Get healthy by changing your lifestyle:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these 10 tips for men on leading a healthy life:
Eat healthy:
Nutritious foods provide energy and may lower the risk of certain diseases. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk products. A healthy diet can help protect men from heart disease, type two diabetes and some types of cancer.
Get moving:
Exercise is one of the most important factors in staying healthy. Regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life. Physical activity can help you look and feel your best.
Be smoke-free:
Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease and stroke. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Many of tobacco’s detrimental health effects can be reduced or largely removed by stopping.
Get routine exams and screenings:
Ask a doctor how often examines should be performed. Ask about screening tests for certain diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sexually transmitted infections and certain types of cancer.
Take necessary medications:
Thousands of deaths could be prevented each year by taking medications properly. Make sure to follow doctor’s instructions for all medications, including those that help control conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Avoid heavy drinking:
Heavy drinking can lead to high blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems and accidents. Men under 65, should have no more than two drinks per day. Men older than 65 should have no more than one drink a day.
Manage stress:
Balancing work and family obligations can be challenging. But it’s important to protect one’s mental and physical health.
Get enough sleep:
Not getting enough sleep can affect mood and health. See a doctor if there’s a serious problem. Sleep apnea, a common problem where breathing stops briefly, can increase the risk of accidents and certain health problems.
Know the numbers:
Learn how a lifestyle affects the risk of health problems. Keep track of numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and body mass index. A doctor can explain what they mean and suggest how to get them to a healthier range.
Stay safe:
Safety means many things, like wearing seatbelts and helmets, having working smoke detectors, and following safety rules at work. It also means washing hands, taking care of teeth, and wearing sunscreen.
NSU will offer the following classes in June:
Go online to or call 800-376-2422 or 318-357-6355 to register or for more information.
Target Debt Free Online:
Dr. Thomas Watson, author of “The Great American Debt Opportunity: Turn your Debt into Wealth” will explain how people can give themselves a pay raise without having to make more money or beg their boss. By completing these 16 video-based lessons attendees will: Target Debt Free online is the most comprehensive financial education training program anywhere. The course was presented as an employee benefit in organizations like Mobil Oil, Citibank, Neiman Marcus, City of Houston and the Air Force and Navy. This online course will be available after June 15. The fee is $97.
Introduction to Keyboarding:
(4th-8th Grade)
Caleb Donaho will teach 4th-8th graders an introduction to keyboarding. This class will introduce all of the keys on the keyboard with a focus on correct technique, speed and accuracy. The class will run Monday-Friday, June 22-July 3 from 10 a.m. - noon. in South Hall. The fee is $125.
Social Media 101:
Heather Williams will teach participants what a Tweet is. This course will provide an overview of popular services like: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest. It will be held Thursday, June 25 from 6-8 p.m. in South Hall. The fee is $25.
Young Professionals seek more members: Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) is dedicated to developing the community’s business leaders with membership available to anyone age 21- 40 who lives, works, learns or plays in the Natchitoches area.  A program of the Community Affairs Division of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, NYP was founded in January. NYP hosted a successful St. Patty’s Pub Crawl and its growing membership means there’s more programs to come. NYP hosts a social every third Thursday of the month open to new attendees. If anyone has an event that needs volunteers, contact the Natchitoches Chamber or the Philanthropic Committee chair Lauryn Sharplin at 225-572-9724. For more information, visit the website at; LIKE us on Facebook; and FOLLOW us on Twitter and Instagram.
Items for deployed military troops can be dropped of at any of the four Bank of Montgomery Branches. The project continues year-round with boxes to be prepared for Halloween and Christmas. The Shreveport Chapter of Operation Support Our Troops (OSOT) needs help with their on-going collection of items that can include instant hot chocolate mix/coffee/tea, tuna in foil packs, instant oatmeal/grits, Ramen noodle and instant cup-a-soup in any flavor except pork, chocolate candy, especially Hershey’s Kisses, white tube socks, artwork made by school children and notes or letters. 
The NLHSD in Natchitoches, located at 210 Medical Drive, is available for anyone who wants to make a referral for mental health services or addictive disorders. Contact Faye Hobley at 357-3122 for more information.

The Community Services Division of the Natchitoches Parish Sherriff’s Office provides services to victims of domestic violence through its Crime Victims Assistance Program. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call 238-7550, Monday-Friday, for assistance.

The MLK Center in Natchitoches offers HiSet Preparation classes. Earlier this year, the HiSet replaced the GED Test required to earn a high school equivalency diploma. This change is statewide. The classes are free and open to the public. This class is designed and intended primarily for students that have the state recommended ninth grade or above reading level. The local program has experienced a high level of success with students that have reading levels down to and slightly below the seventh grade. Students are required to take a reading assessment after enrollment. Classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Students should be 19 or older. New classes or enrollment periods will start every eight weeks. The current session will continue until the end of November. The next session will begin in January and continues through February. For information call 357-3891.

NPSOs’ Arrest report for Thursday, June 18, 2015 – Sunday, June 21, 2015. Arrested were:

  1. Lori Rachal Goux – WF (41) – 2233 Elliott Street, Alexandria, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated
  2. Gregory Gude - BM (47) – 4809 Willard Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Careless Operation
  3. Robert Jonathan White – WM (26) – 2281 Highway 71, Campti, LA – 3 Counts of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 2n or Subsequent Offense, Obstruction of Justice, Modification of Exhaust Systems, DUS, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Container in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Legend Drug without Prescription
  4. Timmy Bonner – BM (35) – P.O. Box 64, Powhatan, LA – Simple Battery, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Disturbing the Peace, Probation/Parole Violation
  5. Chester Shay Taylor – BM (34) – 218 Airport Road, Natchitoches, LA – Entering and Remaining after Being Forbidden
  6. Morgan Marie Thiels - WF (20) – 3880 Highway 121, Boyce, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated
  7. Jerry Louis Higgins  – BM (52) – 215 Bayou Street, Campti, LA – Domestic Abuse Battery
  8. Shawn Dewayne Anthony – BM (45) – 193 Morning Star Loop, Natchez, LA – Disturbing the Peace
  9. Wayne Alexander – BM (58) – 2601 Frankford Road, #702, Dallas, TX – Possession of Marijuana
  10. Tearle Willis – BM (30) – 1417 Amelia Street, Natchitoches, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Speeding
  11. Jonathan Dwayne Henderson – BM (34) – 2116 Meadowview Drive, Coushatta, LA – 5 Counts of Contempt of Court