Eat Smart Move More Spartanburg

In 2018, Partners for Active Living, DHEC and Eat Smart Move More Spartanburg presented the BMI project report for the 2017-18 school year. Since 2009, the project has measured the BMI of 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students in all 7 Spartanburg School Districts. A slight decrease in the obesity rate was noted this year. However, rates are still epidemic and the negative impact on our children's future health is considerable. PAL continues to work with school districts to implement policies and interventions aimed at increasing healthy eating and active living for students and their families.

To view the report, click here. For more information, contact Liz Perry at PAL.



In December 2016, the Spartanburg Childhood Obesity Taskforce transitioned to Eat Smart More More Spartanburg, a chapter of Eat Smart Move More South Carolina. This change marks an expansion of focus that includes the Way To Wellville Obesity Prevention team and the Healthy Community 50 Project, along with existing projects such as outdoor learning environments at childcare centers and BMI measurements at county schools. Learn more here.


In 2016/17, the Spartanburg Childhood Obesity Taskforce is focusing on supporting 5 county childcare centers to implement healthy Outdoor Learning Environments as part of the Preventing Obestiy By Design project. To learn more about the project, view this presentation (take a minute to load) for a detailed look at the project and click this link to access a video update featuring PAL's Laura Ringo and Page Rogers from DHEC.


In November 2008, Leadership for Healthy Communities conducted a workshop for Spartanburg and Greenville Counties, SC. After the workshop, Spartanburg community leaders representing a range of diverse interests – city and county officials, educators, school officials at all levels, local non-profits and philanthropic foundations – came together to form a community taskforce to address childhood obesity. In our sixth year, the Taskforce was one of four communities who worked with Eat Smart Move More SC to create our vision and values as well as our path forward.

The Taskforce meets quarterly and is open to the public. The next meeting will be in September 26, 2016. Contact Liz Perry for details.

To view a presentation of 2015-16 BMI data for Spartanburg county 1st, 3rd and 5th graders, click here.

Click here to read the 2015 Spartanburg Body Mass Index Report Summary

Are you interested in getting involved? Let us know through the Contact Us page.

Check out the 2014 Childhood Obesity Taskforce Annual Report and the 2013 Childhood Obesity Taskforce Annual Report. We have been making great strides to improve the health of Spartanburg's children by increasing physical activity and healthy eating.