Chevron Donation to Provide Magnolia Middle School Students with Lifesaving CPR Skills

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Moss Point, MS. – Chevron is helping to prepare the next generation of lifesavers by funding a CPR in Schools Training Kit that will train Magnolia Middle School students and their families. With the donation, Magnolia Middle School becomes the first middle school on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to have a CPR in Schools kit available to train students in lifesaving CPR skills.

 

More than 400,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year. The American Heart Association is working to improve this number. Change starts with helping people feel more confident in their abilities during an emergency situation. The Chevron donation will train thousands in the Moss Point community with the skills needed to respond.  

 

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S. It can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone – even young people. It is most often caused by a heart attack, but it can also be caused by trauma, an overdose or drowning. In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating; blood stops circulating; oxygen stops flowing to the brain; and the victim stops breathing. When bystander CPR is immediately preformed, a victim’s survival rate can double or even triple. Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help they need before emergency services arrive.

 

Studies have shown that students are capable of learning and effectively performing CPR. It has also shown that trainees, including students of 12 years or older, can achieve acceptable levels of proficiency in hands-on CPR in 30 minutes or less. By teaching CPR to middle school students a new generation of lifesavers is created. These CPR in Schools Training Kits will teach thousands of students the skills that they can use should they find someone in an emergency situation.

 

The CPR in Schools Training Kit empowers students to learn the core skills of CPR in under 30 minutes, and it teaches AED skills and choking relief. The easy-to-use kit is designed specifically for the needs of school educators. It’s portable, allowing for convenient movement from classroom to classroom and easy storage. It’s also reusable. The CPR in Schools Training Kit was developed by the American Heart Association and incorporates the very latest science.

 

The CPR in Schools Training Kit includes everything teachers need to properly educate students: an instructional video, facilitator’s guide, mannequins and a mannequin pump, knee pads, replacement parts and sanitizer.

 

“Nationally, each hour 38 people experience a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital setting and, tragically nine out of 10 will not survive,” says Christin Leboeuf, American Heart Association Regional Vice President. “The simple act of CPR can transform health outcomes for our community. We are thankful for the support of Chevron Rehabilitation Hospital.”

 

National CPR Week is June 1-7, and the Chevron CPR in Schools kit provides a timely reminder to learn Hands-Only CPR. It’s quick and effective, and can be learned by almost anyone. For more information about the CPR in Schools Training Kits visit cpr.heart.org.

 

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YMCA Offers Parkinson’s Fitness Class

Beginning May 17, the YMCA, along with Encore Rehabilitation and Singing River Health System, will be offering a specialized group fitness class for anyone with Parkinson’s.  The class will be held every Thursday from 2:00-2:45 pm at the YMCA in Group Fitness Room 1.  The class is free for YMCA members and $20/month for non-members ($10 for May).  For any questions, please contact Jodi Ryder, YMCA Community Impact Director, at jryder@mgcymca.org or 228-875-5050.

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Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA Takes on Childhood Obesity with New Program

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Healthy Weight and Your Child pilot program aims to get kids and families to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Ocean Springs, MS, April  23, 2018 – This summer, the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA will begin offering Healthy Weight and Your Child, a pilot program designed to empower children between the ages of 7-13, with the support from their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle.  The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is one of 10 YMCA’s in the U.S. to run this pilot program.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago. Today, one in six children are obese and one in three are overweight, which poses greater risks for a number of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and mental health issues.

 

 

“The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA has a long history of advancing the health and well-being of children on the Gulf Coast, and helping children reach a healthy weight is important now more than ever,” said Jodi Ryder, Community Impact Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA.  “Healthy Weight and Your Child will help children experience improved health outcomes and higher self-esteem, and families will feel empowered to make and support healthier choices.”

The 25-session program engages the whole family, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight. Additionally, the program combines three elements of healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change.

Made up of groups of eight to 15 children and their parents/caregivers, the program creates a safe, fun, and active environment for children and their families to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle. Sessions are two hours in length, with the first hour delivered in a classroom setting and the second hour focusing on physical activity.

Children eligible for the program must be between the ages of seven and 13, have a body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, receive approval from their doctor or a health care provider, and accompanied by a parent or caregiver at every session.

The YMCA will be holding an informational meeting for anyone interested in participating in Healthy Weight and Your Child at the Blossman Family Branch YMCA, 1810 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS, on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 5:00pm.

For more information including program qualifications and session times, contact Jodi Ryder at 228.875.5050 or jryder@mgcymca.org.

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Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA Wants Kids to “Charge into Summer” During Annual Healthy Kids Day®

Event encourages kids to stay active and keep learning all summer long.

On Saturday, April 28, the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is holding a community event in conjunction with the Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi/Ocean Springs to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. The day will consist of a 5K Run starting at 8:00am, and a FREE 1-Mile Fun Run for children ages 12 and under starting at 8:45am. The cost for the 5K is $16 for Gulf Coast Running Club members and $17 for the general public (non-running club members).

