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MUSC Urban Farm celebrates MUSC Excellence, healthy behaviors

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


Coupons for Crops is an MUSC Urban Farm initiative that provides an exciting new opportunity for managers to recognize outstanding staff behavior. It’s summertime and the Urban Farm has an abundance of produce to share with employees who have distinguished themselves by either exemplifying MUSC Excellence or healthy behaviors.

The Coupons for Crops can be used as a tool to encourage or reward staff efforts. It is up to the individual managers to determine what accomplishment qualifies and there is space on the back of the coupons to fill in those details, for anyone who would like to share their story.

Coupons are redeemable for MUSC Urban Farm produce that’s been specially harvested and packaged for the program. Pick up locations include Tuesdays at the MUSC Urban Farm, or Wednesdays at the Horseshoe, 12 to 1 p.m. Coupons don’t expire, but due to fluctuations in yield, fulfillment may be delayed at times to future weeks. Managers can email to have coupons sent via interoffice mail. Initially 20 coupons will be forwarded, though there is no limit to the number that can be distributed so repeat requests are welcome.

A secondary objective of the program is to raise awareness of the MUSC Urban Farm for those who have not had a chance to visit or attend an event there. There is a link on the redcap survey ( which invites coupon recipients to fill in a few responses to help with future programming efforts.

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 Monthly 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 and have received additional training. Email to indicate the session you’d like to attend: 4 to 5 p.m., Sept. 11 or 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 who will give an overview of the importance of honeybees and discuss the growing trend in beekeeping. There also will be a honey sampling celebrating the end of summer
  • Saturday Family Friendly Work & Learn — 9 to 11 a.m., Sept. 20 Bring a plastic bag and take home fresh produce and 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.
  • Bee Cause Honey is still available for $15 per bottle. Email the to purchase.  

For information, contact Dr. Susan Johnson via email at or


September 5, 2014





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