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

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.

March 25, 2021 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Healthy Homes Initiative, Mississippi Well Owner Network

 Private well workshops in four counties this spring will help homeowners improve their drinking water sources.

Two medical ampoules of COVID-19 vaccine with a syringe.
January 15, 2021 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Coronavirus

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The saying goes that tough times bring out the best and worst in people. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception, and consumers need to be wary of potential fraud related to the vaccine as it is rolled out.

Those who have not yet scheduled an appointment to receive their first dose will be waiting another month. On Jan. 15, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported that appointments may be limited until late January, as most of the state’s available vaccine inventory had already been scheduled or distributed.

Apple pie smoothie in a blender
January 5, 2021 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Food and Health, Food

Some of my favorite winter desserts are fruit-based, including apple pie and apple crisp. But as we begin the new year, I need to get back to healthier eating habits!

If you are looking for a bright apple flavor without the calories found in a pie or caramel apple, try this smoothie! A 1-cup serving is just 90 calories!

Oven-roasted carrots in a clear glass bowl
November 23, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Food and Health, Food

Need a quick side dish? Tired of your usual preparation methods? Try these Balsamic Roasted Carrots for a budget-friendly, flavorful veggie that goes with almost any main dish!

A woman leans over a bush growing in a bed outside a house.
October 28, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Coronavirus

Staying active and socially involved is not hard during a pandemic when favorite pastimes include outdoor activities and individual hobbies.

From inside a tent, cars can be seen lined up on the street.
October 28, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Family, Coronavirus

It should come as no surprise that 2020 holiday gatherings will have a new element of health safety that impacts every part of the festivities and requires planning.

A black jack-o-lantern mask, bottle of sanitizer, and two pumpkins on a wooden backdrop.
October 16, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Health, Coronavirus

COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in everyone’s plans. Creating a sense of normalcy while keeping safety measures in mind can be challenging. Just because the holidays aren’t traditional this year doesn’t mean they can’t be fun and memorable.

Young couple using digital tablet together
September 1, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Family, Health, Coronavirus

Parents welcoming a newborn in the COVID-19 era face potentially tough decisions regarding family visits after delivery.

August 20, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, The PROMISE Initiative

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippians now have an online tool for opioid misuse prevention resources and strategies. 

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and Social Science Research Center developed the webpage in collaboration with the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Fahrenheit Creative Group. This new page is a component of an MSU Extension drug prevention initiative called PReventing Opioid Misuse In the SouthEast, or the PROMISE Initiative.

A green road sign with the word “Health” is pictured against a blue sky with white clouds.
August 14, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Coronavirus

The traditional allergy season will soon start while the COVID-19 pandemic is still underway, likely leading some people to wonder if they are experiencing normal allergic reactions or symptoms of the novel virus.

Three students wear face masks as they sit at their desks.
July 28, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Family, Children and Parenting, Health, Coronavirus

Parents can help children understand how to stay healthy at school amid the COVID-19 pandemic as they prepare for the start of the academic year.

June 5, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, The PROMISE Initiative

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A health leadership team led by the Mississippi State University Extension Service has received a national award for its work to address mental health challenges in the state’s agricultural community.

Directors of the PROMISE Initiative will receive the Southern Distinguished Team award from Epsilon Sigma Phi, during the organization’s annual national conference in October. PROMISE stands for “PReventing Opioid Misuse in the SouthEast.” Epsilon Sigma Phi is a nationwide organization for Extension professionals.

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. 

Silhouette of a paper cut-out style family of four facing a three-dimensional model of the novel coronavirus.
April 17, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Coronavirus, Mental Health First Aid

When confronted with the need to change or adapt to life’s circumstances, people cope with the resulting stress in many ways. David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the domino effect of multiple changes caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic may result in trauma.

“Usually trauma is a major life event that leads to intense stress reactions,” Buys said. “But we are seeing so many changes in such a short time it’s a struggle to manage our feelings and thoughts without falling into anxiety and depression.”

A person holding a fork and plate with food on it.
April 16, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Food and Health, Food, Coronavirus

The current COVID-19 pandemic may have you feeling more stressed than usual. With the amount of time spent at home, all of the food in your kitchen is at your fingertips at any time of the day.

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

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!

Two blue dumbbells are stacked on a bedroom floor.
April 8, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Health, Coronavirus

Mississippians are finding ways to stay fit while sheltering in place to avoid looking like the humans in the animated movie “Wall-E” after generations of inert life on spaceships.

A graph showing the number of cases of coronavirus with and without protective measures
March 18, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Coronavirus

“Flattening the curve” is an important concept in discussions about the coronavirus, but what does it really mean?

“Flattening the curve” refers to the lines on a graph documenting the number of cases compared to the timespan of an outbreak.  Normally, when a virus or illness hits a community, there is an early peak in cases (the number of people who get sick), and then the rate of infection slows down, causing the peak to drop. But if that first peak is high, the number of people needing treatment can overwhelm the healthcare system.

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