MSDH's Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW-STI) is a state initiative working through the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity toward health improvements for Mississippians in essential areas such as obesity and physical activity through policy, systems and environmental change.
The initiative encourages a coordinated approach to health change that brings together communities, worksites, transportation systems, schools, faith-based organizations, childcare facilities, and other institutions that affect our everyday life and health.
What We're Doing
Mississippi's CPPW-STI currently has four specific community-centered goals it's working toward.
- Healthy vending and snack bars at state agencies
Vending machines, snack bars and cafés at state agencies would carry a wider range of healthier items, and identify those choices that are more healthy so consumers can make a better-informed choice.
- Joint use of facilities between school districts and communities
Gymnasiums, playgrounds, parks and other facilities that make neighborhood physical activity possible can be shared between the community and schools to make better use of their availability. We're fostering the development of joint use agreements that schools and their communities can use to establish safe and appropriate guidelines for sharing these facilities in an effort to bring their services to more people.
- Supporting breastfeeding through environmental and policy changes
Breastfeeding has long been recognized as the preferred way to make the best start for a healthy child, but it can be a challenge for working mothers. Breastfeeding-friendly policies in the workplace and other institutions can help breastfeeding mothers continue this practice away form home safely, healthfully and conveniently.
- Daily structured physical activity in child care and after-school care facilities
Proper exercise is crucial for early childhood development, but pre-school children don't have guaranteed access to it. Making it a standard part of child and after-school care would ensure that children establish an early foundation for lifelong healthy habits.
Why Policy, Systems and Environmental Change?
Our environment and the policies and systems in it shape the pattern of our everyday lives and have a profound influence on our health. The design and walkability of communities, the availability of low-cost fruits and vegetables, and the smoking policies in our workplaces have a direct impact on our physical activity, diet and health. Changes in these kinds of areas can remove barriers to better health, and help make healthy choices for individuals easy, safe, and affordable, benefitting the entire community. Engaging with partners in education, government, planning, transportation, and business is instrumental to achieving such changes.
Resources and Information
About the program