong>of</strong> excess calories from<br />

added sugars and fat.<br />

99<br />

Limit regular s<strong>of</strong>t drinks, sugar sweetened<br />

beverages, candy,baked goods and fried<br />

foods.<br />

99<br />

Limit fatty meats like ribs, bacon and hot<br />

dogs.<br />

99<br />

Cheese cakes,cookies, candies and ice<br />

cream should just be occasional treats.<br />

99<br />

Drink plenty <strong>of</strong> water - drink water or<br />

other beverages with few or no calories<br />

to help maintain a healthy weight.Keep a<br />

water bottle in your bag or at your desk<br />

to satify your thirst throughout the day.<br />


Since women typically have less muscle,<br />

more fat and are smaller than men, you need<br />

fewer calories to maintain a healthy body<br />

weight and activity level.<br />

Exercise is an important part <strong>of</strong> a woman’s<br />

health. Regular daily activity helps with<br />

weight control, muscle strength and stress<br />

management. Be active whenever you can.<br />

Make yourself a priority and take time to care<br />

for yourself.<br />


FRIES<br />


References:<br />

www.Eatright.Org<br />

www.Choosemyplate.Gov/myplate<br />

See Pg. 13<br />

For Recipe<br />

See Pg. 13<br />

For Recipe<br />

www.Chopchopmag.Org/recipe/sunshinesmoothie<br />

Republished with permission from ChopChop (chopchopmag.org): Photography by Carl Tremblay. Styling by Catrine Kelty.<br />

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Welcomes<br />

Dr. Danielle Dixon<br />

Pediatrician<br />

Dr. Candace Douglas<br />

Obstetrics and Gynecology<br />


Adult Medicine ● Pediatrics Dental (children & adults)<br />

Dr. Farron Hunt<br />

Family Medicine<br />

Obstetrics ● Gynecology ● Pap Smears Family Planning: Pregnancy Testing ● Birth Control, STDs<br />

Podiatry ● Behavioral Health ● Pharmacy ● KidMed ● Laboratory Services ● Nutrition<br />

WIC ● Insurance Application Assistance ● Case Management ● Fitness<br />

www.swlahealth.org<br />

2000 Opelousas Street Lake Charles, LA 70601 337-439-9983<br />

“Caring for the Community, because at the Center is You!”<br />

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SWLA Health Center<br />

Young People! Parents!<br />

By Lillian Browning WHNP-BC<br />

What is HPV?<br />

Why are we concerned?<br />

What can we do about it?<br />

<strong>The</strong> letters HPV are short for the word<br />

Human Papillomavirus. <strong>The</strong> virus is<br />

very common. According to the CDC<br />

(Center for Disease Control) nearly “14<br />

million people including teenagers<br />

become infected with HPV each year”.<br />

More than 40 types <strong>of</strong> HPV viruses have<br />

been linked to cancers <strong>of</strong> the mouth,<br />

throat, rectum, and anus in both males<br />

and females. Cancer <strong>of</strong> the penis in<br />

men and cancer <strong>of</strong> the vulva, vagina,<br />

and cervix in women has been linked to<br />

specific types <strong>of</strong> HPV.<br />

About 30 - 40 HPV types have been<br />

linked to sexual contact. Each is<br />

named with a number in the order it was<br />

discovered. <strong>The</strong>y are divided into two<br />

groups, low-risk and high risk HPV. <strong>The</strong><br />

low-risk are those <strong>of</strong>ten seen as genital<br />

warts. <strong>The</strong> low-risk are linked to the<br />

numbers 6, 11, 40, 42, 43, 44, 53, 54, 61,<br />

72, 73 and 81. Types 6 and 11 are linked<br />

to 90% <strong>of</strong> the genital warts seen. <strong>The</strong><br />

high-risk are linked to the numbers 16,<br />

18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59<br />

and 68. Types 16 and 18 are the most<br />

dangerous and are linked to 70 % <strong>of</strong> the<br />

cervical cancers seen. In many cases, a<br />

serious cervical cancer can develop in<br />

just three years after exposure to Types<br />

16 and 18.<br />

Currently, there are few to no tests that<br />

can give the specific HPV one has been<br />

infected with; however, the tests that<br />

do exist can <strong>of</strong>fer evidence <strong>of</strong> a possible<br />

exposure to the high-risk group. Work<br />

is being done to develop tests that will<br />

specifically identify the type <strong>of</strong> HPV.<br />

<strong>The</strong> HPV virus is passed from one<br />

person to another through skin to skin<br />

contact during sexual activity. It’s most<br />

common in late teens and early 20’s.<br />

Nearly every person has been exposed to<br />

one or more <strong>of</strong> the viruses over a lifetime.<br />

Generally, the body is able to fight <strong>of</strong>f the<br />

virus and the person will never know that<br />

they were infected. However, sometimes<br />

the body does not fight <strong>of</strong>f the virus and<br />

this can lead to the development <strong>of</strong> the<br />

aforementioned cancers.<br />

Parents are very concerned about<br />

having additional vaccinations given<br />

to their children and may ask: Why<br />

should my child have the vaccine?<br />

“He/She is only 11 for goodness sake”.<br />

Parent’s <strong>of</strong> young males are particularly<br />

perplexed. <strong>The</strong>y may wonder or say,“I<br />

thought the vaccine was to prevent<br />

cervical cancer. My son does not have a<br />

cervix!!!”.<br />

<strong>The</strong> HPV vaccine is recommended for<br />

preteen boys and girls. <strong>The</strong> immune<br />

response is higher for those aged 11 or<br />

12 than it is for older adolescents. So<br />

they are usually protected before any<br />

concern <strong>of</strong> sexual activity is present.<br />

Remember, the cervix is not the only area<br />

<strong>of</strong> the body that can be affected by the<br />

virus. Additionally, vaccination <strong>of</strong> males<br />

does give greater protection for females<br />

from HPV.<br />

As with any disease entity, prevention<br />

is always the best approach. Avoidance<br />

<strong>of</strong> a problem before it can ever happen is<br />

the goal <strong>of</strong> prevention. <strong>The</strong> HPV vaccines<br />

along with abstinence or condom use can<br />

best achieve this goal. Currently, there<br />

are three vaccines that are approved<br />

by the FDA to prevent HPV infection:<br />

Gardasil, Gardasil 9, and Cervarix. “<strong>The</strong><br />

HPV vaccines Gardasil and Gardasil 9 are<br />

recommended by the Centers for Disease<br />

Control (CDC) for boys and girls. Gardasil<br />

9 is the newest HPV vaccine that protects<br />

against the types <strong>of</strong> the HPV viruses that<br />

cause genital warts and cancer <strong>of</strong> the<br />

anus, rectum, penis, mouth, throat, and<br />

oropharynx. <strong>The</strong> HPV vaccine is approved<br />

for ages 9 to 26. <strong>The</strong> CDC recommends<br />

vaccination for boys at ages 11-12 years<br />

and between 13 and 21 years if not<br />

previously vaccinated” (Young Men’s<br />

Health 12/2016). Currently, the research<br />

shows no major health concerns for those<br />

receiving the vaccines. Parents should<br />

always inform their healthcare provider<br />

if their child has any allergies including a<br />

latex allergy or an allergy to yeast. Many<br />

vaccinated will have minor reactions such<br />

as pain at the injection site, slight fever,<br />

nausea or dizziness.<br />

Young women who did not receive the<br />

vaccine as children are encouraged<br />

to do so by age 26. Some insurance<br />

providers such as Kaiser Permanente<br />

encourage pap smears to be done on all<br />

young women who have been sexually<br />

active for three years or more, are now 21<br />

years <strong>of</strong> age regardless <strong>of</strong> sexual history,<br />

