Welcome to the Fit Family Challenge!
My name is Dr. Susan Johnson and along with my colleagues Debbie Petitpain and Janis Newton, will be providing weekly blogs along with our spotlight families, the Kelleys and Goodwins to support all our efforts to become a more physically active, healthy community. As partners in the second annual South Carolina Fit Family Challenge, MUSC is providing resources to support families across our state create heathier habits together. We are excited about working with everyone over the next few months as we begin our journey towards a healthier life, as individuals and as a family. We have asked our spotlight families to start a family journal to help us with our coaching and to help them set some goals, track their progress and see successes. We encourage all Fit Family Challenge participants to do the same!
Good health is something that we all value - for ourselves, for our families, and for our communities. But we all know that it doesn’t come easy. My job as director of health promotion at MUSC is to create a healthy environment for over 12,000 employees, 3000 students, and the hundreds if not thousands of people who visit our campus each day.
To create a culture of wellness that helps people make better choices while they are at MUSC requires commitment and connection to what we value, collaboration and connection to our community, and leading by example.
Our role is similar in the Fit Family Challenge –
Our mission is to improve health and maximize quality of life for the people of SC and by partnering and supporting programs like this, we are demonstrating our commitment to what we value.
Our relationships with community partners will help us engage families to participate.
And finally, we know that as a healthcare institution and our state’s academic medical center, we need to lead by example when it comes to healthy lifestyles. As parents we also need to lead by example and help our children by being active and making healthy food choices as a family.
MUSC is proud to be a partner in the SC Fit Family Challenge and is ready to assist families across the Lowcountry create healthier lives. Together, we can create a healthier SC!