Moss Point Church Aims to Create Healthier Community

It’s no surprise that the people of Mississippi face issues with obesity and their health. In fact, Mississippi has the second highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released August 2017.

But one church in Moss Point is hoping to change that and get the people of Jackson County to make better choices for their health and spirituality. 

Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist Church has created a 13 week program, in coordination with Health Ministries, to hold a series of seminars focused on a variety of topics to help the people of Jackson County achieve their best physical and mental state. 

The program started on Sunday, September 17 and is available to the community free of charge.

“We want to share with residents the importance of making healthy decisions. And by educating and giving out the correct information will lead to people thinking critically about the choices they make”, says Pastor David Jones. 

The church plans to feature classes for a variety of topics concerning health and being properly informed about it. The schedule for these classes are as follows:

Monday’s: Cooking classes at 5:30

Wednesday’s: Covering subjects, such as friendship and cancer

Friday’s: Discussing topics, such as obesity and healthy exercising

For Pastor Jones, working together will help the more than 100 people in the program spread the word of healthy living to the rest of the community.

“Here in Moss Point, we’re a family, a community, and we are here to help one another and to educate people where they can live longer,” Jones said.

For more information on how to attend programs at the church, you can call 228-460-5355 or visit their website at ebenezer36.adventistchurchconnect.org.

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MGCCC Jackson County Campus Hosts Health Fair and 5K Run

FINAL-JC-Health-Fair-9-20-17-1024x444 MGCCC Jackson County Campus Hosts Health Fair and 5K Run

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County Campus will host a health fair on September 20, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the campus gymnasium.  Those who visit all stations at the fair will receive a prize.

During the fair, information will be available on behavioral health, neurology, addiction, family planning and unplanned pregnancy prevention, smoking cessation, Zika virus, cancer, dental, weight loss, and the Mercy Housing and Human Development organization.  Tests will be available for fitness, BMI and body fat percentages, blood pressure, and sexually transmitted infection. STI/STD counseling will also be available. 

As September is Unplanned Pregnancy Awareness Month at MGCCC, Medical Analysis will be providing important facts and statistics as well as other information on unplanned pregnancy. 

“Studies show that more than 60 percent of community college students who become pregnant after enrolling in college do not finish their degree,” said Karin Ford, clinical consultant with Medical Analysis. “Even students who already have children find college challenging, since they have to find suitable childcare and must deal with the financial complication of having a family and attending school.  Our encouragement for students is to ‘Create a better life before creating life.’” 

Medical Analysis will provide a variety of information on unplanned pregnancy, birth control options and sexually transmitted infections.

Following the fair, there will be a weight-room orientation at 2 p.m. upstairs in the gym and the annual De-Stress to Success 5K Run, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Main Campus Drive.  Certificates will be given for first through fifth places.

For more information on the health fair or the 5K run, contact Ray Bigelow, coordinator of Wellness and Recreation, 228.497.7735 or ray.bigelow@mgccc.edu.

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Volunteers Walk to Fight Heart Disease

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Nearly 50 volunteers from Chevron spent a Saturday morning raising money and awareness for heart disease at the 2017 Jackson County Heart Walk on March 18.

One member of the Chevron team has even had heart disease affect him personally.

“In 2007, I lost my mother to heart disease,” said Maintenance Team Leader Chris Cochran. “My father has heart disease, and I was diagnosed with heart disease in 2013. From that time, it has become important to eat right and exercise.”

Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, so money raised from events like the heart walk goes toward saving thousands of lives every year.

“The Heart Walk is important to me to show even if you have heart disease, you can be very active,” Cochran said.

With 45 participants, the Chevron team raised $2,500 at the Heart Walk.

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Chevron Volunteers Support Relay for Life

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More than 20 Chevron employees, friends, and family gathered at the St. Martin High School Stadium on April 28 to participate in Relay for Life. This year, the Chevron Team raised $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Thank you to Chevron Relay for Life event team leaders Elizabeth Swinney and Sondra Hilton-Boney, along with everyone who supported this important cause. Nearly $16,000 was raised by the entire event.

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Singing River Health System Creates Healthy Program Guide for Jackson County

It’s no surprise that Mississippi is known for its high rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease. In fact, Mississippi ranks 2nd for the highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America
 
Singing River Health System seized an opportunity to aid in improving the health of their patients and the members of Jackson County. Therefore, Singing River created a new program, Healthy Selection, which is aimed to encourage the citizens of Jackson County to choose the healthier option when dining out.
 
The purpose of the program is to feature a healthy meal choice from each of your favorite restaurants along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Each featured dish will be certified as a ‘Healthy Selection’ by Singing River Health System to meet the following criteria:
  • 550 calories or less
  • 20 grams of fat or less
  • 600 milligrams of sodium or less 

These guidelines follow the American Heart Association and US Dietary Guidelines standards for a flexible, yet healthy meal. 

“Our goal for this program is for anyone to walk into any of the many restaurants Jackson County has to offer and have a healthy option at their fingertips; something that is handpicked by Singing River Health System specifically for its nutritional value”, says Singing River’s Marketing Associate, Lauren McDavid.

