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Akron General Health System, Kent State University Form Health and Wellness Research Collaborative
Date:9/24/2013

Akron, OH (PRWEB) September 24, 2013

Akron General Health System, a national leader in promoting wellness and disease prevention, and Kent State University, one of the nation’s leading public research universities, have formed a new collaborative for the study and promotion of wellness programs. The goal is to improve health and reduce the impact of chronic lifestyle-related disease on the U.S. population.

The Akron General – Kent State University Health and Wellness Research Collaborative seeks to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles by integrating public health, basic science, and clinical and behavioral research and by developing and promoting evidence-based wellness practices. Teams of wellness investigators will work on innovative pilot research projects to develop new models of prevention and new technologies that support wellness and the management of chronic disease.

“Since 1996, Akron General has been a recognized national leader in promoting wellness and disease prevention,” said Thomas L. “Tim” Stover, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Akron General Health System. “Akron General has embraced a model of care that represents a dramatic departure from traditional health care (sick care) and redirects focus and resources toward prevention, wellness, physical exercise and a continuity of care that is unique in America today. The Health and Wellness Collaborative with Kent State University takes our model of well care to the next level, providing outcomes research leading to a deeper understanding of the endemic behaviors and pathologies of chronic disease, and outlining effective strategies for better health.”    

“This research collaboration will allow our students and researchers tremendous access to health and wellness data and create opportunities for many significant prevention breakthroughs,” said Todd Diacon, Kent State University senior vice president for academ
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