Health Support Groups July 13, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

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.

In July
HealthWorks! Children’s Health Education Center is offering a series of day camps. Cost is $25 for half-day camp and $100 for drama camp. Children 5 to 11 can participate in the stay-and-play option for $10. Member discount is $5. Call (662) 377-5437.
9 a.m.-noon July 17: Game On Junior Olympics! for ages 5-7. Children will take part in a Torch Relay, Jiggling Gymnastics, Swimmy Shimmy and Bopping Balance, topped off with a closing ceremony complete with medal presentation.
1-4 p.m. July 17: Olympic Celebration for ages 8-11. Children will make their own torch for the Torch Relay and trading pins, and participate in an Olympic Triathlon and Hula Hooparoo.
9 a.m.-noon July 24: Beach Blanket Hoopla for ages 8-11. Participants will enjoy fun in the sun while playing Beach Volleyball, Water Limbo and Silly Sand Relay.

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.

July 21
Tree of Life Free Clinic will hold its next clinic starting at 9 a.m. July 21 at its 541 W. Main St. building in Tupelo. Open to anyone without Medicaid, Medicare or private health insurance. No appointments; first come first serve. Basic dental care – extractions only – identified through the regular medical clinic. The next clinic will be at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1. 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 and August. The cost of a screening mammogram is $168 and is available by appointment. Resources are available for those without adequate health insurance coverage. Call (662) 377-4158 or (800) 843-3375.
July 16-17: NMMC-Iuka
July 18: Booneville Medical Clinic
July 19-20: NMMC-Pontotoc
July 30-31: NMMC-Iuka
Aug. 1: Fulton Medical Clinic

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. 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 (662) 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.
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.

July 19
Breastfeeding class
will be from 6 to 9 p.m. July 19 at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Class is free for members of Wonderful Beginnings. Call (662) 377-4956 or (800) 843-3375.

July 21
Sibling Class
to prepare children ages 3 through 9 for the arrival of a new baby will be from 10 to 11 a.m. July 21 at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Call (662) 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. July 21 at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Call 377-4956 or (800) 843-3375.

Starting July 23 and 24
Preparation for Birth,
a six-week course recommended at the beginning of the seventh month of pregnancy, will be offered on Mondays beginning July 23 and Tuesdays beginning July 24 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 $70 to join. Call (662) 377-4956 or (800) 843-3375.

Starting July 25
Early Pregnancy Class,
a three week course, will be offered on Wednesdays beginning July 25 at 6:30 p.m. at NMMC Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. The classes are part of the Wonderful Beginnings Program, which costs $70 to join. Call (662) 377-4956 or (800) 843-3375.

In August
Healthcare provider CPR classes will be offered at ICC-Tupelo 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 and Aug. 25 at the Multi-purpose building on the Tupelo campus. Cost is $35 and includes book. Call ICC Continuing Education Department (662) 620-5240.

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 (662) 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 (662) 844-0013.
Free Diabetes Management classes are offered monthly at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Physician referral and registration required. Times vary. Call Tina Snyder (662) 538-2297.
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 (662) 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
July 19
Bariatric education seminars
will be offered at 6 to 8 p.m. July 19 at the NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo. Speaker will be surgeon Dr. Terry Pinson. Interested individuals may bring one guest. Seminary is required prior to an initial consultation at the NMMC Bariatric Clinic. Call (662) 377-7546 of (866) 908-9465.

July 24-25
Safe Sitter, a program to teach safe baby-sitting techniques, will be offered 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 24-25 at the NMMC North Education Center in Tupelo. Open to 11 and up. Space is limited; registration deadlines two weeks before each session. Cost is $40 and includes materials and lunch. Call (662) 377-7264 or (800) 843-3375.

July 25 and Aug. 21
Adaptive Water Ski Clinic will be offered July 25 and Aug. 21 through NMMC Rehabilitation Services for individuals who are at least one year post spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury or have other physical limitations. Space is limited; registration required. Visit or call Bettye Witherspoon at NMMC Outpatient Rehabilitation at (662) 377-7223 or (800) 843-3375.

July 24-29
33rd Corinth Candy Classic Tennis Tournament
will be July 24-29 at Corinth High School tennis complex. The USTA sanctioned event includes junior and adult divisions. Benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Entries close for juniors on July 21; for adults on July 23. Register online at Call (662) 287-4561 or (662) 284-5475.

Aug. 18
The NMMC Women’s Hospital NICU reunion will be 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 18. The free event includes refreshments, games and prizes for NICU graduates and their families. Call (800) 843-3375.

Aug. 25
Sixth Annual Pink Ribbon Survivorship Luncheon,
hosted by Sisters Network, the African American breast cancer support group, will be 11 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Summit Center in Tupelo. Johniece Dupree of Hattiesburg will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $25. Call (662) 842-3440.
Baby Fair will be 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 25 for new and expectant parents. The free event will include shopping for baby items and classes on infant/toddler CPR and newborn care. Call (662) 377-4099 or (800) 843-3375.

Sept. 29
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s
will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 at Veterans Memorial Park in Tupelo. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information, visit

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