Category Archives: Uncategorized

Unlock A New Career At DHEC’s Career Fairs

Calling all job seekers across the Palmetto State: DHEC is hosting career fairs across the state on March 8.

The career fairs will occur simultaneously from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the following locations:

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

             1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201

Pelham Medical Center Community Center

               2755 S. Hwy 14, Greer, SC 29650

Sumter County Library
111 North Harvin St., Sumter, SC 29150
University of South Carolina-Beaufort

           1 University Blvd., Bluffton, SC 29909

“This is a great opportunity for job seekers who want to give back to their community and state,” said Marcus Robinson, DHEC’s chief human resources officer. There are hundreds of openings, including environmental health managers, nurses, nutritionists, and IT and administrative positions that are ready to be filled.”

DHEC employees improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians by protecting and promoting the health of the public and the environment. DHEC offers an abundance of benefits, such as competitive healthcare rates and professional development to all its employees.

Prospective external and internal candidates can go online at and apply for all interested positions.

Walk-ins, new college graduates or soon-to-be college graduates are also highly encouraged to attend the event. Everyone will have the opportunity to meet with representatives and learn more about opportunities at DHEC.

Please visit DHEC’s Facebook page or Eventbrite to register for the job fair. Make sure to bring plenty of resumes and to dress for success.

Heart Disease Is Preventable If We Take Action

By Sheila Caldwell
The Heart2Heart Foundation

Imagine the headline:  “Disease that kills more than a half a million people each year can be prevented!”

Let’s add to the story that, in the United States, most of us over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for this disease.

It kills more than all cancers combined

We’re talking about heart disease — the No. 1 killer not only in America but around the world!  Most of us only learn that we have this disease after we have a heart attack or, worse, our family finds out when we have died. For those of us who have a heart attack before age 65, 80 percent of us will not survive the first one.


Sheila Caldwell

Cardiovascular disease claims over 600,000 women and men in our country each year — most without warning. It kills more of us than all cancers combined, including breast, colon and lung cancer. Yet, most of us don’t know we have it until it is too late. What is hopeful is that studies show that by taking action, about half of those deaths could be avoided.

Let that sink in.

We are losing over a half a million loved ones annually to a largely PREVENTABLE disease!

Early detection can make a difference

Just as with other chronic diseases, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease can mean the difference between survival and premature death. It is frightening to think that 64 percent of women and 50 percent of men who died suddenly from cardiovascular disease didn’t report prior symptoms. Despite the fact that more women than men have died from heart disease since 1984, less than half of women understand that THIS is their greatest health threat.

As a heart attack survivor, at age 50, the first thing I learned was that pretty much everything I thought I knew about heart disease was from a man’s perspective. My greatest risk factor was family history; heart disease had affected my father, grandfather and most males on that side of the family in their 40s. Growing up around the disease, my understanding was based on men’s symptoms. Women can present very differently and are often under-diagnosed; we even miss the warning signs ourselves. That is why it is imperative to know our individual risk factors, get the screenings needed to help us in our prevention goals and know gender-specific warning signs.

While there are some risk factors you cannot change — family history, ethnicity, age or gender — you do have control over all of the others, including cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and smoking. By working with your doctor to understand your individual risk and developing a plan to prevent or manage those, you can prevent heart attack, stroke, or premature death.

Know Your Numbers

The first step in understanding your risk is to Know Your Numbers, including your cholesterol level, blood pressure and glucose level. For those who have borderline results, you still have time to turn things around, but you must act.

During February, American Heart Month, The Heart2Heart Foundation teams up with healthcare providers from around South Carolina to provide basic heart health screenings at little to no cost to women and men at least 18 years of age. Visit to find a location near you.

Once you Know Your Numbers, this basic information along with better nutrition, HeartMonth-SocMed_Post_Gen_Final10fitness, not smoking and taking medications as prescribed will serve as your road map for the prevention of not only heart disease but about 40 other diseases, including several forms of cancer.

Coronary Calcium Scoring

More of us are learning whether or not we have heart disease through an advance screening called Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring.  The current recommendation for this screening includes men by the age of 45 and women at the age of 55. For adults who are at least 40 and have at least one risk factor for heart disease (that is most of us), this screening could give you the answers you need to protect your heart health.

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring — a quick, non-invasive screening — is one of the most advanced methods available to detect heart disease in its earliest stages. To learn more about coronary calcium scoring, watch the ground-breaking documentary, “The Widowmaker,” on our website at

If you are at moderate-to-high risk for heart disease, talk to your doctor about ordering a Coronary Calcium Scan. The screening is not typically covered by insurance but many providers have a cash price that averages around $100.

