During the height of the holidays, it’s easy to get lost in the hubbub of activity, the focus on festivities and food, and the work that must get done despite the season’s travels, family visits, and fanfare. All of that leaves little time to focus on one’s self, but prioritizing wellness during this often hectic time of year can go a long way to providing peace, calm, and a healthy mind and body. Whether you need to take small steps towards a healthier life with the help of a coach or to see a specialist for a nagging issue that keeps you from living your life to the fullest, there are resources available for getting you off to a positive, healthy start in 2022. This season, give yourself the gift of improved health with support from the following professionals focused on living well. 


EveryBody Wellness

After pursuing her own journey in weight loss and experiencing remarkable success, Registered Nurse Peggy Rodriguez became passionate about helping others get and stay healthy. Since founding Everybody Wellness in 2008, Peggy has built lifelong relationships with clients by educating them on how to both lose weight and maintain it.

“Losing weight is intimate and can be an intimidating process. There is no single path that works for everyone, and everyone’s goals are different,” says Peggy. The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method at Everybody Wellness is scientifically proven—it is dependable, repeatable, and predictable. Based on the principles of being a low calorie, low carb, low fat, and “right amount of” protein protocol, the program helps clients lose fat pounds while maintaining muscle mass. Everybody Wellness’s team of registered nurses and certified coaches educate clients in the understanding of the impact food has on the body, the mechanism that helps lose fat, and the food combinations that may lead to fat storage.

To learn more and read success stories, visit EverybodyWellnessNola.com or call/text 504-287-8558. Mention this article and receive a complimentary consultation and body composition analysis.

Culicchia Neurological

The brain is an amazing machine, comprised of over a billion neurons, each at work full time and especially in New Orleans, arguably the most stimulating city on earth. Culicchia Neurological is the synapses that helps not only your neurons connect, but helps you reconnect with who you are. For years, they’ve brought new advancements and understanding to their patients—people
come from all around the region seeking care from award-winning, fellowship-trained specialists and subspecialists.

The Culicchia team works together to diagnose and treat disorders such as brain tumors, aneurysm, stroke, epilepsy, migraines, and spinal disorders. Specialties include Neurosurgery, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management. Their affiliate, CNC Hearing and Balance Center, provides the latest in hearing healthcare.

With clinics in Marrero, Uptown New Orleans, Slidell and Mandeville, Culicchia’s function is to improve yours. Call 504-340-6976 for an appointment or visit culicchianeuro.com or cnchearing.com.

The Blood Center

Find out if you’ve had an immune response to COVID-19 with The Blood Center (TBC). This free service informs blood donors if they carry the COVID-19 antibodies produced from previous exposure and/or vaccinations. TBC is performing COVID-19 Antibody screenings to find potential candidates for COVID Convalescent Plasma collections when and if needed for transfusion. 

Receiving the vaccination, choosing not to, or previous exposure to the COVID-19 virus do not affect blood donations or the patients whose lives are touched every day by blood donors. Potential donors are urged to give as the country battles a critical need for blood, provided they are healthy and meet all other eligibility criteria for blood donations. Scheduled donations are encouraged to practice social distancing and ensure a safe, stable blood supply. Immune response results post three to five days after a completed blood donation. Following the donation, donors need to visit TheBloodCenter.org and log in to My Account for their results.

To schedule your blood donation and help save lives, visit TheBloodCenter.org or call 1-800-86-BLOOD.

Tulane Doctors Family Medicine

Having a family medicine or primary care physician is a key part of maintaining health and well-being. Treating patients as young as 14 years old, family medicine physicians treat acute and chronic illnesses, maintain the medical history of their patients, monitor changes, and coordinate with specialists when additional care is needed.

“A strong patient-physician relationship builds trust, empowers and improves patients’ perspectives on their own health,” says Dr. Seetha Venkateswaran, physician at Tulane Doctors Family Medicine. “It is also in the best interest of the patient that we work together to deter the development of diseases with long-lasting health implications such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.”

Important preventive services like annual physicals, immunizations, and cancer screenings are important elements of a long healthy life.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Venkateswaran or another Tulane Doctors Family Medicine physician, call 504-865-5700.

Thibodaux Regional Wellness Center

Thibodaux Regional’s innovative Wellness Center, located in Lafourche Parish, is making great strides in improving the health and wellness of the region. One of the Center’s initiatives, WellFit, integrates wellness with clinical care, offering individuals the ability to achieve the highest quality, most active lifestyle possible. Participants continue to achieve consistent improvement in walk distance, quality of life indicators, and weight loss.

Construction is currently underway for Wellness Center Phase II. The expansion project offers even more opportunities for people to improve their overall health and well-being, and will feature a multi-purpose field, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, and more. 

“The new facilities will enhance our current sports and wellness programs while offering opportunities to host outside events and tournaments potentially increasing the economic impact to our area,” said Greg Stock, CEO of Thibodaux Regional. 

For more information, visit thibodaux.com. 

The Blood Center

Find out if you’ve had an immune response to COVID-19 with The Blood Center (TBC). This free service informs blood donors if they carry the COVID-19 antibodies produced from previous exposure and/or vaccinations. TBC is performing COVID-19 Antibody screenings to find potential candidates for COVID Convalescent Plasma collections when and if needed for transfusion.

Receiving the vaccination, choosing not to, or previous exposure to the COVID-19 virus do not affect blood donations or the patients whose lives are touched every day by blood donors. Potential donors are urged to give as the country battles a critical need for blood, provided they are healthy and meet all other eligibility criteria for blood donations.

Scheduled donations are encouraged to practice social distancing and ensure a safe, stable blood supply. Immune response results post three to five days after a completed blood donation. Following the donation, donors need to visit TheBloodCenter.org and log in to My Account for their results. To schedule your blood donation and help save lives, visit TheBloodCenter.org or call 1-800-86-BLOOD.