November 6, 2014
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Jackson, MS – - Teen pregnancy rates in Mississippi are some of the highest in the nation. Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s “Southern Remedy” television series highlights some striking facts about teen pregnancy in the state as well as common myths about the problem. The episode airs Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. on MPB TV.
“This is no minor problem. Teens have more complications during pregnancy and their babies are less healthy,” said Dr. Rick deShazo, professor of medicine and pediatrics at University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and host of “Southern Remedy.” Children of teen moms have a higher drop-out rate and do poorly in the job market. There are no winners in this scenario, the moms, the children and this state.”
In upcoming episodes airing weekly through Nov. 25, “Southern Remedy” explores food insecurity and HIV as it relates to Mississippians. “Southern Remedy” aims to improve the health of Mississippians by delivering health information from a local perspective; sharing opinions from health care professionals and teaching audiences about the social factors of health.
“Our young face some of the most difficult health issues in the nation,” said MPB Executive Director Ronnie Agnew. “With ‘Southern Remedy,’ we have the perfect vehicle to help parents navigate these problems and to provide information that can help our youth lead healthier lives.”
For more information about “Southern Remedy” visit www.mpbonline.org/southernremedy/.
Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) provides instructional and public affairs programming to Mississippians through its statewide television and radio network. MPB enhances the work of educators, students, parents and learners of all ages by providing informative programming and educational resources. MPB’s locally-produced programming focuses on the people, resources and attractions that reflect Mississippi’s unique culture and diverse heritage. Children’s television programs constitute a major portion of the daytime and weekend morning schedules. MPB provides a valuable resource to Mississippians in disseminating information as part of the state’s emergency preparedness and response system. Since 1970, MPB has won over 400 national, regional and statewide awards, including Emmy®, Edward R. Murrow and Parents’ Choice® Awards. For more information on MPB, its programs, mission or educational resources, please visit www.mpbonline.org.