Mississippi in Motion program begins Tuesday in Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippians can learn to eat better and get moving to improve their health by taking part in a program at the Pascagoula School District's Family Interactive Center.

Mississippi in Motion is a 12-week program designed to teach the benefits of making healthier food choices and participating in some form of physical activity daily to enhance the quality of life. The program begins Tuesday.

Participants will meet privately to have their weight taken and blood pressure checked as well as body mass index by nurses from Singing River Health System and the school district.

Singing River Health System exercise physiologists will also be on hand to speak with participants, and depression screenings and cancer screenings will also be offered as well as a tobacco cessation booth. Additional information on other services offered by the health system will also be available.

Each Thursday, at 5-6 p.m., from Sept. 16 through Nov. 18, educational sessions will be provided by motivational speakers who will share information on goal setting, stress and emotional eating, becoming physically active, cooking healthy and fad diets, among others.

The weigh out session is on Thursday, Dec. 2 to document results. All participants will receive a pedometer and a guide to eating smart even at fast food restaurants.

WLOX will take you to the first meeting of the Pascagoula Mississippi in Motion program later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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