We’re leading together to make Kershaw the healthiest county in SC.

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For the first time since 1993, overall life expectancy has dropped particularly among people younger than 65. Research attributes this to increased levels of obesity and other heart-related conditions.

To reverse this trend and prevent chronic health conditions, we have to identify youth-approved solutions to improve the health of our community. 

Since identifying “Healthy Lifestyles for Youth” as a priority in November 2017, the Livewell Kershaw Coalition has done the following:

1) Trained 12 coalition members in facilitation methods

2) Conducted 12 focus groups with four high schools and four sensemaking sessions

3) Hosted an action planning event convening all four high schools

4) Disseminated a Youth Wellbeing Assessment

5) Trained 4 student Health Ambassadors in CQI and Model for Improvement

6) Held a Visioning Workshop with key school district employees to solidify two-year success indicators

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our Mission

Create a healthier Kershaw County by engaging our youth

By including the youth in our process, we ensure that the population whose health we aim to improve is completely bought-in and engaged all along the way. We can also ensure confidence in the interventions created because the youth have designed what they would like to see.</p> <p>“Adults don’t usually ask us what we think. It was really cool to be a part of this process,” said a student from North Central High School.

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some facts about us

Leading for Outcomes

98% of students at North Central High School and 80% of students at North Central Middle School are enrolled in the SBHC. The SBHC is a minute clinic that also offers mental health services on campus at NCHS. A nurse practitioner, medical assistant, and psychology students are available on site 3-4 times a week.

272

Mental Health Counseling Sessions

299

High School Students who used the SBHC

71%

Percentage of students counseled who reached all of their goals co-developed with their life coach

Just Imagine It

April 2018

Students from across Kershaw county have begun taking action towards leading healthy lives while encouraging others to do the same.

LWK hosted Just Imagine It, a one-day workshop for high school students in Kershaw County to come together and create an action plan. During this workshop, students were taught key community solutions skills that can be embraced by students to begin to transform the culture in their schools for healthy living.

“The biggest thing that I’m taking away from this is the inspiration that I see from all the servant leaders around me,” Matthew Rush, a student at Camden Military Academy said. “It’s not easy coming up in front of everybody and saying, ‘This is how we need to change,’ not how we’re doing good. It’s difficult to point out our flaws rather than where we’re succeeding. So, you all really inspired me with that.”

 

Before Just Imagine It, LWK held focus groups at each Kershaw County high school. During these meetings, LWK coalition members asked students about their definition of living a healthy life and how they thought their schools could improve. The information from these conversations was summarized and incorporated into the Just Imagine It workshop.

During Just Imagine It, students were challenged to determine one or two realistic actions that can be done by August 2018 to make each school healthier. They also heard presentations from The Honorable James Davis, Chief Magistrate for Kershaw County, Thoyd Warren, Executive Director at Sumter County Disabilities & Special Needs Board, and State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk.

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