Healthy Homes Initiative
What is the Healthy Homes Initiative?
The goal of the MSU Extension Healthy Homes Initiative is to equip Mississippians with the knowledge they need to keep their indoor environments safe and healthy. HHI is part of MSU Extension's Family and Consumer Sciences program, the goal of which is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities in Mississippi.
What does the Healthy Homes Initiative Offer?
Tailored to meet your residential needs, the Healthy Home Solutions is a 12-topic curriculum, developed by and for Extension educators. The topics can be presented individually or as a series, and they are adaptable to fit a range of timeframes. Topic titles are:
- Healthy Homes Overview
- Indoor Air Quality Overview
- Asthma & Allergies
- Mold & Moisture Control
- Carbon Monoxide & Other Combustion Gases
- Drinking Water
- Home Safety
- Hazardous Household Products
- Integrated Pest Management
- Home Energy
Who might benefit from the Healthy Homes training?
- Childcare providers
- Environmental health practitioners
- Public health nurses
- Housing professionals
- Community outreach workers
- Tribal environmental health officials
- Leaders of community-based organizations
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Spring has begun, and while that means warmer weather and blooming flowers, it may mean more pests infiltrating your home.
David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, explained the importance of integrated pest management and the steps that make up the IPM process. He said IPM focuses on common-sense activities around the house, with an emphasis on environmentally friendly and affordable practices over regular application of insecticide.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- As spring blooms outdoors, many people with allergies take refuge inside their homes, but indoor air pollutants can trigger allergic reactions, as well.
"Dust, pollen, cockroaches, pet dander, dust mites, and mold and mildew found inside homes can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms for many people," said David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. "Make routine cleaning a priority to help control these pollutants."
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi's humid climate creates a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, especially in cluttered, unventilated homes.
Many people recognize these fungi by their musty smells on clothing and dark spots on walls and ceilings, but growth usually begins in areas that are unseen or difficult to access.
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.