Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Focus Areas

In 2019-2020, we are pursuing six areas of focus in our work:

FoodShare Spartanburg

We are working with FoodShare Spartanburg to help them expand their reach. FoodShare Spartanburg is a program of Ruth’s Gleanings that offers affordable boxes of produce to anyone who is interested, and can provide matching funds to bring the cost of the $15 box down to $5 for SNAP recipients. The box contains $20-$30 worth of produce, some locally sourced.

Out-of-School Time

We are building partnerships and attending meetings to learn how to best support more opportunities for healthy eating and active living in after school and summer camp programs. We are also working with the Boys and Girls Clubs in Spartanburg to apply the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Out-of-School Time framework.

Advocacy

We advocate for more opportunities for healthy eating and active living in our community. One way we are implementing this is by supporting Eat Smart Move More South Carolina’s campaigns for complete streets, the fruit and vegetable grant matching program, and the implementation of best practice healthy eating and physical activity standards in out-of-school time settings.

Coalition-Building

Our coalition exists to leverage resources to prevent and reduce obesity in our community, so everything we do is to reach that end. As the backbone organization for Eat Smart Move More Spartanburg County, Partners for Active Living is working to strengthen and increase our community’s capacity to prevent and reduce obesity. We are accomplishing this by thoughtfully convening community partners working in this space, making sure they have the opportunity to know what all of the other partners are working on, providing time, space, and tools to discuss why and how we are doing what we do and how we might approach our future work, and to support each other and our own ESMM Spartanburg County Coalition-based projects.

Equity

When we look at factors like geography, race, and income, we see differences in obesity rates across our county. We are aware of the inequities that our systems have created and perpetuated in regards to accessing healthy food and places to be active, and we are working to intentionally address these inequities.

Evaluation

To gain a more robust understanding of our progress, we are continuing to focus on and develop our evaluation measures and plans. For example, we are measuring the development of our coalition, the body mass indexes of Spartanburg County 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders, and many aspects of FoodShare Spartanburg and Out-of-School Time.