Fair to generate health awareness
by Paisley Boston
May 29, 2014 | 2105 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There are a large number of health related issues in the Mississippi Delta and the Alcorn State University Extension Program is striving to combat those issues by hosting a health fair in Mound Bayou.

On Saturday, ASUEP will host a health fair from 10 a.m.-2p.m at the Mound Bayou Facility Building.

This health fair is a part of the ASUEP’s signature Power of 3 Health and Wellness program and will encompass each of the program’s three core areas, which include home and community gardening, nutrition and physical fitness.

Access to this information will provide an effective means to positively impact the health and quality of life for Mississippi residents.

"In this health fair, we want to make people aware of health problems that are on the rise and we want to inform our community on what they can do to combat on issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes," said Mayor Darryl Johnson.

According to the Center for Disease Control diabetes affects 25.8 million people?8.3 percent of the U.S. population.

There are 18.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes and 7 million undiagnosed cases.

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.

The event will provide important information to educate community members.

Highlights of the event will feature a food preparation demonstration, provide educational resources on starting and maintaining home and community gardens, and give insight and information on nutrition and physical activity, including interactive sessions to get participants moving.

This event is free and open to the citizens of Mound Bayou and surrounding areas. All interested persons are invited to attend.

The next ASUEP Power of 3 Health & Wellness event is tentatively scheduled for July 12, 2014 in Natchez, Mississippi.

"Alcorn State University has partnered with Mound Bayou in helping us to get information out on being healthy. This part of the Delta has very negative statistics about health. We want to be able to help make the citizens aware of various ways to prepare food, alternative ways of eating certain foods and exercising practices," said Johnson.

Joshua Coleman, program field coordinator, said, “ASUEP has a long history in the city of Mound Bayou. As with all of our programs, we want to offer resources from the Power of 3 to the city’s residents to empower them to make the changes needed to adopt a healthier lifestyle.”

Johnson said ASUEP has also said the city of Mound Bayou in creating a community garden.

"This is something that individuals from all over the county and the Delta can assist us in up keeping. We are asking various fraternities and sororities to adopt a row and maintain it. Former North Bolivar Superintendent William Crockett donated the property for the garden. We were able to plant a lot of healthy food in the garden," added Johnson.

The Delta Health Center and the Delta Health Alliance will be on hand to conduct health screenings for all in attendance.

Coleman stated, “This event will serve as a platform to bring awareness to the current health status of the state and give residents the opportunity to learn how they can empower themselves to live healthier. We want the residents of Mississippi to utilize this information to create their own gardens, providing them with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, to prepare delicious and nutritious meals. We are also offering basic techniques for increasing physical activity. All of these are important components of a healthy lifestyle."

Johnson said there will be individuals checking blood pressure and glucose levels.

"We are inviting the entire community to come out and join us in promoting healthy living," he added.

For more information about this and future events, contact Coleman, program field coordinator, at 601-786-3131 or jacoleman@alcorn.edu.