Mississippi gets funds for anti-obesity program

The Mississippi State Department of Health will receive $8.5 million over the next five years to help combat obesity and chronic disease across the state.

State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier said in a news release that the funds come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Currier says the money will support a comprehensive, statewide approach to promoting health and controlling and preventing chronic diseases and their risk factors. […]


Fifth West Nile death reported in Mississippi

A fifth victim of West Nile virus has died in Mississippi.

The Mississippi State Department of Health said someone who had earlier been infected in Madison County has died, bringing the state’s 2012 death total to five.
The state also reported 14 new cases Monday, pushing the year’s total to 200. […]


Mississippi again ranks worst in obesity

State leaders are counseling patience as they strive to reduce the share of obese Mississippians.

Rankings released this week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly 35 percent of Mississippi adults were very fat in 2011, the worst in the nation. […]