York County HYPE Team conduct assessment, brainstorm project ideas
The Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE) Project team in York County took part in a walking field trip through downtown Clover in June to evaluate the safety and accessibility of the sidewalks and crosswalks in their community.
The team, led by Rasheeda White of the Boys and Girls Club of York County, is a group of 15 active youth participants brought together through a partnership with Eat Smart Move More York County through the Let’s Go! South Carolina grant initiative. York is one of six counties that received the three-year grant.
After the team’s walking assessment, Clover Town Administrator Allison Harvey spoke to the HYPE team about healthy activities available to them in Clover, existing parks and trails, and plans for new additions to the parks. They were shown maps and discussed what they were excited to see. Harvey also shared information about Live Well Clover, a volunteer group that works to make Clover a healthier, more active place to live. Some of Live Well Clover’s projects include: an annual 5K, a couch to 5K running program, a Fit for Fall Challenge, Mayor’s Bike Ride, and Free Yoga in the Park.
Following the presentation, York County’s Let’s Go! Community Coach Jessica Cody led a group discussion on the importance of healthy living and current obesity statistics. The youth provided feedback on how they can help change those statistics through their HYPE Project. Some of the suggested ideas were:
- healthy and tasty options in school vending machines,
- healthy fresh options in concession stands, and
- more areas to be active, such as play grounds and walking tracks.
“This was a fantastic experience,” said Cody, “and the youth were very engaged and excited about getting more active in their communities.”
The York County HYPE team is in the early phase of their project. Like all other HYPE teams around the state, they will work with community leaders and their local coalition to build support for their chosen project focus, with the goal of making sustainable change to improve the health of their community.