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Eat Smart, Move More S.C. Expands Staff for Healthier Communities

Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina is pleased to announce three new additions to their staff: Lauren Neely, MPH, CHES; Trimease K. Carter, MSW; and Brandie Freeman.

“I am extremely pleased with the expansion of this organization and proud to have a staff that brings additional expertise in community health, youth empowerment and marketing fields,” said Amy Splittgerber, M.Ed., Executive Director at Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina. “This growth means that South Carolina is addressing obesity prevention by creating healthy places to live, learn, work, play and pray.”

Lauren Neely, MPH, CHES, Community Coordinator – Neely previously worked with Eat Smart, Move More Orangeburg County where she led the coalition throughout the community assessment and strategic planning process. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Furman University and a Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina. Neely will assist community healthy eating and active living coalitions with best practice strategies for obesity prevention.

Trimease K. Carter, MSW, Youth Empowerment Coordinator – Carter is the former Community Education Assistant at Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and the former Project Coordinator for the Building Dreams Mentoring Program. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Claflin University and a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Carter will assist community leaders in engaging and motivating youth in obesity change efforts throughout the Palmetto State.

Brandie Freeman, Communications Manager – A native of Hampton County, Freeman previously served as Communications Director at the Home Builders Association of South Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. Freeman is responsible for the overall marketing of the healthy eating and active living movement in South Carolina.

The three new staff join Executive Director Amy Splittgerber, M.Ed., and Community Coordinator Coleman Tanner, MPH, CHES. According to Splittgerber, the additional staff will allow for more productive and guided approaches towards establishing and reaching healthy living goals in communities across the state, as well as the organization as a whole.

Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina is a statewide partnership coordinating obesity prevention efforts in South Carolina. It is comprised of representatives from community-based organizations, health care systems, voluntary health organizations, academic institutions, state agencies, professional organizations, government and policy makers, and the media. South Carolina DHEC’s Division of Obesity Prevention and Control played an integral role in the establishment of Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina. For more information, visit www.eatsmartmovemoresc.org.