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.



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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Written by Laura Ringo on June 1st 2016.

By Laura Ringo, Executive Director of Partners for Active Living

Sometime earlier this spring I celebrated my 10th anniversary as the executive director of PAL. Over the last decade I have learned a lot about nonprofit management and often joke that I could write a book on the ‘do’s and especiall… read more

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Nurturing Healthy Eating and Active Living

Written by Liz Perry on May 17th 2016.

There is an aphorism that says “Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the adult.” It’s well known that cognitive and physical development is most rapid during the preschool years. Similarly, eating and activity habits are established during this time of child development as well. T… read more

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A look back

Written by on May 10th 2016.

By Will Beeker, Hub Cycle Coordinator for Partners for Active Living

Last Friday PAL held the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium for the 12th year, and I thought I would give everyone a short history of how crits as we know them today, came to be.

In the early 1900’s there were v… read more

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Fifteen minutes twice a day

Written by Ned Barrett on May 2nd 2016.

I ride to work most every day. I don’t really like riding in the rain, and some days I have meetings that take me beyond my bicycling limits for workday travel. But any other day—and I've ridden when it’s over 100 degrees and when it’s below 10 degrees—I saddle up and pedal the two miles from my hou… read more

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