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Walking is one of the easiest ways to maintain functional fitness and reduce risk for chronic disease.
The surgeon general advises that 30 minutes of walking five days a week can significantly reduce the risk of developing a host of diseases, ranging from cancer to depression. Even dividing the walks into three 10-minute bouts each day will provide the same benefits.
|Charleston Mayor Pro Tem Dudley Gregorie, left, MUSC President Dr. Ray Greenberg, and MUSC Health Executive Director Dr. Pat Cawley walk a mile with students, staff and faculty.|
On April 3, more than 100 employees joined MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., MUSC Health Executive Director Pat Cawley, M.D., and Charleston Mayor Pro Tem Dudley Gregorie on a walk around the MUSC medical mile in support of the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day.
Since January, nine new employee walking groups have formed and many are using the new walking trails identified by MUSC Employee Wellness:
- MUSC Wellness Walk: The indoor walking trail runs along the second floor of the College of Dental Medicine Building to Rutledge Tower and is marked by signs identifying distance. The one-mile roundtrip walk is an option for employees when the weather does not allow for outdoor walking.
- MUSC Medical Mile: This outdoor walking trail starts at the Horseshoe and proceeds down Ashley Avenue to Calhoun Street. Walkers then turn right on Calhoun Street and continue until making a right onto Courtenay Drive. From Courtenay Drive, walkers make a right on Bee Street and then a right on Ashley Avenue to loop back to the Horseshoe.
- MUSC Lake Loop: This outdoor walk is 1.75 miles round trip and offers scenic views of Cannon Park and Moultrie Park, as well as the traditional architecture of downtown Charleston. Walkers travel from the entrance of the university hospital on Ashley Avenue to Colonial Lake and back on Rutledge Avenue before returning to the hospital via Doughty Street.
Anyone interested in joining the MUSC Moves! walking program should email firstname.lastname@example.org with preferences for day, time and location (MUSC or other).
|Suzan Benenson Whelan, from left, Drs. Pat Cawley, Susan Johnson and Ray Greenberg stand near one of the walking trail signs.|
Suggestions on walking routes can be found at www.mapmyrun.com. Enter “MUSC Group Walking Program” under the Community/Groups tab or map your own walk.
MUSC Employee Wellness events
- Zumba at Harborview Office Tower: Join licensed Zumba instructor Felecia Curry for a weekly Wednesday night Zumba class held from 5 until 6 p.m., Room 302, Harborview Office Tower. Zumba is a dance-based aerobic exercise class suitable for any fitness level. Space is limited. Email email@example.com for more information or to register.
- MUSC Employee Fitness Series: Join Katie Blaylock for a free training class from 4:15 until 4:45 p.m., April 17 in the MUSC Wellness Center. For more information or to register for the class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Worksite screening: A screening, valued at approximately $350, will be available April 23 in Room 102, Colbert Education Center & Library. Employees and covered spouses with the State Health Plan will be charged $15. Employees and spouses without this insurance can participate for $42. The screening includes height, weight, blood pressure and a blood draw for a blood chemistry profile, hemogram, and a blood lipid profile. To register, visit www.musc.edu/employeewellness and click “Worksite Screening Appointment.”
- Push-Up & Up Challenge: In its sixth year, the Push-Up & Up Challenge is a competition on April 13 to see which team can raise the most money and complete the most pushups in 30 minutes. Proceeds support programs in dropout prevention at Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area. To register a team, visit www.pushupandup.org. For more information on MUSC teams, email Susan Johnson, Ph.D., at email@example.com.