Health Briefs October 19, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Relay for Life begins
2013 effort Nov. 6

The Lee County will kick off the 2013 Relay for Life season on Nov. 6.
Anyone interested in furthering the American Cancer Society’s mission of a world with more birthdays is welcome to attend a “Get Started” meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the organization’s Tupelo office on West Main Street.
Anyone interested in volunteering on the Relay committee or organizing a team is invited to attend.
For more information, contact community representative Paige Kelly at (662) 844-8544.

Roll up your sleeve:
Flu shots available

County health departments across the state now have flu vaccine in stock.
Vaccine is available for children six months through 18 years for $10 in both the shot and nasal vaccine form.
Flu shots for adults are available for $25. Specialized flu shots, designed to boost immunity for those 65 and over, are available for $50, covered by Medicare part B.
This year, flu shots are recommended for everyone six months of age and older, especially those at risk from influenza complications – young children, adults 50 and older, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses.
Pneumonia vaccine is also available.
For more information, visit

Girls’ Night Out
set for Nov. 1

Grab your girlfriends for an inspired Girls’ Night Out on Nov. 1.
North Mississippi Medical Center and Tupelo Community Theatre have teamed up to host the free event at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Tupelo from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
The event will feature the movie “The Mighty Macs,” which is based on the incredible true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team that started in obscurity but became the original Cinderella story in women’s basketball.
Before the movie, participants will enjoy a presentation by motivational speaker Deborah Tierce, free screenings, light refreshments, a free gift and door prizes.
To register or for more information, call (662) 377-4099 or (800) 843-3375 by Oct. 26.

Baldwyn hosts annual
health fair Saturday

Put your health to the test during the second annual Baldwyn Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Baldwyn Wellness Center on North Fourth Street.
Free screenings will be offered for blood pressure, blood sugar, low vision and diabetic foot checks. A full lipid panel will be available for $12.50. Prostate-specific antigen testing will be available for $20 for men age 40 and older. Free bone density screening for osteoporosis, body mass index measurement, and senior safety information will also be available.
A number of door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. For more information on the wellness fair, call (662) 365-7873 or (800) 843-3375.
Daily Journal reports

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