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Employee Wellness - New wellness nutrition coordinator

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

The Office of Health Promotion announced in May the addition of a new wellness nutrition coordinator, Debbie Petitpain. Debbie previously served as a dietitian with MUSC’s Bariatric Surgery Program for 10 years. In her new role with OHP, Debbie will be working to promote healthy food environments on campus and among the community.

As a Sodexo employee, she works closely with the cafeteria managers to promote their mindful food choices. Currently, she is working with the Lowcountry’s spotlight families participating in the Fit Family Challenge, provides Lunch and Learns at the MUSC Urban Farm, and has done several media events on tips for healthy eating.  

Petitpain, a registered dietitian, works with people looking to make dramatic diet and lifestyle changes to lose weight, improve their medical problems and get healthier. At home, she and her husband model to their two young daughters how food nourishes the body, gives us energy, helps us grow, and connects us to our community. Debbie has been working in this field for more than 10 years.

She graduated from the College of Charleston, received her Master’s degree in nutrition from Boston University and completed her dietetic training in Honolulu, Hawaii. She believes the healthiest foods are those that require a fork to be eaten. Join us in welcoming Debbie to her new role at MUSC.

Wellness Events

  • Blood drive hosted by the colleges of Nursing and Health Professions: Anesthesia for Nursing in the Health Professions, 12 to 5 p.m., July 2, CHP Atrium. All donors will receive a complimentary box of cookies and limited edition T-shirt. To schedule an apointment, visit and enter code MUSCCHP into the find a blood drive box.
  • Fit Family Challenge — MUSC has partnered with Coca–Cola, Lowcountry Parent magazine, DHEC, S.C. 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.
  • Chair massages: Free massages are offered to employees on midday 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).

Urban Farm (Summer)

  • Sunset Work & Learn, 4 to 5 p.m., Take home some fresh produce in return for work efforts on the farm. Open to MUSC employees, students and the community.
  • Third Thursday Lunch and Learn — 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Stay as long as your schedule permits
  • Third Saturday Family-friendly work and learn — 9 to 11 a.m., July 19.
  • Bring a plastic bag and take home fresh produce in return for your work efforts on the farm.
  • Early bird maintenance — Wednesday,  7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

For information on MUSC wellness events, contact  Susan Johnson, Ph.D., Office of Health Promotion director at or Suzan Beneson Whelan at specific information about Employee Wellness or the MUSC Urban Farm. Events, speakers, causses or any other ideas are welcome.Like us on Facebook and to keep up with all MUSC wellness events.

June 26, 2014



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