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Health in brief for Feb. 13 (copy)

Programs addresses diabetes prevention

A year-long class is aiming to protect those likely to develop diabetes. The program, run by Duke-certified lifestyle coach Lisa Burbage, will work to delay the onset of diabetes through small lifestyle changes. Called PreventT2, the program is built on data that shows people with certain risk factors for diabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight and made modest changes to their lives reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent.

Some of those risk factors included being overweight, being over the age of 45 and having a family history of Type 2 diabetes. About 67 percent of adult South Carolinians are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among adults, the annual medical costs associated with obesity are about $147 billion nationwide. There is a free information session on PreventT2, which is a national prevention program organized by the CDC, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Ashley House Community Room, 14 Lockwood Drive.

Rehab programs earn certifications

Two Roper Rehabilitation Hospital programs earned high marks for outpatient brain injury specialty and spinal cord system of care services. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities awarded accreditation to the two programs and re-accredited four other services. The accreditation makes Roper St. Francis the only facility in the state to have an accredited outpatient brain injury program, according to a hospital press release. The accreditations last for three years.

Roper Rehabilitation Hospital has 52 beds and sees about 1,100 inpatients per year.

MUSC makes new hire

The Medical University of South Carolina hired Matt Klein, a 20-year veteran of the information technology and security industry, as the new chief information security officer for information solutions. Klein worked for 10 years at Anthem. He spent the last two years tackling a massive data breach the health insurer had in January 2015. A prepared statement from MUSC said Klein, who lives in Mount Pleasant, was responsible for developing a response to the breach. He is a native of Philadelphia and received a bachelor s degree in accounting from LaSalle University.

– Mary Katherine Wildeman

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