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Eat Smart Move More Kershaw County has bike racks installed to encourage healthy living

Posted: August 25, 2011 12:15 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2011 5:00 a.m.

As gas prices settle at over $3 per gallon, many people are looking for alternative forms of transportation. One such option is riding a bicycle. To support those that choose to cycle in Camden, Eat Smart Move More Kershaw County has worked with the city of Camden and Kershaw County government to install bike racks at various locations throughout the city.

Eat Smart Move More Kershaw County (ESMMKC) is a local chapter of the state’s nonprofit organization, Eat Smart Move More South Carolina. The mission of ESMMKC is to coordinate collaborative and sustainable efforts to support healthy eating and active living where Kershaw County residents live, learn, work, and play. Through small grants, the group was able to purchase and install bike racks to give cyclists a safe place to park their bicycles.

The new bike racks are located at Camden City Hall, Town Green, Hampton Park, Boykin Park, Scott Park, Edgewood Park, Kershaw County Health Department, Kershaw County Government Center, Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, Food for the Soul, and the Kershaw County Farmers Market.

“Our physical activity committee determined the locations for the new racks. We looked for places where people might ride their bike. Some people may not be familiar with the new design of the bike racks, but the type we chose minimizes damage to the bike while keeping it protected,” explained Whitney Hinson, community health educator with KershawHealth and ESMMKC coach.

“Eat Smart Move More Kershaw County is trying to make the healthy choice the easy choice in our community,” said Pam Spivey, United Way coordinator and ESMMKC coach. “By creating an environment that supports those that choose to be physically active, our intent is that more people will be active and our community will be healthier.”

For more information about Eat Smart Move More Kershaw County, visit  http://esmmsc.org/kershawcounty/.

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