Health Briefs December 28, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Healthy veins program
set for Jan. 15 in Tupelo
Get a leg up on better health with North Mississippi Medical Center Woman’s Place Lunchtime Learning Series at noon Jan. 15, at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, located at the corner of Jefferson and Church streets.
Mike Denham, administrator for Surgical Services at North Mississippi Medical Center, will present “Happy Feet and Legs: You’re So Vein.” Denham also oversees NMMC’s new Vein Center, which treats varicose veins, spider veins, venous ulceration and inflammation, and other issues affecting veins of the leg.
Participants will have the opportunity to complete a screening form at the luncheon and, if considered at risk, be scheduled for a free ultrasound examination at the Vein Center.
Advance registration is required for the lunchtime program, which is sponsored by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi. Lunch will be provided for $5 for those who pre-register by Jan. 9.
To register or to learn more about upcoming lunchtime learning programs, call (800) 843-3375.
This program is offered as part of the Live Well community health initiative.

Time to warm up for
Oxford Run for Hope

Registration has opened for the annual Oxford Run for Hope half marathon and 5K.
The Feb. 23 Oxford races benefit Camp Hopewell youth diabetes programs. The camp is nationally certified and offers several week-long summer camp sessions for children and youth with Type I diabetes as well as programs for those with Type 2 diabetes where the children enjoy the fun of camp and learn more about managing their condition. The mission of the Oxford Run for Hope is to create an endowment fund for these specific camping programs. Over the past few years, the run has delivered $9,000 in scholarships.
Before Jan. 30, fees for the race are $50 for half marathon and $30 for 5K; Jan. 31 to Feb. 21, $60 and $35; race day $70 and $40.
Visit oxfordrunforhope .racesonline.com to register.

White initiated into
College of Surgeons

Tupelo neurosurgeon Dr. Elbert White was one of 1,377 initiates from around the world to become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
White, who had to meet the college’s stringent membership requirements, was recognized at the annual Clinical Congress in Chicago last month.
Dr. White received his medical degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed residency training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Administration Hospital, both in Jackson. He is currently practicing at Neurosurgical Services of North Mississippi.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. The college has more than 78,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.
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