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Living Well in Yalobusha County

Forum Focuses On Healthier Living

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, I visited with the Health and Wellness class at Coffeeville High School.  During the class we talked about fat and what it does to our body, especially saturated fat.  The students were each given a sample menu with the amount of fat grams in each of the foods.  We then had to measure out shortening to symbolize how much fat was in each of the menu items. 

Wow!  What an eye opener!   We then looked at a sample artery that was clogged from years of eating saturated fatty foods.  Fats are necessary in our diets, but we have to be careful about what type of fat and how much we consume.

Last week I also attended the Town of Coffeeville Health Forum, which was held here at the Multi-Purpose Building. Lisa Moore, with the Mississippi State Department of Health/ Region 1 was the facilitator.  Those in attendance talked about what our community has now and what we need to do to make our community healthier.  I thought it was a very good meeting and with around 34 participants in attendance.

During the meeting I realized that the Extension Service was already doing several of the things that were discussed. Examples included ensuring we have a safe place to exercise. The Extension office currently offers exercise classes three days a week.  We have an indoor walking class two days a week and a yoga class once a week.

Another example was teaching people how to eat healthy. Last year I taught two Walk a Weigh classes and had around 36 participants. Currently I am at Coffeeville High School teaching students about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.  

The topic of a community garden also came up – and someone said “What if we don’t know how to garden?”  Last year, Kyle Jeffreys, our Ag Agent taught a series on gardening.  

Next the question came up “I need to know how you put up stuff you grow?”  Each year I teach at the very minimum a green bean canning class and I teach a tomato canning class (which teaches you how to use a boiling water bath which you will use for tomatoes, jams, jellies and pickling).  

I am very excited about the new Town of Coffeeville Mayoral Health Council. There are approximately 77 mayoral health councils in Mississippi and I hope to be a contributing member.  However, if you are reading this article, I have a question to ask you.  Have you used the MSU Extension in Yalobusha County in the last year?  What about the last 5 years?  

We have so many programs that we offer, there is surely something for everyone.  And, if you need a particular program all you have to do is let us know and we will see what we can do.  Once again, if you aren’t using the MSU Extension we want to invite you try us out this year.  We send out a newsletter each month that list all of our upcoming programs.  If you would like to be added to our newsletter – email me at p.redwine@ms or call 675-2730.

MSU Extension Service


The Healthy You exercise class will meet on Wednesday, January 31st and Monday, February 5th at 9 a.m. and the Healthy You Yoga class will meet on Friday, February 2nd at 9 a.m. The classes are great ways to reach your exercise goals in a warm place and with accountability partners.  We hope you will join us.

The Looped with Love Crochet MHV club will meet on Thursday, February 1st at 10 a.m.  

An adult sewing class will be held on Monday, Feb. 5, from 1 until 5 p.m.  Participants will make a Valentine’s table runner.  The cost is $15 (check or money order, please no cash). The fee covers all supplies and machine maintenance fee. Registration is due by Thursday, February 1.  Space is limited and you ,must pay the fee to be considered registered for class.

The 4-H Art Workshops will be held Thursday, Feb. 1 and Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m.  Participants will be working on entries for the Mississippi Fish Hatchery’s Art contest.  Pat Rodrigue and Jo Davis will be available to help students prepare their entries.

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