Note: Place an asterisk (*) before new entries fitness Ongoing n Jazzercise is offered at 4:30 p

Note: Place an asterisk (*) before new entries
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 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and 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 March. 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.
* March 16-17: NMMC-Iuka
* March 18-20: NMMC-Pontotoc
* March 23-24: Baldwyn Medical Clinic
* March 30-31 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 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.
March 14
n Sodas for Siblings class will be from 2 to 3 p.m. March 14in the Oktibbeha County Hospital Educational Facility in Starkville. The course teaches future brothers and sisters what to expect from a newborn. Participants receive a T-shirt and refreshments. Cost is $20 for one sibling and $15 for additional siblings. Free to children whose parents are in Stork Support classes. Call 615-3364.
March 30
n Mother-Daughter Workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 30 at Harrisburg Baptist Church. For girls 8 to 11 and their moms, the workshop looks at the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Speakers include certified nurse practitioners Melissa Barnett and Malinda Ingram. Arbonne consultant Kim Hoppman will present basic skin care. Call 377-3867 or (800) 843-3375 to register for the free workshop by March 25.
Professional
April 1
n April 1 is the deadline to apply for several health career-related programs at Itawamba Community College including associate degree nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy technology and practical nursing at the Fulton campus and diagnostic medical sonography technology, health information technology, surgical technology, occupational therapist assistant technology and emergency medical technology basic at the Tupelo campus. For more information, visit www.iccms.edu or call 862-8158.

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.
March 17
n Bariatric education seminar will be 6 to 8 p.m. March 17 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.
March 26
n CPR, AED and First Aid class will be offered by the American Red Cross at 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 26 at the Tupelo office on Westside Drive. Cost is $50. Limited space. Must register by March 23. Call 842-6101.
March 27 and 28
n American Red Cross Instructor Course will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 27 and 8 a.m. to noon March 28 at the Tupelo office on Westside Drive. Cost is $120. Participants must have current First Aid/CPR certification. Limited space. Call 842-6101.
SPECIAL EVENTS
March 22
n 2009 Spring Bridal Fair benefiting the American Cancer Society will be 1 to 4 p.m. March 22 at the Summit Center in Tupelo. Admission is $5 donation. Booth space available for $150. Call Kevin Russell at 231-5011.
March 24
n Pink Dress Luncheon for breast cancer awareness will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Summit Center in Tupelo. Speaker will be author and breast cancer survivor Sue Buchanan of Nashville. To register for the free luncheon, call (800) 843-3375 by March 20.
April 7
n Relay for Life meeting will be 6 p.m. April 7at 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 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. 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