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.
Christine Pellegrini launching "Phone Coaching as a Rescue Strategy for Early Non-Responders
Enrolled in an Internet-Delivered Weight Loss Program"
Christine Pellegrini, TecHealth assistant professor, is collaborating with Dr. Jessica
Unick (The Miriam Hospital) on a recently funded NIDDK R01 to examine the effect of
extended coaching by phone on weight loss outcomes from an internet-based program.
The study will also determine whether these effects are sustained once the phone coaching
is removed, and if these interventions are effective from a cost perspective.
Pioneer Award for Excellence in the Field
Techealth Director, Dr. Delia West, has received the Pioneer Award for Excellence
in the Field from the Obesity Society's eHealth/mHealth Section. The award is given
to recipients for demonstrating excellence in the field and paving the way for further
advancements in technologies to enhance obesity research, prevention and treatment.
Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.