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AIM for CHangE Overview

Project Overview

MSU Extension has launched an initiative to help Mississippians battle obesity through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Map of Mississippi counties indicating the AIM for CHangE Phase 1 and Phase 2 areas.

In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded Mississippi State University Extension $5.5 million as one of 15 High Obesity Program (HOP) grantees. Mississippi HOP, locally referred to as AIM for CHangE, currently serves 9 of 12 Mississippi counties with an adult obesity rate of 40% or greater: Sharkey, Washington, Issaquena, Sunflower, Humphreys, Holmes, Quitman, Leflore, and Noxubee. We work with local stakeholders who want to improve the health of their neighborhoods by making healthy lifestyles more accessible.

Our vision is for a healthy Mississippi that embraces active living and promotes food access.

Our mission is to prevent and reduce obesity using a combination of evidence-based strategies; a policy, systems, and environmental approach; and multi-sectoral, community-led partnerships.

We value collaboration, diversity, transparency, and personal agency.


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Five women seated around a table view an assortment of food items and food guideline workbooks as a man stands nearby and looks on.
Filed Under: Community, Food and Health, AIM for CHangE, Nutrition June 5, 2024

JACKSON, Miss. -- Food pantry clients may soon find healthier options more often thanks to new food service guidelines.

Filed Under: Food and Health, AIM for CHangE, Rural Health December 11, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. -- For five years, AIM for CHangE has turned federal dollars into park updates, playgrounds, food pantries, ride-sharing programs and community produce gardens for underserved areas in Mississippi.

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Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, AIM for CHangE November 29, 2023

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently received a second cycle of funding for a project that has worked to combat obesity by helping people eat healthier and participate in physical activity. The AIM for CHangE program was awarded a five-year, $4.4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help continue efforts to combat obesity in 10 target counties.

Success Stories

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Volume 9 Number 3

The StoryWalk and colorful word art now installed in downtown Belzoni are giving Rosemary Williams a new opportunity for the children she cares for at Rosemary’s Daycare and Learning Center.

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Volume 9 Number 2

Imagine what Mississippi might look like if everyone had access to healthy foods. The state could set an example for other rural states in using existing resources, collaborating with officials and stakeholders, and creating solutions that have measurable impacts for individuals and families.

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Volume 9 Number 2

Rev. Dr. Manney Murphy has known for years that serving his community is his calling. Even after years of making a difference in Warren County, Murphy recently felt led to return to his father’s hometown of Yazoo City. Now, he’s working to change how Mississippians of all ages in the Delta are accessing and receiving healthcare.

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