Pickens County Youth Complete Park Assessment
The Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE) Project is going strong in Pickens County. Their Youth Team recently completed the Community Park Assessment Tool (CPAT) to determine how Hagood Park can be improved for community use and how those improvements can lead to an increases in physical activity at the park. Some of their initial concerns related to the use of the softball field, lighting surrounding the playground, and the safety of the basketball court. At their next HYPE session, the Youth Team will discuss the information collected during their assessment and use it to identify a specific HYPE project to focus on.
The HYPE Project was created to motivate and engage youth (ages 12-17) in policy, systems, and environmental obesity change efforts throughout South Carolina. Through the direction and leadership of local youth advisors, students learn the necessary skills to Think, Learn, Act, Share and Evaluate their environments for healthy change. Team activities focus on healthy eating and active living, however, youth are encouraged to use the skills they learn to be lifelong champions of positive change.
There are currently three HYPE Teams operating in the state (Fairfield County, Pickens County and Richland County), with more teams coming on board thanks to the Healthy South Carolina Initiative grand funding. To learn more about the HYPE Project, contact Trimease Carter at Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina.
See more photos of the Pickens County CPAT activity on the HYPE Facebook page.