Health Calendar

By NEMS Daily Journal

• Adult swimming lessons for ages 13 and up are available at the NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo. Private and semi-private lessons available. Instructor Barb Baumann is a master swimmer and American Red Cross water safety instructor. Starting at $15 per lesson. Call (662) 231-1983.
• Arthritis Foundation YMCA Aquatic Program is offered at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at the NMMC Wellness Center. Cost is $99. Call (662) 690-6220.
• Beginner Yoga is offered at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Yoga Center in Tupelo. Cost is $65. Call (662) 690-6220.
• Hoop-elo, a hooping class, meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo or at Link Centre in case of rain. Open to all ages and abilities. Class meets outdoors in good weather. Call Rebecca at 690-4011 for more information.
• Jazzercise is offered at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at 4:15p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Furniture Market Mississippi Building on Coley Road. Cost is $32 a month. Call Sherry Reppert at (662) 205-4585 or (662) 255-2696.
• Swimming and water activities are available at the Rob Leake City Pool. For more information, call 841-6440.
Low-impact water aerobics at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $10 a month.
Senior aquatics at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $10 a month. Call 841-6440.
Lap Swim Training at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Cost is $35 a month.
Shockwave Aquatic Team meets Monday through Friday. Call 841-6440.
U.S. Masters Swimming meets 5 to 6:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. National organization provides structured workouts with a coach offering training, stroke and technical assistance. Programs open to all adult swimmers. Contact Barbara Aguirre at (662) 842-2358.
• Silver Sneakers, a low impact class that uses chairs, balls, weights and exercise bands, meets at every at 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo. Ideal for people with exercise limitations. Cost is $99. Call (662) 690-6220.
• Swimming lessons are available from Elite Physical Therapy & Aquatic Center in Saltillo. Private and semi-private lessons for ages 4 through adults. Classes given in an indoor, heated pool. Starting at $15 per lesson. Call (662) 869-9980.
• T’ai Chi Chih is offered at 10:15 a.m. Mondays at the NMMC Wellness Center. Described as a moving meditation, the series of 19 movements improve balance, physical fitness, flexibility and stamina. Cost is $99. Call (662) 690-6220.
• Water POWER, a water fitness class for obese individuals, is offered at North Mississippi Medical Center Wellness Center in Tupelo at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. Fridays. The class is geared to people who are at least 100 pounds overweight with a body mass index of 40 or greater. Free to Wellness Center members; $100 a quarter for others. Free trial class. Call (800) 843-3375.
• Zumba fitness classes are offered at two public locations in Tupelo:
5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Dance Studio on Spring Street in Tupelo. All classes $5. Call Liz Martin at (662) 542-9900.
5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Link Centre in Tupelo. Cost is $25 a month. Call Rebecca at 690-4011.

• Mighty Muscles program is offered for children ages 9 to 12 from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo. The program also includes participation in Family Fitness Time 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $25 a month for members’ children/$40 a month for nonmembers’ children. Call (662) 377-4141.

• Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic provides health care to working or temporarily unemployed Lee County residents who cannot afford insurance but are not eligible for government programs. Medications are provided through the clinic pharmacy. Clinics are offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Wednesday morning and afternoon. Call (662) 844-3733.
• CATCH Kids offers school-based and community clinics where children 18 and under can be seen free of charge in Lee, Chickasaw and Pontotoc counties. Medications are provided without cost to patients through arrangements with local pharmacies. Call (662) 377-2194. Community clinics are:
5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at 1616 N. Green St., Tupelo and GW Gilliam Building in Pontotoc.
5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Morning Star Baptist Church in Tupelo.
5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at 1616 N. Green St., Tupelo and 203 Main St., Okolona.
Oxford Medical Ministries provides free health care to workers living in Lafayette and Yalobusha counties who can’t afford or don’t have access to health insurance, but make too much for public assistance. Call (662) 234-1374.

Aug. 3
• Tree of Life/Arbol de la Vida Free Clinic will hold its next clinic starting at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at its 541 W. Main St. building in Tupelo. Open to anyone without Medicaid, Medicare or private health insurance. The clinic is also open at 9 a.m. the first Friday. Call (662) 841-8777.

• Assistance with mammograms for the uninsured is available through the Sisters Network, Tupelo Chapter of the African-American breast cancer survivor’s support group. The group also has free educational brochures about breast cancer for women and men and temporary prostheses for post-surgery patients. For more information, contact Norma Derring (662) 842-3440 or email sistersn@

• NMMC Mobile Mammography Unit will travel to the following locations around Northeast Mississippi in July. The cost of a screening mammogram is $168 and is available by appointment. Resources are available for those without adequate health insurance coverage. Call 377-4158 or (800) 843-3375.
Aug. 4-5: NMMC-Pontotoc
Aug. 8-9: NMMC-Iuka
Aug. 10: Calhoun Health Services, Calhoun City
Aug. 18-19: NMMC-Pontotoc
Aug. 22-23: NMMC-Iuka
Aug. 31: Fulton Medical Clinic

Sept. 17 and 24
• Free prostate cancer screening will be offered Sept. 17 and 24 at the NMMC Cancer Center in partnership with Urology Professional Association. The screenings, available by appointment, will include a blood test and a physical exam. The screenings are intended for men over 40 who do not see a urologist on a regular basis. Call (662) 377-7100 to make an appointment.