have ever had genital warts, an abnormal<br />

pap smear, or cancer <strong>of</strong> the cervix, vagina<br />

or vulva in an effort to identify possible<br />

HPV infection.<br />

For many women the thought <strong>of</strong> going<br />

to the GYN for the yearly “pap” smear<br />

is a thought laced with feelings <strong>of</strong><br />

dread, fear, embarrassment, anticipation<br />

<strong>of</strong> discomfort and some shame. It is<br />

indeed the least liked or desired part<br />

<strong>of</strong> the GYN exam. Women can almost<br />

tolerate the thought <strong>of</strong> the breast exam;<br />

but, those stirrups, who thought up that<br />

apparatus anyway??? Often the thoughts<br />

listed above are enough to ensure<br />

prolonged avoidance.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> new guidelines for pap smears<br />

have <strong>of</strong>fered a bit <strong>of</strong> a reprieve.<br />

According to multiple National Agencies,<br />

“Women should start with a Pap test at<br />

age 21 and should be co-tested with a<br />

Pap and an HPV test starting at age 30. If<br />

there are no problems, Pap tests can be<br />

done every three years and co-testing<br />

with a Pap and HPV test every five years.”<br />

At age 65, if no previous problems, no<br />

more pap tests are needed. <strong>The</strong>re is a<br />

great on-going debate as to whether<br />

a pelvic exam (checking the outside<br />

and inside <strong>of</strong> the genital area) should<br />

be done yearly. It is important that the<br />

discomfort associated with the exam<br />

not be used as a reason to avoid the<br />

entire annual exam. As stated before,<br />

other areas can be affected by the virus<br />

and only a pr<strong>of</strong>essional can <strong>of</strong>ten detect<br />

changes that are a cause for concern.<br />

Exams such as a breast exam, abdominal<br />

exam, external genital exam, oral and<br />

penial exam with age appropriate yearly<br />

labs are particularly still a must. Also, it<br />

is important to know that for sexually<br />

active teens and young adults a yearly<br />

genital or pelvic exam may be valuable in<br />

detecting silent STD’s.<br />

Remember, prevention is the best<br />

answer. Talk with your personal health<br />

care provider to determine what is best<br />

for you or your child.<br />

At SWLA Center for Health Services, we<br />

provide OB/GYN Services and Pediatric<br />

services. We can also provide information<br />

on HPV vaccinations and provide the<br />

vaccination. Contact us at 337-439-9983<br />

to make your appointment today.<br />

http://www.thehpvtest.com/about-hpv/<br />

high-and-low-risk-hpv-types/<br />

http://youngmenshealthsite.org/parents/<br />

gardasil-for-my-son/<br />

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/<br />

diseases/teen/hpv-indepth-color.pdf<br />

http://www.nccc-online.org/hpvcervicalcancer/cervical-cancer-screening/<br />

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/hpv/basic_<br />

info/index.htm<br />


It’s a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich—with tortillas instead <strong>of</strong> bread. We like whole-grain<br />

or corn tortillas better than white flour tortillas because they have lots <strong>of</strong> flavor and more<br />

nutrients! (Corn tortillas are smaller: if you use them here, use 2 per quesadilla, sandwiching the<br />

cheese in the middle between them instead <strong>of</strong> folding them.) By Adam Ried.<br />



2 8-inch whole-grain tortillas<br />

1⁄4 cup canned or cooked black<br />

beans, drained and rinsed<br />

1⁄4 cup canned or frozen corn,<br />

drained or thawed as needed<br />

2 scallions, thinly sliced<br />

1⁄2 cup grated Monterey Jack or<br />

cheddar cheese<br />

Salsa for serving (if you like)<br />


Cutting Board<br />

Measuring cup<br />

Colander or strainer<br />

Small mixing bowl<br />

Wooden spoon<br />

Sharp knife (adult<br />

needed)<br />

Large nonstick skillet<br />

Spatula<br />

Large plate, for serving<br />


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and<br />

put them on a clean counter.<br />

1. Put the tortillas on the cutting board and sprinkle half the cheese over half <strong>of</strong> each one.<br />

2. Put the beans, corn and scallions in the mixing bowl, and mix well with the spoon.<br />

RECIPE<br />


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3. Sprinkle half the bean and corn mixture over the cheese on each tortilla, then fold the<br />

tortilla to make a half-moon shape.<br />

4. With the help <strong>of</strong> your adult, put the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium-low.<br />

Add the quesadillas. Use the spatula to press down gently. Cook the quesadillas, flipping<br />

halfway through, until they are spotty brown and crisp on both sides. <strong>The</strong> cheese inside<br />

should be melted.<br />

5. Take the quesadillas out <strong>of</strong> the skillet and let them cool about 2 minutes on the serving<br />

plate.<br />

6. With the help <strong>of</strong> your adult, cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve with salsa (if you<br />

