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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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Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Food and Health, Health, Coronavirus July 28, 2020

If your children are headed back to the classroom, they may be required to wear a mask. We have some tips to help you and your children get ready for this new rule.

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Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Family, Children and Parenting, Health, Coronavirus July 28, 2020

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.

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Filed Under: Catfish, Catfish Marketing, Coronavirus July 17, 2020

Cash flow challenges are the latest struggle for Mississippi catfish producers, as product sales to their biggest consumers -- restaurants -- are way down due to COVID-19.

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.

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Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Coronavirus July 7, 2020

Parents dealing with COVID-19 closings are working daily to find safe child care for young children when most of the traditional summer options are gone.

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In this "What's New in Extension," Extension agents implement better safety standards, train to deliver Mental Health First Aid, and receive national recognition. Also, new irrigation and specialists join the Extension family.

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Start small, but start today. That’s what Scott Stokes was thinking last year when he brought out his bicycle after a 12-year hiatus and started riding again. A new Mississippi State University Extension Service program encouraged him to get back on track. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

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From the youngest to the oldest generations, thousands of people are visiting, shopping, and enjoying themselves at the Hernando Farmers’ Market, held Saturdays on the historic DeSoto County Courthouse lawn.

The market has more than just fresh produce. It connects the community by uniting the shoppers, producers, and artisans who come.

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