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FMU’s ARCH program, Eat Smart, Move More and S.C. Public Health Institute to hold forum

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University’s Advancing Rural Community Health (ARCH) program, in its mission to provide a variety of health awareness services to the Pee Dee region, is partnering with the Eat Smart, Move More (ESMM) South Carolina Coalition and the South Carolina Public Health Institute (SCPHI) to convene a home and community gardening forum. 

Free and open to the public, the forum will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium on the FMU campus. 

Participants will learn how to organize and develop a community garden for a neighborhood, school, or organization from Carrie Draper, a healthcare organizer for South Carolina Fair Share. Draper is co-author of the article “Community Gardening in the United States,” which is a review and analysis of the benefits, purposes and motivations associated with community gardening in the United States. 

Following Draper’s address will be a panel discussion from several local gardening experts. 

For additional information about the forum, contact Director of the ARCH Program Paul DeMarco M.D. at (843) 661-1845 or email Visit the ARCH website at  


The ARCH Program was established at FMU to provide a variety of health awareness services in rural communities including health screenings, health awareness seminars and lifestyle education programs. Under the direction of staff physician, Paul DeMarco M.D., students enrolled in programs leading to careers involving health care, mental health, social work, and related fields are involved in providing these services, with emphasis on rural communities in the Pee Dee Region.    

The intent of the Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina Coalition is ongoing collaboration between state agencies, business and industry, health care organizations, schools, academia, community and a broad range of other stakeholders to capitalize and leverage differing areas of expertise, skill and resources to impact obesity in South Carolina.  

The South Carolina Public Health Institute works to advance the public health priorities of our state by convening academic, governmental and community-based stakeholders around issues important to the health and well-being of South Carolinians. 


Last Published: October 20, 2010 9:17 AM
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