This is a news release from Forrest General Hospital.
The 2015-2016 Spirit Girls, a program sponsored by Forrest General’s Spirit of Women, held their first meeting on August 9 introducing 146 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 and community service projects for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, The Arc of the United States (The Arc), Hattiesburg Zoo, Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary and Waiting for a Cure Foundation. 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. “The goal of our Spirit of Women program is to empower women with information so they can make healthy choices for themselves and their families,” said Millie Swan, chief marketing & medical staff services officer at Forrest General. “We feel it is important for young ladies to develop healthy habits and start making good decisions early in their lives. The Spirit Girls program gives young ladies the opportunity to give back to the community, participate in fun events and at the same time, along with their mothers, focus on education and important issues, which we hope helps them to mature into healthy and informed young women.” 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 community. Spirit of Women is a national network of American hospitals and healthcare providers that ascribe to the highest standards of excellence in women’s health, education, and community outreach. 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 or visithttp://www.forresthealth.org/about/spirit-of-women/ .