On the midway, pick your poison and plan your portions

On the midway, pick your poison and plan your portions

Like an iced doughnut fresh from the fat or a sleeve of Thin Mint cookies, the menu on the Mississippi State Fair midway causes even the most rigid calorie counters to lose their minds.

“It's the fair,” said Josie Bidwell, University of Mississippi Medical Center assistant professor of nursing, who admits to falling off the fair wagon herself. “How shocking can we be with food? What all can we fry?"

So if you're in danger of losing control when the foot-long corn dog taunts you and the deep-fried Oreos compete with the beer-battered burgers to clog your arteries, what are the healthier options that can still bring you joy?

Between now and the fair's Oct. 16 finale, go for the proteins, forgo the fried, and do what your kindergarten teacher told you: Share.

“The grilled corn is always an option that I go for, but just tell them you don't want it dipped in butter,” said Bidwell, a nurse practitioner whose focus is on lifestyle management, including nutrition and physical activity. “The butter actually hides the flavor of the corn.”

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Short minutes spent on survey could equal long-term progress

It takes about as much time to finish the new Faculty Forward Engagement Survey as it does to shower or clean the fridge.

That's about 20 minutes; but the answers could affect the Medical Center for years.

Beginning Tuesday, faculty will have online access to the survey, which is being offered for the first time to all schools on campus simultaneously, in an effort to measure, as the title implies, engagement.

To quote the official line of the Association of American Medical Colleges, which created the survey, “engagement” implies that faculty and staff are “cognitive and emotionally invested in the mission and activities of your organization.”

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Short minutes spent on survey could equal long-term progress

Championship spectators to get warm Children’s of Mississippi welcome

Championship spectators to get warm Children’s of Mississippi welcome

A handshake, a hug or a heartfelt “thank you” will be greeting spectators at the Sanderson Farms Championship, set for Oct. 27-30 at the Country Club of Jackson.

A new addition to the state's only PGA TOUR event is a Children's of Mississippi welcoming committee made up of Batson Children's Hospital patients and their families along with Children's of Mississippi medical professionals and staff members. Employees can volunteer now at http://signup.com/go/FsBX64.

“This year, we want to show our gratitude to the many Sanderson Farms Championship spectators who attend the tournament not only because they love golf but because they support Batson Children's Hospital,” said Guy Giesecke, CEO of Children's of Mississippi, the umbrella organization that includes the hospital as well as all UMMC pediatric care.

Funds raised through the tournament are given by event host Century Club Charities to Friends of Children's Hospital. The nonprofit group that raises money for Batson Children's Hospital announced in August its pledge of $20 million to the Children's of Mississippi capital campaign aimed at expanding and renovating the state's only children's hospital.

Last year's tournament raised $1.109 million, and since Sanderson Farms became title sponsor of the event in 2013, more than $2.7 million has been donated to Friends of Children's Hospital.

The welcoming committee “is something we've wanted to add for some time,” said tournament executive director Steve Jent. “We're excited to add this connection between Children's of Mississippi and the Sanderson Farms Championship.”

Greeting spectators isn't the only opportunity to support the tournament. The event website, SandersonFarmsChampionship.com, is the sign-up location for volunteers. Jent and tournament volunteer coordinator Kacie Towles see plenty of them.

“We couldn't hold the tournament without them,” Jent said. “They're the lifeblood of the Sanderson Farms Championship.”

About 1,000 volunteers serve in positions ranging from gallery marshals to standard bearers, hospitality to parking.

Towles said there are about 700 volunteers signed up so far, including some from as far as Arkansas and Louisiana.

“They come every year,” she said. “Some will take off a week of work to be a Sanderson Farms Championship volunteer. We make it fun for them and have raffles and prizes, but they also enjoy the camaraderie among the volunteers and the excitement of the tournament. It's also special to them because they know the funds raised go to support Friends of Children's Hospital, and that is meaningful.”

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Guest lectures, Alliance lunch top busy slate

A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

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