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Employee Wellness - April Mindful Monthly Challenge

by Susan Johnson, Ph.D.,
Office of Health Promotion director


Vivian Hall, the winner of the April Mindful Monthly Challenge, echoes the sentiments of many MUSC staff members.“I definitely need a push to become motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. I have a sit down job so I don’t get much exercise while at work,” she said.

The Office of Health Promotion’s focus on fitness throughout the month of April was intended to reach those who can relate to Vivian’s sedentary work habits and encourage them to get moving.

The Challenge invited participants to try a new exercise or work out as fatigue with an existing routine is often cited as a reason for discontinuing exercise.

Once she signed up, according to Johnson, Hall, an administrative assistant with the Department of Public Health Sciences, took the commitment seriously.

She walked the MUSC mile at lunchtime with a coworker frequently, feeling guilty when she couldn’t. Participating changed her mind set: “I figured if I make myself accountable, I’d become motivated to do better....even if it’s small baby steps,” said Hall.

There is a new Monthly Mindful Challenge for May: Adventure Out: find ways to exercise outdoors and enjoy the many benefits of green exercise.

To begin, take the first May Monthly Mindful Challenge survey at A link to the final survey will be sent at month’s end to those who take the first survey.

Healthy Eating

  • Fit Family Challenge — MUSC has partnered with Coca–Cola, Lowcountry Parent magazine, DHEC, SC Hospital Association and CVS in an 8–week program in which S.C. residents are challenged to get out and get active. Register at Families earn points for a chance to win prizes during the challenge period, May 15 to July 10.
  • MUSC Quits! — an eight–week tobacco cessation program to help MUSC students and employees quit smoking — free of charge from May 27 to July 18; 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., Tuesdays or 7:45 to 8:45pm, Thursdays. Register at

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May 22, 2014



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