Greetings — and
Sumter County on the Move!
Sumter County on the
Move (SCOTM!) is a research study conducted by the Prevention
Research Center at the University of South Carolina, Columbia,
in partnership with Sumter County Active Lifestyles (SCAL). It
is a 12-month, group-based walking program developed to help
Sumter County residents become more active. SCOTM! is designed
to better understand if support from walking group members, contact
through social media and having access to information and strategies
to increase physical activity and other healthy behaviors will
change walking patterns in adults. Though SCOTM! is no longer
accepting new members, the information and tools provided on
this website may assist those interested in becoming more active
and creating a healthier lifestyle.
As a first step to
increasing physical activity, SCOTM! members formed walking groups
of 4-8 members, with one member serving as the group leader.
The leader acts as the group’s “cheerleader” to
motivate members by maintaining monthly contact, organizing group
walks and assisting members with overcoming barriers to being active.
SCOTM! is a flexible program and encourages members to build walking
into their daily routines. Members may walk at their convenience
with the group or alone and as often as they like. However, all
group members are encouraged to meet the national
physical activity recommendation of at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity.
For some members, this is a goal they work to achieve over time.
More importantly, members are encouraged to support one another
in walking consistently!
SCOTM! provides helpful
information and resources to assist members in reaching their
goals. Each member receives a SCOTM!
Member Handbook filled with tips on setting goals SCOTM!
Weekly Personal Goal Contract, tracking progress SCOTM! Walking Log and sticking with a walking
program. The program also provides local
maps and resources identifying walk-friendly
locations, parks and trails. Sessions for Success are available
to all members twice a month during their first six months of
participation. These 45-minute interactive sessions allow members
to learn more and share ideas about how to make physical activity
part of a healthier way of life. Staying on track takes teamwork!
Therefore, members are encouraged to stay in contact and share
ideas through email, texts, by phone and Facebook.
Join us in
making Sumter County a more active community!
back often for new materials!
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