like salsa).<br />

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SWLA Health Center<br />

SWLA Center for Health Services<br />

Pap Testing can<br />

Prevent Cancer<br />

By Dr. John Colligan, MD, Dir. <strong>of</strong> OB/GYN<br />

<strong>The</strong> Papanicolaou (Pap) test<br />

was introduced by Dr. George<br />

Papanicolaou in the 1940’s as a<br />

screening test to detect abnormal changes<br />

in the cells <strong>of</strong> the cervix that can lead to<br />

cervical cancer. Today, Pap testing has led<br />

to a 70% reduction in cervical cancer deaths<br />

in America. Cervical cancer was the number<br />

one cause <strong>of</strong> cancer deaths for women, but is<br />

now ranked 12th in cancer deaths for women<br />

in the US. This dramatic improvement has<br />

resulted from widespread Pap test screening<br />

programs. Routine Pap testing reduces<br />

both the number <strong>of</strong> new cervical cancers<br />

diagnosed each year and deaths from the<br />

disease. Pap testing is an essential part <strong>of</strong> a<br />

woman’s routine health care. Every woman<br />

ages 21 - 65 should receive a Pap test.<br />

Every year, between 250,000 to 1 million<br />

women in the United States are diagnosed<br />

with cervical dysplasia, which is the<br />

medical term for pre-cancer growths on<br />

the cervix. While it can occur at any age, it<br />

most commonly occurs in women between<br />

the ages <strong>of</strong> 25 to 35. Most dysplasia cases<br />

can be cured with proper treatment and<br />

follow-up. This is due to a long pre-cancer<br />

stage during which conservative treatments<br />

are highly successful in removing pre-cancer<br />

growths before they become cancer. Without<br />

treatment, 30 to 50 percent may progress to<br />

invasive cancer.<br />

Invasive cervical cancer tends to occur in<br />

midlife and is most frequently diagnosed<br />

in women between the ages <strong>of</strong> 35 and 44.<br />

It rarely develops in women younger than<br />

20. Many older women do not realize that<br />

the risk <strong>of</strong> developing cervical cancer is still<br />

present as they age. More than 15% <strong>of</strong> cases<br />

<strong>of</strong> cervical cancer are found in women over<br />

65. However, these cancers rarely occur in<br />

women who have been getting regular Pap<br />

tests to screen for cervical cancer before they<br />

were 65.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are general guidelines that<br />

recommend who should receive Pap<br />

testing. Pap testing usually begins<br />

around age 21 and continues until<br />

age 65. Most women do not need Pap<br />

testing after a hysterectomy. <strong>The</strong>re are<br />

certain circumstances when Pap testing<br />

is recommended earlier than age 21, after<br />

age 65, and in women who have had a<br />

hysterectomy. Frequency <strong>of</strong> Pap testing is<br />

usually every three years if previous tests<br />

were negative.<br />

In the United States, Hispanic women are<br />

most likely to get cervical cancer, followed<br />

by African-Americans, Asians and Pacific<br />

Islanders, and then whites. American Indians<br />

and Alaskan natives have the lowest risk <strong>of</strong><br />

cervical cancer in this country.<br />

While there has been a large reduction in<br />

cervical cancer cases and deaths, a serious<br />

problem still exists, especially among certain<br />

populations <strong>of</strong> women. Unscreened and<br />

under-screened populations <strong>of</strong> women in<br />

the U.S. historically include older women,<br />

uninsured women, migrant and minority<br />

women, and those residing in rural areas.<br />

<strong>The</strong> incidence <strong>of</strong> Pap testing in these groups<br />

has remained inadequate for decades. Since<br />

most invasive cervical cancers are found in<br />

women who have not been routinely tested,<br />

outreach and educational components <strong>of</strong><br />

Pap screening programs should include extra<br />

efforts to reach these groups <strong>of</strong> women who<br />

will benefit most from Pap testing.<br />

Factors that cause Pap test screening to be<br />

successful are, ease <strong>of</strong> performing the test,<br />

low or no cost to patients, and effectiveness<br />

<strong>of</strong> the test in identifying pre-cancer cells.<br />

Dr. John Colligan, MD, Dir. <strong>of</strong> OB/GYN<br />

Resistance to Pap testing is usually due to<br />

a negative emotional disposition to Pap<br />

testing indicating dislike, embarrassment,<br />

discomfort, or anxiety about having the<br />

test. Some have a feeling they are not at risk<br />

since previous Pap tests were negative, or<br />

that nothing is wrong since they have no<br />

symptoms.<br />

Financial barriers are not now a major<br />

concern since Pap testing is available at<br />

low or no cost to most women. Women<br />

must be educated on the need for continued<br />

testing and realize that the discomforts<br />

<strong>of</strong> testing are very small compared to the<br />

discomforts <strong>of</strong> cervical cancer. Women<br />

can contact their healthcare provider for<br />

information concerning their individual<br />

needs for Pap testing.<br />

Another method <strong>of</strong> preventing cervical<br />

cancer, in addition to removing pre-cancer<br />

growths before they develop into cancer, is<br />

vaccination against the Human Papilloma<br />

Virus (HPV), the most common sexually<br />

transmitted infection. Certain strains <strong>of</strong> HPV<br />

cause cancer, other strains cause genital<br />

warts. While pre-cancer and cancer growths<br />

caused by HPV are uncommon in males, they<br />

do occur on and around the male genital<br />

organs and can also occur in other parts <strong>of</strong><br />

the body.<br />

Nearly all sexually active men and women<br />

get an HPV infection at some point in<br />

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their lives. Almost 80 million people in the<br />

U.S. are currently infected with the virus, and<br />

about 14 million (including teens) become<br />

infected with HPV each year. Fortunately, in<br />

nearly all cases the body’s immune system<br />

removes the virus in one or two years and<br />

the infection doesn’t cause health problems.<br />

However, in one or two percent <strong>of</strong> patients<br />

the virus persists and can lead to health<br />

problems, including genital warts and precancer,<br />

which left untreated can progress to<br />

cancer.<br />

Information about vaccination <strong>of</strong> preteen,<br />

teenage, and young adult girls and<br />

boys to prevent HPV infections is discussed in<br />

the next article.<br />

If you are a woman between the ages <strong>of</strong><br />

21 – 65 and have not had a Pap test before<br />

or a Pap test within the last 3 years, please<br />

contact your healthcare provider to receive<br />

this very important preventative test. If you<br />

do not have a healthcare provider to perform<br />

your Pap test, SWLA Center for Health<br />

Services has four (4) women’s healthcare<br />

providers that are currently accepting new<br />

patients and are happy to provide for all <strong>of</strong><br />

your women healthcare needs. Call 337-439-<br />

9983 to make your appointment today.<br />

SWLA Center for Health Services, your<br />

local community health center, has been<br />

serving and providing quality healthcare<br />

services to the community for over 35 years.<br />

SWLA Center for Health Services is a Joint<br />

Commission Accredited Federally Qualified<br />

Health Center providing preventative and<br />

primary healthcare services.<br />

Services <strong>of</strong>fered at SWLA Center for<br />

Health Services include Family Medicine,<br />

Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics (KidMed),<br />

Oral Health (Dentistry), Podiatry, Behavioral<br />

Health, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Case<br />

Management, WIC, insurance enrollment,<br />

and a state <strong>of</strong> the art Fitness Center.<br />

SWLA Center for Health Services accepts<br />

all types <strong>of</strong> insurance including Medicaid,<br />

Medicare, Veterans Choice, and most private<br />

insurances. Patients who qualify can also<br />

participate in our sliding fee scale discount<br />

program which allows a patient to pay for<br />

services based on their household size and<br />

income.<br />

SWLA Center for Health Services “Caring for<br />

the Community, because at the Center is You!”<br />


1. With the help <strong>of</strong> your adult, turn the oven on and set it to 400 degrees.<br />

2. Put the carrots on the cutting board and, with the help <strong>of</strong> your adult, cut them in thirds.<br />

Cut the thinnest end into 2 spears. Cut the two thicker parts into 4 spears each so that you<br />

get 10 carrot spears from each carrot.<br />

3. Put the spears on the baking sheet, add the oil and salt and, using your clean hands, rub<br />

the oil and salt on the carrot pieces until they're all lightly coated with oil.<br />

