Fortyone percent of Spartanburg County fifthgraders are overweight or obese, according to recent data released by the Spartanburg Childhood Obesity Taskforce. Over the course of the 20122013 school year, task force members collaborated with staff in all seven Spartanburg County school districts to collect consistent body mass index data for 10,426 first, third, and fifthgraders.
Friday afternoon, a woman left a message at my office for me to call her, as she had something urgent to discuss with me. I was on my way to the Cherokee Education Liftoff for KNOW(2) when I got the message and called her. In a very excited voice she began telling me about how much the KNOW(2) initiative had meant to her son and his children.