Health Briefs February 8, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Verona Health Fair set for Feb. 16
The second annual Verona Health Fair will “Empower the Community to Live Well.”
From 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 16, free health screenings, demonstrations and sign up for the Take A Ton Off – TATO – plan will be offered. An “Ask the Doctor” booth will be manned by Tupelo family physician Dr. Edward Hill of WTVA’s 60 Second House Call, retired obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Bill Kalhlstorf and District Health Officer Dr. Roma Taylor.
The health fair is part of the Health Verona resolution, adopted by the Verona Board of Aldermen, with the aim of helping Verona residents fight obesity through health diets and exercise.
For more information, contact Margaret Baker at (662)566-7552 or Mayor Bobby Williams at (662) 566-1519.

Midnite butterflies benefit cancer patients
Midnite Pottery and the NMMC Cancer Center recently introduced the seventh in a series of original butterfly pottery to benefit cancer patients.
Local artist Jennifer Hankins-Shelton created the 2013 pottery butterfly and platter to be sold exclusively by the NMMC Cancer Center.
As in years past each butterfly is accented with a unique wire, colored bead and metal “word of inspiration” tag. Some of the butterflies have a pink bead for breast cancer. Each butterfly sells for $20, and each platter sells for $60. Both benefit the NMMC Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund, which is administered by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi.
In 2012, the Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund assisted 508 patients in the amount of $119,350.
For more information about the butterfly pottery pieces, call Cindy Edwards, NMMC Cancer Center social worker, at (662) 377-4049 or (800) 843-3375.

Lighten Up – Running Is Fun begins Feb. 18
HealthWorks! is accepting registration for Lighten Up – Running Is Fun, a fitness program for ‘tweens of all ability levels.
The program, presented by HealthWorks!, focuses on improving fitness levels and achieving a new goal through training for a fun 5K running event. This 10-week course will feature guest speakers, taste-testing healthy snacks, running/fitness training, new friendships, and tons of fun.
Lighten Up – Running Is Fun is open to boys and girls in grades four through eight. The kickoff session will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 18, at HealthWorks! in Tupelo. Classes will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. every Monday from Feb. 18 to April 29.
The program will end with the participants running in the Tie-Dye 5K Cross Country Invitational on May 4. The fee is $75, which includes all materials, a T-shirt and race entry fee. Scholarships are available based on need. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Call (662) 377-5437 to register or for more information.