State Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, has the right idea when he says Mississippi would be better off if it focused on wellness and physical fitness programs. That may cost more on the front end but would save big bucks over the long term by preventing serious health issues from developing.
Citizens also have an obligation to live healthier lifestyles. There has to be willingness to change longtime eating habits, to stop smoking, to find time to engage in some type of exercise, no matter how simple, three or four times a week.
It won’t happen overnight, but Mississippi has the potential to become a top-tier state.
That can only happen, though, if there is the political and civic will to make it so. Getting out of the cellar on health issues is a good place to start.