Health Calendar March 28

FITNESS

Ongoing

n Fit Kids is offered each Tuesday and Thursday at the Baldwyn Wellness Center. Cost is $25 a month. Call 365-7873.

n Jazzercise is offered at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Salvation Army Community Center in Tupelo. Call Tameka Porter at 269-4185 or Jackie Couch at 842-3503 or 401-3924.

n Rob Leake City Pool is open to public noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays for swimming under the bubble. Cost is $2 a person. Call 841-6440.

n Senior aquatics meets at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Rob Leake City Pool in Tupelo. Cost is $10 a month. Call Amy Williams 841-6440.

n USTA Adult and Senior League Tennis season will be Feb. 16 to May 25. Must be a member of the U.S. Tennis Association. Call Amy Williams at 841-6440 or visit www.mstennis.com.

HEALTH SCREENINGS

Ongoing

n Help for breast cancer survivors is available from the Sisters Network, Tupelo chapter of the African-American breast cancer survivor’s support group. In addition to meetings, the chapter has temporary prosthesis available at no cost. Call Edna Ware at 842-3440.

Upcoming

n NMMC Mobile Mammography Unit will travel to the following locations in March and April. The cost of a screening mammogram is $110 and is available by appointment. Resources are available for those without adequate health insurance coverage. Call 377-4158 or (800) 843-3375.

- March 31-April 1: NMMC-Iuka

- April 2-4: Fulton Medical Clinic

- April 7-8: Oxford Medical Clinic

- April 9-11: NMMC-Pontotoc

- April 14-15: NMMC-Iuka

- April 21-22: Women’s Group-Columbus

- April 23-25: NMMC-Pontotoc

- April 28-29: NMMC-Iuka

PREGNANCY/PARENTING

n Breastfeeding Support Group is offered at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Baptist HealthPlex in Oxford and at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday at Oxford University Methodist Church Room 110. Sponsored by La Leche League. Call 232-8113.

n Breastfeeding Support Program is offered at 2 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Call 377-4956 or (800) 843-3375.

n Free car seat inspections will be offered by certified safety specialists at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 615-3364.

n Infant CPR classes are offered at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Call 377-4934 or (800) 843-3375.

n Parenting classes will be offered at 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi on Magazine Street in Tupelo. Classes in Spanish offered at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Free. Childcare provided. Marriage education, fathers-only parenting and parenting during divorce classes also available. Call 844-0013.

n Parenting classes are offered 6 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church on North Veterans Boulevard in Tupelo. Call 844-9637.

n Parents as Teachers program provides in-home parenting education to expecting parents and parents of children up to the age of 3. Focuses on helping parents learn age-appropriate development skills to help their children grow. Free to all. Call 844-0013.

March 31

n Mother-Daughter Workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 31 at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo. The free workshop is designed to help girls 8 to 11 prepare for emotional and physical changes of puberty. Speakers include nurse practitioners Melissa Barnett and Malinda Ingram. Call 377-3867 or (800) 843-3375.

April 3

n Childbirth Series-Pediatrician’s visit/Infant CPR will be 7 to 9 p.m. April 3 in the cafeteria conference room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Registration required. Cost is $15 or $55 for the series. Call Kathy Shoalmire at 513-1602.

n Preparation for Cesarean Birth will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 3 at NMMC Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. The class is free. Call 377-4934 or (800) 843-3375.

April 5 and 12

n Lamaze Course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5 and 12 at the NMMC Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. The intensive course will cover coping labor strategies. Cost is $85. Call 377-4956 or (800) 843-3375.

April 8

n Epidural lecture will be offered for expectant parents at 6 p.m. April 8 in the cafeteria conference room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Registration required. Call 236-1202.

Starting April 14 and 15

n Preparation for Birth, a six-week course recommended at the beginning of the seventh month of pregnancy, will be offered on Mondays beginning April 14 and Tuesdays beginning April 15 at NMMC Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. All classes begin at 6:30 p.m. The classes are part of the Wonderful Beginnings Program, which costs $60 to join. Call 377-4956 or (800) 843-3375.

Starting April 16

n Early Pregnancy Class, a three week course, will be offered on Wednesdays beginning April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at NMMC Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. The classes are part of the Wonderful Beginnings Program, which costs $60 to join. Call 377-4956 or (800) 843-3375.

April 17

n Breastfeeding class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 17 at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Class is free for members of Wonderful Beginnings. Call 377-4956 or (800) 843-3375.

April 19

n Sibling Class to prepare children ages 3 through 9 for the arrival of a new baby will be from 10 to 11 a.m. April 19 at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Call 377-4934 or (800) 843-3375.

n Grandparenting class to discuss the unique role of grandparents of a newborn will be 1 to 3 p.m. April 19 at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Call 377-4934 or (800) 843-3375.

