• Food: For Thought, For Life

    The UMMC Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities (CBMH) in collaboration with the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) created an educational campaign titled FOOD: For Thought, For Life to inform and engage Mississippi communities on important health and nutrition issues while celebrating the state's unique culinary traditions.

    The series covers 10 topics, each identified and developed by Mississippi scholars and health advocates. Topics include not only information about how to read labels and the risks of too much sugar, but also advice on gardening, farmer's markets, updating favorite recipes, and interesting facts about Mississippi's food traditions. Overall, the goal of the series is to shed light on Mississippi's complicated food issues while also fostering local discussions on food and food practices. 

    The exhibit is displayed in 31 public and community college libraries throughout the state with each library displaying one topic per month during the 2015-2016 academic year. Topics are addressed in two large complimentary panels, each measuring 9'x 2.5'. Designed by a team of animators, the colorful and engaging panels present dietary and health information to library patrons in quick and accessible ways to help make Mississippi's citizens more aware and knowledgeable about nutrition, the role that food plays in our culture, and how to make wise choices about what we eat. Libraries may also host additional events or invite presenters from the MHC Speakers Bureau to expand community conversations about the issues raised by the series.


     Breaking Down Food Labels to Build Food Knowledge

     Food Knowledge

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    Food Deserts: The What, Where, Who & Why of a Mississippi Crisis

    • Baker, E.; Schoolman, M.; Barnidge, E.; and Kelly, C.  The role of race and poverty in access to foods that enable individuals to adhere to dietary guidelines. Preventing Chronic Disease, 2006.  3(3):A76. 
    • Beaulac, J.; Kristjansson, E.; and Cummins, S.  A Systematic Review of Food Deserts, 1966-2007.  Preventing Chronic Disease, 2009.  6(3): A105.
    • Blanchard, T.; and Matthews, T.  2007.  Retail Concentration, Food Deserts, and Food-Disadvantaged Communities in Rural America. In Remaking the North American Food System: Strategies for Sustainability.  University of Nebraska Press.
    • Larson, N.; Story, M.; and Nelson, M.  Neighborhood Environments: Disparities in Access to Healthy Foods in the US.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2009.  36(1): 74-81.
    • USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.  Food Deserts.
    • USDA Economic Research Service.  Food Desert Locator.
    • American Nutrition Association

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    Gardening Made Easy   

    • McGee, Rose Marie and Maggie Stucky. 2002. Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers. New York: Workman Publishing Co.
    • Better Homes and Gardens. 2009. Complete Guide to Container Gardening. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Publishing.
    • Solomon, Reggie and Michael Nolan. 2010.  I Garden: Urban Style: Grow the Garden that Fits Your Space and Schedule. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Home Books.
    • Krezel, Cindy and Bruce Curtis. 2010. Kids' Container Gardening: Year-Round Projects for Inside and Out.  Chicago: Chicago Review Press. 
    • Bartholomew, Mel. 2013. Square Food Gardening: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space. Cool Springs Press.

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    Gardening apps  
    • Garden Compass Plant/Disease Identifier
    • Garden Time Planner
    • iGarden USA
    • Landscaper's Companion
    • MS Farmer's Market App
    Gardening websites  

    Healthy Eating Through the Lifecycle 

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    Health and wellness apps 

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