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Hold Out The Lifeline:
A Mission To Families

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Summer Has Arrived...Are You Ready!?

Summer is here!  Are you ready to have a wonderful healthy summer?  Some of us are ready to travel, get away, relax, and have fun with our family and friends.  While we continue to learn to live with Covid-19, experience high food and gas prices, and South Carolina’s extremely hot temperatures, what should you know to have a healthy and enjoyable summer? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year.  Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable.  Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. As you prepare to enjoy this summer, hopefully the following tips will serve as a healthy resource.

Move More, Sit Less!
Get at least 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity every week.  Physical activity has immediate benefits for your health such as better sleep and reduced anxiety. Summer activities for children like riding a bike and playground time are great for their development. Be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC’s website.

Wear Sunscreen & Insect Repellent
Use shade, wide-brimmed hats, clothing that covers, and broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF15 for sun protection.  Use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites and ticks.

Keep Cool in Extreme Heat
Extreme heat can be dangerous for everyone, but it may be especially dangerous for people with chronic medical conditions.  Stay cool, hydrated, and informed. Find air-conditioning during hot hours, wear cool clothing, and pay attention to heat advisories.

Eat a Healthy Diet
Delicious fruits and veggies make any summer meal healthier.

Rethink Your Drink
Drink fluoridated water instead of sugary or alcoholic drinks to reduce calories and stay hydrated.

Don’t Use Tobacco
If you smoke, there’s support available to help you quit. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or download the quitSTART App or visit

Travel Safely
Avoid driving disasters by being informed and prepared.  Keep an emergency kit in your car to prepare for any type of emergency on the road.  Include items like a first aid kit, jumper cables, tools, and maps in your emergency car kit. For a full list of items to include in your car kit visit, CDC’s Get Supplies webpage.
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Clean Air Is Fair

4 In 10 Adults in SC Are Deprived Of The Right To Breathe Clean Air in Public Places.


  • Clean air protects health.
  • Clean air is free of both secondhand smoke and vaping.
  • Clean air keeps congregational members and communities healthy.
  • Clean air reduces youth exposure to tobacco use.


  • Be a positive voice for change.  Advocate for a tobacco-free environment.
  • Share the good news about the SC tobacco Quitline (1-800-quit-now).
  • Desire to know more.  Visit the CDC, DHEC or HOTL websites.

Contact Hold Out The Lifeline for your Clean Air Is Fair Kit today: 1-803-401-5307

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South Carolina's Opioid Epidemic

Opioid misuse and overdoses are at epidemic levels in the United States today.  The data indicate that opioid overdoses have increased in South Carolina since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic likely due to increased anxiety, social isolation, and depression. The opioid epidemic is the leading cause of overdose death, with over 70,000 Americans dying annually from drug overdoses.  Over two-thirds (67.8%) are caused by opioids. Many Americans who become addicted to opioids do so after initially receiving a prescription as a treatment regimen for pain following surgery. We also know that many people use other varied substances in an attempt to control and/or ease their symptoms due to their mental health problems, while others develop mental health problems related to their compulsive drug use. In either case, people suffering from mental health conditions are more likely to be prescribed opioids and develop a dependence on them. Mental health issues are at the core of what is happening in our society.

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South Carolina Tuberculosis: What You Need To Know 

Since 2015, tuberculosis (TB) cases in the United States have substantially decreased each year. In fact, the rate of TB cases in 2020 was 20 percent lower than those in 2019. South Carolina has also experienced a decrease in TB with 67 cases in 2020 with African Americans, males and non-Hispanic persons having the highest rates. Yet, these decreases during the COVID-19 pandemic may be the result of TB cases not being detected or there was less transfer of the bacteria.

Tuberculosis disease in the lungs may cause a bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer, pain in the chest, and/or coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs).  Other symptoms of TB disease are weakness or fatigue, weight loss, no appetite, chills, fever and sweating at night.

Tuberculosis can happen anywhere. However, without treatment 5%-10% of people with TB infection will develop TB disease at some point. The risk is much higher for people with certain medical conditions.

The good news is TB infection and disease can be treated! Treatment is effective and can prevent the development of TB disease. If you’re at high risk for TB infection, talk to your healthcare provider about testing and treatment. If you’ve spent time with someone with TB disease or someone with symptoms of TB, you should be tested.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control 
SC Tuberculosis Association

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South Carolina Tobacco Quitline

FREE nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges are available to eligible South Carolinians who enroll in Quitline services.



  • Free one-on-one coaching (phone or web-based counseling and support) to quit smoking
  • Development of a personalized quit plan
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Learning Opportunities

Rx Awareness: Addressing South Carolina's Opioid Epidemic Virtual Session

Saturday, July 9, 2022
11 am - 12:30 pm

Rx Awareness: Addressing South Carolina's Opioid Epidemic Virtual Session

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
11 am - 12:30 pm

Community-Based Recovery Support

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
11 am - 12:30 pm

Community-Based Recovery Support

Wednesday, July 16, 2022
11 am - 12:30 pm

Community-Based Recovery Support

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
11 am - 12:30 pm

Mental Health First Aid

July 18 & July 19, 2022
(Must attend both sessions)
9 am - 1 pm

Need Further Assistance? Contact Us:
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