Alcorn State University presents “Weight of the Nation” screening

Alcorn State University presents “Weight of the Nation” screening

Over 75 Jefferson County residents participated in the “Weight of the Nation” screening program collaborated by Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) and the Mississippi Department of Health/Common Health Action. The event was held at the Jefferson County Multi-Purpose Center, in Fayette, Mississippi.

The program highlighted Food Day, an annual event that is designated to strengthen and unify the food movement, in order to improve the nation’s food policies. It is designed to address issues on health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. Greetings were provided by Mrs. Shavonne Lee, ASUEP educator. Mrs. LaKeitha Cooper-Stander, ASUEP field coordinator, discussed the purpose of the program. “Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward healthier, more affordable, and sustainable food. It was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), and is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life.”

The panel moderator was Ms. Tonitrice Wicks, division director, Office of Preventive Health, Mississippi Department of Health, with a panel consisting of the Honorable Rogers W. King, mayor of the City of Fayette, Ms. Ada Wilson, director of nursing, Jefferson County Hospital, Dr. Mattie Rasco, nutrition specialist, ASUEP, and Mr. Garland Mance, assistant women’s basketball coach and fitness coordinator at Alcorn.

The program continued with a video presentation on “Weight of the Nation” followed by a presentation by Ms. Valerie Wright, ASUEP educator.

For additional information on the various ASUEP health and wellness programs and services, please contact Ms. LaKeitha R. Cooper-Stander, program field coordinator, Jefferson County Extension Office, at 601.786.3131 or [email protected].