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The Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (TecHealth) is a South Carolina SmartState Center focused on research to develop and evaluate health promotion programs which encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce risk of disease by incorporating technology. 

New and emerging technologies hold great promise for creating novel intervention approaches, as well as enhancing existing interventions with the addition of technological elements. Technology affords the ability to expand geographic reach of evidence-based interventions and to access underserved populations with programs which promote healthier lifestyles. The TecHealth research portfolio includes projects that address these domains, as well as efforts to explore how technology can be used to improve the assessment of lifestyle behaviors. TecHealth is also focused on training of the next generation of scholars who seek to promote healthy lifestyles through the use of technology.


Scott Jamieson

Scott Jamieson receives award from American College of Rheumatology

TecHealth doctoral student Scott Jamieson received a 2023 Emerging Investigator Excellence Award from the American College of Rheumatology for his abstract "Influence of Adiposity on Physical Function, Physical Activity, and Self-Reported Symptom Severity for Individuals with Arthritis Prior to Beginning a Physical Activity Promotion Intervention." Congratulations, Scott!

Jason Yang

Study Participation Opportunity

TecHealth Assistant Professor Jason Yang is recruiting participants for a research study to determine how walking can impact brain health in African American adults 60 years and older. 

Kristen Zosel

Kristen Zosel awarded grant from the Defense Health Agency's Military Health System Research Program

TecHealth doctoral candidate Kristen Zosel has received nearly $800K from the Defense Health Agency's Military Health System Research Program to examine the role of social networks on health related behaviors and musculoskeletal-related medical discharges in the Army.

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Now Recruiting! Phone-based Walk with Ease Program

The University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center and the TecHealth Center are looking for adults diagnosed with arthritis to participate in a research study to test out a new phone-based Walk with Ease Program. Participants will be asked to take part in 6 weeks of telephone calls to learn how to build walking into your life. Participants will also be asked to complete 4 visits over 12 months – they will include physical tests, completing surveys and wearing a small physical activity monitor for 7 days. You can earn up to $140 for completing the visits. If you’re interested or want more details, please call a research study team member today at 803-576-7836 or visit our website

Christine Pellegrini

Christine Pellegrini receives 2022 Breakthrough Star Award

TecHealth Assistant Professor Christine Pellegrini has been named a 2022 Breakthrough Star, one of just 13 such honors awarded to early-career faculty members by the UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research. Congratulations, Christine!

Christine Pellegrini

Christine Pellegrini awarded $1.2 million from CDC

TecHealth Assistant Professor Christine Pellegrini has been awarded $1.2 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test a phone-based walking program to improve arthritis.


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