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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 23, 2013

DHEC increases access to healthy foods

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Through local efforts and community partners, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Healthy South Carolina Initiative (HSCI) has made significant progress in the effort to increase access to healthy foods, the agency announced today.

”Oct. 24 is Food Day, so it is a great time to highlight some of the projects that are helping South Carolinians receive healthy foods in their communities,” said Michelle Harris, outreach consultant with DHEC. ”Whether it be through traditional or mobile farmers’ markets or through community gardens, these efforts are helping us address issues like food deserts and obesity in the state.”

Here are just a few highlighted projects from around the state.

The Healthy South Carolina Initiative is a collaboration of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, the SC Tobacco-Free Collaborative, the SC Eat Smart Move More Coalition, the Care Coordination Institute, the University of South Carolina's Office of Public Health Practice and the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health. This project is funded by the Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, visit http://healthysci.org/

Created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24. For more information, visit www.foodday.org

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For media queries:
Lindsey Evans – (803) 898-1127
Email – evansl2@dhec.sc.gov