- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Scholars at the University of South Carolina are getting a $7 million gift to help them study how children’s health may affect people as they get older.

University President Harris Pastides is announcing the gift on Thursday from Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold.

The Columbia couple says they want to help people get practical advice on proper nutrition and exercise.

The Arnolds say they are particularly interested in making sure people at all economic levels get information they can use to fight obesity, avoid strokes and prevent dementia in their later years.

Nearly 32 percent of South Carolina adults are obese, and the state ranks among the worst nationwide in obesity-related diabetes and high blood pressure, according to the Trust for America’s Health.

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