Champions For Health event to promote community health and safety

Published 4:54 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2022

One of the most important things a person can do is get recommended health screenings, where potential problems could be addressed before they become harder to treat.

To encourage residents to get their recommended screenings and to facilitate the power of prevention, the city of Vicksburg will be sponsoring Champions For Health, a free community health and safety fair.

The event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on March 23 at the Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St.

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“We are so excited about the Champions For Health Power of Prevention Community Health and Safety Fair,” Felicia Kent said.

Kent serves as the city of Vicksburg’s project director of the $3 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

“As communities are recovering from COVID, we want to make certain that individuals are getting screenings and annual wellness visits,” Kent said.

The health fair includes many local health partners, she said, to help ensure health and prevention are at the forefront.

Partners include the Cancer Action Network; Positive Pathways Behavioral Health, LLC; Elite Performance and Rehab; Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health; EPS On The Go; Merit Health River Region: Grace Christian Counseling Center; Mississippi Tobacco-Free; MANI Vicksburg; the YMCA; Mississippi Shine Project; Vigilant Health and WIC.

Activities will include blood pressure/hypertension screenings; diabetes/blood sugar screenings; health literacy resources; breast pump demonstration and breastfeeding information; dental health information; mental health services and information; fire safety and fire extinguisher demonstrations; COVID-19 vaccinations; post-COVID restoration treatment information; cancer advocacy information; weight management and lifestyle modification and general health resources and information.

“This is an exciting time for the citizens of Vicksburg,” Kent said.

In addition to the screenings and activities, Kent said, food vendors will be on-site and for those who visit three of the tables, a free lunch will be provided.

It’s going to be a fun event,” Kent said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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