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Posted by Ryan Morgan on January 27, 2014 at 9:07 AM
Tell Them‘s January social media campaign asks organizations, programs, and businesses in South Carolina, “What are you doing in 2014 to encourage healthier youth in SC?”
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Tell Them‘s January social media campaign asks organizations, programs, and businesses in South Carolina, “What are you doing in 2014 to encourage healthier youth in SC?” By: Palmetto Place Staff Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter provides a safe and nurturing environment for abused and neglected children and unaccompanied teens, offering them a broad range of services concentrating on personal healing and development. The shelter is open 24 hours each day of the year and provides medical and mental health care, crisis adjustment/transitional counseling, after-school tutoring, and recreational and social activities in addition to clothing and shelter. We pride ourselves on being a "normal house," despite the fact that our family consists of 20 children and youth at a time--on top of the dedicated staff providing care--and our roommates sometimes move in and out quickly, or stay for a few months. We still have arguments between siblings, we have to do chores and finish our homework before we can watch TV in the afternoons, we go to the park, the movies, and the library on weekends. But what we really love about daily life in our Shelter, is the food. In addition to three well-balanced meals, our residents are provided with two healthy snacks daily. We don't allow sodas or candy (well, maybe a little candy on holidays). The youth in our house say their favorite snack, is the fruit--especially mangoes, pineapples, and strawberries--and we have been steadily expanding the availability of these natural sweets. For each of these meals times, we sit down to shared time around big tables in the dining room. We believe that this time is crucial to the development of healthy eating habits as well as strong relationships. Just like any other family, we chat about our day and learn to lean on one another, making each child stronger and healthier each day.

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