SCale Down

In September 2014, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released the state’s obesity action plan, 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 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. Kelsey Allen
Eat Smart Move More South Carolina
Community Workgroup Chair

Ms. Beth Barry
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Schools Workgroup Chair

Ms. Cindy Blakeney
Lexington Medical Center
Health Care Workgroup Chair

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
Child Care Workgroup Chair

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
SCANA Corporation

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


Ms. Carmen Wilson
BlueCross BlueShield of SC

Ms. Jennifer Wright
South Carolina Hospital Association
Worksites Workgroup Chair

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 2018