In September 2014, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released the state’s obesity action plan, SCaledown.org. IMPH partners with DHEC to facilitate implementation of the plan through the SCale Down Initiative.
Representing the culmination of numerous collaborative efforts, the initiative focuses on both long-term and short-term strategies that can be immediately implemented to begin reducing the rate of obesity in the Palmetto State. To assist the state in meeting its goals, the plan promotes comprehensive actions to stimulate across-the-board changes at the environmental, policy, and system-level.
The plan features action items in four major categories: Communities, Worksites, Health Care and Schools/Child Care. Broadly defined, the plans overarching goals include:
- Improve the community environment to increase access to affordable fruits and vegetables, education about healthy eating and physical activity and provide more opportunities for safe physical activity.
- Improve employees’ health by implementing evidence-based worksite wellness strategies that reduce obesity risk factors and prevalence.
- Improve patient care by enhancing the health care system’s ability to effectively diagnose, counsel and refer patients to needed obesity treatment, nutritional counseling and support services.
- Improve children’s health through the use of evidence-based strategies that promote healthy eating and physical activity.
Please visit SCaledown.org to join the Initiative and/or download a copy of the plan.
Read the SCale Down Quarterly Updates:
SCale Down Update – April 2015
SCale Down Update – July 2015
SCale Down Update – September 2015
SCale Down Annual Update 2015
SCale Down Update – Spring 2016
SCale Down Update – Summer 2016
SCale Down Update – Spring 2017
SCale Down Update – Summer 2017
SCale Down Update – Fall 2017
Implementation of the plan is guided by the SCale Down Action Team.
SCale Down Action Team
Ms. Beth Barry
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Ms. Cindy Blakeney
Lexington Medical Center
Dr. Juanita Bowens-Seabrook
SC Dept. of Education
Ms. Beth Franco
Eat Smart, Move More SC
Dr. David Garr
Dr. Saundra Glover
USC Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities
Ms. Rozalynn Goodwin
SC Hospital Association
Mr. Jim Headley
SC Recreation and Parks Association
Ms. Beverly Hunter
SC Dept. of Social Services
Ms. Jessica Johnston
BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Ms. Erika Kirby
BlueCross BlueShield of SC Foundation
Ms. Melinda Merrell
SC Office of Rural Health
Mr. Thomas Orton
SC Public Employee Benefit Authority
Dr. Russ Pate
USC Arnold School of Public Health
Dr. Bruce Snyder
SC Medical Association
Ms. Leesa Stout
Dr. Myriam Torres
USC Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies
Dr. Christine Turley
Research Center for Transforming Health
USC School of Medicine – Columbia
Ms. Lisa Wear-Ellington
SC Business Coalition on Health
Dr. Sara Wilcox
USC Prevention Research Center
Ms. Amanda Williams
SC Dept. of Health and Human Services
SC DHEC Representative: Dr. Virginie Daguise and Ms. Shauna Hicks
IMPH Representatives: Dr. Megan Weis and Ms. Shaena Rouse
Page first published: March 2015
Page last updated: January 2017
December 13, 2017IMPH facilitates the evaluation of the South Carolina Obesity Action Plan through the SCale Down Initiative.