“We believe a healthy city/county is economically competitive, inclusive and equitable.” This is the vision behind the national HealthyCommunity50 (HC50) challenge, and Spartanburg County is proud to be one of the communities continuing to be a part of this two-year challenge to foster healthy living.
Spartanburg’s HC50 challenge is focused on increasing physical activity, and we have done this in partnership with municipalities and the leadership of elected officials. Through a series of Walk with Your Elected Official events, over 500 residents have joined their elected officials for walks held in their community.
In year two, we expanded the Walk with Your Elected Official events by inviting co-hosts from other sectors of the community to join elected officials. The first two walks of 2018 featured local law enforcement and medical professionals. In the spirit of the start of the 2018-2019 school year, school district representatives will join the next walk taking place on Saturday, August 18.
Walks will take place at nine locations throughout Spartanburg County. All walks begin at 10 a.m. and are free.
- City of Spartanburg: Beginning at the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trailhead next to II Samuels, 351 E. Henry Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
- Added this year! Cowpens: Beginning at the Cowpens Veterans Memorial Park, Palmetto Street, Cowpens, SC 29330
- Greer: Beginning at the Fountain at Greer City Park, 301 E. Poinsett Street, Greer, SC 29651
- Inman: Beginning at Inman City Hall, 20 S. Main Street, Inman, SC 29349
- Landrum: Brookwood Park, S. Bomar Ave., Landrum, SC 29356
- Lyman: Beginning at Lyman Town Hall, 81 Groce Road, Lyman, SC 29365
- Pacolet: Beginning at Middle School of Pacolet, 850 Sunny Acres Road, Pacolet, SC 29372
- Woodruff: Beginning at Humble Grounds Coffee Shop, 132 South Main Street, Woodruff, SC 29388
- Added this year! Boiling Springs: Beginning at Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park, 591 McMillin Boulevard, Boiling Springs, SC 29316
Thanks to the generosity of many partners, we will also be giving away school supplies at the various walking locations (while supplies last). Join your elected officials and school district representatives as we walk together towards healthy living, a healthy school year, and a healthy Spartanburg!
The HC50 Challenge, a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, encourages small and mid-sized cities, counties, and federally-recognized tribes to implement health innovations and data-driven solutions. At the conclusion of the Challenge, the programs most able to show measurable change will be eligible for prize awards from $25,000 – $500,000. For more information, visit www.healthiestcities.org.