Forrest General’s Spirit of Women announces 2014-2015 Spirit Girls

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Forrest General Hospital

The 2014-2015 Spirit Girls, a program sponsored by Forrest General's Spirit of Women, held their first meeting on August 10 introducing 157 young ladies to the opportunities and fun offered by this program.

Spirit Girls, a program of Spirit of Women, is designed to reach young women through events targeted at promoting self-esteem and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

Spirit Girls participate in a wide range of activities, including community service projects for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), Hattiesburg Zoo, Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary and Waiting for a Cure Foundation, just to name a few. Spirit Girls also participate in Spirit of Women events.

The young ladies selected are in grades 7 through 12 and reside in Forrest General's 19-county service area which includes the following counties: Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Wayne and Walthall.

The program offers an opportunity for young ladies to learn the importance of taking action for their health and giving back to the community. The hours of community service contributed through various events provides a chance to make lasting contributions to their community, as well as lasting friendships.

"As we continue to grow the Spirit of Women program, we feel it is important to reach today's young ladies so that they will mature into healthy young women," said Millie Swan, chief marketing & medical staff services officer at Forrest General. "The Spirit Girls program allows young ladies to give back to the community, participate in fun, hip events and at the same time, along with their mothers, focus on education and important issues facing today's teenagers."

During the school year, the Spirit Girls also host and assist with events to help them develop a broader perspective and lifelong social skills while contributing to the local community.

Spirit of Women Hospital Network is a national coalition of hospitals and health care facilities joined together to advance the cause and business of women's health. Spirit of Women is a national movement led by hospitals across the United States with the mission to move women to take action for better health…mind, body and spirit.

With more than 8,000 members, Forrest General is the exclusive Spirit of Women hospital for South Mississippi, having attained Premier status in recognition of strong efforts in moving women to take action for their health!

For more information call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445.