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Save lives by fighting for healthy lungs, air

On July 20, hundreds of people will huff and puff their way up and down the stairs in the North Charleston Coliseum by participating in the Fight for Air Climb and Ultra Climb.

Whether climbing for a winning time or simply to cross the finish line in honor or in memory of someone with lung disease, this event will certainly challenge participants. Fight for Air Climbs are fundraising events for the American Lung Association. Sometimes called a "vertical road race," teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, or as a way to be active and meet new people.

Money raised from the annual Fight for Air Climb will help the American Lung Association continue its work funding research for asthma, COPD and lung cancer.

Register to climb at
Employee Wellness events

  • Farmers markets: Fresh fruit and vegetables are available from local farmers on Wednesday and Thursday at Ashley River Tower from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Horseshoe.
  • 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 options are available throughout the season, featuring the MUSC Urban Farm Veggie Taco, which is made from crops grown on the farm. Special 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.” Stop by the MUSC table to enter a drawing for free Wellness Center passes.

MUSC Urban Farm

  • Lunch & Learn: On July 18, from noon until 1 p.m., under the oak tree, guests are invited to stay as long as their schedules permit for tomato tasting. Sample some of the many varieties of tomatoes growing at the Urban Farm. Compare fresh picked local tomatoes to those from the supermarket. If you are a gardener, bring a few of your favorite tomatoes to share, and be sure to write down the name of the variety you bring.
  • Early-bird maintenance: Get your day started with a little tender loving care for the Urban Farm from 7:30 until 8:30 a.m., July 24.
  • Work and Learn with child friendly activities: Learn about mini pumpkin planting from 9 until 11 a.m. on July 20. Bring a plastic bag, and take home some fresh produce in return for your work efforts on the farm or help gather for donations on certain days. Wear closed-toe shoes. No experience or prior knowledge is necessary.

Contact Susan Johnson, Ph.D., at, for more information on the Office of Health Promotion at MUSC, and email Suzan Benenson Whelan, at, for specific information about Employee Wellness. Events, speakers, classes, or any other ideas are welcome.

July 17, 2013

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