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For Immediate Release
Aug. 7, 2012

DHEC arthritis program receives CDC funding

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina’s arthritis prevention program is one of only 12 in the nation to receive a five-year grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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,” said Lisa Waddell, M.D. and deputy commissioner for DHEC Health Services.

Waddell said the public health implications of arthritis are often recognized.  Arthritis affects one out of every five adults in the U.S. and nearly one of every three adults in S.C.

Waddell said DHEC would continue to partner with the Arthritis Foundation, the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging statewide aging network and the S.C. Recreation and Parks Association, along with many other organizations. New partners include the Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center and the State Alliance of YMCAs.

“YMCAs all across our state are excited to be implementing the Walk With Ease program at our locations this fall,” said Bryan Madden, chair of the S.C. State Alliance of YMCAs. “This worthwhile program is sure to benefit countless members of our communities.”

Other funded states are California, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Utah. For more information about arthritis programs, visit DHEC’s Website http://www.scdhec.gov/arthritis or call 1-866-899-3663 to learn about local program offerings.

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For more information:
Jim Beasley – (803) 898-7769
Email – beaslej@dhec.sc.gov