Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Barnwell County HYPE Team!

Barnwell County is among several counties to have a HYPE (Healthy Young People Empowerment) Project team. The local team consists of students from Barnwell and Williston-Elko high schools.

“The HYPE Project is a five-phased approach to youth empowerment – Think, Learn, Act, Share, and Evaluate. The HYPE Project motivates and engages youth in policy, systems, and environmental obesity change efforts throughout South Carolina. It is designed to build the skills of youth so that they can become a greater voice in their communities,” according to a press release from the Axis 1 Center, which has led the local team.

HYPE was created through a partnership between Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina, the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control with funding from the federal Community Transformation Grant to motivate and engage youth (ages 12-17) in police, systems and environmental change efforts.
“These students work diligently to make sure there is access to healthy options for the community in Barnwell County,” stated the release.

A major focus of HYPE is healthy eating and active living, but “youth are encouraged to use the skills they learn to be lifelong champions of positive change,” stated the release.

For their 2016-2017 project, the Barnwell County HYPE Team conducted a needs assessment of the community to determine what foods were being served at local sporting events. Data collected showed there were no healthy food options available at the Lemon Park Sports Complex in Barnwell, which led to an appointment with Pamela Davis, the City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation Director, to discuss adding healthy snacks in the concession stand.

Check out the article written by The People-Sentinel!