Congressman Thompson, Governor Bryant, Speaker Gunn To Join Robert Clark for Program at Old Capitol
What:As part of its History Is Lunch series, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will host a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the historic election of Robert G. Clark to the Mississippi Legislature. The program is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Co-sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council.
When:Wednesday, August 9, 12 noon
Where:Old Capitol Museum, 100 South State Street, Jackson
Robert G. Clarkbecame in 1967 the first African American to be elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives since Reconstruction. Served continuously until retiring in December 2003.
Bennie Thompson, U.S. Representative for Mississippi’s 2nd congressional district.
Governor Phil Bryant, who served with Robert Clark from 1996 to 2003 in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Philip Gunn, Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Fred Banks, former Mississippi Supreme Court justice; served with Robert Clark from 1976 to 1985.
Bryant Clark hasrepresented the 47th district in theMississippi House of Representatives; followed his father Robert Clark in that seat.
Alyce Clarke has represented the 69th district in the Mississippi House of Representatives since 1984; served with Clark until his retirement.
Edwin Perry was elected with Clark in 1967 to the Mississippi House of Representatives and served with him until 1999.
Katie Blount, director, Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Cynthia Goodloe-Palmer, executive director, Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement
Pamela Junior, director,Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
In 1977 Clark became the first black committee chairman in the Mississippi House of Representatives, heading the Education Committee for ten years. Clark was committee chair when the legislature passed the Education Reform Act in 1982. The law strengthened school academic standards, created a new compulsory attendance law, and established kindergarten in school districts throughout the state.
In January 1992, Robert Clark was elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He was re-elected to that position at the start of the 1996 and 2000 sessions. When he retired in December 2003, he was the longest-serving member in continuous House service. He was succeeded in office by his son Bryant Clark.
In 2004, Clark became the first African American to have a Mississippi state building named after him.
August 3, 3017 – JACKSON, Miss. – On August 12, 2017 runners, walkers and families across Mississippi will line up to Take One Step Forward, Two Bites Less as they compete in one of the thirteen (13) 5k races being held at local community health centers. The 20x65x65 Race & Health Fair – One Step Forward, Two Bites Lesswill kick off National Health Center Week and the Mississippi Community Health Center 65×65 Obesity Challenge with a multi-city, multi-5k race and health fair to encourage communities to get out and get active.
Last year, the Mississippi State Department of Health released the 2016 Mississippi Obesity Action Plan. In it they cite that Adult obesity in Mississippi has increased dramatically over the past 15 years and is expected to increase significantly in the next 20 years. Obesity threatens Mississippi’s future! Mississippi has the third highest adult obesity rate in the nation. Mississippi’s adult obesity rate is 35.5 percent, up from 23.7 percent in 2000 and from 15.0 percent in 1990. Mississippi’s obesity rates could reach 66.7 percent by 2030 according to the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Forty percent of Mississippi children are overweight or obese. High rates of obesity in Mississippi cause great concern because overweight children have an eighty percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 2013 data, a total of 23.5 percent of Mississippi public high school students were obese. The devastating impact of childhood obesity on the lives of children living in Mississippi is further compounded by high rates of poverty, low rates of family educational attainment and historical social and political challenges. A direct result of the obesity epidemic, health care professionals are seeing a significant rise in chronic illness in children. Obese children are more than twice as likely to have type 2 diabetes as children of normal weight. If current trends continue, experts warn that one of three American children born in the year 2000 and half of all children from ethnic and racially diverse populations will develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime.
In response to this growing concern, Mississippi’s twenty community health centers have launched the Mississippi Community Health Center 65×65 Obesity Challenge. They recognize obesity as an epidemic in Mississippi that contributes to the chronic health conditions resulting in decreased lifestyle mobility and increased health care costs. The health centers are taking a long-term approach to reducing weight and increasing healthy lifestyles by launching an initiative to move 65,000 Mississippians out of obesity by 2065. You can find more details about the initiative at www.65×65.com.
In Metro Jackson, the feature 20x65x65 Race & Health Fair is being held at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson, MS with race distances of 5k, 10k and 15k. Simultaneously with the feature race, numerous other 5k races are being held throughout Mississippi at local community health centers, making this the largest one-day, multi-5k race of its kind. Mississippi Community Health Centers want you to come out and walk, jog or run while learning more about community health centers and how they can help you begin the journey to a fitter, healthier you! Participants at all the statewide events will receive the same t-shirts and finisher medals at each race. In every corner of the state, Mississippi Community Health Centers have embraced the cause to help their patients and communities begin a path toward better health. They are committed to helping improve Mississippi health outcomes.
Along with the race, community health centers want the public to attend their health fairs where they can receive health screenings on the five key health indicators that lead to increased obesity. These include, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Blood Glucose. The public can learn more about community health centers and their primary care services. Providers from Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health (Jackson), Central Mississippi Health Services (Jackson), and Family Health Care Clinic (Brandon) will be on hand to provide health screenings and other valuable services to help families begin a healthy lifestyle. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame will be open to families during the health fair.
CEO of Mississippi Primary Health Care Association, Janice Sherman, says, “Because of their close relationship with health center patients, our health center providers can act as a catalyst to help people become more active through physical activity counseling and health screenings.” She adds, “Mississippi Community Health Centers are uniquely positioned to be a medical partner for the 65 x 65 Obesity Challenge. Our health centers are organized as non-profit clinical care providers that operate under comprehensive federal standards. They are located in medically under-served areas primarily serving medically under-served populations where we find the highest rates of obesity in Mississippi. Also, they provide comprehensive primary care where they can adjust fees for health services on a sliding fee schedule according to patient income. The purpose of a community health center is to improve access to care and serve the community regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.”
The Mississippi Primary Health Care Association is spearheading the management of the 65×65 Obesity Challenge in conjunction with the 20 community health centers in Mississippi. John Lunardini, Dir. of Communications & Business Development, says “We are so proud of our community health centers who have taken on the monumental task of combating obesity in our communities. For them to develop and roll-out such a large-scale program shows their commitment to seeing Mississippi health outcomes improve now and in the future.” “We are thankful to our partners in this program: Magnolia Health, Dataconnex and Amerigroup. We look forward to partnering with more companies as this program grows because it doesn’t stop after the race. Health Centers will continue to ask patients to ‘take the challenge’ and begin the path toward better health,” he adds.
Dr. Rashad Ali, CEO at Family Health Center in Laurel stated, “Our community health centers are one of the best kept secrets in Mississippi. Overweight and obese patients are at the highest risk to have a prevalence of chronic conditions that lead to a majority of deadly diseases – heart disease, type 2 diabetes,
high blood pressure, risk of stroke and even some cancers. Our community health centers in Mississippi want to take a major role in assisting patients by providing them with the necessary health assessments and guidance that can successfully reduce obesity.” In 2014, the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine held a joint symposium to formulate a model for primary care providers to draw from when integrating physical activity counseling into their practices. Their study showed that less than a third of patients report the receipt of physical activity counseling by their medical provider. Dr. Ali says, “We intend to change that in Mississippi through the implementation of the 65×65 Obesity Challenge.”
WHAT: The 20x65x65 Race & Health Fair – Take One Step Forward, Two Bites Less
WHERE: Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
WHEN: August 12, 2017 – 7:30am
Find other races in Mississippi at www.65×65.com . You can also follow the conversation using #20x65x65, #iranthe20x65x65 and #mschcs