Jazzercise is offered at 4:30 p

fitness
Ongoing
n Jazzercise is offered at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at St. Luke Methodist Church gym on Clayton Avenue in Tupelo. Call Tameka Porter at 269-4185 or Jackie Couch at 842-3503 or 401-3924.
n Swimming and water activities are available under the bubble at the Rob Leake City Poole. For more information, call 841-6440.
* Low-impact water aerobics at 6:30 p.m. 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 11:30 to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Cost is $35 a month.
* Swimming lessons are available Tuesday and Thursdays.
* Shockwave Aquatic Team meets Monday through Friday.
n 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.
HEALTH SCREENINGS
Ongoing
n 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 protheses for post-surgery patients. For more information, contact Norma Derring (662) 842-3440 or e-mail sistersn@ yahoo.com.
Upcoming
n NMMC Mobile Mammography Unit will travel to the following locations in April. The cost of a screening mammogram is $125 and is available by appointment. Resources are available for those without adequate health insurance coverage. Call 377-4158 or (800) 843-3375.
* April 27-28: NMMC-Iuka
April 29
n Screening for stroke and other patients suffering upper and lower extremity paralysis will be by appointment April 29 at NMMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. The free screening will evaluate patients who can benefit from electrical stimulation therapy to improve the function of their hands or address foot drop. Call (662) 377-7125 or (800) 843-3375.
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 from 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.
Professional
May 7
n Medical Education Symposium hosted by the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi will be May 7 at Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Jackson. Cost is $150 for physicians and $100 for others; continuing education credits available. Call (877) 336-2873 or visit www.msdiabetes.org.

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. 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.
n 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.
April 28
n Life After Diagnosis, a free community program for women diagnosed with breast cancer, will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 28 at NMMC Breast Cancer Center in Tupelo. Program will be Practical Ways to Heal Your Body with speaker Teresa Edmondson, a certified traditional naturopath. Call 377-4910 or (800) 843-3375.
April 29
n Diversity and End-of-Life Care, a Hospice Foundation of America teleconference will be hosted locally from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 29 in Room 21 NMMC East Tower. The national teleconference will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts. Continuing education credits available. Call Loralei McGree at 377-4399 or (800) 843-3375.
May 5
n Hospice volunteer training will be offered 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 5 at the NMMC hospice office. Light lunch provided. Volunteers duties can include running errands and shopping, light meal preparation and delivery and providing companionship; volunteers have no direct patient care responsibilities. Call 377-7064 or (800) 843-3375.
May 5 and 19
n Comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Program will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 and 19. 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.
May 14
n Atrial Fib Answers program will be at 6 p.m. May 14 in the NMMC Heart Institute classroom in Tupelo. Speaker will be Dr. Jim Stone, a Tupelo cardiologists who specializes in the heart’s electrical system. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm problem. Call (800) 843-3375.
May 21
n Bariatric education seminar will be 6 to 8 p.m. April 16 at NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo. Speaker is bariatric surgeon Dr. Terry Pinson. The free seminar is mandatory prior to initial consultation at NMMC Bariatric Clinic. Call 377-7546 or (866) 908-9465.
SPECIAL EVENTS
In April and May
n March for Babies events benefitting the March of Dimes is set for three Northeast Mississippi communities in April and May. Call Laura Braden at the regional office at (662) 844-6901 for more information.
* 9 a.m. April 25 at Starkville High School stadium;
* 9 a.m. May 2 at the Grove on the University of Mississippi in Oxford;
* 10 a.m. May 2 at Veterans Park in Tupelo.
In May
n Relay for Life, a team-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society is scheduled in three Northeast Mississippi counties in May. Call (662) 844-8544.
* May 8: Oktibbeha County Relay for Life will be held at the Sportsplex.
* May 15: Chickasaw County Relay for Life will be held in Houston.
* May 29: Baldwyn Relay for Life will be held in Latimer Park.
May 5
n Lee County Relay for Life meeting will be 6 p.m. April 7 at McAlisters’ Deli in Tupelo. Anyone interested in forming a team or participating in the June 12 event to benefit the American Cancer Society is welcome to attend. Call Kevin Russell at 231-5011.
May 16
n Tie-Dye Invitational 5K cross country race will be at 9:30 a.m. May 16 at the Tupelo Cross Country Trail at Ballard Park. Cost is $15 before May 13; $20 on race day. Hosted by HealthWorks! Children’s Health Education Center. Call 377-5437.
May 17
n NMMC Hospice memorial service will be 2 to 3 p.m. May 17 at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Tupelo. Service honors hospice patients who have died in the past six months and lets families reunite with hospice staff and volunteers. Contact Jamie Grissom at 377-3612 or (800) 843-3375.
May 19
n Take a Swing at Cancer Benefit Golf Tournament will be May 19 at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point. Rounds for the four-person scramble will start at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Entry fee is $250 per person and covers 18 holes of golf, cart, refreshments on the course, lunch and 6 p.m. reception. Benefits the NMMC Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. Call 377-2376 or (800) 843-3375.
May 25-28
n Camp Breathe EZZZZE for children 6 to 12 with asthma will be May 25 to 28 at Tishomingo State Park. The medically-supervised camp features traditional camp fun and educational sessions on asthma management. Fee is $75; full scholarships available. Registration deadline is April 20. Call 377-4706 or (800) 843-3375 or visit www.nmhs.net/asthmacampmerican.
In June and July
n HealthWorks! children’s health education center will be offering 11 different half day camps in June and July. The day camps, which will be offered in morning and afternoon sessions Tuesday through Wednesday, cover science, exercise, art, healthy choices in that wacky HealthWorks way. The cost is $15, $12 for siblings of first camper who are attending the same program. Call 377-5437 for complete listing or visit www.healthworkskids.org.

 

Judy Putt