Health Briefing Feb. 24, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Fitness program kicks off
March 5 at HealthWorks!
HealthWorks! is accepting registration for Lighten Up-Running Is Fun, a fitness program for ‘tweens of all ability levels.
HealthWorks!, Lee County Medical Alliance and the Tupelo Kiwanis Club are teaming up to present the program, which focuses on improving fitness levels and achieving a new goal through training for a fun 5K running event. This 10-week course will feature fun guest speakers, taste-testing healthy snacks, running/fitness training, new friendships and tons of fun.
Lighten Up-Running Is Fun is open to boys and girls in grades 4 to 8. The kickoff session will be held at 4:30 p.m. March 5 at HealthWorks! in Tupelo. Classes will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday from March 20 to May 15.
The program will end with the participants running in the Tie-Dye 5K Cross Country Invitational May 19.
The fee is $75, which includes all materials, a T-shirt and race entry fee. Need-based scholarships are available. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged. Call (662) 377- 5437 to register or for more information.

Applications available
for NMMC program
College students interested in a career in medicine will have an opportunity for an inside view this summer.
North Mississippi Medical Center is accepting applicants for its Physician Shadowing Program through April 20.
Students accepted to the program will rotate through several medical specialties. The program is designed to better prepare students for medical school. Two sessions will be offered: June 11-29 and July 9-27. Participants must have completed their second year of college on a pre-med track. They will spend time with family physicians, surgeons, radiologists, cardiologists and emergency physicians.
The Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi funds the program through the Dr. P.K. Thomas Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund. Each student receives hourly compensation, a lab coat and support materials.
For more information, call Rosalyn Campbell at (662) 377-3245 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).

NMMC Health Academy
set for June 4-8 in Tupelo
Students who have completed sixth, seventh and eighth grade can check out health care careers this summer.
North Mississippi Medical Center will host its ninth annual Summer Health Academy from 8 a.m. to noon June 4 -8. Participation is limited to 25 students who will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service and desire to enter a health profession. Students must also submit two letters of recommendation. Application deadline is April 13.
NMMC’s Summer Health Academy will introduce students to various careers in health care while reinforcing positive lifestyle choices. Participants will spend four hours each day with nurses and other health care professionals who are eager to share their expertise and enthusiasm.
The fee for Summer Health Academy is $50, which includes educational materials, a T-shirt, snacks and Friday lunch. Applications are available at area schools and by calling the NMMC Employment Services Department at (662) 377-3245 or (800) 843-3375. Applications can also be downloaded from www.nmhs.net/ youth_programs.php. Students selected to participate will be notified by May 4.
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