Delta State leads in health model
by Courtney Stevens
Jul 31, 2013 | 1793 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Delta State University's Healthy Campus/Community Initiative is working to inspire the rest of Mississippi to "have fun and get fit."

DSU partnered with The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation and created the Healthy Campus/Community Initiative which has now led Blue Cross & Blue Shield to partner with Mississippi's eight publically funded schools in order to implement a University and College Health and Wellness Model.

"Support from and partnership with the Blue Cross &Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has enabled Delta State University and the surrounding community to evolve into a flagship campus for health and wellness in Mississippi," said Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of College of Education. "It is most gratifying to now move forward in helping others establish such as culture."

During a recent summit, leaders collaborated on a University and College Health and Wellness Model.

"By developing campus-wide health and wellness cultures, universities and colleges are in a unique position to positively impact the health of all Mississippians," said Sheila Grogan, Executive Director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. "We've seen tremendous success so far at Delta State University, as well as at other colleges and universities, and we envision this trend continuing across the state."

The model was conceived from the initial partnership between Delta State University and the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation and provides the basis for a focus on campus health and wellness.

The University and College Health and Wellness Model is built on the foundation of top-level university leaders' support of health and wellness cultures on campuses that extend into the surrounding communities and schools. The committees that oversee the initiative will range from school officials, healthcare providers, and city leaders.

The initiative encourages these universities to offer classes that will teach students the importance of eating healthy and physical exercise.

Some classes and programs that DSU offers through the Healthy Campus/Community Initiative are outdoor programs, nutritional counseling, fitness classes, and lesson plans on how to get and stay healthy.

Delta State will lead by example, and together the Mississippi universities will continue their collaborative efforts and begin implementing the programs DSU has created and promote a healthy culture.