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Wellness Center offers Employee Xpress

by Dawn Brazell
Public Relations

MUSC employees will have a tougher time making excuses for not working out.

The MUSC Wellness Center rolled out an Employee Xpress membership for MUSC employees Oct. 16.

MUSC Wellness Center trainer Jennifer Rhodenbaugh demonstrates how this back extension station also can be used for abdominal work. To see the top six tips MUSC has for businesses to become healthier worksites, visit Photo by Dawn Brazell, Public Relations

Employees will be offered a one-year membership for $25 a month with a $15 enrollment fee. In celebration of the Gold Medal Award, the enrollment fee will be waived until Nov. 10.

Janis Newton, interim director, said the timing is perfect given that MUSC just received a Gold Medal Award for creating a workplace environment that encourages healthy behaviors. MUSC was recognized as a Gold Medal Hospital Sept. 27 as part of Working Well, a collaboration between the South Carolina Hospital Association and NC Prevention Partners for providing the highest standard of excellence in creating a physically active workplace.

“This keeps that positive momentum going,” Newton said. “Physical activity during the workday can add energy, promote a positive attitude, and improve fitness and cardiovascular health.”

The membership will not include spouses or dependents and will be offered during limited hours. It’s perfect for those who exercise at lunch or in the evening, she said. Times will be: Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday – Thursday 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m on Friday. The fee can be paid by credit card, check or payroll deduction. Employees may sign up at the membership desk at the Wellness Center.

Newton said the staff has designed 30 to 45-minute express classes in Tae Bo, group cycle, aqua and HITS to allow employees to get in and out quickly during their lunch time.“We already have many great lunch time classes but we will be adding several 30-minute workout opportunities between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Employees will want to attend James Johnson’s 30-minute fitness circuit, Katie Blaylock’s 30-minute Tae Bo Express, and Marty River’s 30-minute aqua express class.”  
In addition there are:

  • lunchtime exercise classes such as Yoga, Zumba, Body Bar and Pilates Mat
  • an 80,000 square-foot facility with tennis, squash, racquetball, basketball gymnasium
  • a junior Olympic pool and an indoor-outdoor track
  • locker rooms with showers and steam and sauna rooms
  • free weight equipment
  • free Motion and Nautilus Strength Training
  • full array of cardiovascular equipment

Newton said the goal is to make it as easy as possible for employees to walk the walk. It’s hard to tell patients the importance of physical activity if employees haven’t found a way to make it a priority in their life. “I hope this gives more opportunity for employees to make healthy lifestyle habits a priority. As the saying goes, ‘You have to make a change to see a change,’ and the Wellness Center would like to help employees do just that.”

Collaborating with the MUSC Office of Health Promotion to create a healthy work environment, Newton said is important to keep the momentum going. “The additions on campus such as the fitness park, walking trails, break room gyms, and now the new Wellness Center Xpress Membership have really put MUSC on the map as a leader in making physical activity an important part of the work day.”

For information call 792-5757 or visit To see ideas about how to use the new fitness park, watch for MUSC’s FaceBook Fitness Friday postings.

October 18, 2013

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