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MUSC Employee Wellness -- National Walking Day (April 2)

As the length of the work day grows, Americans are becoming more inactive which doubles the risk of heart disease. Take steps now to ensure a healthier heart by lacing up those sneakers and grabbing friends and co-workers for a group walk around the MUSC campus on National Walking Day, Wednesday, April 2. Meet city and MUSC dignitaries at the horseshoe at 12:30pm for a fun one mile walk around MUSC’s “Medical Mile.” MUSC will be joining companies, organizations, and individuals nationally by taking 30 minutes to walk and pledge to live heart-healthy lives. Walkers are encouraged to wear heart walk tee shirts. Get healthy living tips from MUSC and the American Heart Association, learn fitness tips from Fleet Feet Sports, and check out coupons and giveaways while supplies last. Rain or shine. For more information, email

MUSC Employee Wellness Events
National Walking Day – Wednesday, April 2nd at 12:30. Meet at the horseshoe and walk together around the MUSC Medical Mile. Get healthy living tips from MUSC and the American Heart Association, learn fitness tips from Fleet Feet Sports, and check out coupons and giveaways while supplies last. Rain or shine.

Wellness Wednesday
Asian Cuisine: from 11a.m.-1p.m., childrens hospital lobby. Join the MUSC Dietetic Interns in the MUSC Children’s Hospital Lobby to learn more about Asian Cuisine. Sample authentic Asian Orange Ginger Chicken Stir Fry, learn about this week’s trivia question, and hear tips and tricks for eating out at Asian restaurants in Charleston with a featured stop light restaurant menu from Co restaurant.

Chair massages

Free massages are offered to employees midday Wednesdays. Check broadcast messages for locations and times.

March Monthly Mindful Challenge
In keeping with National Nutrition Month’s theme, the March challenge is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” – expand your taste horizons by trying a new fruit, veggie, grain and/or lean protein each week. Employees who choose to participate in the challenge will be eligible for prizes by completing a short survey at the beginning and end of the month. One employee will be featured each month in our “spotlight on wellness” feature in The Catalyst. To begin, take the first March Monthly Mindful Challenge survey at The final survey will be sent via email at the end of the month to those who take the first survey.

Worksite Screening
Thursday, April 10 in Harborview Office Tower /Room 803. This screening, valued at about $350, is available to employees with the State Health Plan (including MUSC Health Plan) for only $15 (covered spouses can also participate for $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. Optional thyroid panel is available for $10. Add this test by alerting the staff at the screening. To register, go to and click "Worksite Screening Appointment"

Farmers Markets
Fresh fruits and vegetables are available from local farmers on Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harborview Office Tower lobby, Wednesdays and Thursdays at ART from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Horseshoe.

MUSC Urban Farm

  • Lunch & Learn – Thursday, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. The focus this week will be on Food Culture and Common Ingredients Used in Asian Cuisine presented by dietetic interns Emily Dennehy and Brooke Jackson. Rain location will be Colbert Library near the front doors. Grab and Go Wellness lunches will be available for $5 including bottled water, while supplies last. Discount coupons for the Friday Mindful special will also be given to participants. Stay as long as your schedule permits. Like us on Facebook and email to receive the Farm newsletter.
  • Sunset Work & Learns –Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Take home some fresh produce in return for work efforts on the Farm (weather permitting). Open to MUSC employees, students, and the community.
  • Early Bird Maintenance Wednesday, 7:30-8:30am. Get your day started with a little Farm TLC.

Contact Dr. Susan Johnson at for more information on the Office of Health Promotion at MUSC and Suzan Benenson Whelan at for specific information about Employee Wellness. Events, speakers, classes, or any other ideas are welcome. Find us on Facebook. Like our page and keep up with all the wellness events at MUSC.



March 28, 2014

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