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UNC: CDC Awards UNC Research Center $3.75 Million to Study Chronic Disease Prevention

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The grant will fund research to address the challenge of scaling up the Med-South Lifestyle Program, an evidence-based diet and physical activity intervention developed by HPDP, so that it can reach racial and ethnic minority, rural and medically underserved populations. With this grant, HPDP will maintain its standing as a CDC Prevention Research Center, one of only two in the country to have been continuously funded since 1986.

“This grant showcases the center’s proven record of success in preventing chronic diseases, and its outreach to underserved populations,” said NC Congressman David Price. “This partnership with the CDC is key to enhancing our state’s public health infrastructure.”

The southeastern United States has some of the highest rates of chronic disease in the country. North Carolina and other states in the Southeast comprise what’s long been called the “Stroke Belt” of the U.S., as well as a more recently identified “Diabetes Belt” — geographic regions where the risks of stroke and diabetes are much higher than the national norm.

The Med-South Lifestyle Program, the culmination of a number of interventions developed and tested by HPDP, has resulted in positive outcomes related to diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Med-South translates a Mediterranean dietary pattern for a Southeastern population. With the assistance of the CDC grant, HPDP will partner with public health and health care systems to implement Med-South across the state.

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