For some, this screening will provide peace of mind and confirmation to keep following a heart healthy diet and fitness program and taking medications as prescribed.

For others, it can be the wake-up call that could save your life.

DHEC’s Salute to America’s Veterans

Each year on November 11, Veteran’s Day is a chance for America to say “thank you” and display proper respect and honor for the many men and women who have served so faithfully in the U.S. Armed Forces.

In increasing numbers, veterans are continuing their legacies of service to their communities and country through agencies like DHEC. In the spirit of the holiday, we are recognizing members of our DHEC team who have served in the military. View our “Veteran’s Day 2017- Career of Service” photo album created in their honor.

We salute our nation’s Veterans!

CDC’s Top 5 Things To Know About Zika

DHEC joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in encouraging you to learn about the top five things people need know about Zika virus:

  1. Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. You can also get Zika through sex.
  2. The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites.
  3. Zika is linked to birth defects.
  4. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with risk of Zika.
  5. Returning travelers infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites.


DHEC wants you to give mom the gift of good health

By Adrianna Bradley

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) encourages you to give your mom the gift of good health.

Most moms will appreciate a Mother’s Day gift that will make her happy, and help keep her in your life for a long time.  Start a new “healthy Mother’s Day” tradition this year.

Try dark chocolate this year

Giving sweet treats is a traditional way to show your mom how much you care.  Consider giving your mother dark chocolate this year. Dark chocolate, in moderation, has many health benefits.  It is good for your heart and brain to name a few.  Eating small amounts of dark chocolate, about 1 ounce two to three times a week, can help lower blood pressure and improve cognitive function.  It may help reduce the risk of stroke as well. Remember, that chocolate is also high in fat.  Serve it along with other treats like fresh strawberries, grapes or bananas.

Help mom improve her heart health

Give the gift of heart health.  Fill her gift basket with items that will help her become more physically active.  Add a pedometer, arm weights, a yoga DVD, fitness club membership, or a cute workout outfit.

If you’re still at a loss for things to give mom, give her gifts that will help her get a good night’s sleep.  Our moms stay busy.  Getting a good night’s sleep is just as important as eating health and staying active.  Lack of sleep has been linked to serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Consider buying nice bedding, and encourage your mother to turn off the computer, smart phone, and lights, and go to bed an hour earlier each night.

Put on your chef’s hat

Lastly, pamper your mom on her special day.  Put on your apron and chef’s hat.  Prepare a brunch that she is sure to love.  Try one of the heart healthy recipes below for a new twist on pancakes and muffins below.  These foods are a healthy way to satisfy her sweet tooth without sacrificing her health.

Whole-grain Strawberry Pancakes

(Adapted from USDA)


Whole Grain Strawberry Pancakes

Attribution: USDA

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 container vanilla low-fat yogurt (6 oz)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 3/4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 container strawberry low-fat yogurt (6 oz)


  1. Heat griddle to 375°F or heat 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Grease with canola oil if necessary (or spray with cooking spray before heating).
  2. In large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, beat eggs, vanilla yogurt, water and oil with egg beater or wire whisk until well blended.
  4. Pour egg mixture all at once into flour mixture; stir until moistened.
  5. For each pancake, pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter from cup or pitcher onto hot griddle. Cook pancakes 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbly on top, puffed and dry around edges. Turn; cook other sides 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Top each serving (2 pancakes) with 1/4 cup sliced strawberries and 1 to 2 tablespoons strawberry yogurt.

Pineapple Carrot Muffins

(Adapted from Cooking Matters)


Pineapple Carrot Muffins

Attribution: Cooking Matters

  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 cup canned crushed pineapple with juice
  • 5 Tablespoons canola oil
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 Tablespoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch ground nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    Rinse and peel a carrot. Shred with a grater. Measure out ¾ cup shredded carrot.
    3. In a medium bowl, add pineapple with juice, oil, water, vinegar and shredded carrot. Mix with a fork to combine.
    4. In a large bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Blend well with a fork to break up any lumps.
    5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
    6. If using walnuts or raisins, gently stir in now.
    7. Coat muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Fill each muffin cup about ¾ full with batter. Bake on middle rack of oven until muffin tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 20–25 minutes.

Fruit Smoothies

(Adapted from Cooking Matters)


Fruit Smoothies

Attribution: Fruit smoothies

  • 1 medium banana (Use any fresh or frozen fruit. Use fruits in season when you can.)
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • ½ cup 100% orange juice
  • 4 frozen strawberries


  1. Peel banana. Place in blender.
    2. Add remaining ingredients to the blender. If using cinnamon, add now.
    3. Cover and blend until smooth.