GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 23, 2017)—According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 33% of
American adults are considered obese. In addition, “obesity-related conditions include
heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading
causes of preventable death. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S.
was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese
were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight,” says the CDC.
To combat this obesity epidemic, and in a continued effort to promote the health and wellness of Upstate communities, Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States, has partnered with the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine Greenville to provide a full scholarship of $160,000 over the course of four years to one of our region’s future physicians. The patient-mindedness, Total Health focus, and population health mentality of the USC School of Medicine Greenville, along with its commitment to lifestyle medicine, optimizes this ideal partnership.
“Aflac products help protect the lifestyles of our policyholders by providing financial security against unexpected illnesses or injuries,” Aflac Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer Virgil Miller said. “But we also want to help people live healthy, and the USC School of Medicine Greenville’s emphasis on total patient care and lifestyle medicine is something we believe will play a significant role in controlling the obesity rate in South Carolina and across our country.”
The USC School of Medicine Greenville implements lifestyle medicine into its curriculum to promote self-care among the student body as they persevere through school, and for students to impart this knowledge to their future patients. Additionally, the USC School of Medicine Greenville was the first medical school in the country to fully incorporate exercise as medicine into all four years of its curriculum.
“The generosity of Aflac will allow us to continue encouraging wellness in the Upstate,
both now and in the future,” said Harris Pastides, president of the University of
South Carolina. “This is an investment that will have an impact long after our students
About USC School of Medicine Greenville
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville is a partnership between the state’s largest university, the University of South Carolina (USC), and one of the largest health systems in the Southeast, the Greenville Health System (GHS). Located near GHS’ flagship tertiary hospital Greenville Memorial Hospital, the medical school graduated its first physician class in spring 2016. This “different school of thought” is dedicated to providing exceptional training for new physicians in transforming healthcare delivery. Learn more at greenvillemed.sc.edu.
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