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MUSC Wellness, Challenge support Louie's Kids

MUSC Wellness Joins Louie’s Kids to “Slim Down the South.”

The Southwest Airlines Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Challenge is an “amazing” ‘Field of Dreams’ day at the ballpark and a softball game between celebrity teams to raise awareness and money for Louie’s Kids to combat childhood obesity in the areas hardest hit by this epidemic.

Louie’s Kids is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that raises funds to help treat childhood obesity, which afflicts 25 million American children today. Louie’s Kids works to find the best treatment options to meet the needs of each child. Founded in 2001 in Alexandria, Va.  and operated today out of Charleston, Louie’s Kids serves economically disadvantaged kids nationwide.

MUSC Office of Health Promotion, MUSC Urban Farm and MUSC Wellness Center are partnering to promote this worthwhile event offering interactive, educational activities that promote healthy eating and active living.

The game is set for Saturday, Nov. 9, at Joe Riley Park in Charleston. Gates open early at noon, with live music from Adalya and Southwood starting at 12:30. There will be kids’ activities leading up to the first pitch at 2:05 p.m. Don’t miss it, as the celebrities will be battling for the crown and raising money to benefit Louie’s Kids.
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.slimdownthesouth.com/event-info/buy-tickets/

Employee XPress Memberships to Wellness Center

  • Employees can join a one-year membership for $25 per month with a $15 enrollment fee. In celebration of the Gold Medal Award, the enrollment fee has been waived until Nov. 10. Membership will not extend to spouses or dependents and will be offered during limited hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 6 to 8 p.m., Fridays. The fee can be paid via credit card, check or payroll deduction. Employees may sign up at the Wellness Center membership desk.

 Flu shots at Wellness Wednesdays

  • Nov. 13, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4:  11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Children’s Hospital lobby.

Employee Wellness Events

  • Worksite screening: The next worksite screening will be held on Nov. 15 at the Wellness Center Auditorium. This screening, valued at approximately $350, is available to employees with the State Health Plan for $15 (covered spouses for $15). Employees and spouses without this insurance can participate for $42. The screening includes: height, weight, blood pressure and a blood chemistry profile, hemogram, and a blood lipid profile. Optional thyroid panel is available for $10. Add this test by alerting the staff at the screening.
  • MUSC Employee Fitness Series: Spin Class, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the MUSC Wellness Center. This free class will feature a warm-up to sprints and climbs and will be led by fitness expert Katie Blaylock from the MUSC Human Performance Lab. Free day-pass to MUSC Wellness Center for all participants. To register, go to musc.edu/employee wellness and click Worksite Screening Appointment.
  • Chair massages: Free massages are offered to employees on Tuesday nights and midday Wednesdays. Details can be found in broadcast messages.
  • Farmers markets: Fresh fruits and vegetables are available from local farmers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays in the Harborview Office Tower lobby; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday at Ashley River Tower; and from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Horseshoe. Look for new vendors at the Horseshoe.

    MUSC Urban Farm
  • Lunch & Learn: The next Lunch and Learn will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Thursdays under the oak tree. Harvey Gibson, Charleston County Environmental Management Compost expert, will teach people how to backyard compost. The compost lunch & learn will cover how to start composting, maintain a compost pile and use finished compost. Take home free compost from Bees Ferry Compost Facility.
  • Work and Learns: 4 to 5 p.m.,Thursdays. The event is canceled.
  • Work & Learn with child-friendly activities – First and third Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m., Nov. 16. Bring a plastic bag and take home some fresh produce in return for work efforts or help gather for donations on certain days. No experience or prior knowledge necessary. Open to all MUSC employees and students and the general community. Families welcome on Saturdays.
  • Early Bird Maintenance 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Nov. 13

Contact Johnson at johnsusa@musc.edu for more information on the Office of Health Promotion at MUSC and Suzan Benenson Whelan at whela@musc.edu for specific information about Employee Wellness. Events, speakers, classes or any other ideas are also welcome. Like the Employee Wellness Facebook page and keep up with all the wellness events at MUSC.
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November 7, 2013
 
 
 

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