Monthly Archives: June 2015

Fresh Fruits and Veggies This Summer

By Mary-Kathryn Craft

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It’s that time of year when fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful throughout the Palmetto State.

Eating fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet can reduce your risk for diseases such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Check out this map from the S.C. Department of Agriculture to find fresh S.C.-grown produce near you.

Starting this month, DHEC’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program will provide checks that can be used to purchase fresh, S.C.-grown produce at local farmers markets. Find authorized markets accepting WIC checks near you with this map.

If you’re looking for easy and creative ideas for preparing fruits and vegetables, look no further than your local farmers market. Nutrition education specialists and dietetic interns from DHEC’s Office of Professional and Community Nutrition are offering free cooking demonstrations throughout the state this summer.

The next demonstration is scheduled for June 13 at the Kershaw County Farmers Market at 222 Broad St. in Camden.

To see which fruits and vegetables are in season, find tips on choosing the right piece of produce and get recipes, check out this guide.

DHEC 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

By Jamie Shuster

















Shelly Kelly, DHEC Director of Health Regulation, presenting the DHEC 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Angela Wallace

Angela Wallace has been named the DHEC 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  She has worked in the Bureau of Drug Control since 2002, and has recently been assigned to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program as the law enforcement investigator/educator.

Angie has been instrumental in educating both new and seasoned inspectors on how to approach drug diversion cases. I’m proud to say that she’s also been involved in complex investigations in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and her efforts have resulted in numerous arrests and convictions.

Angie always goes the extra mile and makes herself available as an expert in both proper pharmacy practices and current trends in pharmaceutical trafficking. Her familiarity with drug trafficking trends has proven to be extremely valuable in identifying organized pharmaceutical drug diversion operations.

Congrats to Angie on this special achievement!  DHEC is fortunate to have such talent within our agency.

To learn more about DHEC’s Bureau of Drug Control, including prescription monitoring and site inspections, please visit our website.

Going Coastal

By Cassandra Harris

Summer is finally here, and for many of us it means heading to the coast to spend some much needed fun in the sun and surf. DHEC wants to help you stay prepared and informed this summer.

Before you take off for the shores, check out some of our latest coastal apps:

  • Beach AccessConnecting S.C. beachgoers to over 620 public access points along our coast, the Beach Access app provides visitors with key information about a location’s amenities, including parking, restrooms, handicap accessibility, showers and more.
  • MarinaMateIn addition to listing marina locations statewide, the MarinaMate app provides mariners with information on available services, including where you can access shore power hookups and dispose of on-board sewage.
  • MyCoast: South CarolinaUsed to visualize the impact of coastal hazards and to enhance awareness among decision-makers and stakeholders, MyCoast is a portal citizens can use to assist DHEC in the collection and analysis of pictures and data relating to coastal events, including King Tides and coastal storms.
  • South Carolina Beachfront Jurisdiction And Adopted Erosion RatesProviding easily accessible information to current and prospective property owners, the S.C. Beachfront Jurisdiction app offers an overview of beachfront jurisdictional lines, beach zones and adopted erosion rates on a variety of base maps. It also provides users with access to survey packets by specific beach area, which contain specific line coordinates, survey monument locations and additional background information.

The Importance of Men’s Health

By Jim Beasley

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June is Men’s Health Month, with efforts made to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Men’s Health Network and health care providers across the state encourage men to take time to detect and protect.

There are numerous illnesses that affect men specifically, and it’s important to either guard against them or receive the treatment necessary.

The Men’s Health Network provides a free resource that establishes a guide for healthy men and boys. Blueprint for Men’s Health covers topics ranging from consultation with your health provider, diet and nutrition, exercise and overall wellness, sexual health, prostate health, testicular cancer, emotional well-being, and problems associated with the heart.

The booklet even addresses some of the special health concerns for African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities.

Guys, the main message is this: talk with your health care provider and make time now to get the age-appropriate tests you need.

It’s that simple.

As it is with most illness, your chances of controlling or curing any health problem could hinge upon early detection. Get on the right path toward wellness. Information is key to helping yourself.