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Rembert Coalition Gets Grant to Fight Obesity, Tobacco Use

survey1THE ITEM
MAY 28, 2013

The Healthy South Carolina Initiative announced Rembert Area Community Coalition as one of 34 recipients of a public health grant to fight obesity and prevent tobacco use in Sumter County. This competitive funding opportunity provides awards to community-based partnerships focused on finding long-term, sustainable, system-wide solutions to health care concerns.

Rembert Area Community Coalition will receive up to $16,000 over 18 months to work on making healthier choices an option for Sumter County residents wanting to stop smoking, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables or get more exercise at work, school, church or at home. The goal is to assist communities experiencing a burden of chronic diseases caused by obesity and/or tobacco use.

More specifically, we’re going to use the grant to do an assessment of the community to find out what direction and how they would like to address health disparities and enhance the lifestyle of themselves and their families by using physical activity and eating fresh fruits and vegetables, said Dr. Juanita G. Britton,
chairwoman at Rembert Area Community Coalition. Our goal is to bring awareness to the benefit of physical activity and (how) eating healthy, nutritious food can lower the risk of chronic diseases.

Rembert Area Community Coalition is a collaboration of many partners in Sumter County, including Sumter County Active Lifestyles, Palmetto Healthy Start, Rural Area Leadership Institute, Insights Consulting Inc., Modern Turf, Master Gardeners, Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, North Main Association, High Hills Rural Water Co., Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Black River Missionary Baptist Association, private residents, Uni-safe Firearm Training and others.

The mission of Rembert Area Community Coalition is to empower the residents to be able to make healthy choices. The role of this committee is to gather and share data and present a report to the people based on the needs of the community. The initiative committee will work with the community, local/state law, and use
identified entities for implementation of that proposal. The coalition was established more that 12 years ago and has had great success in addressing the needs of the community by partnering with other organizations that will assist in the endeavor.

The Healthy South Carolina Initiative is a collaboration led by the S.C. 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.