Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

BOOK BIZ: New book tells how to beat the sugar habit

by For the MBJ Published: August 2,2013

Tags: Dan DeFigio, diet, Dummy series, nutrition, sugar rush

A new title in the popular Dummies series was released last month and it really rings a lot of bells. As all of us of all ages — especially families with young children ±— are wrestling with making healthy food choices, we must face our bad eating habits. Surely our love of sugar is at […] [...]

State sees first decline in adolescent obesity in 10 years

by MBJ Staff Published: December 4,2012

Tags: adolescence, adolescent, children, eating, exercise, fat, food, health, health care, nutrition, obesity, public health

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s obesity rate in high school students (grades 9-12) has dropped by 12.7 percent, knocking the state’s teens out of the number one spot down to number five in obesity nationwide. Mississippi’s 2011 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey found the rate of obesity among Mississippi high school students to be 16.5 percent, down […] [...]

Hostess’ shutdown leaves schools looking for bread

by Associated Press Published: November 27,2012

Tags: bankruptcy, bread, cafeteria, education, educator, food, foodservice, nutrition, public school, school, school district, student

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Dozens of Mississippi school districts are looking for a new supplier for bread and rolls as the shutdown of Hostess impacts lunchrooms. The Mississippi Department of Education tells The Clarion-Ledger six out of seven regions of the state are affected by the shutting down of Hostess Brands foods. Department spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle […] [...]

Okla. makes biggest jump, but Miss. still tops diabetes ranking

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The nation’s diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report. It is Mississippi, though, that still has the highest rate of diabetes. The diabetes rate in Oklahoma more than tripled, and Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama also saw dramatic increases […] [...]

Hundreds removed from SNAP for bilking $2.7M+ in benefits

by Associated Press Published: October 2,2012

Tags: benefit, federal, food, food stamp, government, nutrition, social services, state, welfare

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — State officials say 1,705 people in Mississippi were disqualified last budget year from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for making false claims and improperly taking more than $2.7 million in benefits. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports hundreds more people routinely report benefits cards lost or stolen, which the federal government cites […] [...]

Defense Department grant puts state-raised food in schools

DESOTO COUNTY — Either by fork or fingers, the second- and third-grade students of Chickasaw Elementary in Olive Branch dived into some Magnolia-state raised blueberries and cantaloupes as a part of a farm to school awareness program. Picking a blueberry up with her fingers, second-grader Mary Katherine Stephens, 8, liked the tiny cup of fruit […] [...]

Tyson, Urban League partner to fight ‘food insecurity’

by MBJ Staff Published: June 22,2012

Tags: eating, food, food insecurity, food processing, food processor, nonprofit, nutrition, poultry, poverty

ADAMS COUNTY and WARREN COUNTY — Tyson Foods, in partnership with the National Urban League, has launched a grassroots, community-based hunger awareness and relief program that will provide resources to Mississippi citizens impacted by food insecurity. Dubbed the Urban League-Tyson Foods Hunger Project Mississippi, Tyson and the League are targeting the state because it has […] [...]

Nutritionists win dietetic awards

Sylvia Byrd and two nutrition students in Mississippi State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences were honored at a statewide awards function March 8. Byrd is an associate professor and director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in MSU’s Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion. She has been named the Outstanding Dietetic […] [...]

USM faculty in the news

Evelyn Edwards, vice president of community reinvestment for BancorpSouth, has been named the 2011 Housing Initiative Partner of the Year by the University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). The award is presented annually to an individual or agency participating on the IDS Housing Advisory Council who has worked in the housing, disability […] [...]

Valliant earns certification

by MBJ Staff Published: October 2,2011

Tags: Melinda Valliant, nutrition

A former fitness center manager who spent several years counseling heart patients about proper nutrition, Melinda Valliant has earned her board certification as a specialist in sports dietetics, making her the second person in Mississippi with this certification. Valliant, a University of Mississippi assistant professor of nutrition and hospitality management, is director of the coordinated […] [...]

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