PRC Awarded $4.35 Million

First funded by the CDC in 1993, the Prevention Research Center at the Arnold School will continue its research efforts with a recent grant from the CDC.


PRC Director, Dr. Sara Wilcox

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded a $4.35 million grant to the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the Arnold School of Public Health.

The PRC at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School was established through funding by the CDC in 1993, and has been funded continuously since that time.  The new award will enable Dr. Sara Wilcox, a professor in the Department of Exercise Science, and her colleagues to implement and disseminate a faith-based program, called Faith, Activity and Nutrition (FAN). Designed to increase physical activity and encourage healthy eating in South Carolina, the program will have an emphasis on rural and underserved populations.

"Churches are natural sites for health promotion because they serve people from all walks of life, including those who live in rural and underserved communities that regularly experience high levels of obesity, heart disease and other health risk factors," said Wilcox, director of the PRC.

For more information, see the full story from WLTX Columbia news (with video) and from the Arnold School of Public Health here.