4. With the help <strong>of</strong> your adult, transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until the<br />

carrots are tender and golden brown, about 30 minutes.<br />

5. Serve right away.<br />


In the mood for fries? Instead <strong>of</strong> the French kind, try these.<br />

Carrots are tasty and super-good for you.<br />


6 carrots (about 1 pound), well<br />

scrubbed but not peeled<br />

1 teaspoon olive or canola oil<br />

1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt<br />


Cutting board<br />

Sharp knife<br />

Baking sheet with sides<br />

Measuring spoons<br />

Potholder<br />



1. Put all the ingredients in the blender.<br />

2. Put the top on tightly. Turn the blender to a medium setting and blend until the ice is<br />

chopped and the mixture is smooth, about 1 minute.<br />

3. Serve right away—or store in a thermos or covered in the refrigerator, up to 4 hours.<br />

NOTES:<br />


This delicious drink tastes like an orange-cream bar, and will<br />

give you a little burst <strong>of</strong> summery feeling even in the dead<br />

<strong>of</strong> winter. Plus, some extra vitamin C might help you fight <strong>of</strong>f<br />

cold-weather colds.<br />


1⁄2 cup orange juice<br />

1⁄2 cup plain low-fat yogurt<br />

1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced<br />

1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract<br />

2 ice cubes<br />

Think Ahead: Freeze the banana ahead <strong>of</strong> time for a slushier smoothie!<br />


Measuring cup<br />

Measuring spoons<br />

Dinner knife<br />

Cutting board<br />

Blender (adult needed)<br />


RECIPE<br />


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RECIPE<br />


FROM<br />

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My Senior Moment 2.0<br />

Being Aware<br />

<strong>of</strong> Scams<br />

By Joyce R. Kebodeaux<br />

Carmen Million, BBB President<br />

Better Business Bureau<br />

President Carmen Million in<br />

the Lake Charles location is<br />

always ready to answer questions.<br />

“Here in our <strong>of</strong>fice we never say I<br />

don’t know. Instead we search for the<br />

answers”, she said. “I have worked for<br />

BBB 35 years and thoroughly enjoy<br />

my job. Completing the staff <strong>of</strong> three<br />

are Liz Katchur, Business Manager and<br />

Carla Watkins, Office Manager.<br />

“We can’t tell anybody what<br />

to do, but we can give them<br />

information to help them make<br />

an informed decision”.<br />

BBB has a new home on the corner<br />

<strong>of</strong> Lake Street and Sale Road. A grand<br />

opening is in the planning for the near<br />

future. This <strong>of</strong>fice serves six parishes:<br />

Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron,<br />

Jeff Davis and Vernon. BBB is a not for<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>it organization and is supported by<br />

licensed, accredited businesses that are<br />

members. <strong>The</strong>se businesses are vetted<br />

and membership is by invitation only.<br />

“Moving to this new location gives<br />

us more space and we are more<br />

visible.” she said. “Most <strong>of</strong> our calls<br />

are after the purchase or transaction is<br />

completed. I wish they would call for<br />

information before.”<br />

Before I visited the BBB I believed<br />

scammers targeted senior citizens<br />

more than others. Everyone is a target,<br />

I learned. Retired seniors are more<br />

accessible and not spending time at<br />

work. <strong>The</strong>y are more likely to answer<br />

the phone or stop to chat in parking<br />

lots and public places.<br />

Scanning our calls is helpful. Using<br />

a caller ID one can see the number<br />

calling. If we don’t recognize the<br />

number calling we need not answer.<br />

Scammers have upped their game by<br />

getting numbers that appear to be<br />

local. More people will answer if the<br />

call is local.<br />

Sometimes the caller’s number is<br />

the same as ours which peaks our<br />

curiosity. This is what scammers do<br />

to get someone to answer the phone.<br />

Should we answer, they then try to gain<br />

our confidence. By becoming familiar<br />

with us they gain information. This is<br />

called spo<strong>of</strong>ing. <strong>The</strong> caller makes his<br />

pitch by talking about circumstances<br />

similar to ours. For example, veterans<br />

are more likely to talk to a person who<br />

claims to be a veteran also.<br />

If the caller appears to be local we<br />

might be more inclined to listen<br />

to their pitch. Ironically these calls<br />

are mostly from out <strong>of</strong> the country.<br />

Sometimes the caller asks a question<br />

that requires a yes or no. By answering<br />

yes we could be agreeing to buy<br />

something or do what the scammer<br />

wants. We can block these calls and use<br />

our time for other things.<br />

<strong>The</strong> old “You owe the Internal<br />

Revenue money Scare” is still around<br />

and still works. Scammers know that<br />

no one wants to be jailed or pay their<br />

heavy fines. If they can put that fear<br />

in his victims they might agree to the<br />

hoax.<br />

One scam was developed for seniors.<br />

This is the Grandparent Scam.<br />

By pretending to be a grandchild,<br />

or someone representing him<br />

grandparents are asked to send money<br />

immediately. Money will end the<br />

problem; for instance staying out <strong>of</strong><br />

jail. <strong>The</strong> caller doesn’t give Grandma<br />

or Grandpa a chance to think about<br />

the request. Later they learn their<br />

grandchild was never in trouble.<br />

In her job, Carmen goes out<br />

immediately to speak to groups<br />

about the BBB. After all these years<br />

there are still many who don’t know<br />

what the BBB does. She says “My job is<br />

never boring. <strong>The</strong>re is something new<br />

every day”.<br />

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SWLA feature story<br />

Lela Gholar Tizano,<br />

Author, Playwright,<br />

I<br />

am the daughter <strong>of</strong> Dorothy Gholar and the late Frank<br />

Gholar. I am married to Mark Tizano and the mother <strong>of</strong><br />

Patrick and Michael. Chicago, Illinois is where I was born<br />

then later moved to Lake Arthur, <strong>Louisiana</strong> and graduated<br />

from Lake Arthur High School. I received my B.S. in Business<br />

Management from Grambling State University and Master <strong>of</strong><br />

Arts in Teaching from McNeese State University. I currently<br />

reside in Lake Charles, <strong>Louisiana</strong> where I am a Behavior<br />

Facilitator in the Elementary Special Education department <strong>of</strong><br />

