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State of Health in Mississippi

Concerns

Many of Mississippi’s health indicators are not good:

  • In 2014, Mississippi was ranked last in the nation in overall health
  • We are third in the nation in the percentage of adults with diabetes (2013)
  • We have the highest rate of heart disease deaths in the country (2013)

Factors contributing to poor health measures include:

  • 69% of Mississippi adults, and 40% of our children, are overweight or obese (2013/2011)
  • Mississippi's teen birth rate exceeds the U.S. rate by 60% (2013).  In 2012, 12.6% of all babies in Mississippi were born to teens
  • Highest percentage of high school students in the nation not meeting recommended physical activity levels (2013)

Mississippi's mortality rates for each of the 4 leading causes of death – heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – exceed the national averages

Opportunities

Lifestyle changes can affect your state of health.  Consider the following:

  • Physically active people have a lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use is the single largest contributor to preventable premature death in the United States
  • Poor diet is considered a leading contributor to such health concerns as diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis and obesity
  • It has been estimated that a third of premature deaths in the U.S. are due to poor nutrition and physical inactivity

How MSU Extension Service Can Help

  • Educate you and your organization on adopting healthy habits
  • Guide you to becoming a Master Wellness Volunteer helping others to live a healthier life
  • Help you organize a local group to focus on a community health priority

What You Can Do

Visit the following parts of our web site to help get you started on the path to a healthier life:

  • Publications and media – read or request a copy of material to help you get started
  • Master Wellness Volunteer – find out how you can learn to help others improve their health
  • Contact information – talk to your local MSU Extension Service agent for more information on programs and opportunities to enhance your health and that of your community

Recognize that even though today may be the day that you vow to begin living a healthier life, sometimes it takes a little help from your friends – Call your county office of MSU Extension Service; we care and we are there to help!

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Publications

News

Zucchini and tomatoes in a colorful bowl
Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness March 1, 2021

Video by Jonathan Parrish.

I’m always looking for easy vegetable dishes with a lot of flavor, and this one hits the spot!

This recipe serves four, so you may need to double it, depending on the size of your family.

Did you know you can save some calories and fat by cooking your vegetables in water or broth instead of butter or oil? At about 100 calories per teaspoon, fat can add up quickly.

Food Factor host Natasha Haynes holds a mug of cocoa while standing in a kitchen
Filed Under: Food, Nutrition and Wellness February 16, 2021

Many recipes—on The Food Factor and elsewhere—make multiple servings. Typically, I’m a fan of leftovers, but hot chocolate just does not warm up well in my opinion. That’s why I was excited to discover this fast, microwavable option for a single serving.

A woman stands outdoors on a grassy lawn.
Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition February 8, 2021

High cholesterol increases your risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease), which is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Lifestyle change is a key component that can prevent or help manage high cholesterol. 

A slice of chocolate angel food cake on a small saucer with the entire cake on a blue platter in the background
Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition January 29, 2021

Last year, our recipe for Tropical Angel Cake was by far our most popular post. So, when we found this recipe for a different take on angel food cake, we knew we had to try it!

Chicken tortilla soup in a colorful bowl with a small glass bowl of cilantro in the background
Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition January 26, 2021

In wintertime, I want to come home to a supper that’s ready to eat and will warm me up, inside and out. This spicy soup hits the spot! If you like more zip in your soup, use hot green chiles or hot salsa instead of mild.

Rinse the canned beans to reduce the sodium in this recipe and keep your broth clear. Don’t forget our handy trick for shredding chicken in a hurry: you can use a hand-held mixer on low speed to shred it!

Success Stories

Two men standing in a row crop.
Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Variety trials exemplify Extension’s service to growers through pandemic

For 10 years, a small portion of Moody Farms in Tishomingo County has been sectioned off for cotton variety trial plots. That streak continued in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

A woman wearing a light blue blazer and pink shirt stands smiling with her hand on a light pole.
Health and Wellness, Community, Health, AIM for CHangE, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Lexington coalition organizes food giveaway amid pandemic

When the Guardian (U.S. edition) released its article “In the poorest county, in America’s poorest state, a virus hits home: ‘Hunger is rampant’” in early April 2020, a local coalition in Holmes County had already organized to create a food pantry in Lexington.

A young boy wearing a NASA sweatshirt stands on a sidewalk holding a camera by his side.
4-H, Join 4-H, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

4-H’er creates instructional video

4-H’ers learn by doing, pandemic or no pandemic. So, even though Aaron Lampley could not meet with the Winston County Photography Club, he could leverage technology to increase his own skills and share his expertise with other photo enthusiasts.

A smiling woman holding a tablet stands outside in front of a flagpole.
Community, City and County Government, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Extension supports city clerks during pandemic

Many things about the way Jo Ann Robbins did her job changed when coronavirus hit.

“The COVID-19 pandemic impacted my work and my personal life in ways I never dreamed possible” 

A smiling young girl wearing an orange shirt sits on a ledge in front of flowers.
4-H, Join 4-H, Leadership and Citizenship, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

4-H’er uses tech to unite club, serve community

Not many teens—or adults, for that matter—know the ins and outs of Robert’s Rules of Order, but 17-year-old Chasity Moses is making a habit of knowing and doing things that set her apart.

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