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MJI Director receives award for Holistic Health
(Jackson, MS): The Mississippi Justice Institute’s Director, Aaron Rice, receives an award from the Foundation for Holistic Health Education.

Mississippi Justice Institute Director Aaron Rice received an award from the Foundation for Holistic Health Education for his support and dedication to holistic health and its practitioners.

Rice received the award in recognition of his role in bringing a lawsuit that successfully ended Mississippi’s practice of requiring weight-loss coaches to have a dietician’s license or face jail and fines – even if they did not treat medical conditions or claim to be a licensed dieticians.  

“I am honored to receive this recognition on behalf of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy and its legal arm, the Mississippi Justice Institute,” Rice said. “We will continue standing up for the right of all Mississippians to earn an honest living in our state.”

After Rice won the case against the bureaucratic law, the state amended its regulations to allow unlicensed people to offer non-medical weight-loss advice as long as they do not claim to be a dietitian, allowing more Mississippians the opportunity to make a living and provide for their families.

“Aaron is a tireless advocate for working Mississippians, and we are proud to see him receive this award,” said Douglas Carswell, the CEO & President of MCPP. “Because of Aaron’s efforts, regular Mississippians have never felt more confident that their constitutional rights will be protected and, if needed, zealously defended.”

The Mississippi Justice Institute is a non-profit, constitutional litigation center and the legal arm of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. It defends the personal, economic and religious liberty of Mississippians in court to ensure that all forms of government are limited to their essential responsibilities as provided by the Constitution and to foster freedom and prosperity in the state. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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