Local Mayors, Chefs to Participate in Five Course Feast for Charity

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Local mayors will team up with talented chefs from their cities to participate in a Five Course Feast fundraiser to raise awareness for food insecurity.

Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson with Frog Head Grill’s Chef Devin Spayde and Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell with Singing River Yacht Club’s James White II, along with three other pairs from the Mississippi Coast, will represent their cities and work together to create one of the five courses.

Frog Head Grill’s Chef Devin Spayde said Mayor Shea Dobson asked the restaurant to partner with him for the event, and he is looking forward to participating in the event.

“It will be the first time cooking in front of so many people on a stage,” Spayde said. “But it’s a good event and will be good exposure for our restaurant that has only been around for a little more than a year.” 

Spayde added that both he and Mayor Dobson are pretty young and new to the scene, making them a bit like underdogs in the event.

The Ocean Springs team drew the dessert course for the event, and Spayde explained they will feature Frog Head Grill’s bread pudding.

“We already have a great bread pudding,” Spayde said. “So we did not choose to do something new. We will put a little twist on it.”

All proceeds will benefit Extra Table, an organization that purchases and delivers healthy food in bulk to Mississippi food pantries and soup kitchens each month. One hundred percent of donations received through Extra Table are used specifically for its mission to purchase food and end hunger.

“Last year’s Five Course Feast raised enough money to feed 30,000 families in South Mississippi,” said Extra Table founder Robert St. John. “At a time of year when many are in the giving spirit, we hope to feed the hungry and raise top-of-mind awareness for those less fortunate along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Hosted by Robert St. John and presented by Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, the Nov. 16 fundraiser will feature live cooking demonstrations in addition to the five course meal. Tickets are $100 each or a pair for $175. Tables of 10 are $1,000 without wine pairings, $1,500 with wine pairings and $2,500 with wine pairings and a VIP meet/greet reception with Robert St. John. In addition, a limited number of VIP seats are available at the Chef’s Table on stage.

To purchase tickets, visit www.fivecoursefeast.com or call 601.434.1680 with questions. Cocktail attire is recommended.

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Jackson County to Honor Local Veterans

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MOSS POINT, Miss. —  The city of Moss Point will honor the county’s veterans at the 17th annual Jackson County Veterans Day Program on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at the Moss Point Veterans Memorial Monument. 

Linda Johnson at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce said the event brings in a number of local groups and organizations, including Moss Point school groups, the Moss Point Fire Department, local veterans support organizations and more. She added that the theme for this year’s event is “Freedom is Not Free.”

“We’ve been doing this event for a long time,” Johnson said. “The community really gets involved to put together a great program. We believe it’s important to honor our veterans on November 11 every year.”

The program will begin promptly at 11 a.m. with a welcome by the Mistress of Ceremony, Carla Todd Voda, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

After the welcome, there will be the Presentation of Colors, National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, invocation, Armed Forces songs and Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action ceremony.

There will then be a Presentation of the Wreath for the Fallen in memory of the following fallen soldiers: Major Michael Green, United States Army; Master Sergeant Scott E. Pruitt, United States Marine Corps; Master Sergeant Coater DeBose, United States Army; Sergeant First Class Sean M. Cooley, United States Army; and Sergeant Terrance D. Lee, Sr., United States Army. 

Finally, Capt. Torrey M. Garrison will deliver the keynote speech, followed by military gun salute and taps. 

Johnson said the program is free and open to the public, and all are invited to join for free food and displays on the lawn next to the monument following the program.  

“We hope to have a great crowd this year and look forward to a nice day,” Johnson said. “We encourage all community members to come out and help us honor Jackson County’s veterans past and present – because freedom is not free.”

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It’s All About That BAND in Pascagoula!

Friday night, November 3rd, was Pascagoula High School Panthers’ final home game as they hosted the Hancock High Hawks.  The theme was designated “Senior Night” for football athletes and cheerleaders. The pregame celebrations were beautiful and etched in Pascagoula’s memories.

But, at halftime, it was ALL about that BAND!

