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Getting Healthy in the Mississippi Delta

Rosalie Womack isn’t big on chairs. At 79, she finds herself in motion, lifting weights and participating in aerobic exercises. And with a little more encouragement, she might just start doing some yoga. “You can’t just sit all day long,” said Rosalie, a retired IT manager and comptroller for a company in Greenville. “I look
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Reducing Teen Pregnancy in the Delta

Jesse James Henderson will be racing to win for the next four years, and he doesn’t plan to let a lapse in judgment slow him down. Henderson is part of a new program in the Mississippi Delta aimed at reducing teen pregnancy. Called Delta Futures, the program is helping to meet the unique challenges of
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Training Workers in Sunflower County

Workforce training is much more than classes, instruction, and learning the nuts and bolts of a prospective job. No one knows that better than Todd Donald. “Maybe a student needs a place to live, assistance with housing. Or maybe that student needs to be able to put food on the table while going to classes.
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Girl Scouts Celebrate Christmas in Indianola

For every gift she gave to an elderly resident this holiday season, Savannah Nissen received a hug in return. And that’s just the way she liked it. “It’s fun and I’m learning to help older people,” said the 7-year-old Girl Scout. “They wrap their arms around us and tell us ‘thank you’ and that makes
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Delta Youth Getting Involved

Jaylen Brown has a message for high schoolers in Hollandale and Leland: “By joining the Deer Creek Youth Council, you will have a better understanding of what being a leader is and knowing what leadership truly means,” said Jaylen. “You will learn how working together and how effective communication may allow others to understand how
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Getting Ready for Kindergarten in Indianola

When it comes to kindergarten students in this Delta town, academic readiness has become a community affair, and the success of that effort was cause for a recent celebration. “This is what happens when everyone moves in the same direction and aligned in a way that results in success for these children,” said Josh Davis,
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Healthy Babies in the Mississippi Delta

The statistics are sobering: Mississippi’s infant mortality rate remains high at a rate of 9.4 per 1,000 live births, with a rise in unexplained and sleep-related deaths including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and accidental suffocations associated with unsafe sleep environments. The rate of SIDS in Mississippi is 27 percent higher among non-white residents. Losing a
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Early Childhood Education in the Delta

A simple greeting can mean the difference between a good day and bad one, and Kenya Raymond wants every day to be good. “It’s important to know how a person wants to be greeted, both parents and children,” said Raymond, an Early Head Start Child Care Partnership instructor from Moorhead. “It’s all part of interacting
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College Day in the Delta

Tyrese Sutton understands that life is full of mistakes. Making them is easy, he explained. Overcoming them requires an ability that many people lack. “The ability to listen. The ability to hear what your teacher is telling you in high school and learning by your mistakes,” said the 17-year-old senior from Simmons Junior-Senior High School
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Gardening in Indianola

  The fruits of hard work take know-how to grow. The roots of that fruit, however, lie deep within a community. Ryan Betz and Marilyn James represent the best of both of those necessary ingredients. Betz is a gardener and project coordinator for the Delta Health Alliance, who just completed a three-week professional certification program
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