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)
United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from parents or guardian. (December 8, 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 email@example.com 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)
North Mississippi Hospice will sponsor a grief support group meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Azalea Gardens. The meeting is open to anyone who has experienced loss. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call 234-0140. (November 10, 2010)
A health fair for those 50 years of age or older will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Oxford Conference Center. Blood sugar checks, vision, hearing, blood pressure and height/weight will be available at no charge, plus many vendors with valuable information. A fashion show, sponsored by JC Penney, and an exercise demonstration by Astria Goolsby of Verve will be held from 8:30 to 9. Flu shots will be available for $29.95 or, for those bringing their Medicare card, no charge. For more information, call RSVP at 232-2377. (November 8, 2010)
“H2: Healthy Halloween on the Square” will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. This family event mixes the celebration of Halloween with arts, crafts and the chance to learn that treats can be healthy. Rebel Body Fitness, Holli’s Sweet Tooth, Vegfund and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council host this activity that encourages families not just to walk on Halloween, but enjoy walking and making healthy choices together every night.
This free event features art, crafts and activities to engage the mind and body from bobbing for apples grown locally on a co-op farm, encouraging kids to play everyday to stay healthy, and use their creativity with crafts from Brilliant Easel Art School and the University Museum.
Several booths will be set up and many special activities will be held, such as giving kids the chance to see if they have the loudest, scariest scream at the scream contest hosted by Children’s Dental Center, a magic show by Steve Thomas, and stories from Square Books Jr. and the Oxford Literacy Council. These are just a few of the special activities and booths at H2: Healthy Halloween on the Square. (October 27, 2010)
The Caring for Aging Relatives Effectively (C.A.R.E.) support and exchange group meets at noon Wednesday at Azalea Gardens Assisted Living Community. This is an informal luncheon that provides those in caring situations an opportunity to exchange ideas, resources and concerns with others. A light lunch is provided compliments of Azalea Gardens. All caregivers are welcome and can get more information by contacting Sandra Enfinger at 234-9600 or Jo Ann O’Quin at firstname.lastname@example.org. (October 24, 2010)
The Mississippi Walk for Diabetes, hosted by the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, will be held in Oxford on Sunday, Oct. 24.
The walk will take place on the Oxford Square. Registration begins at 1 p.m. in front of Oxford City Hall and the walk will begin at 2. Family-fun activities include a visit from the Rancor Raiders Garrison of Mississippi with special friends such as Darth Vader and several other Star Wars characters. Proceeds will benefit The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.
The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is the state’s only nonprofit health organization that provides diabetes information, patient services, advocacy, and research to the 346,500 Mississippians with diabetes. Every dollar raised by the DFM stays in the state to support these efforts. In addition, 89 cents of every dollar raised goes toward the organization’s charitable purposes.
For more information on the walk or to make a donation, log onto www.msdiabetes.org or call 1-877-336-2873. (October 22, 2010)