Technology Center to Advance Healthful Lifestyles Center of Economic Excellence Endowed Chairs

Dr. Frank Trieber
SmartState Endowed Chair
in Technology Applications to Prevent
and Manage Disease and Reduce Risk
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Actively Recruiting
SmartState Endowed Chair
in Technology Applications for Changing Health Behavior
University of South Carolina

Technology Center to Advance
Healthful Lifestyles is funded by Health
Sciences South Carolina, a statewide
biomedical collaborative consisting of
Clemson University,  Medical University
of South Carolina,  University of South
Carolina, Greenville Hospital System,
Palmetto Health, and Spartanburg
Regional Healthcare System. More>

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Technology Center to Advance Healthful Lifestyles

Center of Economic Excellence

Inception

2009

Award Amount

$3 million

Extramural Research Funding

$12.7 million

University Partner

University of South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Private Sector Partner

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.