Celebrating Women in Active Transportation in Mississippi and Nationwide

Jay ThompsonDuring the month of February, America paused to celebrate the historical achievements of African-American pioneers all over the nation.  In March, the celebration continues, but with a different theme.

Mississippi is Rolling with Bicycle Month

Jay ThompsonAlong with the transition from cold to a warm climate, more and more cyclists will be getting out to enjoy the beautiful sights the state has to offer. It’s a great thing that May is National Bike Month and many Mississippians will be taking advantage of the camaraderie established among cyclists.

Health Advancements for the Mississippi Delta

Jay ThompsonThe Mississippi Delta is a region of the state that is comprised of approximately 18 counties, of which 30% of the residents live below the poverty level.

First Lady Michelle Obama Visits the Magnolia State

jay thompsonIn an effort to continue the momentum from her Let’s Move! campaign, First Lady, Michelle Obama and television star Rachel Ray visited Mississippi on February 27, 2013. Mississippi was all too proud to be a part of the third anniversary of this movement and even happier to report progress over the past three years.

The Role of Faith-Based Communities in Improving Health

Jay ThompsonIn the past, community churches have typically served as places of worship.  These institutions have been sustained by providing valuable contributions to communities in the areas of direct economic contributions, social services and community volunteering and education.  This highlights the expanded role of the church from the church with “four walls” to the church “witho

Update from the Mississippi Safe Routes to School Program

Jay ThompsonThere are a number of exciting Safe Routes to Schools initiatives taking place around the state of Mississippi and the momentum continues. The Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program has opened up its fourth funding cycle.

It Takes A Unified Effort

Jay ThompsonOver the last few months, a great deal of momentum and synergy has been built around schools and communities initiating joint use (or shared use) agreements, which allow for the sharing of property between two entities to increase physical activity and improve nutrition among their residents. Although these efforts are good and collaborations such as these have served as a

We're Having A Ball

Jay ThompsonThe Safe Routes to School Mississippi network prides itself on the ability to connect with those organizations within the state that are passionate about ridding the state of the childhood obesity epidemic. We continue our efforts in expanding our parameters to partners that are champions for the cause. While attending a meeting with the Obesity Coalition (formulated by The Partnership for A Healthy Mississippi)

Update from the Mississippi Safe Routes to School Program

Mississippi has certainly been busy with Safe Routes to School initiatives. For starters, they have awarded a total of 39 projects representing 31 communities and 87 schools. They have also had four statewide projects. In the most recent cycles, they awarded $2.5 million involving 12 communities, 26 schools and three statewide partners. The most recent awards were announced in September 2012, which brings their total amount awarded to date to $10.9 million.

Caring and Sharing for the Cause

Jay ThompsonThe Safe Routes to School Mississippi network prides itself on the ability to connect with those organizations within the state that are passionate about ridding the state of the childhood obesity epidemic.

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