While Mississippi has been continually ranked on or near the bottom of national lists related to health and economic issues, the state’s resilience and core values also have landed it on good lists, state and community leaders say.
For the last six years, Mississippi has been named the most obese state, prompting former Gov. Haley Barbour and current Gov. Phil Bryant to put special emphasis on exercise and nutrition.
Under Barbour, the state instituted a push aimed at getting people to walk and watch their diet. And earlier this year Bryant announced a 5K run to promote exercise. The event is planned for June 30.