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Breaking Physical Activity Barriers Through Open Community Use: Where We Are and Where We’re Going
March 14 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Join the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Eat Smart Move More South Carolina’s webinar on Breaking Physical Activity Barriers Through Open Community Use: Where We Are and Where We’re Going.
Intended Audience: School and community members interested in active living policy, systems, and environmental approaches that reach South Carolinians where they live, learn, work, and play.
Purpose: The purpose of this webinar is to update participants on efforts to support adoption, implementation, and promotion of the South Carolina School Boards Association’s Open Community Use of Outdoor Recreational Areas model policy (KFA) and provide strategies for continuing the momentum to increase awareness of open community use.
Description: South Carolina has the 12th highest rate of adult obesity in the nation and lack of physical activity is a contributing factor. To build a new culture of health, South Carolinians must have access to safe, affordable, and convenient places to be physically active. Open community use, allowing free community access to schools’ outdoor recreational facilities during non-school hours, is an effective and affordable strategy to combat obesity and increase physical activity. In 2014, the South Carolina School Boards Association recommended all school districts adopt the Open Community Use of Outdoor Recreational Areas model policy (KFA). Since this recommendation schools, school districts, and interested community members throughout the state are working to learn from one another’s progress.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe what open community use is and its benefits across different sectors (school, community, public health).
- Identify key strategies to increase school and community engagement and open community use awareness through recent survey findings and new partnerships at the state and local level.
- Apply lessons learned from South Carolina schools implementing and promoting open community use.
Registration: Register now! If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted at www.esmmsc.org.
Certificate of participation will be provided to participants.
Sabrina Smith, MPH, is the Healthy Eating Active Living Special Projects Coordinator with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Sabrina coordinates statewide healthy eating and active living opportunities through policy, systems, and environmental approaches for schools and worksites across South Carolina.
H. Legrande Richardson, ED.S., is the Principal of Hannah – Pamplico Elementary/Middle (HPEM) School in Florence County School District Two where he has worked for over 24 years. A product of a small, rural public education system himself, Legrande now facilitates the education of 4K-8th graders at HPEM where collaboration and collective decision making are keys as a Leader in Me school.