Skip Navigation
The Catalyst

Monthly challenge examines meat-free alternatives

by Susan Johnson
Office of Health Promotion director

Congratulations to our June Monthly Mindful Challenge winner, Morey Lent.

The task for the month was going “Meat-Free” on Mondays which led this executive secretary in Hospital Patient Accounting to investigate alternative protein sources. Participating in the June Monthly Mindful Challenge led Morey to consider tofu as “another white meat.” “I remember tofu was good at taking on the taste of the sauces used with it, so maybe I should try tofu. I also see lots of non-meat “meats” in the frozen section of grocery stores.” He consulted with vegan and vegetarian friends for suggestions which included soy and legumes. Initially his biggest concern was not giving up meat, but ensuring he consumed enough protein to keep up with his weekly strength and cardio training which are a big part of his healthy habits. In the process he rediscovered an affection for kidney beans which may play a more prominent role in his diet in the future as he opts for more meals without meat. At the end of the challenge Morey felt pleased with the result. “I felt challenged at the start knowing I had to research more alternative protein sources. It also was a great learning experience.  At month’s end I felt great satisfaction in that I could go a full day without meat and still get the protein my body needs for good functioning. “  

Lent has participated in the program since the beginning in February: “I have really enjoyed these Mindful Challenges!  I think they will help more and more of our 14,000 employees and students and team members achieve healthier habits.”

There is a new wellness challenge each month. The July Mindful Monthly challenge is eat less processed: Reconnect with real food. To begin, take the first July 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.)

Wellness Events

  • Take the July monthly Mindful Challenge —The July challenge is to eat less processed: Reconnect with real food. To begin, take the first July Monthly Mindful Challenge survey at (A link to final surey will be sent at month’s end to those who take the first survey).
  • Sodexo is bringing a new, mobile food cart to MUSC. We just don’t know what to name this mobile cafe so make a suggestion and you’ll be entered in  a drawing for a chance to earn $50 on your badge for the cafeterias and mobile food cart. Visit
  • Red Cross Blood Drives on MUSC campus — Summer months are a crucial time for blood donations and the bloodmobile will be at the MUSC horseshoe several times throughout the month (visit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 16, July 23 and July 30). Walk–ins are available as well as appointments at Enter sponsor code: MUSC.
  • Worksite screening — July 18, University hospital, 2W Classroom.The screening, valued at about $350, 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
  • Fight for Air Climb Charleston — Saturday, July 26, North Charleston Coliseum participants choose between the Climb (1,500 steps and higher), the Ultra Climb (5,000 steps and higher) or the Firefighter Challenge (firefighters climb more than 1,500 steps in full gear with the option of on–air or air–off). Practices held from 8 to 9 a.m., July 19, North Charleston Coliseum. Register at or call 556-8451

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).

MUSC Urban Farm

  • Sunset Work & Learns – Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. Take home fresh produce in return for work efforts. Open to all employees, students and the community
  • Third Thursday Lunch & Learn —12:15 to 12:45 p.m., July 17. Join Debie Petitpain, RDN, as she explores healthful or just a health halo? What labels on packaged foods really mean.
  • Third Saturday Family Friendly Work & Learn —9 to 11 a.m., July 19. Bring a plastic bag to take home fresh produce in return for work efforts. Please wear closed toe shoes. Open to all MUSC employees, students and the general community
  • Early Bird Maintenance —7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Get your day started at the farm.

For information on MUSC wellness events, contact or


July 18, 2014



© 2013  Medical University of South Carolina | Disclaimer