On the Partners for Active Living podcast,The Daily Required, we talk about the work we're doing, interview friends and partners about the ways they like to stay active, and talk with experts about the work they do as we aim to make Spartanburg a healthier place to live, work and play.



The Fellowship of Sweat

Written by Ned Barrett on August 24th 2018.

Most Tuesday evenings for the last couple of years, you’ll find me running with the RJ Rockers Run Club. This event, hosted by PAL and RJ Rockers, has become one of my can’t-miss dates.

There are usually 20 or so runners who take on the 3-mile course with an option to add a mile. The route change… read more

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Beat the Summertime Slump

Written by Lindsey Graham on June 22nd 2018.

It’s safe to say that, while we look forward to long, relaxing summer days, it’s easy to fall into the summertime slump and let your active lifestyle take a backseat. Well, we don’t want that to happn to you! Here are some great ways to stay active and get out and about this summer.

For people se… read more

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Why We Do It

Written by Laura Ringo on May 3rd 2018.

On Saturday morning, April 28 my feet hurt so badly that I could hardly walk. In fact, I avoided getting up because I knew the pain was coming. What was the whine-inducing activity? The day before my colleagues at Partners for Active Living and I (along with a TON of amazing volunteers and board mem… read more

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Plan for a Fun and Active Summer

Written by Liz Perry on March 23rd 2018.

Despite a few recent frosty mornings, summer will be here before you know it. Staying active in summer is important for everyone. Spartanburg County has plenty of opportunities to be active, indoors and out, for all ages. Here are just a few.

Along with the usual fitness classes, sports leagues a… read more

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If you don't count it, it doesn't count.

Written by Ned Barrett on March 1st 2018.

You’ve heard plenty of people say, “I never see anyone there,” or “It’s crowded every time I pass by.” “Anecdata” may feel like an assessment, but it’s important to gather real counts for grant requests and trail maintenance and programming plans, part of the reason we install infra-red counters on … read more

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Stay Healthy During the Winter Season

Written by Lindsey Graham on February 2nd 2018.

As we are all well aware, the start of 2018 has been full of cold weather, germs and sickness! If you are like me, you are counting down the days until spring blossoms and 60 degree weather. Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow reared its ugly head and we could be stuck with this lovely pattern… read more

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Beating the Winter Blues

Written by on December 15th 2017.

Most of us tend to slow down during the winter, with shorter days and longer nights. At least I know I do. I’d much prefer to enjoy the winter months from the comfort of my own bed, actively avoiding those cold windy mornings. The shorter days and colder weather make it hard to continue those health… read more

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Spartanburg’s Car Culture

Written by Ned Barrett on September 20th 2017.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Spartanburg’s driving culture, mostly that I don’t think it’s as uniform as we may imagine.

For a glimpse, stand on the corner of Henry Street and Church Street for about 10 minutes some day. You’ll see drivers ignoring stop lines, pulling into the crosswalk like it… read more

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Growing Up Green

Written by Liz Perry on September 14th 2017.

At Woodland Heights Elementary School in Spartanburg, some 4th graders started the new school year off by harvesting sweet potatoes they had planted as 3rd graders. The school garden program allows students to have a hands on experience growing vegetables, and they also learn about plant biology and… read more

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