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.



Publication Suppression: Buried Science Affects Healthy Lifestyles

Written by on October 4th 2016.

I find that no matter where I look, healthy eating is constantly thrown at me. I can’t spend two minutes on Facebook without the Paleo diet being lauded followed by how to make the perfect S’more.

Despite the warnings from diet blogs, no matter what I looked up the warnings were always fairly vag… read more

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I (Secretly) Love It!

Written by Laura Ringo on September 27th 2016.

One of the things often referred to with dread in the nonprofit world is strategic planning. I try not to admit it too often for fear of looking like a nonprofit-nerd, but I love the process! I think it is energizing to step back and look at successes and failures, make course corrections, revamp, a… read more

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What Local Teachers Want You To Know About Child Wellness

Written by Liz Perry on September 20th 2016.

Active kids with wholesome diets are heathier kids. We have all heard that fact, backed up by many studies over many years. But how do you get school age kids to be more active and interested in more wholesome foods? As mentioned in an earlier blog, Partners for Active Living is providing technical … read more

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Tracking My Daily Travels

Written by Ned Barrett on September 13th 2016.

For about ten days this month, I used my GPS app to record all my travel by whatever mode, including running which isn’t really travel. I tried to keep track of all my trips, and to separate tracks into modes. When I drove somewhere, for example, I stopped it in the parking lot and started it again … read more

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Pedaling to Produce

Written by on August 30th 2016.

Riding a bike for transportation can be tough work! I should know, because that’s how I get around. Still I am happy to report I have been able to reach many fresh food options! The Saturday Farmer’s Market has been a great success for me, and the fact that it has a double SNAP program means that yo… read more

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$782K committed!

Written by Laura Ringo on August 23rd 2016.

In a few weeks (almost one month exactly – September 26), the City of Spartanburg City Council will discuss additional parks and recreation investments in our community. As part of that process, Partners for Active Living will request final approval and endorsement of the proposed Rail Trail park (w… read more

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Opportunity for Positive Change

Written by Liz Perry on August 15th 2016.

By Liz Perry, Healthy Kids Coordinator at Partners for Active Living

Elementary school was a long time ago. Where I went to grade school, Physical Education, or gym class as I knew it then, didn’t start until 7th grade. We did have daily recess, which involved running round outside, playing tag o… read more

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Your mission, if you wish to accept...

Written by Ned Barrett on August 8th 2016.

By Ned Barrett, Trails Coordinator at Partners for Active Living

Most folks know I ride my bike to work and around town. That said, I don’t think of myself as a cyclist. I don’t own any fancy lycra clothing, I only own one bike, and I don’t shave my legs.

That’s the image of cycling most of us… read more

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Stumpjump 2016: one for the books

Written by on June 27th 2016.

By Will Beeker, Americorps member and Hub Cycle Coordinator at Partners for Active Living

This past weekend I had the privilege of helping host the 19th annual XC mountain bike race, Stumpjump at Camp Croft.  It’s held every year sometime between the end of spring, and beginning of summer, and ha… read more

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Celebrating the Place We Play: the MBF Rail Trail-iversary

Written by Ned Barrett on June 21st 2016.

We recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail with, what else, a bike parade. A bright sunny morning found 50 or so silly participants gathering at Barnet Park to ride the route of the upcoming extension of the Rail Trail across town.

This eve… read more

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