Skip to Content

All University of South Carolina system institutions will be closed through the end of the spring semester. Columbia campus virtual instruction will continue through the conclusion of final exams in May. Details can be found on the coronavirus landing page.

Arnold School of Public Health

Preventing Childhood Obesity

Addressing childhood obesity is a key focus and priority of many faculty of UofSC. One particular group, The Arnold Childhood Obesity Initiative, focuses on increasing physical activity and healthy eating among school-aged children. The emphasis of this work is on instilling healthy habits in children to promotes healthy aging throughout the lifespan.

Current Novel Research Efforts

  • Helping children consume healthful foods and beverages to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Scale down to promote the South Carolina Obesity Action Plan, a tactical plan that aims to build on the success of previous efforts and offers new strategies to reduce obesity rates in the Palmetto State.
  • Local policies for improving the school food environment in South Carolina.

Associated Affiliate Scholars

Research Labs & Centers

Community Related Organizations


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.

©