ESMM Anderson Awarded Grant to Work with Schools to Fight Obesity.


The Healthy South Carolina Initiative (HSCI) announced in April Eat Smart Move More Anderson County  as one of 34 recipients across the state of a public health grant to fight obesity.  This competitive funding opportunity provides awards to community based partnerships focused on finding long-term, sustainable, system-wide solutions to health care concerns.

Eat Smart Move More Anderson County will receive up to $77,200 over 18 months to work on making healthier choices an easier option for those in Anderson County and to encourage adults and children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and get more exercise whether it be at work, school, church, or at home. 

More specifically, these grant dollars will be focused on encouraging, assisting and providing resources to local schools and PTA/PTO’s to implement healthy school activities and policies to include:

  • Providing CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) curriculum training and         materials to elementary schools interested in implementing the curriculum.
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  •  Partnering with PTA/PTO’s interested in supporting healthy activities and fundraisers within their schools.  Workshops will be conducted for PTA/PTO’s interested and mini-grants opportunities will available for those PTAs/PTOs wanting to implement healthy activities.
  • Providing assistance to schools wanting to assess
    urrent healthy policies and activities and developing action plans for improvement.


In addition to obesity prevention efforts, a small portion of the funds granted will be utilized to promote smoke-free communities throughout Anderson County.  Education efforts around decreasing tobacco use and the benefits of smoke-free communities will be implemented through a partnership with Imagine Anderson.

Local schools or PTA/PTO’s interested in learning more about how they can participate are encourage to contact Eat Smart Move More Anderson County.

For more information, contact Carol Loyd at 864-226-3438 ext. 507 or

The overarching goal of HSCI is to assist communities experiencing a burden of chronic diseases caused by obesity and/or tobacco use.  HSCI funded communities have demonstrated this need for financial support, as well as buy-in from the community.HSCI is a collaboration led by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control in partnership with Eat Smart Move More South Carolina, the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative, the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health Office of Public Health Practice, the University of South Carolina Institute for Medicine and Public Health, and the Medical University of South Carolina’s Outpatient Quality Improvement Network.  HSCI provides funding at the local level in an effort to engage, activate, and empower individuals and communities to improve their quality of life through healthy eating and active living strategies, as well as tobacco free living strategies.