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,600 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically – this summer learning loss is more pronounced among students from low-income families. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on “charging” kids up with enthusiasm for themselves and their potential.

“When a child is healthy, happy, motivated, and excited something amazing is inevitably going to result,” said Joey Conwill, Wellness Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA. “We see the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer,” said Jodi Ryder, Community Impact Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA.

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

• High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood
• development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
• Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
• Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.
• Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
• Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at Fort Maurepas from 8:00am-11:00am and features fun, active play, and educational activities.

All kids deserve the best summer ever, and Delta is proud to be the national sponsor of Healthy Kids Day, which kicks off a healthy, active, and engaged summer for kids throughout the country.

For more information, contact Joey Conwill, Wellness Coordinator, at 228.875.5050 or jconwill@mgcymca.org; or contact Jodi Ryder, Community Impact Director, at 228.875.5050 or jryder@mgcymca.org.

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March of Dimes to Hold Biggest Annual Fundraiser

Thousands of families and local business leaders will join together on April 21, 2018 at Point Cadet in Biloxi for March for Babies, which bands communities together to fight for the health of all moms and babies.

This year’s South Mississippi Ambassador Family is the Broome Family. In 2017, Muffy and Robby were starting their family. But their baby Asher arrived at 35 weeks, weighing less than 5 pounds. He suffered from sepsis and had brain damage and spent his first weeks fighting for life in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Today, the Broome family is dedicated to fighting for the health of all moms and babies and believes that every baby deserves the best possible start.

Tyler-Sexton-1-200x300 March of Dimes to Hold Biggest Annual FundraiserTyler Sexton, M.D., Chair of Pediatrics at Singing River Hospital, serves as the South Mississippi March for Babies chair. He was a premature infant born with cerebral palsy and is a champion for babies born with complications and the critically important work of the March of Dimes in treating them. Recently featured on ABC News 20/20, Dr. Sexton was one of a handful of physicians across the country who inspired the hit television series “The Good Doctor.”

On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 3-mile walk kicking off shortly after. You can sign up today at http://www.marchforbabies.org/event/southmississippi. Start a team with your company, family or friends. You can also donate directly because every baby deserves the best possible start.

“When you March for Babies, you make a statement about the world you want to live in-one in which healthy moms and strong babies are a priority for us all,” says Bridget Turan, Development Manager March of Dimes. “It is a day for everyone. Together we hope for the day when all moms and babies are healthy. We remember those babies we lost. We celebrate every baby.”

 

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Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributor to infant death in the U.S. and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years. From advocacy to education to research, we’re working to level the playing field so that all moms and babies are healthy.

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.orq or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on lnstagram and Twitter.

 

The 2018 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, HCA, Cigna, Pampers and regional sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by Singing River Health System, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Keesler Federal Credit Union, IP Casino Resort Spa, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Garden Park, Chemours, Merit Health Biloxi, Raising Canes Chicken Fingers, BancorpSouth, Allstate Insurance, Mississippi Power, WLOX, Gulf Coast Woman Magazine, and Venture South Magazine.

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YMCA Offers Chronic Disease Prevention Programs

The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA has expanded its mission to include chronic disease prevention and management. We are launching several programs to help reduce and manage health needs in our community including diabetes, hypertension, youth obesity, and Parkinson’s Disease.

 

Diabetes Prevention Program
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long class for adults at risk for developing type two diabetes based on glucose levels or a risk factor survey. The program focuses on increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes a week and a 5-7% weight loss through healthy lifestyle changes.  Self-monitoring food and activity, accountability, education, and group support are the basis of this program.

National Institutes of Health research has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in people over 60 years of age.

 

Healthy Weight and Your Child
Healthy Weight and Your Child is a family-based approach to support children ages 7-13 who are in the 95th percentile or higher for weight. The program is designed with the whole family in mind. The program engages the child and adult in nutrition education and physical activity to encourage health habits and provide skills to live a healthier lifestyle long-term.

The Healthy Weight and Your Child’s curriculum is adapted from the most widely disseminated and extensively evaluated child weight management program in the world. The program is effective in reducing a child’s body mass index and waist circumference, reducing sedentary behaviors, increasing physical activity and improving self-esteem.

 

Blood Pressure Management Program
High blood pressure, which makes the heart work harder than it should with each beat, is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs and usually lasts a lifetime once it develops.

The simple process of checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a month over a period of four months has been shown to lower blood pressure in many people with high blood pressure. This forms the basis for the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, an evidence-based program that features personalized support as you develop the habit of routinely self-monitoring your blood pressure, tips for maintaining your cardiovascular health, and nutrition education.

