Obesity targeted by JCJC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-10-31 15:18:16

ELLISVILLE – With information that this may be the first generation of high school-college aged students who will not outlive their parents because of obesity related illnesses and this fact, Mississippi is the most obese state in the nation, Jones County Junior College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society members are taking action to help change that first prediction and the current status of the state. PTK officers are centering its action plan on the organization’s Honors in Action theme, “The Culture of Competition” and trying to get JCJC students to find healthier ways to live. The group recently invited South Central Regional Medical Center’s Wellness Programs Coordinator, David Townsend to educate them about the realities of being obese.
“Being overweight leads to many health issues, like heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, arthrosclerosis and stroke. All of these problems are directly tied to being obese and can all be avoided for the most part by changing what we’re eating and being more active. That’s the reality of the problem,” said Townsend. “Colon cancer is also preventable with proper diet and so is diabetes.”
PTK Vice President and Laurel native, Lewis Bateman realized two years ago, he was faced with major health problems if he didn’t change his habits. “I lost 80 pounds over two years simply because I didn’t want to have to deal with all of these health problems.”
That’s what PTK officers hope will happen with everyone on the Jones campus, once they become more educated about the health related problems associated with obesity. The action plan is being developed, however they have begun doing research by gathering the BMI indices of students taking science classes and asking students to answer some questions related to their eating habits. 
“I think a lot of young people aren’t interested in their health but when it contributes to your lifespan, they should be concerned,” said PTK president, Kane Edwards of Richton.
The first step, PTK organizers agree is making the student body and hopefully everyone aware of the obesity epidemic and then they want to get them to analyze how they can avoid being a victim


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