Calcasieu Parish School Board and an active member <strong>of</strong> New<br />

Covenant Faith Baptist Church.<br />

Growing up, I never liked reading nor writing and I am<br />

amazed at what God is doing through me. One <strong>of</strong> the<br />

best pieces <strong>of</strong> advice that I received came from a college<br />

schoolmate who had authored a book. I was interested in<br />

writing at the time and I asked her “How do you get started?”<br />

To that she replied, “just write.” That was simple and yet very<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>ound. I want to encourage someone who has a book<br />

locked inside to “JUST WRITE.”<br />

God gave me opportunity to self-publish two novels<br />

Unconditional Love?, and, From Hard to Hallelujah!, a<br />

Gospel Stage Play that I wrote, directed and starred in. I had<br />

a strong desire to see my work live and in color, either on<br />

the big screen or in a television movie, ever since my first<br />

novel, Unconditional Love?, Rather than wait for someone<br />

to acknowledge and recognize my work, God gave me<br />

inspiration to bring my book to life via the stage. I contacted<br />

a few family members and friends and together we gave the<br />

audience a phenomenal performance about a message filled<br />

with love, faith, forgiveness and salvation.<br />

In 2017, I was inducted into the Black Heritage Festival<br />

Entertainment Hall <strong>of</strong> Fame in <strong>The</strong>atre & Drama. Writing<br />

short stories for <strong>The</strong> <strong>Voice</strong> is a wonderful opportunity that<br />

will challenge me and will allow me to stay connected to my<br />

passion for writing.<br />

I know that God has given each <strong>of</strong> us a special talent and<br />

since He gave it to us, He will help us to develop it and<br />

eventually perfect it. I challenge everyone to tap into what<br />

God has placed inside and allow it to come to pass. You will<br />

never know if your wings work if you do not try to fly.<br />

Lela Gholar Tizano<br />

Editor’s Note: <strong>The</strong> <strong>Voice</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Southwest</strong> <strong>Louisiana</strong> shares<br />

this Bio <strong>of</strong> Lela Gholar Tizano, Author, and Playwright. She<br />

has creativity and passion with powerful imagination for<br />

fictional short stories. Look for them in our monthly column,<br />

Adventures <strong>of</strong> the Lake, starting in May <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

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SOWELA Hosts<br />

Sixth Annual Women<br />

in Non-Traditional<br />

Careers Seminar<br />

SOWELA Technical Community College<br />

is hosting its Sixth Annual Women<br />

in Non-Traditional Careers Seminar<br />

on Thursday, <strong>April</strong> 19, <strong>2018</strong>, from 5 - 7<br />

p.m. in the Arts & Humanities Building,<br />

Multipurpose Room 145. Representatives<br />

from area businesses and industry will present<br />

information on non-traditional career opportunities<br />

available to women in <strong>Southwest</strong> <strong>Louisiana</strong>.<br />

“This seminar allows women <strong>of</strong> all ages and all walks<br />

<strong>of</strong> life to interact with other women who have forged<br />

a personal path into a non-traditional career. It<br />

allows attendees to see themselves in the presenters,<br />

as they too have overcome obstacles to achieve their<br />

goals,” said Barbara Forsythe, Career Coach.<br />

In addition, attendees seeking employment will<br />

learn how to begin their career in a high-demand job<br />

and discover the steps required to apply for financial<br />

aid and gain admission to SOWELA. Presenters<br />

from companies such as Sasol, Phillips 66, Calcasieu<br />

Business and Career Solutions Center, CB&I, CITGO,<br />

SOWELA and others will be available for a question<br />

and answer session following the presentation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> seminar is free and open to the public for<br />

women <strong>of</strong> any age. Reservations are not required. For<br />

information, contact SOWELA at (337) 421-6983 or<br />

email barbara.forsythe@sowela.edu.<br />

SOWELA Technical Community College provides<br />

traditional, distance, and lifelong learning<br />

experiences and awards associate degrees, technical<br />

diplomas, and certificates that empower learners in<br />

transfer, career and technical education to excel as<br />

globally competitive citizens. <strong>The</strong> College has been<br />

educating the region’s workforce for 80 years.<br />

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Falling<br />

...the magnificent contrast <strong>of</strong><br />

rising and falling magnifies<br />

the importance <strong>of</strong> living.<br />

By Ronald J. Blanchard<br />

From early beginnings, one<br />

learns that life is a journey<br />

that is filled with triumph<br />

as well as tragedy. Reflecting back,<br />

hindsight becomes 20/20 vision<br />

as one is allowed to see through<br />

divine transparency. What one did<br />

not understand becomes crystal<br />

clear through the gifts <strong>of</strong> time and<br />

experience. History <strong>of</strong>fers life lessons<br />

and instructions that help to define<br />

one’s present as one search to find<br />

one’s future. However, there is the<br />

reality that to value celebration<br />

and elevation, one must accept the<br />

certainty <strong>of</strong> falling.<br />

Pressing the rewind button, one is<br />

reminded <strong>of</strong> one’s infancy through<br />

captured images <strong>of</strong> photography<br />

and videography. Months removed<br />

from the comfort <strong>of</strong> the mother’s<br />

womb, mistakenly one may assume<br />

that the world <strong>of</strong>fers a similar comfort<br />

until taking first steps and missteps,<br />

attempting to walk, one <strong>of</strong>ten falls.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is the dramatic and shocking<br />

introduction <strong>of</strong> “pain”. Looking up,<br />

there was a special someone that<br />

<strong>of</strong>fered s<strong>of</strong>t, caressing words <strong>of</strong><br />

comfort and a sure hand <strong>of</strong> support.<br />

Regaining confidence, one learned<br />

to stand to gain the eventual skill <strong>of</strong><br />

walking through the appreciation <strong>of</strong><br />

falling.<br />

A wise man once shared, “it’s not<br />

how many times one falls, it how<br />

many times one gets up”. A lesson in<br />

spirituality teaches that through the<br />

limitations <strong>of</strong> human carnality there<br />

is an inability to truly understand<br />

the imperfections <strong>of</strong> a woman and<br />

a man. Indeed, gravity suggests that<br />

all must fall. Traveling the emotional<br />

rollercoaster <strong>of</strong> life, one must hold<br />

on to the higher power <strong>of</strong> hope that<br />

<strong>of</strong>fers answers to countless questions.<br />

Highest education should teach that<br />

there is a universal purpose, pattern,<br />

and plan which orchestrate the<br />

movement <strong>of</strong> all mankind. <strong>The</strong>re is<br />

no chance or happenstance; there is<br />

only the consistency <strong>of</strong> spirituality. <strong>The</strong><br />

human condition gives the drive and<br />

motivation to rise understanding the<br />

possibility <strong>of</strong> falling.<br />

Fast-forward to now, a man meets<br />

a woman, a woman meets a man,<br />

and they are subject to fall. This time,<br />

it’s called “love”, or perhaps a close<br />

facsimile. Falling in love is the ultimate<br />

fall for it provides an unconditional<br />

opportunity to give <strong>of</strong> oneself with no<br />

expectation <strong>of</strong> reciprocation. A better<br />

explanation is actually love falling<br />

within a man or a woman through<br />

divine inspiration causing more than<br />

a temporary sensation or temperature<br />

elevation. <strong>The</strong> day to day struggle to<br />

reach a common bond is not without<br />

distractions and obstacles. Hopefully,<br />

supernatural mathematics will cause<br />

one plus one to equal one. Moment by<br />

moment, together they fight the forces<br />

that may alter their path to soulful<br />

unity. Forgetting why they fall, they<br />

continually strive to stand. A special<br />

revelation gives the insight to see that<br />

the magnificent contrast <strong>of</strong> rising and<br />

falling magnifies the importance <strong>of</strong><br />

living.<br />

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Peace from Pieces<br />

WILL<br />

YOU<br />

SPEAK?<br />

By Carra Sergeant, LPC<br />

Licensed Pr<strong>of</strong>essional Counselor<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>2018</strong> has been designated as<br />

