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Apr 3, 2012 9:26 AM by AP

Hernando's mayor cited as national good example

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two national health organizations say the mayor of Hernando, Miss., is doing a great job of helping residents get healthier.

Chip Johnson will join officials from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute for a teleconference Tuesday about their state-by-state survey of healthy and unhealthy counties.

The institute's Angela Russell says Johnson's healthy work includes creating the city's farmers market, parks department, and wellness program for municipal employees.

Hernando is the seat of DeSoto County, just south of Memphis, Tenn. It has led Mississippi all three years of the survey.

It's 25 miles from lowest-ranked Quitman County, in the poverty-stricken Mississippi Delta.

East Carroll Parish, Louisiana's lowest-ranked, is also on the Mississippi River.

St. Tammany Parish was ranked No. 1 in Louisiana.

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