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MUSC experts featured in NPR radio broadcasts

By Dawn Brazell
Public Relations

Though aging poses challenges in staying fit, the greater concern is not facing the challenge, said MUSC orthopaedist Shane Woolf.
It’s a point Woolf, M.D., interim chief of sports medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics at MUSC, makes in an upcoming NPR “Your Day” broadcast, where he sets the bar high – for good reason.

Radio host Bobbi Conner (right) interviews Dr. Shane Woolf as part of a radio series with MSUC experts broadcast on NPR. photos by Dawn Brazell, Public Relations

“Within reason, age is not a specific limiting factor,” Woolf said during taping. “George Foreman was a champion boxer in his mid 40s. Mariano Rivera is almost 44 years old and a major league baseball pitcher.  Competitive runners have been known to finish 5K and marathon races into their 90s. It’s really all about good habits, consistency, managing health issues, knowing your limitations and keeping it enjoyable.”

Whether exploring senior fitness or childhood immunizations, the “Your Day” program on National Public Radio is featuring MUSC experts in segments hosted by Bobbi Conner, known for her former nationwide, syndicated public radio program, “The Parent’s Journal.” The interviews air twice a month every other Monday on the radio program, which is broadcast from noon to 1 p.m.

Woolf’s segment will be broadcast Dec. 9 and will cover the topic: “Keeping Fit and Preventing Sports Injuries for Adults.” Woolf explores in his segment how to stay active and avoid injuries and which activities might be better for older adults. Physical activity, especially weight-bearing activities, are wonderful for maintaining and increasing bone mass, he said. Weight lifting within reasonable limits is effective as well as light impact activity, such as walking, jogging, tennis and aerobics.

Woolf also explores nutrition, and how proper hydration and supplements of calcium, vitamin D and phosphorous are important to strength and recovery and play a role in maintaining blood pressure, heart and kidney function and bone health. “Appropriate adjustment of blood pressure and diabetes medicines might be necessary as fitness progresses,” he said.

Preparing for the interview.

The following are other upcoming MUSC segments.

10/14/13 — Philip Saul, M.D.: “Common Pediatric Heart Problems and Treatments”
Saul is a professor of pediatrics, specializing in pediatric cardiology. He also is the division director for pediatric cardiology at MUSC Children’s Hospital and director of the Children’s Heart Program of South Carolina. His clinical specialty is management of arrhythmias in children.

10/28/13 — Vanessa Hinson, M.D., Ph.D.: “Parkinson’s Disease (Treatment and Research Update)”
Hinson is an associate professor of neurology and the director of the Movement Disorders Program at MUSC. Hinson also is the chief of neurology services at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston.

11/11/13 Carolyn Jenkins, DrPH: “Managing Diabetes & Preventing Complications”
Jenkins, is a professor in the College of Nursing and is the principal investigator for REACH – a coalition that aims to prevent and control diabetes.

11/25/13 Julie Kanter, M.D.: “Sickle Cell Disease Treatment & Research”
Kanter is director of Sickle Cell Disease Research and assistant professor of hematology/oncology.
The S.C. Public Radio stations broadcasting the Your Day segments are: WRJA-FM/88.1 Sumter, WNSC-FM/88.9 Rock Hill, WLJK-FM/89.1 Aiken, WJWJ-FM/89.9 Beaufort, WHMC-FM/90.1, Conway, WSCI-FM/89.3 Charleston, WEPR-FM/90.1 Greenville and WLTR-FM/91.3 Columbia.

For the full list of archived broadcasts, visit

Editor’s note:
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