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MUSC, RiverDogs support N.Y. Yankees’ HOPE Week

The New York Yankees, the parent organization of the Charleston RiverDogs, will celebrate HOPE Week beginning July 8.

The Yankees’ HOPE Week initiative (Helping Others Persevere and Excel) is rooted in the belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture. The RiverDogs will participate in events to garner awareness for highlighted causes, individuals and organizations.

MUSC’s Office of Health Promotion and the RiverDogs will team up to support the American Lung Association for a day of fitness on July 9. To recognize the work of the ALA and to help promote its annual Fight for Air event, the RiverDogs will host two trial climb events – one at the North Charleston Coliseum and the other at MUSC.

All students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to participate in the 1,000-step challenge throughout the day. All who complete the challenge will receive a free ticket to the RiverDogs home game that evening.

The main event, which will feature a visit from RiverDogs players and giveaways, will be held in the North Tower stairwell between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. All participants must complete at least one trip up and down the North Tower stairwell, which is 200 steps, during that time.

All other steps may be completed at any point, in any stairwell on July 9. Participants are required to keep track of their own steps completed throughout the day.

During the main event, the Outta My Huevos food truck will be parked at the Horseshoe, and Sodexo employees will sell boxed lunches, including bottled water, for $5.

There will also be an ALA representative available to help sign participants up for the Fight for Air climb on July 20. Each person who signs up for the climb during MUSC’s trial event will receive a pedometer.

To learn more about the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air climb, visit

Employee Wellness events

  • Farmers markets: Fresh fruit and vegetables are available from local farmers on Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Horseshoe.
  • Employee Fitness Series: Pilates will be held from 12:15 until 12:45 p.m., July 17. The free class will be led by Katie Blaylock from the MUSC Human Performance Lab. Participants should check in at the Wellness Center membership desk for directions to the class and will receive a free one-day pass to the Wellness Center. E-mail to register.
  • Worksite screening: A screening, valued at $350, will be available July 17 in the 2 West classroom of the university hospital. The screening is available to employees and their covered spouses with the State Health Plan for $15. Employees and their spouses without the 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, go to and click “Worksite Screening Appointment.”
  • MUSC Healthy Challenge Tuesdays with the RiverDogs: Tuesday night games are geared toward living and promoting a healthy lifestyle and feature a sponsorship from the MUSC Wellness Center, Healthy Charleston Challenge and MUSC Urban Farm. Healthy concessions are available throughout the season and feature the farm’s veggie taco, which is made from crops grown on the farm. Discounted tickets to all Tuesday games with reserved group seating just for MUSC are available online. Tickets must be purchased by noon the day of the game. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the game time is 7:05 p.m. To purchase discounted tickets, visit When prompted to enter the group password, type “healthy.” Be sure to stop by the MUSC table to enter a drawing for free Wellness Center passes and other health and wellness giveaways.

    MUSC Urban Farm
  • Lunch & Learn: On June 27 from 12:15 until 12:45 p.m., sustainability manager Christine Von Kolnitz Cooley will demonstrate various types of composting suitable for home use.
  • Early-bird maintenance: Get your day started with a little Urban Farm tender loving care from 7:30 until 8:30 a.m., July 3.
  • Work and Learn with child-friendly activities: On July 6, from 9 until 11 a.m., bring a plastic bag and take home some fresh produce in return for work efforts or help gather for donations. Wear closed-toe shoes. No experience or prior knowledge is necessary. The event is open to the general community.

Email for information on the Office of Health Promotion or email for information on Employee Wellness.

June 26, 2013

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