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Pascagoula Band Night 2017 at War Memorial Stadium Pascagoula

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Director Zachary Rose assists Trent Lott Academy band students with positions for Halftime Show

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Trent Lott Academy and Colmer Middle School Band students warmup before Halftime show

For nearly 15-minutes of Halftime showcase festivities, the PHS Panther Pride Band served as Host and “backup band” for more than 200 additional up-and-coming Band students from Trent Lott Academy and Colmer Middle School.

The entire group of band and color guard students ranging from 5th Graders to Seniors played several favorite “stands tunes” as we refer to them, and wowed the Home crowd with the huge sound of hundreds of horns, winds, and percussionists.  PHS Drum Major Jordy Herndon directed his small army of band mates with passion and energy as this would be his final Friday Night Halftime assignment.

Director of Bands John Taylor and Assistant Director Zachary Rose, walked the gridiron coaching and inspiring the Academy and Middle School students to give it their best as they wowed all the mamas, daddies, grandparents, and extended family and friends who attended … just for the Halftime showcase.  Assisting with the production were band directors, Taylor Pierson, Casey Caviness, and Color Guard Instructor Sharon Adcock.

Third Quarter “Mingle” was filled with hearty helpings of pizza, light snacks, and chilled bottled waters as PHS Panther Pride Band and Hancock High Hawks Band members enjoyed meeting-and-greeting each other in the South perimeter of the stadium grounds.

We applaud ALL our amazing Band Parent Association volunteers and supporters who make the Pascagoula Band programs work flawlessly for these hundreds of gifted and talented students.   The PHS Band Parent Association specifically works tirelessly throughout the year to organize fundraisers, rally volunteer support, schedule workers for the many fundraising events and community service events, and offers high energy mentoring and encouragement to all band students.

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3rd Quarter Mingle, Nov 3, 2017

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With 5:00 minutes to go until 4th Quarter, as is local band tradition, both bands retreated to their respective bandstands to showcase their favorite tunes for their fans as each team battled out the competition to the final buzzer.  And, this particular matchup was a nail-biter down to the final few seconds!!

All in all, a tremendously entertaining night for everyone!  And though the scoreboard did not favor the Mighty Panthers on this glorious evening, we all still prepare for next season’s favorite Friday Night pastime in the deep South — high school football with those super talented band and color guard musicians!

For more information about Panther Pride Band programs, please contact Mr. John Taylor at (228) 938-6460.  Or you can search the PHS Panther Pride Band on Facebook for a timeline of activities, photos, and favorite memories as these talented students develop into tomorrow’s great leaders!

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Mississippi Oyster Season Opens Early for Local Oystermen

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Raw, fried, grilled or stuffed… oysters are coastal favorite for people on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but a way of life for our local oystermen.

Yesterday, oyster season in the western portion of the Mississippi Sound began at legal sunrise. However, this led to mixed results for Mississippi oystermen on day one. The Department of Marine Resources moved the season up to give oystermen a competitive edge.

The state Department of Marine Resources said the Commission on Marine Resources originally set the start date for Monday, Nov. 13. However, oyster seasons in Louisiana and Texas are scheduled to begin that day, and MDMR officials believe that by opening earlier, local fishermen will make more money per sack. There is a lot of stake at risk for those depending on the fall season. 

At the September meeting, commissioners approved a 30 percent quota limit for these reefs in order to help rebuild them, and that remains in effect. The daily limit for tonging is 15 sacks, and the limit for dredging is 20 sacks. 

With the western sound open for oystering, most of the boats are on the far west end of the coast near Bayou Caddy. Then, they’ll bring the oysters over to the Pass Christian Harbor.

The season is important for a lot of oystermen and businesses who serve the delicacy on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “It’s unbelievably vital to us as a local business to be able to serve local oysters. I truly believe we have the best seafood in the country right here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and now we can showcase that to locals and tourists alike”, says Chef Rob Stinson, owner of Biloxi’s own, The Reef. 

For more information, call the MDMR Oyster Hotline at 228-374-5167 or 1-800-385-5902 or visit their website here.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119)

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division celebrated the christening of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) on November 4th with approximately 1,200 guests in attendance.