Fitness for Parkinson’s Patients

The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA along with Encore Rehabilitation and Singing River Health System has developed a specialized group fitness class for anyone with Parkinson’s.  The class is developed by healthcare professionals to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms.

For more information on these programs, please contact Jodi Ryder, Community Impact Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA, at 228-875-5050 or jryder@mgcymca.org.

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Singing River Health System Congratulates Keesler Medical Center on USAF Hospital of the Year Award

Singing River Health System leadership group salutes Keesler Medical Center for their USAF Hospital of the Year Award.

Ocean Springs, MS –   With a keen appreciation for their dedication and skill, caregivers at Singing River Health System are sending kudos to their neighbors and colleagues at Keesler Medical Center for their recent award as Hospital of the Year for the US Air Force.

 “We commend our colleagues at Keesler for this outstanding achievement and are proud to partner with them on a number of clinical initiatives,” said Chief Operating Officer Lee Bond. “We work hand in hand with the Keesler Team to deliver care to area veterans, and have recruited a number of outstanding clinicians to join our team after completing their Air Force service at Keesler Medical Center.”

Physicians and staff at Singing River have posted a banner at their hospitals recognizing Keesler’s award. “We’ve known for a long time that Keesler shares our commitment to the highest quality care, and are thrilled for them to be recognized as this year’s top USAF Hospital,” said Bond.

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JaxCoHome Turns One: Celebrating Birthdays Across Jackson County

To celebrate JaxCoHome’s first birthday, we decided to honor the people who make birthdays happen in Jackson County. We visited both Singing River Hospital in Ocean Springs and Pascagoula with birthday cake for the labor and delivery staff, as well as baby-friendly gifts for expecting mothers. JaxCoHome team members Tessa and Lina, along with helper and Lina’s stepdaughter, Brielle, met with the SRHS Marketing Team and Chief Nursing Officer to pull off the surprise. The birthday cakes came from Rouses Market in Ocean Springs and the gifts from Marina Cottage Soap Co.
“We are honored JaxCoHome chose to celebrate its first birthday with us! It’s amazing what they have accomplished in one year, giving a voice to the positive things happening in our area. Recently, we have shared the publication with recruits and new staff members from other regions. It has become such a great resource to everyone on the coast and we’re excited to partner with them more in the future,” said Sarah Duffey, Singing River Health System Marketing Manager.
 
Singing River Health System is vital to our community. We cannot thank the staff members enough for the wonderful work they do each and every day, and can’t imagine a better way to have celebrated JaxCoHome’s first birthday. We are proud that the men and women of SRHS call Jackson County Home!
 
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YMCA Healthy Kids Day to be held on April 28th

The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is holding a free community event, in conjunction with the Junior Auxillary of Biloxi/Ocean Springs, to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active all summer long. Healthy Kids Day® is the YMCA’s national initiative to improve families health and well-being.  Games and activities will demonstrate, motivate, and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8:00 -11:00 a.m.

Ft. Maurepas Park, Front Beach, Ocean Springs, MS

Joey Conwill, Wellness Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA–Blossman Family Branch, 228-875-5050

 

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Walk MS: Uniting Communities to Create a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

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Andy Bell, President of National Multiple Sclerosis Society Alabama-Mississippi and Lt. Doug Adams of the Pascagoula Police Dept. at the Walk Kick-Off Luncheon at Aunt Jenny’s Restaurant in Ocean Springs.

Hundreds of local walkers raised money at Walk MS: Mississippi Gulf Coast last Saturday at Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs. Walk MS is an opportunity for people to come together with friends, loved ones and co-workers to fundraise, connect and advocate for people affected by MS. Each dollar raised is one step closer to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s goal – a world free of MS. Since its inception in 1988, Walk MS has cumulatively raised more than $1 billion. Saturday’s walk was expected to raise more than $25,000.

“Walk MS is all about community – people coming together to raise money and show support for loved ones, colleagues and friends,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, President and CEO of the National MS Society. “Funds raised have a direct impact in this community, for example – our MS Navigator program. MS Navigators are highly-skilled, compassionate professionals available to connect each person affected by MS to the resources and information they need to live their best lives.”

Multiple sclerosis attacks the brain and spinal cord, and it is the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults. The National MS Society is a gathering place for people with MS, their family and loved ones, healthcare providers, volunteers, donors, fundraisers, advocates, community leaders and all those that seek a world free of MS.

Sanofi Genzyme is the premier national sponsor of Walk MS. Biogen, Genentech and Novartis are also national sponsors of Walk MS.

Walk MS helps fuel groundbreaking MS research and provide life-changing services to those affected by MS through creating a supportive community of friends, families, and loved ones who fundraise and connect. To get involved you can visit walkMS.org, call (855) 372-1331, or email fundraisingsupport@nmss.org. For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society, visit nationalMSsociety.org or call (800) 344-4867.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

 

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