Health Briefs January 27, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

March of Dimes kicks off
2012 campaign in Tupelo
The March of Dimes will host a kick-off lunch for the 2012 March for Babies campaign Feb. 2 at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo.
The annual event, which will be April 21 at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Tupelo, will raise money for research and education that supports healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.
Families, friends and co-workers are invited to form teams to raise money and participate in the Tupelo event.
Team captains are encouraged to attend the kick-off event which will include a soup and salad buffet.
Please RSVP to JonJon Suggs, March of Dimes community director, at (662) 210-1001

Lee County Relay for Life ready to start Monday
The 2012 Relay for Life season will officially begin in Lee County on Monday.
The team-based fundraising event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, will officially kick off at 5:30 p.m. at Big Oaks Golf Club.
In addition to refreshments and entertainment, Relay organizers will share information about forming a team, volunteering and how the American Cancer Society uses the money to help fund research as well as programs for cancer patients and their families in the community.
For more information, contact Michelle Mauldin at (662) 279-4236 or michellemauldin@yahoo.com or the local American Cancer Society office at (662) 844-8544.

Kids Count conference
planned for Feb. 3
Space is still available for the 2012 Mississippi Kids Count Summit on Feb. 3.
The event, which focuses on child safety, will be held at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson.
Best-selling author Rachel Simmons, who wrote “Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls,” will speak about bullying online and offline.
Merve Lapus, educational program manager for San Francisco-based Common Sense Media, will hold a session on digital citizenship.
The conference fee is $55 and includes a continental breakfast, networking lunch and Mississippi Kids Count Data book. Continuing education credits are available for educators.
Higher education students can attend for free, but they must register by Monday by contacting Dorris Baggett at dorris.baggett@ssrc.msstate.edu or (662) 325-8079.
For more information, visit www.ssrc.msstate.edu/mskidscount.

NMMC hospice program
seeks more volunteers
The North Mississippi Medical Center hospice program is seeking volunteers who would like to participate in a hospice volunteer program.
A training workshop will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22, at the NMMC hospice office on East President Street in Tupelo. A light lunch will be provided. While the training will be held in Tupelo, volunteers can serve in their own communities.
Topics covered during the workshop include an introduction to the NMMC Hospice and volunteer programs, death and dying issues, grief and bereavement, spiritual, physical and emotional needs of a hospice patient, and the role of a hospice volunteer.
Volunteer duties consist of running errands and shopping, light meal preparation and delivery, providing companionship and other tasks. Interested individuals, including those who are unable to attend the Feb. 22 workshop, are asked to call Chris Maynard at (662) 377-7074 or (800) 852-1610.