Statement from Eat Smart Move More South Carolina on racism, disparities, and inequities

The wrongful deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and other black men and women have had a heavy impact on our coalitions, our partners, our staff and most importantly, the black community. These tragedies have sparked sadness, anger, fear, and a host of other deep-seated feelings.  We acknowledge these emotions and want to publicly state that we are here to listen, empathize, support, and encourage action. We are committed to being a part of the work of ending racism.

For 13 years, Eat Smart Move More South Carolina has prided itself on working to create access to healthy foods and safe places to play for all South Carolinians, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

As we work towards sustainable changes in policies, systems, and environments that address systemic racism’s impact on health and health disparities, we strive to institutionalize equity into our processes and projects.  Our core values support advocating and implementing long-term changes that give every single human being access to living a long, healthy life.

When things are unhealthy, unfair, inequitable, or wrong, it’s important to stand up and advocate for real change, whether you’re peacefully protesting, engaging in discussions with decision-makers and leaders, or using social media to organize and share resources. These actions, in addition to completing the 2020 Census, registering to vote, and casting your vote, are ways to make your voice heard and make change happen.

We will continue to expand our work to fight racism and ensure that all South Carolinians have access to a long, healthy life.