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Technology Center to Enhance Healthful Lifestyles

Center of Economic Excellence

Inception

2009

Award Amount

$3 million

External Funding Above Match

$18.5 million

Research Focus

Develop and test lifestyle interventions for improving health, preventing illness and managing chronic health problems caused by physicl inactivity, poor diets, and other lifestyle behaviors.

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.

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