The Mississippi State Department of Health hosted its inaugural State Employee Wellness Expo on Thursday at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson. The expo provided state employees with free health screenings, cooking and fitness demonstrations, stress management exercises, CPR certification training, chair massages, and a keynote address by the health department’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Justin Turner on prioritizing health and wellness. The event aimed to promote a healthier workforce statewide.

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Eric J. Shelton was a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Miss., Eric earned his bachelor’s in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team June 2018. He rejoined Mississippi Today as our health photojournalist in January 2022.

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