Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Resources & Reports

Spartanburg County Community Health Needs Assessment

In 2019, the Spartanburg Road to Better Health Advisory Board, with assistance from the Metropolitan Studies Institute at USC Upstate, completed the Spartanburg  County Community Health Needs Assessment. This Community Health Needs Assessment helps to tell the story of the current state of health and quality of life in our communities. The full report can be found at With this important information,  health professionals from across the community will design a plan to provide important services and resources in the areas of Spartanburg County that need them most.

Body Mass Index Reports

Every year since 2012, in close partnership with the Spartanburg school districts, DHEC, and Partners for Active Living, the ESMM Spartanburg County Coalition publishes a Body Mass Index (BMI) Report of 1st, 3rd, and 5th Graders. Each of the reports is below.

BMI Report 2017

BMI Report 2016

BMI Report 2015

BMI Report 2014

BMI Report 2013

BMI Report 2012

BMI Report 2011

Data Walk & Social Determinants of Health

With the support of our Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas Technical Assistance Team, we hosted a Data Walk for our Coalition in September 2019. Below is the data that was presented. It focuses on obesity, food access, and physical activity opportunities, and it also gives a fuller picture of other social determinants of health. According to the World Health Organization “The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries.”

We ground our work in data, relationships, and readiness. While this data paints a disheartening picture, our community is aware of the situation and is working hard every day to improve our community’s social determinants of health.

Spartanburg Data Walk

Obesity is a complex issue

Eat Smart Move More Spartanburg focuses on preventing and reducing obesity. Obesity is affected by a multitude of factors. Personal choice is a factor, but good choices are exceedingly difficult to make in our current environment and culture. There are larger systems that are contributing to the choices available to us. For example, imagine actively walking to the store, work, school, or the park. For most of us, it would be a long, dangerous endeavor to cross the wide busy streets between our home and these destinations. This forces us into our cars, taking away the potential for exercise. In order to eat a healthy meal, we must have the time, energy, knowledge, skills, and equipment to plan for, buy, and prepare the food.

There is no quick fix to ending the obesity epidemic in this country or in Spartanburg, but we are implementing incremental changes that will add up. As Coalition members work at the programmatic level to affect individuals with events and classes, we are also working to change our culture through policy, systems, and environmental interventions. We are changing policies at schools and workplaces, and advocating for state-level policies. One of these organizational-level policies could be as simple as encouraging water as the beverage of choice. But we can only work with as many people and organizations as our partners will reach. Please consider joining in this work and joining our Coalition!