Health Briefing May 4, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Relay for Life season
is off and running
Over the next two weeks, six Northeast Mississippi counties will celebrate their efforts in the fight against cancer.
Relay for Life events, which begin at 6 p.m., will be held:

Today
Chickasaw County – Joe Brigance Park, Houston; Lafayette County – Oxford Mall parking lot; Lee County – Fairpark in downtown Tupelo; Monroe County – Frisco Park, Amory; Oktibbeha County – Starkville Sportsplex.

May 11
Clay County – Sally Kate Winters Park, West Point.
Also, May 12, a concert featuring Breaking Grass and Volume Five will begin at 6 p.m. at Prentiss County Agri-Center in Booneville. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call (662) 416-3375.
All events benefit the American Cancer Society. Call the American Cancer Society office at (662) 844-8544 for more information.
See the health calendar for the complete listing of relay events.

Minister honored for
hospice volunteer work
The Rev. David Smith has been honored as North Mississippi Medical Center’s Hospice Volunteer of the Year for 2011-2012.
Smith became a volunteer chaplain in April 2001. He is an associate minister at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo, where he has served for 33 years.
In addition to his role with NMMC Hospice, he also serves as a volunteer chaplain at NMMC-Tupelo, and is a United Blood Services blood drive coordinator. He and his wife Debbie live in Tupelo.

Tie Dye continues
colorful tradition May 19
The third annual Tie Dye Invitational will be “the place to be at 8:43” on May 19.
The annual 5K brings the wacky, healthy fun of HealthWorks! Children’s Health Education Center to the Tupelo Cross Country Trail at Ballard Park.
The race will celebrate the completion of the Lighten Up program, which is sponsored by HealthWorks!, Lee County Medical Alliance and Tupelo Kiwanis, but is open to the community.
The registration fee is $15 through May 15 and $20 after. All pre-registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt.
Registration is available at HealthWorks! or online at racesonline.com. Call (662) 377-5437 or (800) 843-3375.

Goal setting, awards
share spotlight on May 15
“A New Day or Just Another One?” will be the topic of the North Mississippi Medical Center Woman’s Place Lunchtime Learning Series at noon May 15, at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, located at the corner of Jefferson and Church streets.
Janie Walters of Champion Communications will speak about living your dreams, goal setting and time management. Regional Spirit of Women Award winners will also be announced during the luncheon.
Lunch will be provided for $5 for those who pre-register by Wednesday. Call (800) 843-3375 to register. The event is sponsored by the Healthcare Foundation of North Mississippi.
Daily Journal reports