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Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

The Healthy South Carolina Initiative

The Healthy South Carolina Initiative program will support community-level efforts to reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. By promoting healthy lifestyles, especially among population groups experiencing the greatest burden of chronic disease, these grants will help improve health, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending.   This is a collaboration of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, the SC Tobacco Collaborative, the SC Eat Smart Move More Coalition and the Medical University of South Carolina’s Outpatient Quality Improvement Network. This project is funded by a five-year Community Transformation Grant award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

This initiative is designed to meet the following outcomes (by the end of 2016):

  • Reduce tobacco use by 5%
  • Reduce the rate of obesity through nutrition and physical activity interventions by 5%
  • Reduce death and disability due to heart disease and stroke by 5%

The SC Eat Smart, Move More Coalition will coordinate community awards to support healthy eating and active living. The nutrition and physical activity strategies of the Healthy SC Initiative have been selected from the Options for Action setting-based policy, systems, and environmental change framework.