Sexual Assault Awareness Month<br />

and this year’s theme is “Embrace<br />

Your VOICE”. Sexual violence permeates<br />

our society. It happens every day, in<br />

every community, in every city, in every<br />

state and in every country. Its impact is<br />

so devastating, that it shatters its victims<br />

and loved ones at their very core. This<br />

month, I want to shed a little light on a<br />

very difficult topic.<br />



Generally defined, sexual assault/<br />

violence is ANY type <strong>of</strong> unwanted sexual<br />

contact. Sexual violence/assault is NOT<br />

about sex…it is about POWER AND<br />

OPPRESSION. Lack <strong>of</strong> the consent is what<br />

distinguishes sexual violence/assault<br />

from consensual sex. Consent must be<br />

given freely and is more than a simple<br />

yes. Consent involves a dialogue about<br />

desires, needs and levels <strong>of</strong> comfort<br />

and is an active, sober, and verbal “YES”.<br />

Consent can be withdrawn at any time…<br />

at which point, “NO MEANS NO”. Forms<br />

<strong>of</strong> sexual violence/assault include, but are<br />

not limited to, any <strong>of</strong> the following:<br />

• Rape/Incest<br />

• Unwanted sexual touching<br />

• Sexual Harassment<br />

• Nonconsensual image sharing<br />

• Sexual exploitation<br />


<strong>The</strong> National Sexual Violence Resource<br />

Center (NSVRC) notes the following:<br />

• One in two WOMEN have experienced<br />

sexual violence other than rape in their<br />

lifetime.<br />

• One in five MEN have experienced sexual<br />

violence other than rape in their lifetime.<br />

• One in five WOMEN have experienced<br />

completed or attempted rape in their lives.<br />

• One in fifty MEN have experienced<br />

completed or attempted rape in their lives.<br />

• One in three GIRLS are sexually abused<br />

before the age <strong>of</strong> 16 years<br />

• One in six BOYS are sexually abused before<br />

the age <strong>of</strong> 16 years<br />

• An estimated 67.5% <strong>of</strong> all instances <strong>of</strong><br />

sexual assault/violence go unreported<br />



SURVIVORS: Each survivor reacts to<br />

sexual violence in her/his own unique<br />

way. Personal style, culture, and context<br />

<strong>of</strong> the survivor’s life may affect these<br />

reactions. Some express their emotions<br />

while others prefer to keep their feelings<br />

inside. Some may tell others right away<br />

what happened, others will wait weeks,<br />

months, or even years before discussing<br />

the assault, if they ever choose to do so.<br />

It is important to respect each person’s<br />

choices and style <strong>of</strong> coping with this<br />

traumatic event.<br />

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS: Sexual violence<br />

can affect parents, friends, partners,<br />

children, spouses, and/or co-workers <strong>of</strong><br />

the survivor. As they try to make sense <strong>of</strong><br />

what happened, significant others may<br />

experience similar reactions and feelings<br />

to those <strong>of</strong> the survivor. Fear, guilt, selfblame,<br />

and anger are but a few reactions<br />

they may experience. In order to best<br />

support the survivor, it is important for<br />

those close to them to get support. This<br />

can include advocacy-based counseling<br />

in an individual, family or group setting;<br />

information and referral services; and 24-<br />

hour crisis intervention assistance.<br />

COMMUNITIES: Communities also feel<br />

the effects <strong>of</strong> sexual violence. Schools,<br />

workplaces, neighborhoods, campuses,<br />

and cultural or religious communities<br />

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may feel fear, anger, or disbelief if a sexual<br />

assault happened in their community. As<br />

with any form <strong>of</strong> violence, sexual violence<br />

tears at the fabric <strong>of</strong> community wellbeing.<br />

Additionally, there are financial<br />

costs to communities. According to the<br />

U.S. Department <strong>of</strong> Justice (1996) the cost<br />

<strong>of</strong> crime to victims is an estimated $450<br />

billion per year. Rape is the most costly to<br />

its victims, totaling $127 billion annually.<br />

SOCIETY: Sexual violence endangers<br />

critical societal structures through<br />

climates <strong>of</strong> violence and fear. Fifty<br />

percent <strong>of</strong> sexual violence/assault victims<br />

lost or were forced to quit their jobs in<br />

the year following their assault due to the<br />

severity <strong>of</strong> their reactions. Public Health<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficials have noted that development<br />

<strong>of</strong> Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)<br />

is likely in 50 to 95 percent <strong>of</strong> sexual<br />

violence/assault cases. Loss <strong>of</strong> potential<br />

lifetime contributions and achievements,<br />

as a result <strong>of</strong> sexual violence, is a cost to<br />

society that can’t be measured.<br />

WHAT CAN I DO?<br />

<strong>The</strong> only person responsible for<br />

committing sexual assault is a<br />

perpetrator, but all <strong>of</strong> us have the ability<br />

to look out for each other’s safety.<br />

Whether it’s giving someone a safe ride<br />

home from a party or directly confronting<br />

a person who is engaging in threatening<br />

behavior, anyone may be able help<br />

prevent sexual violence. It’s not always<br />

easy to step in, even if you know it’s the<br />

right thing to do. Some common reasons<br />

that we do not take action are:<br />

• “I don’t know what to do or what to say.”<br />

• “I don’t want to cause a scene.”<br />

• “It’s not my business.”<br />

• “I don’t want my friend to be mad at me.”<br />

• “I’m sure someone else will step in.”<br />

It’s okay to have these thoughts, but it’s<br />

important to realize that your actions<br />

could possibly have a big impact on the<br />

outcome <strong>of</strong> a situation.<br />


WHAT?<br />

After sexual assault, it is hard to know<br />

how to react. You may be physically hurt,<br />

emotionally drained, or unsure what to<br />

do next. Recovering from sexual abuse<br />

is a process and sometimes a long one.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is no timetable and there is no<br />

