Forming a York County Food Policy Council

July 27, 2021 (York County, SC) Ready about the formation of a York County Food Policy Council, as shared by
Wholespire York County leadership team member, Lynn Shanklin Caldwell, in our June 2021 general membership meeting.

RFATS Long-Range Transportation Plan Comments by ESMMYC & BPC Advocacy

Nov. 5, 2020 (York County, SC) The Rock Hill-Fort Mill-Area Transportation Study (RFATS) metropolitan planning organization (MPO) is updating the long-range transportation plan (LRTP) to address transportation planning needs in: eastern York County (Catawba Nation, Lake Wylie, Fort Mill, Rock Hill and Tega Cay) and the Lancaster County panhandle. RFATS is accepting feedback to identify needs, priorities and initiatives. The LRTP is the blueprint to guide transportation investments in our region over the next 30 years. The Bike/Ped Coalition of York County and Eat Smart Move More York County advocacy committees appreciate this opportunity to urge RFATS to give greater consideration to active transportation and transit and ensure that funding goes to specific biking, walking and transit projects in the 2050 LRTP Plan.

ESMMYC Guest Speaker Tom Bell on Biking Initiatives in Rock Hill

York County, SC (Apr. 8,  2019) Rock Hill’s Outdoor Recreation Superintendent spoke about efforts to increase physical activity in the community. Many initiatives target children and focus on the schools. Tom Bell stressed the importance of policies and a built environment that supports safe biking and pedestrian activities to ensure long-term sustainability. Read about current efforts discussed during the ESMMYC April general meeting, and ways to get engaged.

ESMMYC’s Wojcik Co-Chairs ActivEarth Task Force – Blog Post

(Dec. 31, 2018) Read about ESMMYC leadership team member’s new role as co-chair of the ActivEarth Task Force. Also see the link to her blog post about investing in active transportation, municipalities, and how that can address air quality, climate change, and health equity.

ESMMYC Letter to Editor: Tega Cay Bike, Pedestrian & Trail Master Plan

York County, SC (Dec. 23, 2018) ESMMYC’s letter to the editor of the Rock Hill Herald – We support the City of Tega Cay’s efforts to create a Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trail Master Plan as an addendum to the city’s comprehensive plan. Documenting and implementing this plan will enhance Tega Cay’s long-term attractiveness, economic success, and community members’ safety and health. The global trend is towards more biking and pedestrian activity, and we have the same demand here in York County. In our efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice in York County, we know the importance of making biking and walking more accessible and safer in our community.

SC Livable Communities Alliance

SC (Dec. 2018) Join the South Carolina Livable Communities Alliance in creating safe, healthy communities. See which York County mayors have joined the SCLCA to support a state policy that enables streets that are safer, healthier, and more accessible for users of all ages and abilities, regardless of their mode of transportation.

Open Community Use Toolkit Is Updated!

SC (Oct. 2018) Schools and communities throughout the state and nation are working together to increase physical activity by allowing free access to outdoor recreational facilities before or after school hours. Learn how you can make it happen in your community – read this toolkit, “Breaking Barriers to Physical Activity through Open Community Use.” Brought to us by SC DHEC and ESMMSC.

Local School District Wellness Policy Efforts Are Underway – and Due by 06/30/17

York County, SC (Mar. 31, 2017) Local school districts must update and fully comply with their wellness policies by June 30, 2017. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation explains, School and district wellness policies are the cornerstone for all school health-related initiatives. From physical education to classroom celebrations, they act as both a guide and an evaluation […]