S.C. gets federal grant for arthritis prevention
South Carolina’s arthritis prevention program received a five-year federal grant, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.
“We at DHEC are honored to be one of only five states to receive continued funding, and one of only 12 states nationwide,” Dr. Lisa Waddell, deputy commissioner for DHEC Health Services, said in a statement. Funding comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Arthritis affects one in five adults in the U.S. and nearly one in three adults in South Carolina, according to DHEC.
DHEC said it would continue to work with the Arthritis Foundation, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging and the S.C. Recreation and Parks Association, among other groups. New partners include the Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center and the State Alliance of YMCAs.
Visit www.scdhec.gov/arthritis or call 1-866-899-3663 for more information about arthritis programs in South Carolina.