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Study shows tea may offer healthy benefits
Stop by the Health 1st Wellness
Wednesday table between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Children’s
Hospital lobby to taste different types of iced tea.
Jasmine Bautista and Alison Church
Some people might wonder what are most popular beverages are
across the globe. While water is the first choice, the next in line of
favorites is not soda, coffee or wine, but tea.
Tea is the second most commonly consumed beverage worldwide. Many have
found comfort in a cup of freshly brewed tea for centuries. Tea
consumption originated in China thousands of years ago, but India is
the world’s largest tea-drinking nation. South Carolina has its own
longstanding tradition with tea. In fact, South Carolina was the first
state in the nation to grow tea and produce it commercially.
For as long as tea has been around, its healing properties have been
merely suggested. It wasn’t until recently that its healthful benefits
were scientifically studied. Though research is continuing, current
study results indicate that tea consumption may promote heart health;
bone health; immune system health; oral health; decreased risk for
certain cancers; and enhanced metabolism.
What tea contains that boosts health, whether all teas produce the same
results, and if it’s OK to drink quantities of sweet tea will be
subjects of Wellness Wednesdays, Oct. 15.
A “Taste for Tea” will be held in the Children’s Hospital lobby from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. where samples of different refreshing iced teas will be
offered while the dietetic interns provide insight on the latest news
in the healing properties and benefits of this ancient beverage.
Health 1st events
- Smoking Cessation Classes—Ready to quit......for life?
Health 1st and Robert Mallin, M.D., of the Department of Family
Medicine want to help smokers succeed in quitting. Sign up for this
series of free classes and receive a free medical consultation and
prescriptions for any approved smoking cessation medications. Call
792-9959 for information.
- Worksite Screenings- Subscribers of the State Health Plan,
BlueChoice/Companion, Cigna, and MUSC Options can receive a through
preventive health screening on campus. The screening includes height,
weight, blood pressure, and blood will be drawn for a blood chemistry
profile, hemogram, and blood lipid profile. In most health care
settings this screening is valued at $200 but will be available to MUSC
employees for $15. Screenings are offered monthly, and the next one
will be Oct. 23 at the Education Center/Library Building.
- Mammogram—A quick and convenient way to have a mammogram is
available with the Hollings Cancer Center Mobile Van, which will be
parked at the Basic Science Building loading dock from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Oct. 15. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged (call
- La Leche League—This is a nonprofit, volunteer
mother-to-mother support organization that provides support, education,
information, and encouragement for breastfeeding moms and expecting
moms. La Leche League classes are held on campus every fourth Wednesday
of the month. The next class will be held Oct. 22 in the Children’s
Hospital conference room 501.
- Farmers Market—Get your fresh fruits and vegetables from
local farmers right here at MUSC every Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30
p.m. in the Horseshoe area, and now a fresh market located behind
Charleston Memorial Hospital (in the grassy area in the rear next to
parking garage and ART.)
For new classes, screenings and information, visit http://www.musc.edu/medcenter/health1st;
or to suggest classes to offer e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To register
for any of the following classes/screenings, call Beka Hardin at
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008
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