Mississippi State University Extension Service's team of health professionals is working to improve the health status of all Mississippians. By delivering health-related educational programs, collaborating with others on issues affecting community health, and promoting health careers, we are making a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens. We invite you to browse through our pages for information that may help you in your efforts to live a healthier life. Each year Extension programs reach thousands of community members with health-related information and skills training.
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Move in May For National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Here are just a few benefits of physical activity:
- Children and adolescents – Improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health
- Adults – Lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer
- Older adults – Lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills)
Physical activity is good for everyone's health. No matter what shape you are in, you can find activities that work for you. Together, we can rise to the challenge and get more active during the month of May! Call your local MSU Extension Office to find out ways we can work together to create opportunities for everyone to get more physical activity.
To help confront mental health issues facing the nation today, the Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering unique first aid training to all its employees.
A commitment to improving public health issues in Mississippi has brought David Buys to the presidency of the organization dedicated to similar goals.
Mississippians can do their part to combat the national opioid crisis and protect their home environments by dropping off unused medications at take-back sites around the state on Oct. 27.
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.
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)
Winston 100 Wellness on Wheels cyclists ride through the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge as the sun rises over a cool fall 2018 morning.
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