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Mississippi will phase out warehouses for nutrition program

Mississippi will close distribution centers for a federal nutrition program in the coming year and will move to a system that could be simpler to use. Sometime before Oct. 1, the state will start using electronic benefits transfer cards that will allow recipients on the Women, Infants and Children program to buy food at grocery stores and pharmacies Most states ...

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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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State sees first decline in adolescent obesity in 10 years

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 from 18.1 percent in 2009. ...

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Hostess' shutdown leaves schools looking for bread

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 says school districts are working ...

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

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 as a potential sign of ...

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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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Tyson, Urban League partner to fight 'food insecurity'

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 the highest percentage of food ...

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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 Educator of the Year by ...

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