Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lois Zerrer speaks with representatives of the outreach and dual credit programs at Missouri State University.

The discussion explores how programs can make college education more accessible and affordable for families.

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In Drury University’s oldest stone building, the 1906 Chalfant Pipe Organ can be heard. The Stone Chapel stained glass casts a pastel glow about the sanctuary, illuminating the dust throughout the room, which lands softly on the pews. Dr. Earline Moulder sits on the organ’s stool, her hands and feet methodically pumping rhythm through the pipes.

Obtaining healthy food is a challenge for many families, especially those living in low-income areas.

In Springfield, a collaborative farm-to-table project is on a mission to improve access to fresh, local food for residents in the city’s Zone 1 neighborhoods.

It’s a fact: every year, heart disease causes one in four deaths in the United States, making it the country’s leading killer.

But the good news is that heart disease can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices. February is American Heart Month and it’s a perfect time to focus on our hearts and see what steps we can take to live healthier. 

Ben Hunt, employee wellness coordinator at Missouri State University, shares the importance of wellness and exercise in protecting heart health.

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Under Governor Eric Greitens' proposed FY19 budget, public universities in Missouri would see a 10 percent decrease in funding.  Missouri State University President Clif Smart said that would mean a reduction of $8,668,000 for the university.  According to Smart, if that reduction is realized, MSU would be receiving $10 million less  than it received in 2001 when the university had 6000 fewer students.