April 24

n Childbirth Series-Delivering at Baptist will be 7 to 9 p.m. April 24 in the cafeteria conference room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Registration required. Cost is $15 or $55 for the series. Call Kathy Shoalmire at 513-1602.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Ongoing

n Instructor Training for BodyWorks, a new program designed to help parents of girls 9 to 13 improve family eating and activity habits, will be offered April 21 and May 28 at the Mississippi State Department of Health central office in Jackson. Six-hour program is recommended for health educators, community leaders, school nurses, wellness program coordinators and others interested in becoming BodyWorks trainers. The program is free, but registration is required and seats are limited. Call (800) 721-7222, or visit www.HealthyMS.com.

April 16-18

n Eleventh Annual Breastfeeding: The Gold Standard healthcare provider seminar will be April 16-18 at the Jackson Hilton. Seminars will focus on latest evidence-based practices to help breastfeeding mothers and their children. Continuing education credits available. Visit website at www.lllalmsla.org/goldstandard/ or contact Elizabeth (256) 325-7246.

April 21-22

n Women’s Health, Newborn and Children’s Conference will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 21 and 22. Conference is targeted for healthcare professionals who care for women, newborns or children. Conference is free to NMMC employees; preregistration required. For other professionals, cost is $60 for one day; $100 for both; nursing students and faculty may attend for $30 for one day; $50 for both. Call 377-5297 or (800) 843-3375.

SEMINARS/CLASSES

Ongoing

n Abstinence Education Program is offered regularly through the Family Resource Center in Tupelo for teens. Focuses on self-respect, conflict resolution and personal development to help avoid teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Free. Call 844-0013.

n Anger Management classes for teens and adults are offered at 6 p.m. Thursday for adults and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday night for teens at the Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi on Magazine Street in Tupelo. Free. Childcare provided. Call 844-0013.

April 1 and 15

n Comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Program will be offered 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 and 15. Participants in the one-day program learn about meal planning, blood sugar monitoring, foot exams and more. The class is partially covered by Medicare, Medicaid, some private insurance and NMMC Diabetes Assistance Fund. Physician referral required. Call 377-2500 or (800) 843-3375.

Tuesdays in April

n Healthy Diabetes Plate program has been rescheduled for April. The program will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays in April, starting April 3, at the Itawamba County Extension Office. The free four-session program is open to people with diabetes and their families. It focuses on healthy eating habits, menu planning and diabetes education. Call 862-3201.

April 3-May 8

n Bridging the Grief Gap, an educational series, will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays starting April 3 and ending May 8 at the NMMC Home Health Agency’s Tupelo office on E. President Street. The series is open to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one. Call 377-7064 or (800) 843-3375.

SPECIAL EVENTS

March 29

n Epilepsy Walk will be 10 a.m. March 29 at Robins Field at the corner of Madison and Jackson streets in Tupelo. Benefits the National Epilepsy Foundation. Call Kasey McFate at 587-5319.

n Walk MS will be at 10 a.m. March 29 at Ballard Park in Tupelo. Registration at 9 a.m. Benefits National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Those making $25 donation or more will be entered for door prizes. Those who raise $100 or more receive a T-shirt. Refreshments for walkers. Call Karan Woods at 840-7368, daytime, or 862-7433, evenings.

April 4

n Gospel Singing for Relay for Life will be 7 p.m. April 4 at Saltillo Community Center. Performers include Saving Grace, The Masters Quartet, Still Blessed and Kevin Russell. $5 at the door. Refreshments will be available. All money will go to the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Sponsored by Hebron United Methodist Church. Call Kevin Russell 231-5011 for information on Tupelo-Lee County Relay for Life on June 13.

April and May

n Walks for Babies will be in several Northeast Mississippi communities in April and May to support the March of Dimes. Call 844-6901.

- April 12: 10 a.m. Starkville High track;

- April 19: 9 a.m., The Grove, Ole Miss campus, Oxford; 10 a.m., Westside City Park, Booneville;

- April 26: 10 a.m., Veterans Park, Tupelo.

April 18-20

n Camp Bluebird, a special camp for adults diagnosed with cancer, will be April 18-20 at Tombigbee State Park. Cost is $30; financial need scholarships available. Call 377-4077 or (800) 843-3375.

April 26

n Spring into Action for Kids, a celebration sponsored by Harden House Adoption/Foster Care Program, will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Circle Y Equestrian Center near Corinth. Free event includes miniature golf, petting zoo, hamburgers, hot dogs and information sessions on foster care and adoption. Call 680-9191.

May 17

n Second Annual Foster Care Carnival will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at Ballard Park stage in Tupelo. The free event, sponsored by Harden House Adoption/Foster Care Program and Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, includes carnival games, music, arts and crafts, hot dogs and refreshments. Call 680-9191.

May 26-29

n Camp Breathe Ezzzze for children 6 to 12 with asthma will be May 25-29 at Tishomingo State Park. Camp is medically supervised. Focus is on traditional camp activities along with asthma education. Registration is due by April 15. Fee is $50; scholarships available. Call 377-4706 or (800) 843-3375 or visit www.nmhs.net/asthmacamp.