July 2008

Grant Results


The state of Mississippi convened the Healthy Mississippi Summit, June 15, 2006, in Jackson, Miss. The goal of the summit was to focus attention on the primary causes of chronic diseases in Mississippi — specifically, poor diet and lack of physical activity — and to promote a statewide approach to promoting healthy lifestyles among schoolchildren, state employees, church-goers and other groups.

The summit grew out of the Mississippi delegation's participation in the National Governor's Association Healthy America initiative, which was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through grant ID# 055534.

Key Results

  • The state of Mississippi convened the Healthy Mississippi Summit on June 15, 2006, in Jackson, Miss. More than 500 individuals participated in the summit.
  • The summit featured seven breakout sessions, which focused on:
    • Promoting healthy behaviors in children.
    • Minority health disparities.
    • Building healthy communities.
    • Wellness programs in the workplace.
    • Childhood obesity reduction by school-based programs.
    • Partnering with community organizations to communicate health information.
    • Planning worksite health promotion activities.

RWJF supported the summit with a grant of $20,000 from June 2006 to June 2007. The National Governor's Association provided a grant of $10,000 to support the summit.

After The Grant
Since the summit:

  • The state legislature passed the "Mississippi Healthy Students Act," which requires 150 minutes of physical activity-based instruction per week, and 45 minutes of weekly health education instruction for kindergarten through 8th grade students.
  • The governor's office partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield to promote "Let's Go Walkin' Mississippi," a program to promote activity among residents and raise awareness of the benefits of exercise.
  • The governor's office has also developed "Healthy Mississippi — A Worksite Wellness Program" for state employees, which is part of the National Governors Association's Healthy States program, a sister program of RWJF's Healthy Kids, Healthy America program. Healthy States is funded with corporate dollars. RWJF funds Healthy Kids, Healthy America, which receives additional support from the CDC.

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Summit to Address Obesity and Other Health Care Issues in Mississippi


State of Mississippi, Office of the Governor (Jackson,  MS)

  • Amount: $ 20,000
    Dates: June 2006 to June 2007
    ID#:  058101


Candice Whitfield
(601) 576-2011

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Report prepared by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Marian Bass
Program Officer: Dwayne C. Proctor

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