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Mississippi State University Extension Service Working Together Toward Healthier Communities Rachel Welborn Community Health Coordinator March 23, 2006.

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1 Mississippi State University Extension Service Working Together Toward Healthier Communities Rachel Welborn Community Health Coordinator March 23, 2006

2 Major Components Individual Choices –Youth Healthy Choices –Adult Healthy Choices Community Development –Access –Resource Development

3 Youth Health: Body Walk

4 Youth: Delta HOPE School Assembly Program OrganWise Guys Materials –Books (Younger Years Kits and AR Books) –Videos (Educational, Health-related videos featuring the OWG) –Educational Doll TAKE 10! Grade-specific materials kit –10 minutes of physical activity integrated with academics delivered in the classroom

5 Youth: Take minute periods of physical activity Integrates multiple 10 minute periods of physical activity with core curriculum learning objectives in K-5 classrooms, (language arts, math, science, social studies, and health)

6 Youth: Organ Wise Guys The OrganWise Guys ® are a cast of characters that bring the body to life and facilitates the communication of important health issues in a manner understood by children.

7 Youth: Health Is Academic Target: Schools Three steps for success: Gather input & assess situation Develop a wellness policy Implement wellness policy

8 Adult: Family Nutrition Program Purpose: Improve the quality of life for persons of limited resources Participants will learn to: Improve dietary practices Effectively manage available food resources Safely handle food to prevent illness

9 Adult: Take Care of Yourself This 1-hour workshop teaches participants to Observe and describe health changes Recognize true emergencies Manage minor health problems at home Decide if a health professional is needed this workshop.

10 Adult: Take Charge of Your Health Emphasizes the importance of incorporating healthy habits into daily life and Helps families to understand why it is important for them to Take Charge of Their Health.

11 Adult: Strong Women Program *A fitness program for women* Women learn how to Stay strong, Feel better, and Maintain their independence

12 Adult: Know Your Numbers Encourages participants to monitor four important measures of health: –Cholesterol –Blood pressure –Blood sugar –Body mass index

13 Adult: Mississippi in Motion Adopt a new healthier lifestyle! Improve your health and well-being! Increase your physical activity! Kick the "couch potato" habit! Share your successes! Work through your challenges! Motivate one another! Enjoy a little healthy competition!

14 Adult: Mississippi in Motion Personal Goal Setting Becoming Physically Active Better Planning for Better Meals Cooking Healthy Diabetes Eating Out Smart Fad Diets Healthy Heart My Pyramid Stress and Emotional Eating Flexibility and Strength Training Physical Activity/Walking

15 Serve Safe Geared toward food service establishments Required: at least one person Five year certification

16 Tummy Safe Geared toward child care providers 5 year certification Food safety training required for licensed daycare facilities

17 Agromedicine Program Part of the Delta Health Alliance Serves the farming and rural community and their health care providers Provides information, education, service, and trainings

18 Community Development: Access

19 Rural Medical Scholars: Overview Dates - July 2 through August 4 Take two college level pre-med courses. Shadow a physician. Tour the Univ. of MS Medical School. Make new friends. Interact with previous Scholars.

20 Rural Medical Scholars: Cost 7 hours of college tuition Books Housing fees Food Allowance

21 Rural Medical Scholars: Qualifications Between junior and senior year of high school. Minimum composite score of 25 on the ACT High academic achievement Interest in a career in Family Medicine. Mississippi resident.

22 Community Development: Resource Development HealthConnect Health Coalitions Leadership Development Volunteer Development

23 HealthConnect Economic Impact Analysis Health Care Directory Community Health Survey Health Care Providers Survey Health Care Coverage Analysis Community Forum Strategic Planning Retreat Balanced Scorecard Leadership Development Training

24 Health Coalitions State Coalitions County/Community Coalitions

25 Training & Support Building Effective Partnerships Asset Mapping Establishing Goals and Objectives Prioritizing Needs Moving from Conflict to Consensus Getting the Group Active Constructing a Logic Model Measuring Success Grant Writing Basics

26 LeadershipPlenty Finding leaders Identifying community assets Managing groups effectively Making meetings more productive Managing conflict Building strategic partnerships Moving from talk to action Valuing evaluation Communicating for change Strengthening race relations

27 Master Health Education Volunteers Objectives: Accurate health information Community health resource Relevant community health programs Youth health initiatives Volunteer leadership

28 Master Health Education Volunteers 40 hours of training 40 hours of community “pay-back”

29 Citizens’ Health Care Listening Sessions Tupelo/Verona – Monday, March 27 Wesson (Co-Lin Community College) – Wednesday, March 29 Hattiesburg, Thursday, March 30 Clarksdale, Tuesday, April 11 Greenville, Tuesday, April 18 Newton, Thursday, April 20

30 Contact Information Web site: msucares.com Rachel Welborn


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