“right” reaction. You may experience<br />

some <strong>of</strong> the following emotions:<br />

• Anger. You might feel anger for a number<br />

<strong>of</strong> reasons: towards yourself for not being<br />

able to stop the assault; or towards the<br />

perpetrator for carrying out the assault.<br />

It can be difficult to keep anger from<br />

affecting the way you communicate. Let<br />

yourself acknowledge this emotion and<br />

find another outlet to express it.<br />

• Anxiety. You might feel anxious about<br />

responding the “right” way or worried<br />

about how this event will impact your<br />

relationships. As a victim, believe that the<br />

assault was not your fault. As a loved one,<br />

reassure the survivor that the assault was<br />

not their fault and that you believe them.<br />

• Confusion. You might feel confused by<br />

what happened or why it has happened.<br />

Sadly, sexual assaults are more common<br />

that we’d like to think.<br />

• Disbelief. After a traumatic experience,<br />

it’s common for survivors and those<br />

around them to experience denial. It’s<br />

important to focus on acknowledging<br />

your/their story.<br />

• Sadness. It is normal to feel sad,<br />

hopeless, worried, or powerless. You<br />

might mourn how life has changed in<br />

light <strong>of</strong> the assault. Self-care strategies<br />

and coping skills can help you move<br />

through these feelings.<br />


How you talk about sexual violence/<br />

assault matters. Become an agent for<br />

change by using your voice to shift how<br />

others think about and react to this<br />

critical issue. Victims are NEVER to blame.<br />

It doesn’t matter what someone was<br />

wearing, how they were acting, if they<br />

were drinking, or what type <strong>of</strong> relationship<br />

they had with the person who abused<br />

them. Healing and justice will look<br />

different for every survivor. Healing is an<br />

ongoing process. Everyone heals in their<br />

own time and their own way.<br />

To read more about sexual violence/<br />

assault and its prevention, check out the<br />

following online resources:<br />

www.nsvrc.org<br />

www.sapr.mil/sapr-source<br />

www.centerforsafetyandchange.org<br />

Chances are that you know someone<br />

who has experienced sexual violence<br />

even if they haven’t told you. <strong>The</strong>y are<br />

listening to how you talk about the<br />

issue, and deciding whether you will<br />

understand and believe them and help<br />

them feel safe. Sexual violence thrives<br />

when it is not taken seriously. Silence<br />

empowers the perpetrator. Speak up!<br />

Speak out! Don’t allow victim blaming/<br />

shaming to go unchecked. Your voice is<br />

essential in setting the record straight on<br />

sexual violence. EMBRACE YOUR VOICE!<br />

Carra Sergeant, LPC<br />


For an appointment, call 337-515-6716<br />

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SWLA nonpr<strong>of</strong>it<br />

www.eljayfd.org<br />

Eljay Foundation for Parkinson's Awareness,<br />

Inc. - Changing Lives Together<br />

<strong>The</strong> Eljay Foundation was founded in 2000 in an<br />

effort to promote awareness for Parkinson's<br />

disease and fundraise to help find a cure while<br />

supporting its member patients.<br />

Our mission is to inform whole communities<br />

about Parkinson's disease and build community<br />

partnerships that provide resources and non<br />

clinical support services to improve the quality <strong>of</strong><br />

life and access to care for every person affected by<br />

Parkinson's disease by linking them to points <strong>of</strong><br />

services.<br />

Our goal is to improve the quality <strong>of</strong> life <strong>of</strong> every member<br />

ensuring they know they are not alone.<br />

We host an annual health fair each August, as well as<br />

monthly support group meetings in Lake Charles and<br />

Orange, Texas. We also partner with Hope <strong>The</strong>rapy to<br />

provide Rock Steady Boxing(R), a national non-contact<br />

program designed to help build muscle, stamina, balance,<br />

and tenacity.<br />

<strong>The</strong> name Eljay comes from a combination <strong>of</strong> my<br />

parent's name. My dad is Jay, and my mom's name is Ella.<br />

My dad, Eligha "Jay" Guillory was diagnosed with Parkinson's<br />

disease in 1983 at the age <strong>of</strong> 38. However, he had seen signs<br />

and experienced misdiagnoses for six years prior. He passed<br />

away in 2012 after living with Parkinson's disease for over 30<br />

years.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Eljay Foundation aka the Parkinson's Foundation<br />

was founded out <strong>of</strong> a need. As a family, we had difficulty<br />

researching information on Parkinson's disease and several<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essionals even lacked solid information. Since we<br />

experienced that problem, we figured we were not alone.<br />

We dedicated ourselves to ensure patients and families, as<br />

well as the community, were well informed on Parkinson's<br />

disease, its affects, and prognosis.<br />

Parkinson's disease affects approximately 1.5 million<br />

people in North America. An estimated 2% or two in<br />

one hundred <strong>Louisiana</strong> residents (60,000 people) have<br />

Parkinson's disease. An estimated 2,000 <strong>Southwest</strong><br />

<strong>Louisiana</strong> residents is diagnosed with Parkinson's. You<br />

cannot die FROM Parkinson's disease, however until a cure is<br />

found, most likely you will die WITH it. Parkinson's is also the<br />

14th leading cause <strong>of</strong> death in the US.<br />

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SWLA banking and finance<br />

Simple Tips For<br />

Good Financial<br />

Management<br />

By Debra Lewis<br />

Debra Lewis<br />

Assistant Vice-President/Loan Officer<br />

First Federal Bank <strong>of</strong> <strong>Louisiana</strong> Main Office<br />

