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Smart Aging: Healthy Futures

Fifty-two percent of older Mississippians live in rural areas, and over eighty percent of elderly Mississippians live in their own family dwellings.  The challenge for Mississippi is finding ways to maintain and improve the health of our senior residents while ensuring them the freedom of residing in their own homes.  This is especially true for rural areas with less formal support for seniors’ health and well being.

 

Based upon that need, the Smart Aging: Healthy Futures project was developed by Mississippi State University Extension Service, with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, to help communities foster the healthy aging of their senior populations. 

The project has three primary objectives:

  • To identify specific community resources and deficits relative to supporting the health and health care needs of a community’s rural senior population
  • To engage communities in grassroots efforts to improve the health and health care accessibility of their rural senior populations
  • To initiate various health promotion activities and educational programs targeting rural aging populations within communities and their families and support systems

The project was originally conducted in Oktibbeha, Clay, Copiah and Lincoln Counties.  In Copiah and Lincoln counties, the project was directed in cooperation with Copiah – Lincoln Community College.  Early successes led to the project being expanded to include the city of Pascagoula.  Findings of and materials produced for the project are here to assist other communities and seniors throughout the state as we all work towards the goal of achieving a healthy future.

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Food Factor host Natasha Haynes holds a mug of cocoa while standing in a kitchen
Filed Under: Food, Nutrition and Wellness February 16, 2021

Many recipes—on The Food Factor and elsewhere—make multiple servings. Typically, I’m a fan of leftovers, but hot chocolate just does not warm up well in my opinion. That’s why I was excited to discover this fast, microwavable option for a single serving.

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Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition February 8, 2021

High cholesterol increases your risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease), which is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Lifestyle change is a key component that can prevent or help manage high cholesterol. 

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Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition January 29, 2021

Last year, our recipe for Tropical Angel Cake was by far our most popular post. So, when we found this recipe for a different take on angel food cake, we knew we had to try it!

Chicken tortilla soup in a colorful bowl with a small glass bowl of cilantro in the background
Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition January 26, 2021

In wintertime, I want to come home to a supper that’s ready to eat and will warm me up, inside and out. This spicy soup hits the spot! If you like more zip in your soup, use hot green chiles or hot salsa instead of mild.

Rinse the canned beans to reduce the sodium in this recipe and keep your broth clear. Don’t forget our handy trick for shredding chicken in a hurry: you can use a hand-held mixer on low speed to shred it!

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Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness January 19, 2021

Zucchini is a versatile and budget-friendly vegetable, and this recipe takes a popular kitchen staple to the next level without a lot of prep time. I like to make these on nights when I want something a little more fancy than sliced zucchini with my meal. It’s also a terrific entrée for your friends or family members who don’t eat meat but will eat dairy and eggs.

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Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Variety trials exemplify Extension’s service to growers through pandemic

For 10 years, a small portion of Moody Farms in Tishomingo County has been sectioned off for cotton variety trial plots. That streak continued in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

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4-H, Join 4-H, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

4-H’er creates instructional video

4-H’ers learn by doing, pandemic or no pandemic. So, even though Aaron Lampley could not meet with the Winston County Photography Club, he could leverage technology to increase his own skills and share his expertise with other photo enthusiasts.

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Community, City and County Government, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Extension supports city clerks during pandemic

Many things about the way Jo Ann Robbins did her job changed when coronavirus hit.

“The COVID-19 pandemic impacted my work and my personal life in ways I never dreamed possible” 

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4-H, Join 4-H, Leadership and Citizenship, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

4-H’er uses tech to unite club, serve community

Not many teens—or adults, for that matter—know the ins and outs of Robert’s Rules of Order, but 17-year-old Chasity Moses is making a habit of knowing and doing things that set her apart.

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