Category Archives: DHEC In the News

Family Health and Fitness Day: DHEC provides ways to improve your family’s health

June 11 is Family Health & Fitness Day. This is a great reminder that eating healthy and being physically active are important for improving and maintaining overall health.  

DHEC’s Bureau of Community Nutrition Services is sharing some ideas for how you and your family can be healthier and fit today and every day. 

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Don’t Waste Food SC Holds SC Food Waste Prevention Week

The Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling’s Don’t Waste Food SC (DWFSC) campaign is hosting an inaugural SC Food Waste Prevention Week (FWPW) April 4-8. The main purpose of the week is to continue to increase awareness of the damaging economic, environmental, and social impacts of wasted food in South Carolina as well as to provide all South Carolinians with tools to help prevent wasted food.

“The sustainable management of food is essential,” said Myra Reece, DHEC Director of Environmental Affairs. “Prevention and donation to help feed those in need are the key first steps. In South Carolina, one in nine residents are food insecure, including one in seven children. If everyone does their part, this problem can be solved.”

Food remains the number one item thrown away by Americans – and South Carolinians – each year. In fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), South Carolina generated over 1,062,000 tons of food waste. Wasted food squanders the land, water, energy, labor, and other resources used to produce, package, and move food from farm to plate.

Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Most food waste occurs at home, which is why DWFSC focuses on tools to equip residents to prevent wasted food and to donate anything extra they create.

You can take several steps to contribute to FWPW and help reduce the amount of food waste that’s generated at home, including: · Plan your meals. Use what you have at home first. Meal Planner · Shop smart. Make a list, stick to it. Printable Shopping List

· Prep smart and store smart. Prepare perishable food soon after shopping or meal prep. Freeze items to keep fresh. Do the FIFO: first in, first out. Keep produce in its proper place. Fruit and Vegetable Storage Info

· Don’t be confused by date labels. Food doesn’t immediately spoil on the package date. Product Dating Info

· Love your leftovers. If dining out, take your leftovers home. Get creative and make new meals with leftovers.

· Buy directly from local farmers and markets. You’ll get fresher food and keep your dollars in the community. Where to Buy Local in SC · Donate non-perishable items. Feed your neighbors, not the landfill. Feeding the Carolinas Foodbanks

When You Can’t Save, Compost

It is important to note that no matter what measures we take to prevent wasted food, some waste is unavoidable. Food waste shouldn’t go in the garbage – it should be composted. Composting Info

Follow @dontwastefoodsc on Instagram and Facebook for FWPW content and additional resources. To learn more about Don’t Waste Food SC, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/dwfsc.

DHEC Highlights Danny Poole for Athletic Trainer’s Month

Earlier this month, we spotlighted Sheila Gordon for Athletic Trainer’s Month. DHEC administers South Carolina’s athletic trainer certification program and develops standards, with the advice of the Athletic Trainers’ Advisory Committee, for the improvement of athletic training services for the over 1,000 certified athletic trainers in the state. 

As we wrap up March, we wanted to highlight Danny Poole, who serves on the aforementioned DHEC Athletic Trainers Advisory Committee and who recently retired after a 40-year career.

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DHEC Works to Continue to Control and Eliminate Tuberculosis (TB)

When Dr. Robert Koch announced in 1882 his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB), it marked a critical turning point in the fight against the disease. It’s a fight that DHEC’s TB Control Division and its partners continue in South Carolina today.  

In recent years, the push to control TB across the globe had been making positive strides until 2020 when there was what many hope will turn out to be simply a brief setback.  

“For the first time in over a decade, TB deaths increased in 2020. The theme of World TB Day 2022 – ‘Invest to End TB. Save Lives.’ – conveys the urgent need to invest resources to ramp up the fight against TB and achieve the commitment to end TB made by global leaders.” 

– Pan American Health Organization; World Health Organization, 2022 

March 24 is World TB Day, and DHEC’s TB Control Division will celebrate it on Friday March 25, 2022. We will join local, state, national, and global public health officials, and partners in recognizing Dr. Koch’s efforts as well as that of people across the world who have worked to control and eliminate TB. 

Click here to learn more about our work with partners to fight this illness. 

About TB 

Tuberculosis is a disease of the lungs that can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or speaking. It is treatable and preventable. We all can play an important role in eliminating tuberculosis in our community by understanding the signs and symptoms and helping to educate others.   

The signs and symptoms of TB disease in other parts of the body depend on the area affected, but the general signs and symptoms of TB disease include:  

  • feelings of sickness or weakness,  
  • weight loss,  
  • fever,  
  • night sweats, 
  • chest pain, 
  • coughing, and 
  • coughing up blood.  

Click here for a short video on one person’s story related to TB.