Health Briefing July 26, 2013

Health StockReed Foundation hosts free student physicals
Area students in grade 6 or above are encouraged to take advantage of free physicals offered by the Weston Reed Foundation from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10, at the new Tupelo Police Athletic League.

Parking is available behind the Police Athletic League building at 204 Douglas St., or next door at the Link Centre.

No appointment is necessary. The Weston Reed Foundation will also provide a free electrocardiogram (EKG).

The EKG is optional, and students who elect to have one will receive a free Weston Reed Foundation T-shirt. If warranted, an echocardiogram will also be performed free of charge.

Since its inception in 2007, the Weston Reed Foundation has hosted community health screenings and placed more than 100 AEDs in Tupelo schools, Parks and Recreation sites, police and sheriff’s department patrol cars, churches and other public venues.

Donations to help provide training and AEDs are tax deductible and can be made to the Weston Reed Foundation and mailed to CREATE Foundation, P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Lunchtime Learning focuses on low vision
“Make the Most of Your Vision” will be the topic of North Mississippi Medical Center Woman’s Place Lunchtime Learning program at noon Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Tupelo.

Cheri Nipp, an occupational therapist who provides low vision rehabilitation at NMMC’s Baldwyn Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, will be the guest speaker.

Low vision rehabilitation programs can help patients who have glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, stroke and traumatic brain injury make the most of their remaining vision.

Advance registration is required for the lunchtime program, which is sponsored by NMMC Spirit of Women and the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi.

Lunch will be provided for $5 for those who pre-register by Aug. 7.

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.

Ole Miss pharmacy prof earns national honor
Meagan Brown, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi, has been selected to participate in the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program.

The 2-year-old program is designed to mentor junior faculty at pharmacy schools across the country through pharmacy-based patient care research. The initiative also seeks to connect participating scholars with experts in the fields of community pharmacy and research.

The program provides a $2,500 start-up grant to conduct and evaluate a patient-focused research project in community pharmacy practice.