May is Women’s Health month and the perfect time to celebrate the women in your life—especially mothers on Mother’s Day. As summer kicks off with its slower pace, May is an ideal time to check up on all things health related. Is there a check-up or screening you’ve been putting off? A fitness class or activity you’ve been wanting to start? What about a nagging health issue you’ve been waiting to address? It’s easy to be run ragged by work and family without noticing the wear and tear on the body. Take some time to consider what can help improve your health and wellbeing and have conversations with the women nearest and dearest to you about prioritizing self-care. From weight loss programs and fitness classes to specialized health clinics and spas, there are a variety of professionals and services that could benefit you and the women in your life this summer.

Fitness & Weight Loss

Based in the New Orleans area, Sensible Meals is the largest meal prep program in the country. People across the U.S. are signing up for this simple and effective path towards fast weight-loss results, all by consuming flavorful, chef-prepared, fresh foods. Sensible Meals boasts of the numerous health benefits including blood sugar regulation and overall heart health. This diet plan is changing lives.

“After five days on the meal plan the appetite shrinks, and when you eat restaurant or home-prepared food, the desire for smaller portions remains,” explains Ingrid Rinck, Owner and Founder of Sensible Meals.

Sensible Meals ships nationally to thousands of clients with free local pickup in 10 cities. For videos, client testimonials—including exciting local “before and after” photos and success stories—visit Sensible Meals’ Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages or head over to


There’s nothing like splashing or relaxing in cool waters under the spring and summer Louisiana sun, and knowing how to swim is paramount to your family’s safety in the water. Additionally, swimming presents a lifelong option for improving fitness and health. At Love Swimming, students of all ages are taught how to swim by a team of professionals who are passionate about teaching swimming in a way that is both fun and confidence building. Through safe, small classes, Love Swimming strives to provide swimmers with a strong foundation for a lifetime of love and respect for the water. Love Swimming teachers motivate individuals to explore their abilities beyond their fears and expectations.

The Love Swimming facility uses heated, salt-water pools to create an ideal learning environment where swimmers are always warm and comfortable. This comfort is key to accelerating the learning process and developing strong safety skills.

The organization believes swimming is the best exercise for babies, kids, and adults. Begin your swimming adventures for both fun and exercise by starting lessons now. Call 504-891-4662 or visit


Start the summer 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.

Eye Care

Eyecare Associates physicians are excited about new cataract surgery technology now available for New Orleans area patients. The Catalys Precision Laser System is designed to make cataract surgery safer and more accurate, while new lens implant options, such as the latest in multifocal and extended focus intraocular lenses, provide patients with the best-corrected vision for both distance and near at the same time. The Ora System, used at the time of surgery, delivers the most accurate calculation for determining the power of the intraocular lens implanted.

In addition to the new technology offered for cataract patients, Eyecare is excited to offer a non-dilated thorough retinal examination with the OPTOS ultra-wide retinal imaging system. This system allows physicians to detect diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and even cancer much earlier than previous options have allowed. Optometrists at Eyecare Associates offer the latest options in daily wear contact lenses that are known for exceptional comfort and clear vision. Patients have access to comprehensive routine and medical examinations as well as refractive surgery, glaucoma treatment, and retina services and procedures.

For more information, call 504-455-9825 or visit

Addiction Recovery

Avenues Recovery offers a fresh start for individuals with addictions, helping them redefine their lives as they journey through the process of recovery with the help of a dedicated team, individualized tools, and a supportive community. Their innovative and progressive approach to treatment incorporates modern, inviting surroundings, a highly trained staff of committed professionals, strong family involvement throughout the rehabilitation process, and comprehensive follow-through aftercare.

At two convenient locations in Metairie and New Orleans, Avenues Recovery’s contemporary facilities remove the barrier of institutionalized treatment. Avenues Recovery seeks to treat the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. They offer personalized care, mentoring, and coaching in a clean, modern, home-like setting, close to where you live and work.

Those ready to start their journey through recovery benefit from Avenues Recovery’s supervised detoxification, 30/60/90-day residential treatment options, a strong-follow-up program including outpatient and alumni services, individual counseling and group therapy, life skills coaching, 12-step practices and more.
For information, visit or call 504-603-3060.