Health Briefing Feb. 10, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Honor the good fight
at Festival of Hope
Honor or remember someone special while contributing to the fight against heart disease, cancer and diabetes through Project Hope.
A memorial and honorarium form can be downloaded from www.projecthopems.com. Memorials and honorariums will be recognized during the 13th annual Festival of Hope on March 2, if received by Feb. 17. This year’s event will begin at 6 p.m. at Tupelo Furniture Market’s Building 1.
Project Hope will notify the recipient or family of the gift if contact information is provided. Please make checks payable to Project Hope /CREATE and mail along with a minimum $10 donation to North Mississippi Medical Center, Education Department, Attention: Allison Harris, 830 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801. For more information, call (662) 377-3401.
Project Hope is a local volunteer organization which raises funds to benefit area individuals with heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as supports prevention efforts. Donations to Project Hope are tax-deductible.

HealthWorks! hosts
kids-only night
HealthWorks! will be just for kids tonight.
The Tupelo children’s health education center is offering a kids-only event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight.
The event includes supervised games and relays in the Zoom Room and play time on the inflatable obstacle course for kids ages 4 to 12. Healthy dinner and snack are provided.
Cost is $15 per child; $10 for members.
For more information or to register, call (662) 377-5437.

NMMC Spirit of Women
taking nominations
North Mississippi Medical Center and Spirit of Women are honoring ordinary women who do extraordinary things.
Nominations for the annual Spirit of Women awards are due April 2. Regional winners will be announced during NMMC’s Woman’s Place Lunchtime Learning program at noon May 15 at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
Winners are selected based on the contributions they make through their work and service activities. Regional winners go on to become national nominees. National winners will be honored during an event this summer.
Nominees for Spirit of Women awards are sought in these categories in young person, role model for young women 14-20; community hero in action for women 21 and older; and healthcare hero for clinical professionals.
For an official nomination form or more information, call (662) 377-4099 or (800) 843-3375 or download it at www.nmhs.net/spirit_of_women.

Alzheimer’s support group
marks 27 years in Oxford
The Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Caregiver Support Group in Oxford will mark 27 years this month.
The support group started after an overwhelming response to a community service workshop in 1984. University of Mississippi psychology professor Jo Ann O’Quin has organized the meetings since 1985, and many of the original members are still involved. The group currently meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Azalea Gardens Retirement Community. For more information call Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging at (877) 489-6911.
The support group is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, visit ww.alz.org.
Daily Journal reports