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A faucet with water flowing.
July 1, 2020 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting, Creating Healthy Indoor Childcare Environments, Water, Sip Safe

Two simple, daily steps can protect Mississippi’s youngest citizens from lead poisoning. Jason Barrett, an assistant Extension professor in the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute, said lead in drinking water can harm children’s health. But flushing faucets each morning and using cold water for cooking and preparing baby bottles can greatly reduce exposure.

A baby smiling.
June 4, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Children and Parenting, Healthy Homes Initiative

June is National Healthy Homes month! To celebrate, we’ve created a blog post to focus on an important health concern that could happen in and around your home. 

Flood water covers a field except for an elevated dirt path leading to a house in the background.
September 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Community, Disaster Response, Family, Healthy Homes Initiative

South Mississippi Delta residents are in recovery mode after returning to homes that have been under water for nearly six months, but they need materials and assistance as they try to resume their normal lives.

Two walls of a kitchen that has been flooded show significant mold damage and damage to the drywall.
August 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Disaster Response, Healthy Homes Initiative

When you’re ready to hire a contractor to repair or rebuild property damaged by flooding, keep these tips in mind to help avoid being scammed.

A kitchen with white walls and cabinets shows severe flood damage, including mold damage, on floors and cabinets with doors and drawers removed.
August 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Disaster Response, Healthy Homes Initiative

Getting started on clean-up after a flood can seem overwhelming. Before you do any work, be sure you know what your insurance company needs to file a claim. Take photos and video of damage, inventory items damaged beyond repair, and keep track of expenses.

Two partially filled canisters contain rice and flour sit on a speckled black countertop.
July 2, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative

Everyone deals with the occasional invasion of sugar ants in the kitchen. It’s just a fact of life.

But when they do make their way in, you don’t want to lay out the welcome mat for them. Regina Boykins, Extension agent in Humphreys County has a few tips to help keep ants and other pests out of your kitchen.

A young woman with dark hair extends her palm forward with the Healthy Homes Initiative logo on her palm.
June 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative, Integrated Pest Control

Maintaining a healthy home can be challenging, but it IS possible. Use the “right hand rule” to make your home a healthy one.

A golden retriever scratches fleas on green grass.
March 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative, Pets, Insects-Pet Pests, Insects-Pests

Peak flea season is in the spring and summer, but in warmer areas like the South, successful flea control is a yearlong battle. (Photo by CanStock)

January 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative

Human health in the home is the focus of a new partnership between the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi University for Women College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

October 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has received national recognition for a Healthy Homes Initiative marketing campaign.

The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences presented Extension with the first-place Marketing Package Award for its Healthy Homes Initiative promotional efforts.

A man kneels in a walk-in shower, reaching down to a point in the entryway.
September 20, 2018 - Filed Under: Family Dynamics, Healthy Homes Initiative

Those who struggle with injury or disability know it is never too early to make changes that allow a house to be more accommodating to people with impaired mobility.

An African American woman with braided hair and wearing a white sweater shares a board book with her infant daughter who wears a coral shirt.
May 29, 2018 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Healthy Homes Initiative

Most parents are too busy for a college course in child development, but want to help their babies grow into children who are successful in learning and ultimately successful in life. (Photo by Canstock)

Photo of a gray and white Craftsman style house illustrates a list of seven tips for making homes healthier.
March 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Healthy Homes Initiative

Taking care of your home will make it a healthier environment for your loved ones. (Illustration designed by Beth Barron)