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AIM for CHangE Overview

Project Overview

MSU Extension has launched an initiative to help Mississippians battle obesity through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Map of Mississippi counties indicating the AIM for CHangE Phase 1 and Phase 2 areas. Phase 1 includes Quitman, Leflore, Sunflower, Washington, Holmes, Humphreys, Sharkey, and Issaquena Counties; Phase 2 includes Claiborne, Jefferson, Noxubee, and Jefferson Davis Counties.

In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded Mississippi State University Extension $5.5 million as one of 15 High Obesity Program (HOP) grantees. Mississippi HOP, locally referred to as AIM for CHangE, currently serves 9 of 12 Mississippi counties with an adult obesity rate of 40% or greater: Sharkey, Washington, Issaquena, Sunflower, Humphreys, Holmes, Quitman, Leflore, and Noxubee. We work with locals who want to improve the health of their neighborhoods by making healthy lifestyles more accessible.

Our vision is for a healthy Mississippi that embraces active living and promotes food access.

Our mission is to prevent and reduce obesity using a combination of evidence-based strategies; a policy, systems, and environmental approach; and multi-sectoral, community-led partnerships.

We value collaboration, diversity, transparency, and personal agency.


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Publication Number: P3430


Three volunteers unload boxes from an 18-wheeler.
Filed Under: Health and Wellness, AIM for CHangE May 6, 2021

MAYERSVILLE, Miss. -- Alexis Hamilton never thought he would be hauling a green plastic dinosaur sheathed in protective plastic through an empty field in the Mississippi Delta. But when he looks back on his career, it’s not that big of a leap.

Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, AIM for CHangE, Nutrition July 15, 2020

David Buys, associate professor in MSU’s Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion and state health specialist with the MSU Extension Service, is being honored as a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

A person running with purple tennis shoes on.
Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Health, AIM for CHangE April 8, 2020

I had a friend challenge me recently to pick up one good habit during this period of social distancing. Use this time to establish good habits for health and exercise!

Filed Under: Health, AIM for CHangE September 13, 2018

Mississippi State is launching a comprehensive initiative to help Mississippians battle obesity with a $5.5 million grant awarded to MSU Extension by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Success Stories

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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 group of 11 men and women wearing masks stand in front of a brick building.
Health and Wellness, Community, Health, AIM for CHangE, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

The Lexington Food Pantry’s food giveaways in Holmes County came together because of a group of dedicated volunteers, many of whom are part of the AIM for CHangE coalition in Lexington. Advancing, Inspiring, and Motivating for Community Health through Extension—AIM for CHangE—develops community-led groups that develop health solutions specifically for local residents.


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Portrait of Dr. David Buys
Associate Professor
State Health Specialist
Portrait of Mr. Marven Cantave
Extension Agent I
Portrait of Mr. Alexis H Hamilton
Extension Agent I
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Project Manager