State of Health in Mississippi
Many of Mississippi’s health indicators are not good:
- In 2014, Mississippi was ranked last in the nation in overall health
- We are third in the nation in the percentage of adults with diabetes (2013)
- We have the highest rate of heart disease deaths in the country (2013)
Factors contributing to poor health measures include:
- 69% of Mississippi adults, and 40% of our children, are overweight or obese (2013/2011)
- Mississippi's teen birth rate exceeds the U.S. rate by 60% (2013). In 2012, 12.6% of all babies in Mississippi were born to teens
- Highest percentage of high school students in the nation not meeting recommended physical activity levels (2013)
Mississippi's mortality rates for each of the 4 leading causes of death – heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – exceed the national averages
Lifestyle changes can affect your state of health. Consider the following:
- Physically active people have a lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use is the single largest contributor to preventable premature death in the United States
- Poor diet is considered a leading contributor to such health concerns as diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis and obesity
- It has been estimated that a third of premature deaths in the U.S. are due to poor nutrition and physical inactivity
How MSU Extension Service Can Help
- Educate you and your organization on adopting healthy habits
- Guide you to becoming a Master Wellness Volunteer helping others to live a healthier life
- Help you organize a local group to focus on a community health priority
What You Can Do
Visit the following parts of our web site to help get you started on the path to a healthier life:
- Publications and media – read or request a copy of material to help you get started
- Master Wellness Volunteer – find out how you can learn to help others improve their health
- Contact information – talk to your local MSU Extension Service agent for more information on programs and opportunities to enhance your health and that of your community
Recognize that even though today may be the day that you vow to begin living a healthier life, sometimes it takes a little help from your friends – Call your county office of MSU Extension Service; we care and we are there to help!
- Community Health Online Resource Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- County Health Rankings
- The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts Online
- National Center for Health Statistics
- Mississippi State Department of Health, Vital Records
- United Health Foundation, America's Health Rankings
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Sunny, summer days and fair skin tones are not the only risk factors for skin cancer. Cold days, cloudy weather and dark complexions do not eliminate to risk of skin damage and cancers.
"Basically, anytime the sun is below the horizon is the only time any of us are safe from the damaging effects associated with ultraviolet rays," said David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Rocheryl Ware sees members of her 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteer group as catalysts that can help change Mississippi's health landscape.
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. -- The Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, or MS-AND, has named David Buys as a recipient of one of its most distinguished awards.
A Mississippi State University Extension Service health specialist, Buys was presented with the MS-AND Magnolia Award earlier this month.
The Magnolia Award recognizes individuals outside of the dietetics profession who make significant contributions to the field. It is one of four awards MS-AND makes each year.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- National Ag Day celebrates Food for Life on March 21, but a video series by the Mississippi State University Extension Service promotes nutrition, food safety and healthy lifestyles every week of the year.
"The Food Factor" is a series of 90-second videos hosted by Natasha Haynes, a Rankin County Extension agent. These spots air weekly on a variety of television outlets, in addition to being available online.