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A relentless force for longer, healthier lives in our community.

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Imagine a Mississippi where healthy choices are equitable and accessible, where your neighborhood or zip code does not determine your health. From our surrounding rural areas to our urban core, we are fighting for longer lives by making the places where we live, learn, work, play, pray and heal as healthy as can be.

In Jackson, we’re working to address problems like these within the community and determine the most effective way to partner with other organizations to fight food insecurity.


MS is the 2nd hungriest state in the nation. Nearly 16% of residents struggle with food insecurity, and 1/4 of our children struggle with hunger.

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#WatchMe

This year, we WILL recommit to our hearts. And we'll be loud, proud, and relentless. How?

Record a 10-second video doing something for your health while saying "Watch Me __________!"

Blast it with hashtag #WatchMe and inspire others to make 2021 the year of health.

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Live Fierce

We’re calling all changemakers, community champions, and heart warriors to be the solution. Raise your voice to something bigger than yourself. Demand change. Fight for a healthy lifestyle. Grow your community. Live without limitations. Swap challenge for opportunity and claim what is possible. Live Fierce, starting now.

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Commit to a healthy future, and together let's build the health of Jackson.

A Culture of Health & Wellness

Everyone deserves the best possible life, and it starts right here in our community.

Bringing water access to all Mississippi children

Your kids deserve access to fresh, clean water at school! Kids drink almost three times more water when they have a water bottle filling station to use and drinking water can improve children's school performance and overall health. Please join us as we work to have water bottle filling stations placed in new and majorly renovated schools across the state.

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Fighting for life-saving changes in CPR guidance

Did you know bystander CPR can double or even triple the chance of survival from cardiac arrest? New Mississippi legislation will help ensure our 9-1-1 operators are trained to identify whether someone is going into cardiac arrest and to provide CPR instructions in about 20 seconds. Lend your voice to making a difference to this and other life-saving changes through You’re the Cure!

Join us to Grow the Good

Do you worry about putting fresh fruits and veggies on the table? Many people across Mississippi struggle with hunger and rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help them purchase healthier foods. To help more Mississippians have access to healthy foods, you can join us as we ask state lawmakers to fund incentives programs. This would provide matching dollars to participating retailers for SNAP recipients to purchase additional fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Gregg Harper

“2021 will mark six years since I experienced a blockage in my major artery, a condition known as the widow maker. I know what it’s like to have a heart scare, so the American Heart Association’s mission is near and dear to me. I think what they do is so important: creating awareness around prevention and getting people the resources they need to extend their lives. I would like to invite anyone who is called to make a difference to join the AHA in the fight for a world of longer, healthier lives.”

Gregg Harper, 2021 Heart Ball Chair 

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Contact Us

4830 McWillie Circle
Jackson, MS 39206
(601) 321-1200

Jackson Leadership