Health Briefing March 9, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Two nurses honored with state awards

Two Northeast Mississippi nurses received Mississippi Nightingale Awards this week.
Heather Bowen of Guntown was named nurse of the year. She is a surgical circulating nurse at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. She has been a nurse for eight and half years.
Kourtland Adams of Byram, who works as a charge nurse and medical information systems trainer for University of Mississippi Health Care, was named clinical practice nurse of the year. The Nettleton native has been a nurse for four years.
Nurses from around the state are nominated for the awards which are given by the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.

Pink Dress lunch slated for March 20 at Summit Center

Pink will be popping on March 20 for the annual Pink Dress Luncheon to focus attention on breast cancer.
The free event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Summit Center in Tupelo.
Susan Light, co-founder of the Pink Ribbon Fun in Hattiesburg will be the featured speaker. Coldwater Creek will host a fashion show.
To register for the free event, call (800) 843-3375 by March 14.
The event is sponsored by NMMC Spirit of Women Initiatives and made possible by grants from the Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure and the federal Office of Women’s Health.

Ballard Park will host
MS Walk March 31
Advocates for people with multiple sclerosis will be able to step out for a World Free of MS on March 31 in Tupelo.
The annual Walk MS event will begin at 9 a.m. at Ballard Park. Check-in begins at 8 a.m.
The event benefits the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, aids the 2,500 people living with MS in Mississippi and funds national research efforts. For more information, visit www.walkMS.org or call (800) 344-4867.

Free kidney screening set
for March 31 at Tupelo church
The Mississippi Kidney Foundation will host a free kidney screening on March 31 at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Chronic kidney disease affects 26 million Americans. Risk factors include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and family history of kidney disease.
The March 31 screening will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon; please call (601) 981-3611 or (800) 232-1592.

Get off the couch
while on spring break
Spring break fun will be in full bloom next week.
At HealthWorks! children’s health education center in Tupelo, special activities are planned every day Monday through March 17 and are included in the regular admission price.
Admission is $5 for 2 and up; free for members. For more information, call (662) 377-KIDS (5437) or visit www.healthworkskidsms.org.
The NMMC Wellness Center is offering a spring break camp for kids 9 to 12. The sessions will meet 1 to 3 p.m. March 14 and 15. Participants will enjoy exercise classes and swimming. Cost is $40.
Call (662) 377-4147 or (800) 843-3375 to register. Space limited.
The fun will continue March 23 with a Kids Night Out at HealthWorks! from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 23. Parents can drop kids ages 4 to 12 off to play. Cost is $15 per child, $10 for members and includes healthy dinner and snack. Registration required.
Daily Journal reports