BROOKHAVEN, Miss. – This fall the City of Brookhaven was honored by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation as “Mississippi’s Healthiest Hometown,” and was presented a $50,000 grant to provide funding to further enhance the city’s wellness initiatives.
Having won a Healthy Hometown award for its population category in 2013, the City of Brookhaven continued to make community health and wellness paramount in 2014. The Brookhaven Healthy Hometown Committee established goals to increase community wellness by providing a variety of activities and resources. As a result, municipal employees receive free on-site health screenings by local health professionals and discounts at fitness centers with incentives to participate in weight loss programs. Local businesses have also implemented worksite wellness programs to encourage exercise, healthy eating, tobacco cessation and other healthy behaviors.
A key resource Brookhaven brings to the table is the Brookhaven Farmer’s Market. The market features a diverse selection of fruits, vegetables and other produce, while giving consumers the satisfaction that their food origin is right here in Mississippi. Another important resource is the “Peas for the People” community garden, cultivated by Brookhaven’s faith-based community, which provides fresh produce for local food pantries and is available to residents with limited income.
As “Mississippi’s Healthiest Hometown” for 2014, the City of Brookhaven plans to use the $50,000 grant award to build new walking trails, enhance existing walking trails and place outdoor gym equipment in city parks to create free and engaging fitness environments for the community.