The Mississippi Kidney Foundation is offering a free kidney screening or REAP (Renal Evaluation and Assessment Program) from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Oxford Diagnostics Center, 499 Azalea Drive. The screening is part of World Kidney Day.
The foundation is trying to identify those with risk factors that could lead to kidney disease. Risk factors are high blood pressure, diabetes or having a family member with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. Tests include a full renal panel, complete blood count and cholesterol check. Onsite tests include blood pressure, blood sugar and urinalysis.
To make a reservation call Lynda Richards at the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, at 601-981-3611 or 800-232-1592. Supplies are limited so reservations are needed. (March 4, 2011)
The Council on Aging will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at Azalea Gardens Senior Care Community for coffee and an information exchange. This is an informal group that meets monthly to provide a network of communication exchange for those who work with and on behalf of our older citizens. All service agency providers and interested volunteers throughout the area are encouraged to attend these monthly networking meetings. For more information, contact Jo Ann O’Quin at email@example.com or the United Way at 236-4265. (February 16, 2011)
The second annual Oxford Run for Hope 5K and Half Marathon will be held Feb. 26. The run will begin and end at the Oxford Conference Center at 102 Ed Perry Blvd. The half marathon begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 8:45. To register for the half marathon and 5K, visit www.oxfordrun4hope.com. (February 4, 2011)
Rebel Body Fitness Running Club will hold two free informational sessions — at noon and 7:30 p.m. — Monday at 304 Heritage Drive, inside Snap Fitness for those interested in 5K and 10K race training programs. The informational meetings are free and open to the public. Participants can find out more about Rebel Body Fitness Running Club 5K and 10K Training Programs during the informational sessions led by program organizers. Remember before beginning a health and wellness program, consult your physician. For more information, call Kelly Shannon at 601-750-3316 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (February 4, 2011)
The Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Caregivers Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Azalea Gardens Assisted Living Community in Oxford. The group will host a reception to commemorate the start of the 26th year of its monthly meetings. Members of the community will also be recognized who have supported the caregiver group and the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association through the years. Also to be honored are the dedicated caregivers who have or who are providing care of loved ones dealing with memory loss. All former and present families and loved ones are requested to be a part of the reception. Mary Nell Dorris, board president of the Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association, will present “There’s a whale in the pool” to the group after the reception. For more information, contact Jo Ann O’Quin at email@example.com or 236-1879 or Sandra Enfinger at 234-9600. (February 2, 2011)
Officials from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi will meet with the Oxford Board of Aldermen and the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors at 6 p.m. Monday at the Oxford Conference Center. Hospital officials will continue their discussion with the local boards on the hospital’s plans to build a new medical center in Oxford and their proposal to purchase the city and county’s interest in the existing hospital. The public is welcome to attend and ask questions. (January 23, 2011)
Baptist Center for Cancer Care is sponsoring Renewal with Hope, a gathering for patients and caregivers on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cancer Center, 504 Azalea Drive. Chaplain Joe Young of Baptist North Mississippi will discuss “Coping with Cancer During the Holidays.” Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 662-513-9612. (December 10, 2010)
Every Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. (weather permitting), students can enjoy a healthy alternative to get to school by walking and participating in the Safe Routes to School program. Children can be dropped off between 7:15 – 7:30 a.m. at the following locations: Bramlett Elementary School students meet at the Lafayette County Chancery Building; Oxford Elementary School students meet at the OE Walking Track at the back of the school; Della Davidson Elementary School students meet at the Oxford Conference Center; and Oxford Middle School students meet at the Oxford Activities Center. For more information, contact Brad Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-915-5570. (November 29, 2010)
Walgreens, located at 1808 University Ave. in Oxford, is holding a community blood drive on today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Mississippi Blood Services Donor Coach will be located in the parking lot. All donors will receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last). There will be 10 random drawings for $10 Walgreens gift cards given away throughout the drive.
All donors must be at least 17-years-old (16 with signed parental consent — forms available at drive locations and online), weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID. For more information, call (800) 817-7449. (November 24, 2010)
Baptist Center for Cancer Care is sponsoring Renewal with Hope, a gathering for patients and caregivers from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cancer Center, 504 Azalea Drive. Phil Rogers, manager of Baptist North Mississippi Wellness Center, will discuss fatigue management during and beyond cancer treatment. A light lunch will be served. For more information, call 662-513-9612. (November 11, 2010)