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Employee Wellness - Walk for health and support American Heart Association

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

Each month the Office of Health Promotion asks employees and students to take the Monthly Mindful Challenge and each month a health behavior is featured and participants are asked to engage in that activity throughout the month. Participants in the challenge are eligible for prizes by completing a short survey at the beginning and end of the month. One participant will be featured each month in our Spotlight on Wellness” feature in The Catalyst. The September challenge is to take a walk, indoors or out, during the work day. To begin, take the first September 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.

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It’s also one of the best ways to maintain functional fitness and reduce risk for chronic disease. The Surgeon General advises that 30 minutes of walking five days a week will significantly reduce adult risk of developing a host of diseases, ranging from cancer to depression and can even be divided into three, 10– minute parcels of time with the same benefits. Beginners can start walking anytime and regular walking 30 minutes or more can contribute to better health. In addition to reducing risk for heart disease and stroke, walking helps with mental and emotional health by increasing production of endorphins, boosting energy levels and reducing stress level.

The Office of Health Promotion has designated the following walking trails on and around campus to make walking convenient and fun:
MUSC Wellness Walk: This indoor walking trail runs from the dental building to Rutledge Tower on the second floor and is marked by signs identifying distance in the following colors — pink  (0.15 mile), green (0.20, mile) light blue (0.15 mile) which roundtrip equals one mile. This is a great option for employees who don’t have much time or when the weather does not allow for outdoor walking.

MUSC Medical Mile: This outdoor walking trail starts at the Horseshoe and takes you down Ashley to Calhoun street. Turn right on Calhoun and continue to Courtenay. Make a right on Courtenay, a right on Bee Street and then a right on Ashley to loop back to the Horseshoe.

MUSC Lake Loop: This outdoor wellness walk is 1.75 miles round trip and offers scenic views of Cannon Park and Moultrie Park, as well as the traditional architecture of downtown Charleston. Travel from the entrance of the main hospital on Ashley Avenue to Colonial Lake and back on Rutledge Avenue before returning to the hospital via Doughty Street.
On Saturday, Sept. 27th over 1,000 walkers representing MUSC will join others for the 2014 Lowcountry Heart Walk. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers — heart disease and stroke.

Designed to promote physical activity and heart–healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family. Participants help raise even more in their fight to save lives. Walk with friends, family, coworkers or strangers you’ll bond with along the way. Strollers, wagons and dogs are welcome It’s not too late to register for a team, visit and search teams to sign up for an MUSC team.

Wellness Events

  • Take the monthly Mindful Challenge and be eligible for prizes by completing a short survey at the beginning and end of the month. The September challenge is to take a walk, indoors or out, during the work day. Take the September Mindful Challenge survey at (A link to final survey will be sent at month’s end to those who take the first survey).
  • Employee Fitness Series: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Spin: Katie Blaylock will guide participants through workout phases from warm–up to sprints and climbs. You control the resistance on your bike. Free day pass to the MUSC Wellness Center for all participants. Check in at the Wellness Center membership desk for information or email to register.
  • Worksite screening — Thursday, Sept. 18, Colbert Library, room 109, Colbert Library. This 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
  • Chair massages: Free massages are offered to employees on 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). New vendor: The Clean Soap Company.

MUSC Urban Farm

  • Farm hand training — Farm Hands are volunteers who participate in MUSC Urban Farm activities on a regular basis Email to indicate the session you’d like to attend: 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 4. Training is free or no prior experience is required
  • 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., Sept. 18. Join The Bee Cause executive director and journeyman beekeeper Tami Enright.


September 12, 2014



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