About Us

Wholespire Spartanburg County is a collaboration of partners in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, working to make our county a healthier place to live, work, learn, pray and play.

In 2016, the Spartanburg Childhood Obesity Taskforce became Wholespire Spartanburg County, bringing over 7 years of experience to the new chapter. The focus of the Spartanburg chapter is increasing access to healthy choices and promoting policy, systems, and environmental changes that increase opportunities for healthy eating and active living for all county residents.

Diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues can be prevented and managed when people have access to healthy choices. Access means grocery stores within walking distance and neighborhoods with unbroken or uneven sidewalks. Also, access means parks with lights and playgrounds with safe equipment. When communities don’t have access to healthy choices, individual health and standards of living are poor.

Through advocacy, communication, and community-based projects, we work through our mission to inspire wellness in all of our communities.

Our Focus Areas

Advocacy

We advocate for more opportunities for healthy eating and active living in our community. One way we are implementing this is by supporting Wholespire’s campaigns for complete streets, the fruit and vegetable grant matching program, and the implementation of best practice healthy eating and physical activity standards in out-of-school time settings.

Coalition Building

Our coalition exists to leverage resources to prevent and reduce obesity in our community, so everything we do is to reach that end. As the backbone organization for Wholespire Spartanburg County, Partners for Active Living is working to strengthen and increase our community’s capacity to prevent and reduce chronic diseases. We are accomplishing this by thoughtfully convening community partners working in this space, making sure they have the opportunity to know what all of the other partners are working on, providing time, space, and tools to discuss why and how we are doing what we do and how we might approach our future work, and to support each other and our own Wholespire Spartanburg County community-based projects.

Equity

When we look at factors like geography, race, and income, we see differences in chronic disease rates across our county. We are aware of the inequities that our systems have created and perpetuated in regards to accessing healthy food and places to be active, and we are working to intentionally address these inequities.

Evaluation

To gain a more robust understanding of our progress, we are continuing to focus on and develop our evaluation measures and plans. For example, we are measuring the development of our coalition, the body mass indexes of Spartanburg County 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders, and many aspects of FoodShare Spartanburg and Out-of-School Time.

MISSION

We work with communities to implement proven and sustainable approaches that lead to increased access to healthy choices for all people.

VISION

We want informed influencers and empowered communities who work together to ensure an equitable Richland County, where everyone has access to healthy choices.

MEETINGS

We meet virtually five times per year on the fourth Wednesday of the month. All are welcome to attend. Contact us if you’d like to become a member and engage in our work.