Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Advocacy Platform

Eat Smart Move More SC (ESMMSC) engages community and state partners in efforts to support healthy eating and active living. In a state that suffers from one of the highest rates of obesity in the country, ESMMSC and our partners are advocating for the state and local policy changes necessary to support individuals in the adoption of lifelong healthy habits.

2017-2018 Advocacy Platform

Settings Guiding Principles Potential Action Items/Strategies
Early Care Settings A healthy environment for the very youngest children provides the foundation for lifelong wellness.
  • Advocate for the implementation of best practice healthy eating and physical activity standards in early childhood settings
K-12 School Settings (in-school and out-of-school time) Since children spend at least 7 hours a day in school, and as these are important formative years, providing a healthy school environment can enable children to learn to make healthy choices that will last a lifetime.Healthy children perform better academically, have less absenteeism, and are more attentive (and less disruptive) in the classroom.
  • Advocate for the implementation of best practice healthy eating and physical activity standards in out-of-school time settings*
  • Support sustaining the implementation of a statewide FitnessGram system to measure, collect and report student fitness, including BMI-for-age data*
  • Ensure health and physical education are included in the state’s accountability system or state report card as a “measure of school success” (as defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act)*
  • Support full implementation of the 2005 Student Health and Fitness Act
  • Ensure K-12 school food service meals, snacks and a la carte items meet or exceed the most up-to-date guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in accordance with the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA)
  • Support opportunities for more physical activity for middle and high school students
  • Increase accountability reporting of schools to provide quality physical education
  • Support school districts with the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their local wellness policies, as required by the 2010 HHFKA
In the Community (e.g., rural and urban neighborhoods, workplaces, faith-based communities, healthcare) In order for South Carolinians to enjoy improved quality and length of life, it is imperative that we create the systems change necessary to support individuals in the adoption of lifelong healthy habits.To that end, every person in South Carolina deserves access to nutritious foods and safe environments that provide opportunities for physical activity and recreation.

Prevention is key to the future of our health care system. Reducing the high incidence of overweight and obesity in our state will result in not only an increase in positive health outcomes, but also economic savings by reducing health care costs to our state.

*2017-2018 priority focus

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