What are some of the health topics taught in the program?
The curriculum contains information about health literacy, hypertension, diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity, portion control and healthy eating tips, interpreting Rx prescriptions, communicating with a health professional, tobacco use and intervention, cultural competency, oral health, health screenings, and stress management. Additional topics include asthma awareness, bullying prevention, healthy homes, heat & sun safety awareness, and opioid misuse & prevention. This curriculum serves as a tool for sharing health messages in your community and will enhance the classroom and lab knowledge if taught in a school setting. This training can be delivered to health science classes, family and consumer science classes, mayor’s health councils, 4-H groups or other organizations that have an interest in promoting a culture of wellness.
If you’d like to volunteer more in the New Year, Extension has some wonderful opportunities. We have volunteer organizations designed for all ages and interests, including gardening, healthcare, natural resources and youth development.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- October is Children’s Health Month, but Mississippi’s Junior Master Wellness Volunteers are dedicated year-round to “promoting healthy living through community connections” in the state.
The Junior Master Wellness Volunteer program, or JrMWV, is a community health education and volunteer leader training program offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H program in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the UMMC/Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute.
Ann Sansing, MSU Extension community health coordinator, said this is the latest program developed in a five-year partnership with the medical center around delivery of the Community Health Advocate curriculum, which began there under the leadership of Dr. Rick deShazo.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Rocheryl Ware sees members of her 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteer group as catalysts that can help change Mississippi's health landscape.