health briefs 2.29

Festival of Hope

rocks Tupelo today

n Festival of Hope will rock through the ages tonight in downtown Tupelo.

In First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall from 6 to 10 p.m., 29 teams will celebrate their efforts to raise money to help area heart disease, diabetes and cancer patients, and the community is invited to join in the fun.

Survivors of heart disease, diabetes and cancer are also invited to the event, where they will have special recognition and be treated to dinner and special events.

The event is free and open to the public. Hamburger plates will be available for $5.

The event will feature music from local band Spunk Monkees , and the festival will hold its traditional, and often hilarious lip synch contest. Tupelo firefighters and Lee County sheriff’s deputies will get in on the act, too, with Battle of the Badges.

Kids can stay busy with games and activities; bracelets for unlimited games will be $5.

Call 377-3867 or 377-4143 for more information.

Healthy Diabetes Plate

starts Tuesday

n People with diabetes and their families can build a more healthful dinner plate with help from a free program from the Itawamba County Extension Office.

Each Tuesday in March, the Itawamba County Extension Office will be offering the Healthy Diabetes Plate program at 5:30 p.m.

The Healthy Diabetes Plate method takes the Food Pyramid and puts it on a plate, encouraging people to eat a variety of foods and helping them adjust the portion sizes.

To register for the Healthy Diabetes Plate, contact the Itawamba County Extension office at 862-3201.

Bluegrass/gospel

concert helps Rehab

The sounds of music will soothe more than souls at the annual Bluegrass/Gospel concert March 8, benefiting Regional Rehabilitation Center.

The concert will be held at the Itawamba Community College Davis Center in Fulton.

The event benefits the Regional Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo, which provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, audiology services and early intervention services without charge.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. Music starts at 5 p.m. with Connie Smith, Doyle Lawson and QuickSilver, The Chuckwagon Gang and Rhonda Vincent.

Tickets are $15 and $20 in advance; $18 at the door. Call 842-1891.

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