A healthy diet is essential to reducing the risk of chronic diseases and other health conditions, including obesity, malnutrition, iron-deficiency anemia, and some cancers.
The percent of adults who consumed vegetables less than one time per day was higher in those with an annual household income of less than $15,000 (37.8%) compared to those with an annual household income of $50,000 or higher (16.1%).
Men (52.3%) in South Carolina had a higher prevalence of not eating fruits than women (42.5%) in 2015.
The prevalence of adults who consumed vegetables less than one time per day did not statistically change from 2011 to 2015.
The rate of adults who met physical activity guidelines for both aerobic and muscle training increased from 18.9% in 2011 to 23.0% in 2016, and surpassed the Healthy People 2020 objective of 20.1%.
In 2015, 23.6% of South Carolina high school students met the federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic physical activity.
The prevalence among non-Hispanic White students who met the federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic physical activity was higher than non-Hispanic Black students.
Adult cigarette smoking decreased from 23.7% in 2011 to 20.6% in 2016 in South Carolina.
In 2015, 9.6% of high school students (grades 9-12) reported cigarette use on at least one day during the past 30 days.
The prevalence of adult women (50%) attempting to quit cigarette smoking within the past year was higher than adult men (41.0%).
In South Carolina in 2015, 22.4% of adults reported being exposed to secondhand smoke while at the workplace.
The five counties in South Carolina with the highest prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure while a work were: Colleton, Hampton, Bamberg, Clarendon, and Marlboro.
In 2015, the prevalence of adolescents who reported being exposed to secondhand smoke in homes or vehicles was 40.8%.
Men, when was the last time you went to the doctor for a check up? Men’s Health Month is a time for awareness of preventable health problems and early detection for men and boys. Sure, physical activity and good nutrition habits are key components for a healthy lifestyle, but other factors are also important.
Here are a few tips to make healthy choices this month:
Start a men’s exercise group. Whether it’s basketball, tag football, or power walking, there is strength in numbers. Call a buddy and get moving!
Make this month the month to receive your annual check up (and stick with it every year).
Use this month to learn about hereditary health issues. Do chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease run in your family?
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Free Times) – After months of discussion, Columbia City Council has approved an extensive update to its smoking ordinance, prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in places — like bars and restaurants — where traditional smoking was already banned.
FLORENCE, S.C. (SC Now) – Three of HopeHealth’s Diabetes and Nutrition Institute team members were among a dozen individuals recently recognized by the South Carolina Public Health Association as recipients of the Voice of Public Health Award.
SUMTER, S.C. (The Sumter Item) – Although South Carolina is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, it is mild compared with the widespread outbreaks in other states, some of which have reported cases in the hundreds and even thousands.
May is National Stroke Month. Did you know that up to 80% of strokes in the United States are preventable? Use this month to prioritize healthy lifestyle choices that lower your risk.
Stroke is the number five killer and leading cause of disability in America. While there are some risk factors that are beyond your control (i.e. age, family health history, race, gender, etc.), take the necessary steps to pay attention to what you can control. According to the American Stroke Association, these are the risk factors to watch:
High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
Carotid Artery Disease
Peripheral Artery Disease
Other Heart Disease
Sickle Cell Disease
If you have some of these risk factors or are unsure of your risk, take the Stroke Risk Quiz now.
South Carolina had the sixth highest stroke death rate in the nation and is part of the “Stroke Belt,” a group of Southeastern states with high stroke death rates. Stroke was the fifth leading cause of death in South Carolina, resulting in 2,627 deaths in 2016. Although stroke deaths have decreased from 53.3 to 45.5 per 100,000 (see below), South Carolina had a substantially higher rate than the United States.
Did you know that cigarette litter is the most common type of marine debris found on South Carolina beaches? Cigarette butts are a toxic form of marine debris. Most cigarette filters are made of thin plastic fibers called cellulose acetate, a material that degrades very slowly. Plastics exposed to sunlight and waves break down into smaller and more numerous microplastics, which may never fully degrade in the marine environment. Birds, fish, and sea turtles may ingest cigarette butts or other plastic debris along the coast, which can lead to choking, poisoning, or blockage of the gut. Leaching of toxic materials from cigarette butts can also degrade water quality. Various metals, including lead and nickel, have been found to leach from smoked cigarettes within 24 hours, which may increase the risk of acute harm to local marine life. In a laboratory study, a concentration of one cigarette butt in one liter of water killed half of all fish exposed, within 96 hours!
In 2015, DHEC OCRM conducted a Cigarette Litter Reduction Pilot Study on Folly Beach in Charleston County. The project was funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and included partners from the Surfrider Foundation and Folly Green. The goal of the project was to reduce cigarette litter on Folly Beach by educating residents and visitors about the negative effects cigarette litter can have on the marine environment. Foldable paper ashtrays and flyers printed with educational information were distributed, and new cigarette receptacles were installed at several beach walkovers on Folly Beach. Small-scale monitoring events were designed to look at the amount of cigarette litter on the beach before and after project implementation. Results of the monitoring efforts found fewer cigarette butts in the study area after project implementation, suggesting this pilot project may have influenced human behavior.
Last year, DHEC’s project was replicated in the Grand Strand by the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium (CWSEC). CWSEC and its partners took a watershed-based approach to enhance public awareness and promote proper disposal of cigarette butt litter at beach and river accesses in Horry and Georgetown Counties. Similar to the Folly Beach study, the Grand Strand Cigarette Litter Reduction project focused on public education, installation of new cigarette receptacles, and cigarette litter monitoring. Results of the project can found on the project website.