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Walnut, Oxford earn healthy hometown honors in Mississippi

BILOXI — Tippah County’s Walnut has earned the title of “Mississippi’s Healthiest Home Town” and a $50,000 grant.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Oxford was also recognized on Wednesday, along with Morton and Kosciusko, by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation as part of its annual program to encourage cities around the state to create healthier communities.

In a statement, the foundation cited Walnut’s efforts to promote health and wellness, including a smoke-free ordinance and tobacco-free education efforts.

Walnut sponsored a 5K run, created a farmers’ market and built a green space for family fitness activities.

Oxford won the category for towns with 15,000 people or more. The town will receive a $25,000 grant from the foundation.

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