Food Safety & Nutrition

basket of grapesClemson Extension agents with primary food safety & nutrition responsibilities work closely with state extension specialists and researchers located on campus and at the various research and education centers located across the state. They provide expertise in topics ranging from safe food-handling training for individuals, restaurants and commercial food processors to prevent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses to nutrition, obesity prevention, chronic disease risk reduction, and special dietary considerations for individuals and families throughout the lifespan.

In addition, 20 EFNEP Nutrition Educator Assistants (NEAs) deliver education programs that help children, youth and young families with limited resources develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior needed to improve their diet, physical activity levels, and become better managers of their food dollars. Food Safety, nutrition, diet and health information can be found at Clemson University’s Home and Garden Information Center and the Nutrition Information and Resource Center.

Local Agents

Robert Guinn, 843-255-6060, Ext 116; rguinn@clemson.edu (Beaufort)
Melissa Buckner, 843-549-2595, Ext. 128, buckne2@clemson.edu

Eat Smart Move MoreEat Smart Move More logo

The Eat Smart Move More Coalition coordinates obesity prevention efforts across the state and leads the implementation of South Carolina's Obesity Prevention Plan.  Under the guidance of Eat Smart Move More South Carolina (ESMMSC) our local Eat Smart Move More Colleton County (ESMMCC) and the Let’s Go movement are working together to make Colleton County a county in which healthy eating and active living are essential parts of the everyday culture by conducting programs in our schools, in our communities, in the workplace, and in our churches and faith centers.

Visit www.esmmsc.org/colletoncounty

Let's Go!Let's Go! logo

Let’s Go! is a comprehensive, sustainable action plan by Eat Smart, Move More Colleton County to improve the community’s access to healthy food and physical activity. The campaign engages the entire community including schools, worksites, and faith-based organizations. 
 

Monthly Program Focus:

Each month, Let’s Go! focuses on either a healthy eating or active lifestyle campaign.

Let’s Go Teams

Join one of our Teams; contact Melissa Buckner for more information, 843-549-2595, ext. 128 or buckne2@clemson.edu

Community Team members and volunteers work on various visible community projects including Move More Walterboro and the Farmers’ Market. This Team also encourages local government to adopt “Complete Streets” policy.

School Team members and volunteers work with local child care facilities and area schools in an effort to meet the mission of ESMMCC.  Team members assist childcare centers with the implementation of the Grow Healthy program and K -8 programs such as CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health), Take 10!, Re-Think Your Drink, school gardens, Safe Routes to School, Before/After School walking/running clubs and a School Wellness Conference. Team members also help to promote Joint Use and School Wellness policies as well as healthy food options in the schools.

Worksite Team members and volunteers assist the business community in promoting healthy eating and physical activity at worksites.

Faith Team members assist faith-based organizations in utilizing the Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More curriculum. The Team also helps in awarding mini-grants to organizations to create or enhance policy and environmental changes in the faith community.

Opportunity

This fall Let’s Go will kick off a campaign to have Colletonians work together to walk or exercise for a combined 1,000,000 minutes.  Details and participation plans will be announced later in the summer or early fall on our websites and in the local newspapers.

Visit the state-wide Food Safety & Nutrition website.