Steps to Your Health (STYH) is an evidence-based wellness promotion program developed for individuals with disability. Its purpose is to promote healthy lifestyles in people with disability and prevent debilitating secondary conditions. A person’s quality of life can be enhanced when good health is promoted and secondary conditions are avoided. Obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression and insomnia are examples of debilitating conditions that can be prevented. Steps to Your Health provides information about achieving and maintaining a healthier lifestyle, including good nutrition, preventing obesity and its complications, increasing exercise, dealing with stress and improving communication.

Steps to Your Health is an eight-week, small group instructional program with interactive lessons provided a trained STYH instructor. A STYH Instructor Manual and STYH Participant Manual are utilized. The goal is to develop healthy behaviors in participants through diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction. Short term expected outcomes include increasing participants’ knowledge about health, learning strategies to promote optimum health and developing healthy behaviors. Long range expected outcomes are improved health of participants, including increased energy, strength and stamina, as well as prevention/improvement of secondary conditions.


STYH Participant Manual STYH Facilitator Manual 


We welcome your use of the program. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the entire manual or would like more information about hosting the program please use the following contact information: 

Copy of Manuals 

Jevettra Gardner, MPH, CHES
Project Manager
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University of South Carolina
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 803-777-8875

Hosting a Session

Able SC
720 Gracern Road, Suite 106
Columbia, SC 29210
TTY 803.779.0949



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