Health Briefs June 28, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Tupelo woman wins weight loss contest
A Tupelo woman has won a national weight loss contest.
Angie Thornton was one of three OptiFast patients announced as annual winners this week.
At the age of 40, Thornton weighed 444 and relied on a wheelchair. Thornton lost 215 pounds and no longer needs a wheelchair.
The OptiFast program combines support and counseling, lifestyle education, and medical monitoring with meal replacements to help people lose weight which can, in turn, reduce weight-related health risks.

OCH Regional to show aquatic facility July 1
OCH Wellness Connection in Starkville is hosting an open house July 1 to celebrate its newly renovated aquatic facility.
From 5 to 7 p.m., there will be tours, children’s games, prizes, information and refreshments at the wellness center affiliated with OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.
For more information call the OCH Wellness Connection (662) 323-9355 or visit

Five earn scholarships
from Project Hope
Project Hope recently awarded $500 scholarships to five area high school students who are either pursuing a health career or who have a family member affected by heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Recipients include:
• Mary Jennings Bouchillon, a recent graduate of Tupelo High School, who plans to attend Mississippi State University;
• Payton Curbow, a recent graduate of Mooreville High School, who plans to attend Itawamba Community College;
• Kevin McCully of Saltillo, a recent graduate of Tupelo Christian Preparatory School, who plans to attend Mississippi College in Clinton;
• Ty Pearson, a recent graduate of Hatley High School, who plans to attend Mississippi State;
• Lauren Pugh, a recent graduate of Tupelo High School, who plans to attend Mississippi State.

Safe Sitter classes
offered in Starkville
Safe Sitter classes will be offered July 10 at OCH Regional Medical Center.
The class, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10, is open to boys and girls ages 11 to 13. It covers baby-sitting essentials, safety measures and rescue skills.
Cost is $35 and includes class materials, backpack and lunch.
Visit community events section at for information and registration forms. Space is limited.

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