Health Briefing

By NEMS Daily Journal

HealthWorks! fills January with fun
Healthworks! is hosting Kid’s Night Out from 5:30-8:30 p.m. today.
Parents are encouraged to drop off their children ages 4 to 12 for games and relays in the Zoom Room at the children’s health education center in Tupelo. A healthy dinner and snack will be provided.
The fee is $15 per child or $10 for members.
On Saturday, HealthWorks will host Scout Day workshops for Junior and Brownie Girl Scouts. The 10 a.m. “Science in Action” program is planned for Brownies; the noon “Stress Less” program is for Juniors. Cost is $6 for Brownies; $7 for Juniors; HealthWorks! souvenir patches are $3.
On Jan. 28, HealthWorks! will celebrate its third birthday with a host of three themed activities and games from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Call (662) 377-5437 or drop by the center at the corner of Robert E. Lee and Industrial drives for more information.

Teams invited to join Lee County Relay for Life
If you or someone in your life has been affected by cancer, the American Cancer Society wants to get you into the Lee County Relay for Life.
Starting at 6 p.m. Jan. 23, the organization will host an an informal, come-and-go “What is Relay for Life?” event at Romie’s Barbecue in downtown Tupelo.
Lee County Relay for Life, planned for May 4 at Fairpark in Tupelo, celebrates survivors, remembers those who have lost the battle and raises money for the fight against cancer.
For more information, call (800) 227-2345 or (662) 844-8544 or visit www.relayforlife.org/leems.

Donors needed to help United Blood Services
United Blood Service needs donors to sail in to build back up blood supplies after the holidays.
As part of National Blood Donor Month events, January donors will be entered in a drawing for a four-night cruise.
A donor can give blood every 56 days. Donations of all blood types are always needed. The donation process takes less than an hour from the time donors walk in the door until they finish the snack and juice.
For more information or to make an appointment, call (662) 842-8871, go online at www.UnitedBloodServices.org or visit the Eason Boulevard center in Tupelo.

Butterflies on sale Jan. 26 to benefit cancer patients
Midnite Pottery and the North Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Center will debut the sixth in a series of original butterfly art to benefit cancer patients during Spirit of Women’s “Finding Financial Peace” event Jan. 26.
Local artist Jennifer Hankins-Shelton has created the 2012 pottery butterfly and platter to be sold exclusively by the NMMC Cancer Center. Each butterfly sells for $20, and each platter sells for $60. Both benefit the NMMC Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund.
The first 100 pottery butterflies and a limited number of platters will go on sale at the Cancer Center’s booth during the Jan. 26 event; doors open at the Summit Center at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include dinner and a gift. Call (800) 843-3375 or visit www.nmhs.net/spirit_of_women.
Hankins-Shelton has also donated an original painting with the butterfly motif, and individuals can purchase $1 chances that night and at the NMMC Cancer Center through Feb. 14 to win it.