“This ship is a fitting tribute to the master chief who set the tone for all of us to follow as authentic, competent and courageous leaders,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano, who served as keynote speaker. “This ship represents the enlisted force perhaps more than any other ship in the Navy.”

The ship is named in honor of Delbert D. Black, who served as a gunner’s mate in the U.S. Navy and was aboard the battleship USS Maryland (BB 46) during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“Delbert D. Black is the first ship built to honor the man appointed in 1967 as the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Black enlisted in the Navy in March of 1941, and over the years, he served in three wars and on nearly a dozen ships, spending 21 of his 30 in the Navy at sea. Ingalls’ ships are built for men and women like Master Chief Black with one goal in mind: to protect the brave Americans who protect our freedom.”

Ima J. Black, Delbert’s widow and a World War II veteran of Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), is the ship’s sponsor. She and Delbert were married for 50 years until he died in 2000. She officially christened the ship by successfully breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across its bow.

“This is a ceremony that we’ve all been looking forward to for a long time,” Black said. “My message to the shipbuilders has always been, ‘Hurry up! I’m running out of time.’ Well, look at me. I made it! I made it! I made it! Today I’m thinking of my husband. I’m wishing that he was standing here instead of me. However, I know that his spirit is anchored in the hull of this ship. Now let us christen this ship and get her ready to join the fleet, where she belongs.”

Ingalls has delivered 29 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the Navy. Other destroyers currently under construction at Ingalls include Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) and Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123).

“Defending our country has not gotten any easier,” said Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss. “We are confronted in many ways, but we are comforted as we visit this exceptional shipyard. Brian Cuccias and his team are building 10 or 11 ships right now representing four classes, and even with all that, it’s not at full capacity. Ingalls shipyard is well positioned to provide additional ship production to support a U.S. Navy force structure of 355 ships.”

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships that can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States’ military strategy. DDGs are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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Terrance Trussell Wins Hickory Hills Golf Tournament

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Hickory Hills Country Club hosted their annual Men’s Club Championship last weekend at the Gautier clubhouse. Terrance Trussell won the tournament, beating out fourteen other players in the two-day tournament. 

Trussell shot 77-79, making a 156 total and won the tournament by one stroke. To add to the pressure of the game, there was a 3o mph wind speed making it difficult for the golfers to play their best. “It was really windy and cold for the golfers”, says Phil Paslawsky, a representative from Hickory Hills Country Club. “It was tougher on the players, making the club selection tougher for them to have more patience and concentration”, he said. 

But, Trussell was not going to let the weather stand in his way of taking home the trophy. Trussell has had his eyes on the prize for a long time. “I’ve been wanting to win the club championship for several years now, but I could never get a break through”, says 41-year-old Trussell. His mother used to work at the club house, so he’s been preparing for this win ever since he grew up playing on the course. “I’m glad I finally won”, he added. “Everyone that’s a golfer wants to win their club championship”, he said. 

Trussell says his next game he’s preparing for is the KOS Cup. This tournament is where the champions of Hickory Hills battle the champions of Shell Landing Golf Club to take back the trophy. 

For more information on Hickory Hills Country Club or their tournaments, visit http://www.mississippinational.com or call (228)-497-2372. 

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Peter Anderson Brings Thousands To Ocean Springs

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The 39th annual Peter Anderson Arts and Crafts Festival is coming to a close, as today marks the last day for all of the vendors and festival attendees. Over 40,000 were expected to attend the festival to check out the arts in all forms. 

Five hundred vendors were set up along the streets of downtown Ocean Springs. From local pottery and jewelry makers to arts and crafts, there are a bountiful range of interesting finds at the festival. Many of the vendors traveled from places like Louisiana and Texas to sell their specialty products. Michael’s Pickles is one of the busier non-local booths with their homemade jellies and candied pickles coming all the way from Folsom, Louisiana. “We’ve enjoyed sharing our products with the people of Ocean Springs”, says a representative of the small business. 

A lot of Jackson County’s own local shops and businesses were set up as well. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art has had a booth for as long as the festival has existed. The art history behind the Anderson family is the reason for the founding of the museum and festival. According to WAMA, Peter Anderson had a love for pottery that was considered both functional, and artistic. 

