It can be hard to focus on heart health during Mardi Gras and Valentine’s, especially when we’re bombarded with king cakes and chocolates at every turn. But in this midst of your indulging this season, remember to keep up those New Year’s resolutions of incorporating healthier foods, using moderation, and increasing your fitness. Our hearts, and the blood that pumps through them, give us life—this month, takes steps to improve its functioning. There are plenty of resources across the area for helping get your body into shape, from gyms and studios to personal trainers and nutritionists. And while you’re at, have a little heart as well—consider giving blood and helping someone in need. Check out the following area resources for improving your health and enjoy a festive season with a strong ticker that’ll keep you moving and grooving to that “Mardi Gras Mambo” beat.


Start the New Year off right with Club Pilates. Pure to Joseph Pilates’ original Reformer-based Contrology Method, but modernized with group practice and expanded state-of-the-art equipment, Club Pilates offers high-quality, life-changing training at a surprisingly affordable price.

More than just Reformers, Club Pilates teaches classes using TRX, Barre, Exo-Chair, Bosu ball, mats, rollers and more. The studio’s certified instructors perform hundreds of hours of training to meet teacher standards and maximize your workout.
Dynamic class sessions are available at a variety of levels and at convenient class times. The Club Pilates team believes that Pilates is the path to a fuller, more satisfying physical existence and that being in control of your body helps you to be in control of your life. And best of all, you can start anytime. No matter your level of fitness, there’s a Pilates class for you.
Book your own stress-free intro class for free at, or call 504-484-9650 for more information.


Nola Pilates & Yoga/ Xtend Barre is one of Lakeview’s premier fitness studios. The studio’s extensive schedule features over 65 group classes per week, including Pilates Reformer, Tower, Mat, Yoga, MELT Method, TRX Suspension and Xtend Barre. One-on-one sessions are available in the private equipment studio seven days per week. Classes range in focus and intensity from open-level Pilates Mat and Yoga classes to muscle-sculpting, calorie-torching classes like TRX and Xtend Barre.

November 2018 marked the studio’s 11-year anniversary, and owner Kim Munoz fondly recalls opening its doors back in 2007, as small business owners worked tirelessly to revive their city following Hurricane Katrina.

“In our first years, we were grateful for the opportunity to offer the local community a positive outlet following such devastation,” explained Munoz. “Over a decade later, we look forward to continuing to serve the New Orleans community and helping you meet your goals, restore your mind, body, and spirit.”

Visit the studio online at to schedule your first session. For more information, visit the website or call 504-483-8880.

Health Resources

A non-profit community service organization, The Blood Center has a long-standing tradition of providing quality blood products to over 30 regional facilities. Additionally, The Blood Center has partnered with Acadian Air Med, a division of Acadian Ambulance, to provide helicopters with two O positive and two O negative units of red blood cells. Acadian Air Med is the first and only air ambulance with blood supplies to serve the oil and gas industry and the many platforms and workers located in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Those patients will now have improved chances of survival, despite being in ultra-remote locations,” says Acadian Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charles Burnell.

“When extra time means the difference between life and death, a blood transfusion can be a lifesaving treatment,” says Mark Morris RN, clinical care coordinator for Acadian Air Med. “Having blood onboard can increase the window of time to transport the patient to a dedicated trauma center,” he adds.

Visit for more information or to find a blood drive or donor center in your area.