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Making Healthy Choices Easier – A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story

Eat Smart Move More Kershaw County and the City of Camden recognized that:

  • Getting around Kershaw County without a car was a safety concern for many people who traveled by foot, bicycle, or wheelchair.
  • A lack of regular physical activity was a major contributor to Kershaw County’s steady rise in rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and other chronic health conditions.
  • Among the county’s 62,000 residents, 70% were overweight or obese, and 28% led sedentary lifestyles.

Without proper planning, Camden’s walkable, historic grid street pattern was slowly being replaced by suburban sprawl. Making streets safer by building more sidewalks and bike paths could help people enjoy the many benefits of physical activity.

Learn how Eat Smart Move More Kershaw County and the City of Camden involved residents and worked to meet national Complete Streets standards to help Camden, SC become a safer and healthier community.

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Date Posted:
Organization Name: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Program Name: 

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina

111 Stonemark Lane
Suite 115
Columbia, SC 29210
United States
Additional Zip Codes Where Program Was Implemented: 
29020, 29021
Healthy People 2020 overarching goal addressed: 
Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
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The Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant supports prevention efforts in 50 states, the District of Columbia, 8 US territories, and 2 American Indian tribes. It is managed by the Division of Population Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. For more information, go to

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