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PHIL HARDWICK — Lose weight and 7 other reasons to run for public office

Political campaign season is in high gear. This year Mississippi voters will elect candidates for statewide, county and certain district offices. Although the deadline has passed to qualify to run for those positions it is an appropriate time to broach the subject of running for political office in a future election cycle. In this column, I offer eight reasons for ...

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ERIC DYESS: Is sugar really as toxic as fat, cholesterol?

For those who watched the episode on “60 Minutes” entitled “Sugar Toxic”, you might be mortified to ever drink another soda or add that carcinogen-laced sugar packet to your latte tomorrow. Maybe you should. As a physician involved with lipoprotein metabolism (think “cholesterol disorders”) for more than 25 years, my immediate reaction to the idea that it is sugar and ...

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Foundation's grant to MSU to fund free health/fitness program

STARKVILLE — With a second-year grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, Mississippi State University is providing a free comprehensive health and fitness program for the entire campus community and beyond. The program also will measure and monitor participants’ progress as part of a pre- and post-program assessment. The $250,000 award from the Jackson-based foundation is ...

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W.Va., Mississippi top nation in adult obesity

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new report by two public health groups shows West Virginia and Mississippi have the highest adult obesity rates in the nation. The report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found adult rates at 35.1 percent in both states. Colorado continued to be the thinnest state at 21.3 percent. ...

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Researchers find link between habitat and deer antler size

STARKVILLE — Research conducted by Mississippi State University Deer Lab scientists has determined northern deer may have bigger bodies but they don’t necessarily have bigger antlers. The discovery, made by scientists in the university’s Deer Lab, a unit of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, shows that antler size depends more on diet than latitude. “In white-tailed deer, large antlers ...

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Enjoy – don’t regret – those holiday parties

By Melinda Duffie What’s the number one problem we all face during the holiday season? It is gaining weight! The average weight gain during the holidays is seven to 12 pounds. This is no surprise with the bombardment of food advertising on television and magazines covers displaying decadent desserts and recipes. Then, there is all the food that lingers in ...

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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 on her plate. “They taste ...

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