Successes

Since 2003, Partners for Active Living (PAL) improved health and wellness throughout Spartanburg County by creating an environment and culture that fosters physical activity and healthy eating. PAL is a small nonprofit working to enact large-scale change through effective partnerships.

  • Wellness Through Policy Changes +
    • Facilitated South Carolina’s first joint use agreements openings School Districts 6 & 7’s playgrounds to the public
    • Supported Spartanburg School District 7 in passing and implementing a district wellness policy that prioritizes healthy eating and physical activity
    • Allocated public funds for walking, bicycling and trails
    • Supported water access and promotion for schools and work places
  • Wellness Through Collaboration +
    • Chosen as one of 50 in the country to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation four year grant called Healthy People Healthy Places
    • Coordinated the creation of the Mobile Market, owned and operated by Hub City Farmers’ Market
    • Partnered with Spartanburg County Parks on the development of the Woodruff Greenway
    • Developed and continue to support Childhood Obesity Taskforce, now Eat Smart Move More Spartanburg, Trails Coalition, City of Spartanburg bicycle and pedestrian commission
    • Coordinate trails cleanups across the county with the Trees Coalition
    • Partner with FoodShare Spartanburg to provide our community with access to healthy food
    • Developed the Food System Coalition
  • Wellness Through System Changes +
    • Spearheaded Spartanburg’s Bike Town campaign earning the first Bicycle-Friendly community designation in 2007
    • Partnered with 21 Spartanburg schools to implement the Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Framework
    • Collected 10 years of BMI from all districts for all first, third, fifth graders in Spartanburg County
  • Wellness Through Place-Based Changes +
    • Spearheaded the installation of almost 200 bicycle racks throughout Spartanburg’s urban core
    • Advocated additional miles of new sidewalks and bicycle lanes
    • Secured $200,000 of Safe Routes to School grants with Inman Elementary, Mabry Middle, Lone Oak, and Pine Street
    • Partnered with SC DHEC and DSS to improve five preschool outdoor spaces through the Natural Learning Initiative
    • Advocated with Coalition for Active Youth on the Rail Tail Dog Park
    • Raised $1.9M for and managed the implementation of The Rail Yard Community Park project, including the NFL Panthers Play 60 and Vic Bailey Subaru Bike Park
    • Launched the Southeast’s first bicycle sharing program called Spartanburg BCycle, which now includes 39 docked, 2 electric, and 11 dockless bicycles 
    • Built new and updated existing trails within the Daniel Morgan Trail System including: Upper and Lower Drayton, Wadsworth, Three Creeks, and River Birch
  • Wellness Through Community Programming +
    • Purchased two Heather’s Ride bicycles so that children with disabilities can enjoy bicycling and the outdoors
    • Coordinated a public art project that incorporated bicycle parts called Art Cycle, many of which can still be seen around downtown
    • Grew the SRHS Criterium spectator experience from 3 tents to 100+
    • Assisted with South Carolina’s first walk and bicycle to school day and for many years, Spartanburg had the highest rates of participation across the state
    • Commissioned sculptures along the MBF Rail Trail called Trains on the Trail to highlight Spartanburg’s rail history thanks to funding from Women Giving for Spartanburg
    • Grew the Turkey Day 8K from 60 participants to 2,000+
    • Hosted Healthy Schools Summit in 2014 & 2015 to encourage school personnel professional development around healthy eating and active living
    • Created and led Hub Cycle, a low-no cost bicycle lending program, from 2006-2016. This program is now managed by First Baptist Church's The Bridge at Green Street

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