Deadwood Studio’s featured pieces of their driftwood is another big-hit amongst the crowd. Steve Lankford says, “I’m not really sure on how I plan on using it, but I think it can serve as a cool piece for a hummingbird feeder.” 

The festival brings people and their love for art, music and food together, while being able to give back to the city of Ocean Springs. “It’s really all about shopping locally and being outside, walking the streets of downtown”, says Heidi Borque of Ocean Springs. “I love when I find an interesting piece from a shop right here within the community”, she said.

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You’re Going To Love This Pascagoula!

IMG_3922-300x225 You're Going To Love This Pascagoula!Get ready Jackson County! “The Menagerie on Market” is now open for business and just in time for the holidays. Tina Thames and her son Brent renovated the old, long time saloon Johnny Joes and created a wonderful hometown emporium featuring local known artists, craftsmen, cooks, and more. “This is not a flea market, this is not an antique mall, this is an emporium. It’s inviting, warm, and it is going to be great for Jackson County,” says Thames. The Menagerie holds 44 spaces for local unique vendors which 42 of them are already taken. You can find clothing, sports, children’s accessories, cooking, and so much more, that you couldn’t find in other stores because of the overhead associated with starting a small business. The city of Pascagoula has stepped in to help get the idea off the ground and according to Thames, they have been more than helpful, “Absolutely wonderful, they have been phenomenal helping me get in here. I could not have done this without them.”

Future plans for The Menagerie include a coffee shop in the rear which is almost complete and an outside sitting area. Locals may notice some of the old remnants of Johnny Joes,

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and enjoy the unique styling of each micro store. “The Menagerie is going to be a great concept when we get everyone in here, filled with all types of unique items. What excites me is that small businesses will be able to broaden their perspectives and be able to sell some of their items without quitting their day jobs so to speak,” says Chelsea Thames, owner of “Fabricology.”

The Menagerie promises to be good for the economy in Pascagoula, and help add to the revitalization of the Market Street area. It will also offer it’s own brand of jams, jelly’s, and other goodies.

Check it out at 2302 Market Street in Pascagoula.








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Chevron’s Fuel Your School/DonorsChoose.org Gift Card Winners

Chevron’s Fuel Your School program came to a close last week after successfully donating $50,000 to Jackson County schools to help teachers fund their projects with DonorsChoose.org. 

Last week, JaxCoHome asked Jackson County teachers to tell us what projects or items they needed for their classroom. These items could include a new microscope, books, computers- anything that encourages learning in the areas of S.T.E.A.M. Chevron believes that effective education including Science, Technology, Engineering the Arts and Math (S.T.E.M.) will foster bright young talent for the future workforce and healthy economic growth for the country. 

We had almost 30 submissions from teachers who needed a variety of items, but 5 winners were chosen who best fit the needs within each part of S.T.E.A.M. Each winner received a $100 DonorsChoose.org gift card to be redeemed on the site to help fund their project. Our ‘Science’ winner was Brieanna Bean with the Jackson County Technology Center. Brieanna teaches high school students interested in the healthcare field as a career. Bean’s project needs included hands-on science/life health kits that helped the students get a real-feel experience of working and studying in the medical field. “The kits allow them to see the enzymes working, as they would in the gastrointestinal tract, of the future patients these students will be taking care of; the actual work the kidneys do in filtrating the blood”, says Bean. “The seeing of the process makes the process of learning significantly easier”, she said. With the help of the gift card, Bean’s project became fully-funded, so the students dream of having these kits will now become a realityIMG_3464-300x225 Chevron's Fuel Your School/DonorsChoose.org Gift Card Winners

Pictured: Brieanna Bean’s Class at Jackson County Technology Center

Our ‘Technology’ winner is Mrs Oreta McMillan’s robotics students at Vancleave Upper Elementary. The 5th and 6th graders compete in robotics competitions with VEX IQ kits. “These DASH robots will allow our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders to practice coding and allow them to prepare for future robotics events”, says McMillan. “The tablets will allow them to download APPS to help them program and control the robot”, she said. After receiving her DonorsChoose.org gift card, McMillan’s class now needs $700 to be fully funded for their project. To donate to the project, visit this link: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/rocking-robots/2886977/?rf=page-siteshare-2017-10-ifproject-teacher_1452542&challengeid=252115