• 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.
• 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.
• Immunization Clinic provides free childhood immunizations 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Good Samaritan Free Clinic in Tupelo. Families whose insurance does not cover immunizations are eligible; they do not have to meet other clinic eligibility requirements. Limited number of children can be seen. Call (662) 844-3733.
• Northeast Mississippi Birthing Project offers support pregnant women by pairing them with volunteer mentors and offering pregnancy and life-management related classes. Call (662) 255-8283 or email
• 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.
• Parenting classes are offered from 6 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church on North Veterans Boulevard in Tupelo. Call (662) 844-9637.
• Parents as Teachers program provides 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. (662) Call 844-0013.
• Health Help for Kids offers free assistance for parents with Medicaid and CHIPS. Trained counselors at Mississippi Health Advocacy Partnership offer help and guidance in determining eligibility and other issues. Call (877) 314-3843.
• Free weekly parenting, fatherhood and GED classes for ages 16 to 21 at Families First Building behind the Mantachie Clinic. Call (662) 282-4661.

Aug. 6 and 13
• Lamaze Course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13 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.

Aug. 18
• Breastfeeding class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18 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.
Aug. 20
• Sibling Class to prepare children ages 3 through 9 for the arrival of a new baby will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 20 at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Call 377-4956 or (800) 843-3375.
• Grandparenting class to discuss the unique role of grandparents of a newborn will be 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Call 377-4956 or (800) 843-3375.

• 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.
• Anger Management classes for teens and adults are offered at 6 p.m. for adults and 7 p.m. for teens on Mondays and Thursdays at the Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi on Magazine Street in Tupelo. Free. Childcare provided. Call 844-0013.
• Free Diabetes Management classes are offered monthly at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Physician referral and registration required. Times vary. Call Mary Foley at (662) 538-2199.
• REACH Center for the Blind teaches everyday life skills to blind/visually impaired adults. For further information, call (662) 842-3120.
• Smoking cessation classes are offered at 5 p.m Mondays and 11 a.m. Tuesdays at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Call Merilyn Charlton at 513-1506. Registration required.
• Tobacco cessation assistance is available through North Mississippi Medical Center community health. The tobacco treatment clinic is part of the statewide ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research. Call (662) 377-5787 or visit

Aug. 11 and 18
• Bariatric Education Seminars will be offered in Tupelo at noon Aug. 11 at the Bariatric Clinic on Council Circle and 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the NMMC Wellness Center. Speaker will be surgeon Dr. Terry Pinson. Attendance at a seminar is mandatory prior to an initial consultation at the NMMC Bariatric Clinic. Call (662) 377-7546 or (866) 908-9465.

Aug. 16
• A Woman’s Place Lunchtime Learning Series will be at noon Aug. 16 at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Tupelo. Tupelo neurologist Dr. Rhodemarie Maron will speak on stroke. Advance registration required; lunch provided for $5 for those who preregister by Aug. 10. Call (800) 843-3375.

Sept. 16
• Diabetes Awareness Program will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at First Baptist Church in Tupelo. Speaker will be Ironman Triathlete Jay Hewitt, who has diabetes. Co-sponsored by the NMMC Diabetes Treatment Center and CADIM. Call (800) 843-3375.

July 30
• HealthWorks! Back-to-School Bash will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 30 at Healthworks! Children’s Health Education Center in Tupelo. Free admission. Door prizes for teachers. Call (662) 377-5437.
• Bowling Tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society will be at 4:30 p.m. July 30 at Rebelanes in Tupelo. Hosted by Team WalMart. Cost is $15 including shoes; open to all ages. Call Michelle Mauldin at (662) 279-4236.

Aug. 6
• The Big Latch On, an international attempt to break the record for the most babies nursing simultaneously will be Aug. 6. The Lee County Le Leche League will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Mall at Barnes Crossing play area to participate. Call (662) 255-8283.

Aug. 27
• Pink Ribbon Survivorship Luncheon will be 11 a.m. Aug. 27 at BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo. Guest speaker will be Karen Eubanks Jackson, chief executive and founder of Sisters Network Inc. Tickets are $25. Call (662) 842-3440.

Sept. 17
• Diabetes Dash 5K will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 17 at the NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo. Registration available at Forms available at NMMC Wellness Centers, NMMC Diabetes Treatment Center and Trails and Treads. Early registration is $20; Race day, $25. Benefits NMMC Diabetes Assistance Fund. Call Alicia Hinton at (662) 377-4561 or Teresa Tittle at (662) 377-2627.