State of Health in Mississippi
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
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!
- Community Health Online Resource Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- County Health Rankings
- The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts Online
- National Center for Health Statistics
- Mississippi State Department of Health, Vital Records
- United Health Foundation, America's Health Rankings
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- National Ag Day celebrates Food for Life on March 21, but a video series by the Mississippi State University Extension Service promotes nutrition, food safety and healthy lifestyles every week of the year.
"The Food Factor" is a series of 90-second videos hosted by Natasha Haynes, a Rankin County Extension agent. These spots air weekly on a variety of television outlets, in addition to being available online.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Having performed colonoscopies regularly throughout his career, retired gastroenterologist Dr. Sam Pace is experienced in identifying precursors of colorectal cancer.
Although he did not feel any of those symptoms himself in 2011, Pace learned after a routine screening that he had the disease.
"My story is effective when I talk to patients who say they feel fine and nothing is going to happen to them," Pace said. "I felt fine before I found out I had colon cancer. Fortunately, I was screened early enough to treat and survive it."
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Housecleaning and decluttering efforts can go a long way in preventing home-invading bed bugs from setting up residence where they can feed at night on human hosts.
Bed bugs are nuisance pests that often live, as their name suggests, in beds. Once the bugs are introduced into a home, their extermination requires professional services. The Mississippi State University Extension Service, through the Healthy Homes Initiative, is equipping residents with the knowledge to keep this problem out of their houses.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Most bill payers are keenly aware of the importance of energy efficiency, but a new initiative is placing similar emphasis on environmental concerns.
David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said weatherization focuses on reducing energy bills and increasing comfort, but families need a more comprehensive approach to home improvements.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University Extension Service health specialist David Buys will be a panelist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's largest annual meeting.
The USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum hosts more than 1,500 attendees each year. Buys, also a researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, will be one of more than 100 speakers and moderators at the forum.