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Statewide campaign challenges families to get fit


In an effort to promote healthy, active lifestyles, MUSC is partnering with Coca–Cola, Lowcountry Parent magazine and CVS in an eight-week program in which South Carolina residents are challenged to get out and get active.

The Fit Family Challenge is a statewide healthy family lifestyle program designed to motivate families to get moving and create healthier lifestyles and will run from May 15 to July 10.

To participate and be eligible to win prizes, residents need to sign up at Based on participation, families earn points for a chance to win prizes during the eight–week challenge period. To help promote the Fit Family Challenge, Coca–Cola has invested more than $125,000 on the program’s implementation.

As partners in the first South Carolina Fit Family Challenge, MUSC is providing resources to support families across our state create healthier lifestyles.

The Lowcountry Parent Magazine has selected two “spotlight” families who are willing to share their journey in the challenge in the hopes that their stories will inspire and motivate others. Three wellness experts from MUSC will be working with the Spotlight Families during the Fit Family Challenge.

Together, they’ll create a plan of action to help the families reach their health and fitness goals. The experts are: Susan Johnson, Ph.D., director of Health Promotion; Debbie Petitpain, Wellness Center Nutrition Coordinator; Janis Newton, interim director of MUSC Wellness Center.  

Participants can find support via blogs, expert advice, wellness tips and information on free exercise classes through the Lowcountry Parent website at and  In addition, once families are registered, they can find great resources to motivate the kids, including a downloadable kids activity tracker, so young children can get in on the fun.

A press conference will be held on Tuesday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gazebo at Hampton Park to kick-off the South Carolina Fit Family Challenge in the Lowcountry. Join Coca–Cola, Lowcountry Parent Magazine, CVS and MUSC to help motivate families in the Palmetto State to get moving and create healthier lifestyles.

Wellness Events

  • Chair massages: Free massages are offered to employees midday on Wednesdays. Look for broadcast messages for locations and times.
  • Farmers Markets: Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers on Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Harborview); Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ART); and Fridays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Horseshoe).
  • Take the May Mindful Challenge—Adventure Out: Get outdoors and enjoy the benefits of green exercise. Visit
  • Adventure Out: Throughout May, enjoy more than 25 fitness classes in Charleston City Parks taught by MUSC Wellness Center instructors. Visit
  • Worksite screening: The next screening will be held May 15, Clinical Sciences Building, Sixth floor, room HE628h. Valued at about $350,  the screening is available to employees of the State Health Plan (including the MUSC Health Plan) for only  $15 (covered spouses also can participate for $15). Employees and spouses without this insurance can participate for $42. Register at
  • Employee Fitness Series: Tae Bo— from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., May 21. This total body workout mixes kickboxing, punching and core movements. Led by fitness expert Katie Blaylock. Participants will receive a free day pass to the Wellness Center. Space is limited. Email to register for this free class.

To see a schedule of MUSC Urban Farm activities, visit

For information on MUSC wellness events, contact or



May 9, 2014



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