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Critical Issues 2013: Battling Childhood Obesity in SC

Critical Issues 2013: Battling Childhood Obesity in South Carolina

Obesity is a startling issue with tremendous consequences for health and quality of life. In 2010, 67.4 percent of all adults and almost 1 in 3 high school students in South Carolina were either overweight or obese. If current trends continue, 1 out of 3 children born in 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes. While all segments of the population are affected, low-income and food-insecure people are especially vulnerable. The time to act is now.

Many DLI Alumni came early to OneSouthCarolina to join their colleagues on March 1 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. for a preconference session on the critical issue of childhood obesity that is facing our state. They learned not only about the challenge that confronts us, but also about the exciting efforts already underway. 

To view the program, click here.

This highly informative, relevant, and useful program arose from the Healthy SChools SuperCapstone project championed by DLI fellows Mitch Kennedy, community services director, City of Spartanburg and Renée Romberger,  vice president for Community Health Policy and Strategy, Spartanburg Regional.

SCDHEC Director Catherine Templeton opened the program with a look at the state of childhood obesity in SC.

Other speakers included:

  • Vince Degenhart, chair, SCMA Childhood Obesity Taskforce
  • Harvey Galloway, executive director, BCBSSC Foundation
  • Donna Hammond, Beaufort County Schools Wellness Manager
  • Lynn Hammond, program manager, SC Healthy Schools, SCDOE
  • Ron Jones, culinary specialist, Greenville County Schools
  • Janice Key, director of School and Community-based Programs, Boeing Center for Children's Wellness
  • Joe Kyle, MPH, Director, Office of Performance Management and Health Improvement, Principal 
    Investigator HSCI
  • Mark Quinn, director of Public and Member Relations, Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (moderator)
  • Amy Splittgerber, director, Eat Smart, Move More SC
  • Lathran Woodard, CEO, South Carolina Primary Health Care Association
  • Jennifer Wright, program manager, SCHA Working Well

For complete biographies, click here.

Their presentations were followed by glimpses of several statewide and local programs already making a difference, with ample opportunity for attendees to ask questions!

The preconference session was open to all DLI grads as part of their OneSouthCarolina 2013 registration.  

This half-day symposium is presented in partnership with the South Carolina Medical Association.