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Pictured: Oreta McMillan’s class at Vancleave Upper Elementary

The ‘Education’ winner is Bridget Mudgett at St. Martin Upper Elementary. Mudgett’s Donors Choose project asked for a class set of the novel, Wonder, for her 5th graders. “My students love to read!”, said Mudgett. “They stay after school for book club, give up recess time to volunteer in the school library, and walk to the public library in a small town that’s not very ‘walkable'”, she said. With the help of the gift card, Bridgett’s class has also reached their project goal of $360! “We’re so grateful for this gift card! Now my kids can finally engage like never before”, she said. 

Our ‘Arts’ winner is Casie Duffy with Moss Point High School. Duffy’s class needed several iPads for her art class. “With this funding, it will allow my students access to art history research, graphic design experiences, and expand their capabilities as artists by incorpoarting a technological aspect”, says Duffy. 

Last, but not certainly not least, the ‘Mathematics’ winner is Lorraine Boleware and her class at Eastlawn Elementary. Boleware teaches special education, but is in an inclusion setting with the general education students. She primarily works with 3rd grade, (Reading gate) and fourth grade (MAAP) state testing classes. “These students must reach the same benchmarks as students who do not have special needs, but they are working and they are trying”, says Boleware. “I have found that the biggest hurdle right now is in multiplication facts for my students. I would like to use different resources that may help them increase their fluency and give them a firm foundation to build on for the rest of the standards in math”, she said. After applying her gift card, Boleware’s class still needs $500 to fund this project. You can donate to this project by visiting the following link: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/extra-help-for-success/2884074/IMG_3464-300x225 Chevron's Fuel Your School/DonorsChoose.org Gift Card Winners

Pictured: Lorraine Boleware’s class at Eastlawn Elementary

JaxCoHome would like to thank all of the participants for submitting their projects. “We are so happy we were able to help fully fund 2 of the 5 project winners”, says Chelsea Gee, a representative from JaxCoHome. “This opportunity would not have been possible if it weren’t for the people at Chevron and their consistent efforts to help their local schools”, she said. 

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Chevron Achieves Gold Recognition for Workplace Health from American Heart Association

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Scientific, evidenced-based instrument rates, recognizes workplace health programs and workforce heart health

(PASCAGOULA, MS) – The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced on October 20th. In Jackson County, MS, the Chevron Refinery in Pascagoula was recognized with the Index’s highest rating (Gold) for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 30 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. 

Chevron was recognized by the American Heart Association for excellence in workplace wellness at the first-ever 2017 IMIA/Craft & Technical Solutions Wellness Symposium and took place on Friday, October 27 at 9 a.m. at the Pascagoula Senior Center (1912 Live Oak Ave. Pascagoula, MS 39567). 

The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data.

More than 800 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 67% received either Gold, Silver, or Bronze recognition. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition.

“The American Heart Association is building a culture of health and well-being throughout the country, and on behalf of the Association, we congratulate Chevron and thank them for their efforts in cultivating healthier workplaces and communities,” said Ashleigh Gaddy, Jackson County Director for the American Heart Association.

The Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs, as well as the overall heart health of their employees. Unlike other existing organizational scorecards, the Index also scores companies on the heart health of their employees based on Life’s Simple 7® – the Association’s scientifically validated definition of ideal heart health. The key factors contributing to optimal heart health include smoking cessation, maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, eating a healthy diet, managing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and keeping blood sugar at a healthy level.

Scientific research shows that improving these seven factors can lead to significant reductions in heart disease, stroke, cancer, and many other health problems. In addition, people who achieve ideal cardiovascular health by age 50 have a significantly lower risk of heart disease and stroke, and live, on average, approximately 10 years longer than people with two or more risk factors. 

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index assessment is grounded in data-driven science, and a quality improvement framework. According to the Nielsen 2016 Employee Health Survey, robust and comprehensive strategies for well-being are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.

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