University of South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Health Sciences South Carolina
Chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and cancer are all too common causes of disability and mortality in the United States. Unhealthful behaviors such as sedentary lifestyles and poor diets, along with the obesity that often results, are major reasons why people develop chronic health problems.
South Carolina has more than its share of citizens with chronic illness. The state ranks sixth nationally in obesity and seventh in prevalence of diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state's stroke mortality rate is among the highest in the country.
The Center is developing technology, such as interactive, web-based coaching programs, to help people make healthier lifestyle choices and delay or prevent chronic diseases. These tools have the potential to reach all segments of society and reduce health disparities.