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Association recognizes MUSC as a ‘Fit-Friendly Worksite’

MUSC was recognized as a platinum-level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.

The program recognizes employers who make their employees’ health and wellness a priority.

Platinum-level employers offer employees physical activity options in the workplace; increase healthy eating options at the worksite; promote a wellness culture in the workplace; implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture; and demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksite program call 853-1597 or visit  

MUSC teams (Office of Health Promotion and 9W) compete in the Push Up & Up Challenge in Marion Square. Proceeds from the April 13 challenge benefited Communities in Schools.
MUSC teams (Office of Health Promotion and 9W) compete in the Push Up & Up Challenge in Marion Square. Proceeds from the April 13 challenge benefited Communities in Schools.

MUSC Employee Wellness

  • Worksite screening: A screening valued at $350 will be available to employees and their spouses with the State Health Plan on April 23 in Room 102, Colbert Education Center & Library. The fee is $15. Employees and spouses without this insurance can participate for $42. To register, go to and click Worksite Screening Appointment.
  • Adventure Out: During the month of May, more than 25 free fitness activities are planned for people who purchase a $10 Adventure Out T-shirt. Classes include sunrise yoga, beach sculpting, family games, Tae Bo, interval conditioning classes, trail running lessons and more. The T-shirt allows free park admission when attending a class. Purchase T-shirts at the following locations: Office of Health Promotion, 17 Ehrhardt St., Suite 5; call 792-9536 for pick up times; MUSC Wellness Center, 45 Courtenay Drive; ask for Janis Newton, 792-4141; and Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission, 861 Riverland Drive; call 795-4386
  • Free Fitness Day at the Wellness Center: An MUSC ID will earn you a free day pass to the Wellness Center April 24. The MUSC Wellness Center offers something for the beginner to the advanced athlete, ranging from cardio and aquatics to an indoor track.
  • MUSC Healthy Challenge Tuesdays with the RiverDogs: Tuesday night games will be geared toward living and promoting a healthy lifestyle featuring a sponsorship with MUSC Wellness Center, Healthy Charleston Challenge and with support from MUSC Urban Farm. Healthy food options are now available throughout the season, featuring the MUSC Urban Farm Veggie Taco, made from crops grown on the MUSC Urban Farm. In addition, special discounted tickets are available to Tuesday games with reserved group seating just for MUSC. Tickets must be purchased by noon the day of the game. To purchase discounted tickets, visit Type the word “healthy” when prompted to enter the group password. While at the game,  stop by the MUSC table to enter a drawing for free Wellness Center passes and other giveaways.

Email Susan Johnson, Ph.D., for information on the Office of Health Promotion, and email Suzan Benenson Whelan at for information about Employee Wellness.

April 18, 2013

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