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Miss. lacks healthy food distribution model

>> A look at healthy food distribution in and out of Mississippi Mississippi’s achievement of “fattest state in the nation” for seven years running is an economic problem. In addition to significant health care costs to treat chronic illnesses like Type II diabetes and heart disease, the productivity lost due to poor health defies calculation. A large part of the ...

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Valliant earns certification

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 program in dietetics for the ...

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State tops obesity ranking for seventh straight year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Now, all but one does. And Mississippi again ranks as the most obese state in the nation. An annual obesity report by two public health groups looked for the first time at state-by-state statistics over the last two decades. The state that has the lowest obesity ...

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Study looks at food assistance programs and cost of living

STARKVILLE — Food assistance programs are designed to keep children fed who otherwise would be hungry, but a recent Southern Rural Development Center study found they often contribute to obesity in cities with a high cost of living. The study was conducted by Elizabeth Rigby of The George Washington University and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro of Rice University. It was commissioned ...

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