|Avoid weight gain while holiday snacking
by the Health 1st Wellness Wednesday table between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Nov. 12 in the Children’s Hospital lobby to learn about health holiday
eating and Health 1st events.
by Shani Friedman and Tiffany Ricci
With the upcoming holidays, the air is festive and so is the office,
brimming with sweet treats and yummy snacks. This can lead to mindless
holiday eating (MHE), an abnormal condition leading to
unintentional weight gain. In fact, the average American can gain up to
5 pounds during the holiday season.
Although MHE is not a classified medical condition, it’s a very real
issue many people face during the winter months. The solution to
snacking on goodies all day should be determining how much longer you
would need to exercise to keep the scales in your favor.
Visit the Wellness Wednesday table 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 to learn
how much those little holiday treats add up. Also, pick up some recipes
for healthy holiday treats to use for home or office.
Upcoming Health 1st events
Lowcountry Food Bank (Nov. 19)—Amy Kosar will help kick off this year’s
food drive. Also, MUSC employees may get a free flu shot.
Worksite Screening—Nov. 20, Hollings Cancer Center: Subscribers of the
State Health Plan (SHP) can receive this thorough preventive health
screening right here at work. This screening, a $200 value, is
available to SHP subscribers for $15 (spouse can also participate for
$15). Employees without this insurance can participate for $38. This
screening includes height, weight, blood pressure and a blood draw for
blood chemistry profile, hemogram, and a blood lipid profile. Sign up
by calling 792-9959.
Free Lunch and Learn: Tips for Surviving the Holidays: A free
lunch-and-learn will be presented by MUSC’s Weight Management Center
from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 20. Sign up for this event to get helpful tips
for enjoying the holidays without gaining weight. Registration is
required and space is limited.
Flu shots (Nov. 26)—Last chance for MUSC employees to get a flu shot at Wellness Wednesday.
Self Defense and Massage Therapy (Dec. 3)—Learn important self defense
techniques from MUSC’s Lt. Oneida Banks. Plus, get a free massage
provided by the Center for Therapeutic Massage.
Cookbook: We need your recipes. MUSC’s Women’s Club, Heart Health and
Health 1st have teamed up to create MUSC’s first heart healthy
cookbook. Submit your recipes to ARTcookbook@musc.edu by Dec. 12.
Wellness Teams: Start Walking and Get Healthy. Join a wellness team to
walk your way to prizes, friendship and a healthier, happier you. Form
a team and receive free pedometers.
Smoking Cessation Class: Ready to quit—for life. Health 1st and Robert
Mallin, M.D., of the Department of Family Medicine, want to help you
succeed through this free series of classes.
Participants will receive a free medical consultation and
prescriptions, which will be written for any approved smoking cessation
medications. Call 792-9959.
For information on these events, call 792-9959 or visit http://www.musc.edu.medcenter/health1st.
note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st.
Striving to bring various topics and representing numerous employee
wellness organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column
seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful
information concerning all aspects of health.
Nov. 7, 2008