SCOOBA, Miss. (WTOK) – The wellness center on the campus of East Mississippi Community College has undergone a renovation thanks in part to a grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.
“The foundation approved the grant to support health and wellness not only here on East Mississippi Community College’s campus but in the surrounding communities and K-12 schools,” explained Sheila Grogan, Executive Director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.
The grant totaling more than $200,000 helped with the founding of an initiative called “Our Pride”, which will create opportunities for the community to find out more about wellness in general such as through exercise and healthy eating habits.
“That is going to be important as we partner with people in the community as well as folks here on campus to really build an initiative and steam to begin thinking in those directions,” stated Tom Huebner, President of East Mississippi Community College.
As for the wellness center on campus, the facility has new state of the art equipment. Such as elliptical machines, rowing machines and stationary bicycles.
“Participation has picked up from about 20 participants a day, now we average on our peak times 20 people per hour, so the facility usage has greatly increased and we are seeing a lot of people become more active or wanting to become more active,” said Kate McCarty, Director of Wellness and Intramural at EMCC.
By working hand-in-hand with the communities they serve, leaders with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation explain we can all do our part to create a healthy Mississippi.
“The foundation supports health and wellness in every area and county of our state with a strategic emphasis on our K-12 schools, communities and our colleges and universities,” stated Grogan.
The grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi awarded to East Mississippi Community College totaled $211,086.