MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - This week the Mississippi State Department of Health announced it will spend $8.5 million to help combat obesity and chronic diseases that plague our state. The health department is not alone in encouraging people to discover healthier living. A Moss Point church is also launching a new campaign called "Fit For the Kingdom."
The mission of the Moss Point Visionary Circle is to educate people about how to take better care of their bodies. Dozens of registered nurses formed a volunteer group in response to Hurricane Katrina and soon realized the needs of the people went beyond rebuilding their homes.
"Our purpose was to rebuild our community and during the process we discovered there were a lot of people with health issues," said Callie Marshall of Moss Point Vision Circle.
Some of those health challenges that have the nurses concerned are diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. So they volunteer their time at health fairs like this one at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Moss Point.
"We do blood pressures. We do blood sugar," said Marshall."We do height, weight, body weight index. We do eye screening. We do prostate education and colon cancer screening."
Church members said the Fit For the Kingdom campaign grew out of concern over the growing number of church members and community members becoming ill.
Donna Joseph is in charge of the Women's Department.
"We were just concerned in our congregation. The young women decided we were going to do something about it. So our theme is Fit for the Kingdom because we're looking at making sure our members have a happy body, mind and soul. We just marked the first to many events for us to actually concentrate on our heath.
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church kicked off the campaign with a walk this morning. The church plans to host health education sessions every month.