The program is currently in the midst of launching and seeking restaurant partners in Jackson County to feature their signature ‘Healthy Selection’ meal.

There is no cost in becoming a partner. Each restaurant will not only have a Healthy Selection ‘plaque’ or signage of some sort to display the healthy selection(s) they offer, but will also be featured in the Singing River Healthy Selection Guide that will be distributed to all patients, employees, and throughout all of Jackson County. All of the ‘Healthy Selection’ partners will also be included in Singing River’s Healthy Selection social media posts and on their website: singingriverhealthsystem.com.

Singing River Health System hopes that this program will educate restaurant owners within the county and make healthy changes to their menu to improve the nutritional value of their meals.

“We believe a major change starts with small changes first, and we want to help change the health of our citizens for the better”, states McDavid. 

To become a Healthy Selection Partner Restaurant, contact Lauren McDavid, Marketing Assistant, at (228)-239-2315 or Lauren.McDavid@mysrhs.com.

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Singing River Medical Clinic Pascagoula Now Serving Patients Seven Days a Week

Singing River Health System’s Pascagoula Medical Clinic has announced new hours to serve patients seven days a week.   The clinic, located on Highway 90 next to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, is now open for appointments or walk-in visits as follows:
 
Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
 
The clinic is staffed by seven physicians and nurse practitioners along with their support staff to treat everything from acute to chronic conditions for children and adults. Jason Ely, Director of Primary Care Services for the health system, notes that the new hours will better serve the Pascagoula community. “As a community health provider, making our team available whenever they’re needed most is a priority, be it for an earache, a fever, or chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. We invite everyone to come out and see us,” he said. 
 
More information on the clinic is available at https://www.singingriverhealthsystem.com/clinics/pascagoula/ or by calling 228-762-3466.
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Refinery Walkers Raise Awareness, Funds for Multiple Sclerosis

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Pascagoula Refinery employees and family members joined more than 200 other participants for Walk MS on March 11 at Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs.

The one-mile walk, organized by the MS Society, connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. This year’s event raised more than $30,000, benefitting more than 2,300 people living with MS in Mississippi.

Thanks to refinery walkers (back row, from left) Alun Phillips (M&R), Paul Meline (C/A/A), Sean Campbell (M&R), (middle row, from left) Vicky Phillips, Kristen Meline, Cayden Campbell, Margaret Campbell, Anthony Hinkel (LPS), Marissa Badenhorst (M&R), (front row, from left), Elin and Alys Phillips, and Crystal and Nathan Hinkel.

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Volunteers Prep for Racquets for Ronald

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Thanks to the Chevron volunteers who recently helped prepare for Racquets for Ronald, a tennis tournament fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.

The event is held annually at Treasure Oak Country Club in Ocean Springs, and proceeds directly benefit the Share-A-Night Fund, which helps to cover expenses for Ronald McDonald House. The House offers 38 guest rooms, which are available cost-free for families with hospitalized children and helps support families seeking respite at two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms located inside USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile.

Louis Henry, Refinery Strategy and Business Planning Manager, serves on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House.

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Chevron, Red Cross Partner for Fire Safety

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Chevron Pascagoula Refinery recently partnered with the American Red Cross, Pascagoula Fire Department and U.S. Navy volunteers to educate local residents about fire safety. More than 50 volunteers gathered on Feb. 3 to go door-to-door in east Pascagoula to pass out educational material and install free smoke alarms in homes where there were no working smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms, or alarms that were not installed correctly.

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Health System educations community on summer safety

Summer can be a great time of year with so many things to do outdoors and children being out of school. However, it can also be a dangerous time of year. Between the danger of heat stroke to knowing water safety when at the beach, it is important to know what to do in any emergency situation. 

“We’ve seen that there is a need for education in our community,” said Jodi Ryder, Community Benefit Manager for the Singing River Health System. “A lot of the things that come into the hospital, we feel like could be prevented. We started to do an education series about some of these preventable health topics, things that people could act upon, not necessarily prevent the disease, but catch it earlier and things that you can do at home.”

Mondays talk covered topics that emergency departments see often, such as heart attacks and strokes, along with summer topics, such as drowning and heat stroke.

“Those are things that increase in number in our emergency department,” Ryder said. “Because we are a coastal community, water safety is so huge here. Heat safety is huge here, so we are addressing those needs here today.”

While this was the last in this series of educational talks, the Singing River Health System is hoping to expand these talks to the community.

“What we want to do next is go out in our community, go where the people are, have people request us,” Ryder said. “We’ll send one of our providers out to talk about some of the issues. We can pick the topic based on what we see as a need, or, if a certain community group such as a child care facility wants us to come and speak to all of their staff about safety issues or maybe a school, we could do that. We we want to increase those topics as education topics and meeting the needs the community is suggesting.”

Another talk will be held at Singing River Hospital’s Turner Center on Wednesday, June 14. The talk will last from 12:15-12:45 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

 

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