Health Briefing April 5, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Festival of Hope chills out Saturday
Festival of Hope will be “Chilling and Grilling” Saturday in Building 5 of Tupelo Furniture Market.
Doors open at 4 p.m. with opportunities for shopping with several vendors and inflatable jumpies for the kids. Survivors of heart disease, cancer and diabetes will be honored during the opening ceremonies, which begin at 5 p.m., and a time of remembrance is planned for those who lost their battle against the diseases.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., hamburger plates will be sold for $5 each to benefit Project Hope, which benefits local heart disease, cancer and diabetes patients. Live music will be provided by local oldies band “Dusty Vinyl.”
No admission fee will be charged, and family-friendly activities are planned. For more information, call (662) 377-3867 or visit www.projecthopems.com.

Have a healthy laugh at Lunchtime Learning
“Sock it to Me, Socrates: Finding Balance in Life” will be the topic of the North Mississippi Medical Center Woman’s Place Lunchtime Learning Series at noon April 30, at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, located at the corner of Jefferson and Church streets.
Janie Walters, owner and chief executive officer of Champion Communications, will be the guest speaker.
Advance registration is required for the lunchtime program, which is sponsored by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi. Lunch will be provided for $5 for those who pre-register by, April 24. To register or to learn more about upcoming lunchtime learning programs, call (800) 843-3375. This program is offered by NMMC Spirit of Women as part of the Live Well community health initiative.

Teleconference to visit end-of-life issues
North Mississippi Medical Center will host “Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death,” a teleconference presented by the Hospice Foundation of America, from 12:30-4 p.m. April 25, in Room 21 of the hospital’s East Tower in Tupelo.
The program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals to share and exchange ideas and to obtain continuing education credits.
A local presentation will follow the teleconference. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch, and refreshments will be served during the break.
Continuing education credit is available for $35 by applying online after the program to the Hospice Foundation of America. For more information, call Loralei McGee at (662) 377-4399 or (800) 843-3375.

Fitness challenge set for April 13 in Tupelo
North Mississippi Medical Center’s Wellness Center will host the 2013 Fitness Challenge to benefit Project Hope in memory of former director Hank Boerner, who died in December.
Warriors who want to test themselves both mentally and physically will compete Saturday, April 13. The fee is $20 for Wellness Center members and $30 for nonmembers.
Starting times depend upon the number of participants who register, and a schedule will be posted the week of the event.
Each participant will receive a T-shirt. Early registration is encouraged to ensure participants get the size T-shirt they desire.
A members-only Family Fitness Challenge will be held April 12 for families with children ages 9 to 12. The fee is $25 per family.
For more information, call (662) 377-5734, 377-4139 or (800) 843-3375.