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Nutrition Problems and Solutions in SC

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Dr. Sonya Jones discusses the importance of healthy behaviors in the state of South Carolina. Dr. Sonya Jones discusses the importance of healthy behaviors in the state of South Carolina.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

Public health has become a concern in the state of South Carolina. Most leading causes of death in the state stem from nutritional behaviors.

"Diet, physical activity and smoking are the three primary reasons that people die in South Carolina. So working on nutrition and healthy lifestyle behaviors, means that in South Carolina we need to make sure that it's possible for people to make better choices," said Sonya Jones, Director at the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities.

The University of South Carolina held a symposium on Friday addressing the nutritional issues in the state. Professors and researchers want to communicate this problem to state agencies and policy makers.

“A big policy debate right now is making sure people who participate in SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) are able to make healthy choices,” said Jones.

Nutritional video games are also being used to help children understand which food items are healthier choices.

Jones suggests eating lots of fruits and vegetables and making water your drink of choice to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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