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Governor's Council on Physical Fitness

South Carolina Governor's Council on Physical Fitness logoThe South Carolina Governor's Council on Physical Fitness was established by Executive Order in 1972 by Governor John C. West. The Council promotes the health and well-being of South Carolinians of all ages by advancing their levels of physical activity and fitness.

The Council is composed of 10 members appointed by the Governor and 8 At-Large members representing organizations with an interest in physical fitness and healthy lifestyles.

The Vision and Mission

The vision and mission of the Council are:

Vision:  A South Carolina where all communities integrate physical activity into daily living.

Mission: To Get More People More Active More Often.

Did You Know?
According to 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), almost fifty-five percent (54.6%) of adults in South Carolina do not get the recommended amount of physical activity of 30+ minutes of moderate physical activity five or more days per week, or vigorous physical activity for 20+ minutes three or more days per week.  (Moderate physical activity for 30 or more minutes per day, five or more days per week or vigorous physical activity for 20 or more minutes per day, three or more days per week)

According to the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, South Carolina High School students:

  • 31.7% are either overweight or obese.
  • 82.9% had not participated in sufficient moderate physical activity during the past 7 days
  • 83.2% did not attend physical education (PE) class daily

According to the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, .  Almost sixty-six percent (65.8%) of South Carolina adults are either overweight or obese. (Defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of greater than 25.)  These poor health behaviors and risk factors contribute significantly to many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.  Compared to the national statistics, fewer South Carolinians are regularly active, eat fewer fruits and vegetable daily, have higher rates of overweight and obesity, and are more at risk for health problems related to lack of physical activity, lack of healthy food consumption, and being over weight or obese.

For more information regarding the SC Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, please contact Jay Daniels, Executive Director, at 803-545-4486