We all know what the new school year means for children returning to class, but there are opportunities for Mississippians of all ages to learn, too! From managing chronic diseases to improving your overall health, free classes are available with the latest information. Read on for resources that make everyday wellness easier, and prove that it’s never too late to learn something new, especially when it comes to your health.
Getting Familiar with Chronic Disease
The first step to building any health plan is getting familiar with the health conditions that impact your day-to-day life. Knowing how actions, foods, or lifestyle habits can affect your progress is essential to pin down before taking that first step.
In Mississippi, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity are the most common, and most deadly, chronic diseases for residents. Cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, is the third leading cause of death for Mississippians. Diabetes affects 1 in 7 Mississippi residents, and is made worse by obesity, which affects 42% of adults in the state. Click here to learn more about these chronic conditions.
Mississippi State Department of Health
From workshops on self-managing chronic disease to preventative health resources, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) offers a variety of tools that make building healthy habits easier. These resources are free and help take the stress out of taking that first step toward wellness.
Health Management Classes
For those looking for more guidance on making healthier choices, there are free health management classes available. These aren’t bootcamps–they are programs that meet national standards and offer real, sustainable, and actionable ways to improve your day-to-day food and exercise habits. Check out this interactive site map to see what classes are available in your area!
Spread the Word
Sharing this article with someone you know–a neighbor, friend, or family member–not only helps them reach their personal health goals but can have a positive ripple effect on our state’s health. So, spread the word, share resources, and help inspire those in your network to take that first step to building healthier habits.
Ask your doctor about help enrolling in free preventive health classes. Or download this form and bring it to your nearest MSDH health center.