JACKSON – Tupelo will be front and center in the battle against the bulge tonight.
HealthWorks! Children’s Health Education Center and Tupelo Manufacturing will be featured on MPB’s “Southern Remedy: Mississippi’s Big Problem.”
The four-part TV series, hosted by Dr. Rick DeShazio, focuses on the state’s obesity epidemic and efforts to change it. Today’s show, which will air at 7 p.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting stations, is the third in the series.
“It’s a step forward to learn from programs that are offering real solutions,” said Ronnie Agnew, MPB executive director.
HealthWorks!, which was created from a community effort led by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi, will share how kids have soaked up health education over the past two and half years.
“We teach health literacy in fun, wild ways,” said Kathy Tucker, SHAPE coordinator at HealthWorks! “Our staff lets children be children and asks the adults to be children, too. We have had field trips by senior citizen groups and church groups.”
Tupelo Manufacturing will provide a case study in how obesity has created demand for larger furniture.
“Our company has been manufacturing furniture for years in Mississippi,” Tupelo Manufacturing Company President Mary Werner said. “It has only been in the last few years that we have seen some pretty dramatic changes in the furniture business. The furniture is getting larger.”
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