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JACKSON, Miss.—Physicians at Methodist Rehabilitation Center want Mississippians to know the risk factors and warning signs of stroke—the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the state.

FLOWOOD, Miss.—You should see the smile on Charlie Rogers’ face.

When the 16 year-old Nashville teen plays catch with his dad, it’s hard to tell who’s having more fun.

As Charlie zooms around Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s east campus in his wheelchair catching baseballs and slinging them back, he uses a specially designed sports arm that looks like a lacrosse stick complete with basket.

JACKSON, Miss.—Ella Payton, a rehab technician in the brain injury program at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, has been named support services employee of the quarter by the Jackson Hospital.

Payton, a Silver Creek resident, has worked for five years at Methodist Rehab. She is a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

As a rehab technician, Payton helps patients get to appointments on time and also helps some patients get dressed. She’s also been known to give haircuts.

JACKSON, Miss.–Mark Bowden, therapy manager of the spinal cord injury program at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, has been named clinical services employee of the quarter at the Jackson Hospital.

Bowden, a Ridgeland resident and a native of Salisbury, N.C., has worked for five years at Methodist Rehab. He holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke University.

JACKSON, Miss.–Chefs at Methodist Rehabilitation Center know how difficult learning to cope with dietary restrictions can be for diabetics.

That’s why they are offering a cooking class May 15 from 6-8 p.m. especially for diabetics and their families.

“I’ve worked in hospitals for years and I’ve seen how hard diabetes is on folks,” said John Pelton, director of nutrition services at Methodist Rehab.

JACKSON, Miss.—Due to the success of Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s safety tag campaign last Christmas, the Jackson hospital will begin offering the tags to bike shops and other retailers all across the state year round.

The tags encourage parents to remember to buy safety helmets and knee and elbow pads when they purchase bicycles, scooters, roller blades and skateboards for their children.

JACKSON, Miss.—Sometimes, you have to learn to help others, before you can learn to help yourself. That’s what brain-injured patients in Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s Quest program are learning to do.

Whether it’s mopping the floors at the Ronald McDonald House, passing out food at Community Stewpot or painting the walls at a children’s day care, Quest patients are finding out that community service is an important step on the road to recovery.

JACKSON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center and Goodwill Industries are searching Mississippi and nearby states for disabled artists interested in entering the 14th annual Goodwill Art Show being held at the Jackson hospital.

Methodist Rehab will be collecting artwork by disabled artists until Friday, April 12. The art will hang in the hospital’s halls and be judged May 13. The overall winner receives a $1,000 award. Disabled students will receive awards from a $250 purse and local disabled artists will serve as judges.

JACKSON, Miss.—They work in ways that aren’t always obvious. Whether they’re helping a first-grader master handwriting, a senior citizen cope with arthritis or preparing a workstation to prevent serious injury, occupational therapists help people of all ages.

The American Occupational Therapy Association recognizes April as National Occupational Therapy Month.

MOBILE, Ala.—Wiley Clark, a three-time paralympian wheelchair racer from Moss Point, has been honored by the promoters of one of the southeast’s largest road races for years of excellence.

Bill Cowart, organizer of the wheelchair division of the Azalea Trail Run in Mobile, Ala., presented Clark with a glass trophy for having the most wins in the 15-year history of the Azalea wheelchair race. The presentation was part of the celebration for the 25th running of the race.