Office: 337-421-1114<br />

Cell: 337-853-4288<br />

Email: debra.lewis@ffbla.com<br />

1Live by a monthly budget. A budget<br />

records all income coming in minus<br />

all expenses going out. This helps to<br />

show whether you have a negative or<br />

positive cash flow. Do you have more<br />

going out than what is coming in? Work<br />

to separate “Wants” versus “Needs”.<br />

You should always analyze every expense<br />

looking for ways to reduce or cut back<br />

on these amounts. Likewise look for<br />

ways to increase income if possible. <strong>The</strong><br />

goal is to first have a balanced budget<br />

then to continue working to end up with<br />

remaining funds at the end <strong>of</strong> the month<br />

after all expenses have been paid. This<br />

surplus can ideally be used for savings.<br />

Sometimes it’s not how much you make<br />

but what you do with it.<br />

2Establish a savings plan. Often<br />

times we get into the habit <strong>of</strong> saving<br />

monies that are left after all expenses<br />

are paid. While this works okay when<br />

you have a decent monthly surplus in<br />

your budget, it becomes difficult to save<br />

when your budget is tight. Learn to save<br />

on purpose. Establish a set amount out<br />

<strong>of</strong> each pay check that you will save no<br />

matter what...just as if it was a bill to<br />

pay. You don’t have to start out with a<br />

large amount if that’s difficult. Start with<br />

as little as $5 per paycheck, and as pay<br />

raises, income tax refunds, and any new<br />

sources <strong>of</strong> money come your way commit<br />

to increasing your savings amount during<br />

these times. Create the habit <strong>of</strong> saving<br />

consistently rather than sporadically. Why<br />

save? Saving is so important because it<br />

helps you prepare for a rainy day that is<br />

sure to come. It is also an excellent way to<br />

address your short-term goals.<br />

3Invest in long-term goals.<br />

Whether it is saving for a down<br />

payment on a home, child’s education,<br />

or retirement these are specialized<br />

goals that may take five plus years to<br />

accomplish. Create a savings especially<br />

for this goal. Commit to only depositing<br />

into it rather than withdrawing out <strong>of</strong><br />

it until you reach your goal. Start early.<br />

<strong>The</strong> earlier you start, the longer your<br />

money has time to grow with interest<br />

compounding. And while it’s better to<br />

start early, it’s never too late to start.<br />

4Manage your credit. Your credit<br />

determines first whether you are<br />

approved or denied for a loan request.<br />

And if approved, it can also determine<br />

the interest rate charged and/or how<br />

long you are given to repay the loan. Both<br />

<strong>of</strong> these can result in a higher monthly<br />

payment to manage in your budget each<br />

month. Prepare BEFORE you are ready<br />

to borrow. Getting approved for a new<br />

loan today depends on how well you<br />

paid other loans in the past. Establish,<br />

maintain, or re-establish credit before<br />

you are ready to borrow. You should<br />

review your credit report at least one<br />

time per year to ensure that it is accurate.<br />

Any inaccuracies should be disputed as<br />

the credit score has no way <strong>of</strong> knowing<br />

that the information is inaccurate.<br />

Collection accounts, judgments, and<br />

liens are items that you want to work to<br />

clear while maintaining good payment<br />

history on good debts. Payment history is<br />

the biggest portion <strong>of</strong> a score so always<br />

strive to pay on time. Credit is a valuable<br />

resource when used properly.<br />

5Keep debt under control. Too much<br />

debt can be overwhelming. Know<br />

your limits. Make sure that monthly<br />

payments on new debt fit your budget.<br />

Are you borrowing money to pay for<br />

items that should be paid with cash?<br />

One way to address excessive debts<br />

is to make minimum payments on all<br />

debts each month so that no accounts<br />

go past due. <strong>The</strong>reafter, strive to pay<br />

extra on one account, usually the one<br />

with the lowest balance. <strong>The</strong> goal here<br />

is to pay <strong>of</strong>f or eliminate the one with<br />

the lowest balance. <strong>The</strong>n the payment<br />

for this account can be applied as<br />

extra payments to the debt with the<br />

next lowest payment until this one is<br />

eliminated.<br />

6Teach the children. In school have<br />

you ever wished you were taught<br />

Math, Science, English, and FINANCE?<br />

Just think <strong>of</strong> the pitfalls in life you could<br />

have avoided. Usually children are left<br />

to figure it out as they go or stumble<br />

then struggle to get back up. Knowledge<br />

really is power. Children should be<br />

taught to set financial goals, budget,<br />

save, pay bills on time, and even invest.<br />

Rather than buying our children a video<br />

game what about teaching our children<br />

to invest in the company that makes the<br />

video games? Empowering our children<br />

with financial knowledge will lead them<br />

well into adulthood.<br />

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Q&A<br />

By: Regina James, Brenda Hill<br />

Q&A with Patrick<br />

Steward, M.Ed<br />

Alcohol Abuse Prevention Awareness<br />

In light <strong>of</strong> Alcohol Abuse Prevention Awareness, Patrick Steward,<br />

M.Ed., Owner/Operator <strong>of</strong> New Beginnings Outreach Community<br />

Center defines Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. He agrees<br />

with scripture in that the first step in all <strong>of</strong> your getting is an<br />

understanding.<br />

Certified Master Addictions Counselor III<br />

Certified Anger & Depression<br />

Management Specialist<br />

Certified Behavior Management<br />

Specialist<br />

He likes to read, travel and go to the<br />

beach and look at the sunset.<br />

QWhat is the difference between<br />

Alcoholism and Alcohol abuse?<br />

ASomeone who is dependent on<br />

alcohol needs it through the day.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y develop a high tolerance needing<br />

more alcohol to feel any effect. Alcoholics<br />

suffer from withdrawal and will drink to<br />

avoid symptoms <strong>of</strong> withdrawals which<br />

includes, anxiety, tremors, sweating, and<br />

depression. Alcohol abusers are not<br />

yet dependent, but may experience a<br />

little bit <strong>of</strong> tolerance or a small degree <strong>of</strong><br />

withdrawal. Nothing as severe as what a<br />

true alcoholic goes through.<br />

QWhat race, gender, etc., seem to<br />

suffer the more from Alcoholism/<br />

Alcohol abuse?<br />

AAlcoholism has devastating<br />

effects on a person’s health and<br />

personal life no matter what sex they are.<br />

Alcoholism is more prevalent among men<br />

than women. Recent studies have shown<br />

that White and Native Americans have<br />

a greater risk <strong>of</strong> alcohol use disorders<br />

relative to other ethnic groups. However,<br />

once alcohol dependence occurs Blacks<br />

and Hispanics experience higher rates<br />

than whites <strong>of</strong> recurrent or presistent<br />

dependence.<br />

QWhat factors lead up to Alcoholism?<br />

A<br />

Genetic,<br />

Environmental, and<br />

Social factors can be precusors to<br />

alcoholism. Alcoholism is considered a<br />

disease, compulsive need, and addictive<br />

illness.<br />

Heredity Genetic factors may account for<br />

one half <strong>of</strong> the total risk <strong>of</strong> developing<br />

alcoholism. Research indicates that more<br />

than one gene is responsible for an<br />

increase <strong>of</strong> developing alcoholism, yet<br />

abnormalities in certain brain regions are<br />

implicated in alcohol dependence.<br />

QDoes city festivals and parties<br />

influence rates <strong>of</strong> alcoholism?<br />

A<br />

Louisana<br />

is among the top states that<br />

have a higher than average binge<br />

drinking rate. Mardi Gras draws 1.4 million<br />

people into New Orleans alone. New Orlens<br />

has a binge drinking rate which is higher<br />

than the national average. <strong>Louisiana</strong> also<br />

has many festivals and like activities across<br />

the state and binge drinking is higher in<br />

<strong>Louisiana</strong> than the national average.<br />

QWhat types <strong>of</strong> conditions and/<br />

or illnesses seem to contribute to<br />

alcohol abuse?<br />

AGenetics, emotional pain and<br />

mental health can contribute to<br />

alcohol abuse.<br />

QWhat are some long term health<br />

effects associated with Alcoholism/<br />

Alcohol abuse?<br />

ASome health effects associated with<br />

alcohol intake in large amounts<br />

include an increased risk <strong>of</strong> malnutrition,<br />

chronic pancreatitis, alcoholic liver<br />

disease and cancer.<br />

Programs supporting loved ones affected<br />

by Alcoholism/Alcohol abuse are New<br />

Beginnings Outreach Community Center<br />

(337) 794-5351, Successful Self Inc, (337)<br />

377-5731, Alcoholics Anonymous (337)<br />

502-9833.<br />

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