MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The River City can now go by an additional moniker; the State of Mississippi's Healthiest Hometown, an award given to the City of Moss Point by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi.
"Out of all the towns that applied, we won. And Moss Point is now going to serve as a role model for small towns throughout the country, I do believe," said Callie Marshall, nursing supervisor at Singing River Health System.
It's not the first time the city has celebrated the title. Moss Point won healthiest hometown back in 2014 after working hard to earn the title. According to Mayor Mario King, the city hasn't slowed down since.
The city boasts a smoke free ordinance and numerous health-promoting parks," King said.
King said the award is more than just about a piece of paper and a $50,000 grant, although it's a nice perk.
"I'm excited about the $50,000, but we're more excited that our community is coming in today and that they're going to be getting health screenings, and they're going to learn about how to take better care of themselves, and we're going to be decreasing health disparities today," said King.
Part of the responsibility that came with the award was to hold a health expo. That's where Singing River Health System stepped in to help organize.
"We're doing blood pressure and glucose and BMI testing," said Melissa Schnoor, community health manager at SRHS.
As for the grant money, King said there's already a plan in place.
"We want to leverage that as match funds for other grants we have, like the farmers market grant we just got," said King.
It's all in an effort to keep the healthy momentum rolling forward. The $50,000 grant was awarded to the city at a self-care expo Friday.