Sitting is the new smoking. Researchers report that the amount of time a person spends sitting each day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death. What is more, regular exercise may not be enough to offset this risk. The challenge for many is that their job responsibilities require them to be seated for most if not all of their work hours. For that reason, it’s important that both employees and employers take steps to create an environment that helps them move more.
Through our participation in the SC Working Well program, MUSC Office of Health Promotion has been working to establishing a culture of wellness where being active is the norm by providing access and opportunity for physical activity during the workday. On July 12, 2013, we were awarded the Gold Medal for achieving the highest standards in creating a physically active workplace. Our work in this area has been supported by a resolution passed by the MUSC Board of Trustees, which encourages employees to “participate in healthy activities such as preventative screenings and assessments, physical activity, weight management, tobacco cessation, healthy food, and stress management” during their breaks during the workday.
MUSC Moves! is our physical activity campaign designed to provide changes in policies, improvements in the environment, and increased opportunities and resources to promote physical activity at work. The following programs were designed to accommodate our diverse population in terms of fitness levels, interests, and work schedules so that all employees can participate and benefit from MUSC Moves!
Promoting physical activity opportunities on campus for MUSC employees at an affordable price. Visit the Wellness Center site for more information.
We recognize how difficult it is to have staff members leave their areas so we are creating ways to bring wellness to your employees. Not only will they benefit from short breaks focusing on their health and wellbeing, but the entire department/unit will benefit by working together and encouraging each other to adopt healthy habits. Let us know if your department is interested in the Wellness on Wheels program.
Fit a workout into your schedule - free monthly class. MUSC Employees are invited to participate - held at the Wellness Center, 45 Courtenay Drive. Schedule and session type vary. Registration is required and space is limited. Free day pass for participants at their first class. Register here.
Weds. April 11
Strength and Endurance
Kelsey Quillen /Main Studio
A total body workout perfect for every fitness level that incorporates both strength training and cardio to maximize calorie burn
Thurs. May 10
Cindi Day/The Boxing Studio
A class involving exercises performed in stabilized and destabilized standing, seated, and lying positions to train the core muscles in stability and mobility.
MUSC Medical Mile
Need a break? Try adding a Wellness Break into your daily routine. Take a walk around campus following the MUSC Medical Mile (pdf). Ashley - Calhoun - Courtenay - Bee. Start anywhere and make a loop back to the beginning. You'll clock 1.17 miles and the benefits are enormous.
Indoor Wellness Walk
Located on the second floor connected corridor (pdf) of several MUSC buildings. The total length from beginning to end (from the Dental Clinic building to Rutledge Tower) provides a half mile of climate-controlled walking. A cool one-mile round trip. Start anywhere and end at any point.
Take the stairs instead – you'll add years to your life and life to your years. Add this component to a walk around the MUSC Medical Mile (pdf) for an extra cardio boost.
Permanent fitness equipment located behind the Bioengineering Building, open for use anytime and to the public. Perfect for those who want to fit in a workout during a break. Directions for use and instructions on the Greenway Garden Circuit (pdf) are posted here as well as in the park. Explore the benefits of exercising outdoors.
As a designated Center of Excellence for the Working Well grant, MUSC Employee Wellness has received a stipent to aid our efforts in creating a culture of wellness acorss our campus. We have designated part of that money toward the purchase of fit gym equipment. MUSC departments who have an interest in promoting physical activity within their department, and have a dedicated space for this purpose, can apply to have fitness equipment for an onsite Fit Gym. Download the Fit Gym application (pdf) to request equipment. Email the completed form to email@example.com for review. View the video about the Harborview Office Tower facility here: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/musc2020/imagine-minute.html
Americans are spending more time than ever sitting in front of screens - at work and at home - which means less time being active. Physical inactivity has a detrimental effect on your health. Studies have shown that inactive people can double their risk of heart disease. We are working with Risk Management to develop some options for you to consider. Please check back.
An MUSC Wellness-supported running/walking group aimed to improve employee wellness and support and overall culture of health here at MUSC. Learn more or get involved.