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First Lady Michelle Obama visits Clinton Middle School

First lady Michelle Obama and Food Network star Rachael Ray visited about 400 students at Northside and Eastside Elementary Schools in Clinton Wednesday in celebration of the third anniversary of Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign.

As part of the celebration, Mrs. Obama highlighted change happening across the country to keep children healthy – from new school lunches nationwide to localities where the childhood obesity rate is declining.

Mrs. Obama praised these changes, and called on leaders from across the nation to keep working to improve our children’s health. […]


High school obesity rate drops in Miss. students

Mississippi’s obesity rate in high school students has dropped, knocking the state’s teens out of the number one spot down to number five in obesity nationwide.

A 2011 survey finds the rate of obesity among Mississippi high school students down to 16.5 percent from 18.1 percent in 2009. […]


Campaign employs fitness to improve test scores

Mississippi elementary and middle school teachers have a new tool to improve academic performance in the classroom.

The Mississippi Department of Education has launched a new campaign to help teachers incorporate physical activity into lesson plans. The “Move to Learn” campaign is based on two academic studies that show a correlation between increased fitness and improved test scores, as well as fewer absences and fewer disciplinary incidents at school. […]


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. […]


MDOT to host safe routes program for kids

From The Mississippi Link Newswire MADISON – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), will host a Safe Routes to School Groundbreaking Ceremony to kick off the Madison SRTS project. The event will take place at […]