Champions For Health event to promote community health and safety – The Vicksburg Post

One of the most important things a person can do is get recommended health checkups, where potential issues could be addressed before they become more difficult to deal with.

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

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

“We are thrilled with the Champions For Health Power of Prevention community health and safety fair,” said Felicia Kent.

Kent is the City of Vicksburg project director for the $3 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.

“As communities recover from COVID, we want to make sure individuals have annual wellness screenings and visits,” Kent said.

The health fair includes many local health partners, she said, to help ensure health and prevention are front and center.

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

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

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

In addition to 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 offered.

It will be a fun event,” Kent said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon after, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for the Vicksburg Post and editor of Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was awarded first place by the Mississippi Press Association. She was also the recipient of a first place award in the editorial division of the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for “Best Feature Article”.

Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.

Before coming to work at the Post just over 10 years ago, she freelanced 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 Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and was a member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“Whether it’s staying informed about local government issues or hearing the stories of local residents, a local 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 can continue to grow and hone my skills while helping to share the stories in Vicksburg. When people ask me what I love most about my job, my answer is always “the people”.

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