AIM for CHangE
Obesity and related health problems can seem like overwhelming challenges, especially at the community level, and they can be—for just one person or one group working alone. But, by bringing together diverse people and organizations, communities of invested stakeholders can make a difference.
Advancing, Inspiring, Motivating for Community Health through Extension (AIM for CHangE) is creating community coalitions to solve health issues alongside local champions. By increasing opportunities for physical activity and promoting access to healthier foods, community-led AIM for CHangE coalitions are developing healthier cultures across Mississippi.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.