65X65 Obesity Prevention Challenge and It’s Time to Get Moving!

Mississippi Community Health Centers (MS-CHCs), present the 65 x 65 Obesity Prevention Challenge. Obesity is an epidemic in Mississippi that contributes to other chronic health conditions. Chronic health conditions result in poor overall health and increase health care costs for everyone.

65×65 is the health outcome goal set by Mississippi’s community health centers…65,000 fewer Mississippians with the disease of obesity by 2065. Reference:chcams.org/65×65-source

All Mississippians are encouraged to participate in the 65 x 65 Obesity Prevention Challenge because Mississippi’s obesity rate among adults is 37.3 percent. One-third of the U.S. population is obese, and without dedicated efforts to combat the epidemic, this rate is projected to jump to 50 percent by 2030. (Wang, YC et al).  MS-CHCs are joining in the battle of the bulge by promoting health and well-being through education, disease management, and activities in communities. These efforts provide an opportunity for citizens today to build on healthy habits to pass along to future generations.

65×65 Race & Health Fair – One Step Forward, Two Bites Less

The 65×65 Race & Health Fair events are held August 10, 2019 held in multiple communities around the state to end National Health Center Week. This year’s theme for National Health Center Week is “America’s Health Centers:Rooted in Communities.”  Mississippi’s Community Health Centers are hosting local races and health fairs to encourage citizens to take One Step Forward, Two Bites Less.

Foundations for Healthy Living


Wellness is defined as the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort. The goal of the Mississippi Community Health Center 65×65 Obesity Prevention Challenge continues to focus on health promotion, nutrition, and adding exercise as a component of primary health care. The Challenge emphasizes knowing your healthy weight, BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose levels. Patients who partner with a health care provider to take the necessary steps to achieve wellness can lead healthier, happier lives.  Click here for more information.


Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. Healthy eating is not hard. The key is to eat a variety of foods, including lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products. Drink lots of water and include low-fat dairy products. You should also limit salt, sugar, alcohol, saturated and trans fats in your diet. Click here for more information, resources and nutritional recipes.


Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle to help burn the energy we get from the foods we eat. By adding physical activity into your daily routine, the greater the health benefits and the better you’ll feel. Did you know that regular physical activity may reduce your risk of diabetes, health disease and cancer, in addition to weight loss and a stronger body? Adding physical activity to your life doesn’t have to be difficult. Click here for exercise ideas, exercise plans and tips.


Take the First Step
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