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To enable our partners, faith based organizations, and communities to address the holistic health of families in South Carolina. 
January/February 2021
In This Issue:
A Message from the Director
COVID-19 Public Outreach and Education Communication Campaign
Resolutions for a Healthier Heart

Mothers Eliminating Secondhand Smoke
South Carolina Tobacco Quitline
South Carolina and Opioids
Training and Other Learning Opportunities
As we embark upon the New Year, reflections of the previous year events will possibly have a momentous impact on what we resolve to move forward.  Certainly, with the onset of the COVID-19 virus, so many rapid and necessary changes transformed and/or interrupted our day-to-day activities.   It seems normalcy went out the window and the stress and strain associated with everyday living kicked in! While this is the case, however, the New Year 2021 presents an excellent opportunity for all of us to forget those things which are behind us and to press onward resolving to make a fresh start for all things great and small.  In our effort to help you make a fresh start, this e-newsletter encourages resolving to:
  1. Know more about the coronavirus and the vaccines for you to help others make an informed decision.
  2. Set long-term goals for a healthier heart.
  3. Seek various platforms to provide tobacco health education to your congregational members and community residents.  We're here to help as you move forward with your plans.
COVID-19 Public Outreach and Education Communication Campaign
The key to making an informed decision is staying abreast of current education and information.  In partnership with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, HOTL is available to provide education and technical assistance to you so that your faith-based leaders, congregational members, and community residents receive up-to-date education and information about the COVID-19 virus and vaccines, provide PPE, and other educational resources.  

Please call our office at (803) 461-3201 to schedule a session for your region, district, association, and/or congregation.   

As of January 6, 2021, DHEC reported the following:
Total Confirmed Cases 306,204
Total Probable Cases 27,031
Total Confirmed Deaths 5,139
Total Probable Deaths 443
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Resolutions for a Healthier Heart
Resolution #1 
Vow to Reduce Stress:  
Stress contributes to heart disease and studies have shown a strong connection between stress and heart attacks. Stress also causes people to pick up unhealthy habits like smoking, overeating, drinking, and not sleeping.  Over 46 million Americans still smoke and 80 million American adults (25 %) abuse alcohol and other substances. Additionally, almost 40 percent of American adults are obese. All of these are bad habits attributable to stress which can lead to heart attacks and/or stroke. Doctors suggest that people experiencing stress should deal with the stressors head-on through activities that can mitigate these events, such as taking a bath, scheduling more "me time", practicing mediation and self-care.
Resolution #2
Vow to Get More Exercise:  
It's recommended that people get a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise at least five days a week. Moderate exercise activities include brisk walking, bicycling (flat surface under 10 mph), water aerobics, swimming leisurely, gardening and some household chores (vacuuming). Exercise enough to break a sweat and raise your heart rate. Try to find a physical activity that you enjoy doing that will easily become a part of your daily life.
Resolution #3
Vow to Eat Right for Better Heart Health:  
Substitute foods such as red meat, whole milk, cream and butter with leaner meats such as chicken and fish. Adopt the “5-a-Day” servings of vegetables and fruits into your daily diet.  Eliminate sweets, especially sodas and sweetened drinks.  Eat whole grains instead of processed grains. Cut out cold cuts and reduce added sugar and salt. Limit cholesterol by reducing consumption of egg yolks. Moreover, go grocery shopping regularly and prepare home-cooked meals. All these actions are good on their own, but together they will aid in reducing cardiac problems and contribute to your overall health.
Resolution #4
Vow to Get an Annual Physical:
An annual check-up will not only screen for major health problems, but will help your doctor keep tabs on your blood pressure and glucose levels. In addition, discuss your family health history with your doctor. The information you know about your parents’ and siblings’ health history can help you and your doctor prevent and/or treat any chronic diseases (heart disease and cancer) and chronic conditions (diabetes and hypertension) for which you might have an elevated risk. 
Resolution #5
Vow to Get More Sleep:
Getting less sleep consistently can increase blood pressure, cause blood vessel inflammation leading to heart failure, cause stress and irritability, disrupt brain function and contribute to overeating. Adopt a regular bedtime every day, including weekends. Try to avoid sleep disruption by putting your phone away long before bedtime. Cut back or eliminate caffeine especially at night. Induce sleep through meditation, reading, or listening to soft music.  Sleep in a cool, dark room and allow yourself at least 6-8 hours of uninterrupted rest.
Mothers Eliminating Secondhand Smoke (M.E.S.S.)
An exciting initiative to address secondhand smoke, M.E.S.S. is designed to ensure the overall well-being of women and children through creating voluntary smoke-free homes, smoke-free vehicles, and policy adoption within the faith community.

M.E.S.S. is a collaborative effort between Hold Out the Lifeline: A Mission to Families and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Its overall purpose is to build an advocacy network among faith-based organizations and other appropriate settings.

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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.



  • One-on-one coaching (phone or web-based counseling and support) 
  • Development of a personalized quit plan. 
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South Carolina and Opioids
Opioid use disorder and opioid overdoses are at epidemic levels in the United States today, and opioid misuse also creates secondary public health impacts by increasing demand on our first responders, law enforcement and healthcare agencies.
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Trainings and Other Learning Opportunities
When: January 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM

When: January 21 - January 22, 2021, at 1:00 PM

When: January 25 - January 26, 2021, at 1:00 PM

When: February 22 - February 23, 2021, at 1:00 PM

When: March 22 - March 23, 2021, at 1:00 PM

Need Further Assistance? Contact Us:
website:     phone: 803-461-3201
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