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How healthy are we? And how are our casinos doing? We’re about to find out

It’s report card time.

Tomorrow at 11 a.m., the Mississippi State Medical Association will unveil Mississippi’s 2011 Public Health Report Card at the Capitol. The event is in conjunction with MSMA Alliance’s sixth annual Capitol Screening Initiative, which offers free health screenings to legislators and Capitol staff.

We’ll learn where we stand on health indicators like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, infant mortality, drug and tobacco use by teens, and a few others. As has been the case for what seems like forever, we’re probably not doing very well with any of those, at least statistically. Like Weird Al sang, We’re fat and we know it. But we’ll see.

And come Monday, Rep. George Flaggs, D-Vicksburg, will release the results of a study the Stennis Institute did that compares our casino industry with that of other states. “An Overview for Decision-Makers,” is what it’s called. If Flaggs is heading this thing up, it will at least be entertaining.

Magnolia Marketplace will be at each event, and we’ll let you know the particualars as soon as we can. In the meantime, be healthy and be lucky.


 

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