Fight continues against childhood obesity in Upstate


(WSPA) — September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

LiveWell Greenville, a coalition of organizations working to improve health for all Greenville County residents, takes childhood obesity seriously.

The coalition has several programs tackling to fight the issue.

According to LiveWell Greenville, 41 percent of youth and 66 percent of adults in Greenville County are obese. 

Sally Wills with Livewell Greenville said they are working to create environments and policies that make it easier to live a healthy lifestyle. More than 200 partners are working to make the healthy choice the easy choice. 

One of those is the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy! Click here to learn more about a bike share program they partner with Livewell and local schools on,

Wills says the focus also begins with working with partners like the YMCA and after school and early learning programs for ages 3 to 5. 

Wills says that younger age group is leading the way in fighting obesity and where researchers are seeing the most results.

Local churches like Shady Grove Baptist have a garden for students to grow fruits and vegetables and schools like Sterling School stress exercise and healthy snack breaks. 

Experts also say it’s about building an environment where healthy food and exercise is encouraged.

Livewell Greenville is holding an awards event called the Wellies to celebrate 84 businesses, churches, early childcare, out of school time and schools that are making strides to create healthier places to live, learn, work, play and pray. 

The group also has events coming up to help employers implement work site wellness opportunities. One of those events is the Wellness Policy Retreat.

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