Health Briefing May 3, 2013

Ready, set, Relay

to fight cancer

Over the next two weeks, four Relay for Life events are scheduled around Northeast Mississippi.

Over the past year, teams have worked to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The Relay for Life events celebrate their work with the community.

For more information, call (662) 844-8544 or visit for more information.

Relay for Life

• Today: Chickasaw County, Joe Brigance Park, Houston;

• May 10: Union County, county sportsplex, New Albany;

• May 17: Tishomingo County, Mineral Springs Park; Itawamba County, Fulton square.

Safe Sitter courses

offered in June, July

North Mississippi Medical Center will offer three sessions of Safe Sitter, a program to teach safe baby sitting techniques, this summer.

Sessions will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 4-5, July 16-17 and July 23-24 at the ICC-Tupelo campus. This medically accurate instructional series teaches adolescents 11 years and older how to handle emergencies when caring for young children.

Because space is limited, call (662) 377-7252 or (800) 843-3375 by May 20 to register. The $40 course fee includes lunch and all course materials.

During the course, instructors give students hands-on practice in life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door, when and how to call for help, give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Parents are invited to a closing ceremony at 3 p.m. the final day.

Sisters Network hosts

Zumba for the Cure

On May 18, you can mix up dance, fun, exercise and a good cause.

Sisters Network, Tupelo chapter, will host Zumba for the Cure in the Park on Saturday May 18 at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo.

The first session with instructor Angela Crump will run from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The second session with instructor Tina Le will run from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

The registration fee is $5.

Sisters Network is a national African-American breast cancer survivor’s organization. The Tupelo chapter assists women who need screening mammograms across the region and promotes general wellness.

For more information, contact the Sisters Network at (662) 842-2440 or

Gerontology program

to complete first class

Itawamba Community College’s new online gerontology certificate program for professionals and paraprofessionals in the aging field will graduate its first class in May, and these nationally credentialed gerontological coordinators will be the first in the state.

For the past few weeks program director Dr. Laura Pannell has provided specific training in working with older adults and their caregivers to area providers including the staff of Sanctuary Hospice House and Sanctuary Home Hospice.

ICC’s gerontology program is the only career and technical program of its kind in the state. Available statewide through online classes, the program also offers flexibility through enrollment part time or full time.

In addition, successful completers of the program can receive national credentialing.

Organizations interested in the training or the online certificate program can contact Pannell at or (662) 620-5365.

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