“Healthy Weight & Your Child” at the Upper Palmetto YMCA

York County, SC (Oct. 8, 2018) The Healthy Weight and Your Child evidence-based program is coming to town! Special guest speaker, Halie Patterson, Community Health Coordinator at the Upper Palmetto YMCA, described the program in our October membership meeting. Are you interested in learning more or getting involved?

Community Leader: Dr. Dave Keely

York County, SC  (Aug. 2018) Thanks to leaders like Dr. Dave Keely, who are willing to go the extra mile for their community to ensure a healthy future and a culture of health, York County and communities around the state have a fighting chance for healthy change and sustainability. Eat Smart Move More South Carolina recognizes Dr. Dave as a 2018 community leader.

ESMMYC Special Guest Speaker Touts All-Inclusive Playground in Fort Mill Area

York County, SC (Sep. 1, 2018) All-inclusive playgrounds are important to our community. Recognizing this, community members are hard at work to build one in the Fort Mill area to serve students in the school district and nearby communities. Learn about the plans, benefits and challenges, as described by Lori Christison at the recent ESMMYC general meeting.

3rd SC Annual Population Health Summit Focuses on Health Equity

Rock Hill, SC (June 8, 2018) – The 3rd Annual SC Population Health Summit was a success. ESMMYC joined community-based leaders, including healthcare professionals, social workers, non-profit stakeholders and business leaders at the York County location of the 11 venues where the event was held throughout SC. The goal was to foster community health improvement efforts through collaborative learning. How can we create a “culture of equity,” ensuring “health equity” in policies and working together to reach goals?

ESMMYC Let’s Go Celebration

York County, SC (June 11, 2018) What a great celebration ESMMYC hosted to thank its community partners for achievements during the Let’s Go grant. The ESMMYC leadership team and partners described past successes, and future plans. While having some fun, eating local foods, and getting to know our partners better.

ESMMYC Chair Receives Community Honor

Tega Cay, SC (July 5, 2018) Elizabeth Duda, ESMMYC chair, was recognized as 2018 Citizen of Year in the City of Tega Cay. The Tega Cay Lions Club awards this honor to a resident having demonstrated exceptional dedication and service to our community. Liz has been a member of ESMMYC since 2015. As chair, she leads this coalition of community members in their shared mission of making the healthy choice the easy choice in York County.

HYPE Team Achieves Success with Multiple Projects

Clover, SC (May 15, 2018) The Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE) team, made of up of students at Blue Eagle Academy in Clover who are also members of the Boys and Girls Club of York County, are focusing on increasing access to physical activity at their school and Junior Eagle Academy. Read about their efforts after they formed in 2015 as a result of the Let’s Go! South Carolina Initiative.

S.C. Fitness Gram Data Released

SC (May 22, 2018) S.C. FitnessGram Data released (for the 2016-2017 school year) shows that 36% of school age youth are overweight or obese and nearly half do not meet the Healthy Fitness Zone standard for cardiorespiratory fitness. Also, children in poverty were at the highest risk for lesser fitness status. Weight and cardiorespiratory fitness are important to young people’s health. It will take a concerted effort by those who care for children in the home, early care and education centers, 5K-12 schools, community organizations, health care centers and community leaders to provide environments that support students in being physically active and eating healthy!