Health and Wellness
Walk-A Weigh Nutrition Program for Youth
Walk-a-Weigh is a nutrition education and physical activity program designed to promote healthy nutrition practices and increased physical activity through the creation of small community walking groups. The program has developed several additional lessons to provide the instructor/facilitator the opportunity to conduct a needs assessment to find the topics of greatest need and interest to the clientele while meeting each of the eight core competencies within the program.
Love You 2 Relationships Smarts Plus
The Relationship Smarts Plus (RS+) curriculum focuses on personal development related to identity, goals and values, distinguishing between healthy versus unhealthy relationship behaviors and safe choices in forming relationships, preventing dating violence, developing communication skills, and preparation for adult roles and responsibilities. The program consist of 13 lessons that builds skills and knowledge regarding healthy relationships.
The objectives are to increase teen knowledge of healthy and unhealthy relationships, knowledge about healthy dating patterns in terms of using effective approaches to conflict management and communication, and knowledge about the importance of mutual respect, shared values, and commitment. To provide teens with the skills to recognize patterns of unhealthy and abusive relationships in terms of verbal or physical aggression, controlling behavior, and lack of respect between partners. To help teens feel empowered to make good choices and stand up for themselves when needed. To help teens problem solve and build communication skills in terms of communicating effectively with partners about needs and views and resolving conflict in relationships using effective communication strategies. To help teens understand of the choices and behaviors that put teen’s physical and emotional health at risk.
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. -- Recent data suggests Mississippians are learning that more is not always better when it comes to body weight.
The adult obesity rate has been increasing in the state for many years, but a recent report by the State of Obesity organization shows that a lot of hard work by many Mississippians is making progress. However, much work remains to be done. According to the Sept. 1, 2016, report, Mississippi remains tied with Alabama, West Virginia and Arkansas for second to last with an obesity rate of 35.6 percent.
NATCHEZ, Miss. -- More than 100 members of the U.S. military launched a health campaign, but local boots on the ground will work to keep it moving forward.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service and numerous other agencies provided local support for the 13-day wellness event at the Alcorn State University and Copiah-Lincoln Community College campuses in Natchez.
By Brittany Jacks
MSU Extension Service
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Creating a healthy balance between work and life is essential to being more productive and focused.
David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said one of the most important boundaries to have when balancing work and life is accountability with friends and family.