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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
The American Red Cross will offer an Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED/First Aid community class on from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29. The cost of the class is $50. All classes are held at the Red Cross Office, 106 Skyline Drive. Interested participants should contact the Red Cross office at 236-1282 to register. Pre-registration is required for the class. (January 19, 2011)
The second session of the community’s first wellness initiative will be held Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center and feature a free ballroom dance class for all those registered for the five-month “Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U.” program. Registration is still open for those who want to participate in this effort aimed at encouraging all residents to lead a more active lifestyle.
Due to the overwhelming response to the program (more than 600 have registered thus far), the ballroom dance class this week has been divided into two classes: The first class will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. for those with a last name ending in the letters A through M. The second class will follow from 7 to 8 for those with a last name ending in the letters N through Z. T-shirts will be distributed this week for all those registered for the program. (January 19, 2011)
The North Oxford Baptist Church will be holding a community blood drive from 3 to 8 this evening. The Mississippi Blood Services Donor Coach will be parked in the parking lot. All donors will receive a free T-shirt. 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 or visit the website at www.msblood.com. (January 19, 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 19, 2011)