Copiah Supervisors were asked to participate in an effort to reduce strokes under the Mississippi Stroke Challenge program by Dr. Thomas Sturdivant at their meeting March 2. Mississippi has the highest stroke incidence in the nation at 4.7 per thousand annually, and Copiah County is among the top 10 in Mississippi’s 82 counties at 9.5 strokes per thousand annually, three times the national average. The goal of the challenge is to cut the number of strokes in Mississippi by 50 percent over the next 10 years. The grass roots program wants the time of some citizens–not their money. The motto might be “Mississippi, Heal Thy Self” by enrolling volunteers to contact as many citizens as possible to monitor and control their blood pressure. The efforts of students are easily adaptable to making these contacts. Supervisors recessed until 9 a.m. March 10.
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