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Family Medicine staff rallies toward
a week the employees at Family Medicine trade in their scrubs and
work clothes for workout gear, weights, and a mat. During that time Ann
Rodden, DO, might be heard giving directions over background music as
she instructs the aerobics class. After several staff members showed
interest in having an exercise class, Rodden started it
last June. Rodden recently joined the faculty at the Department
of Family Medicine after completing the MUSC faculty development
fellowship also during this past June.
“The Department of Family Medicine is a home for preventative care,”
said Rodden. “We need to be proactive and try to prevent medical
conditions in our patients but also in each other. One way to do that
is by maintaining a healthy weight. The classes I offer give people a
chance to be active and get a little exercise every week.”
Lisa Pinckney, from left, Cathy Potter, Stella Seels and Queen Haynes
warm up before the aerobics class Feb. 12.
After the introduction of the aerobics classes, the next program to
begin was Rodden’s version of the Biggest Loser.
Sixteen faculty and staff members signed up for a 10-week program to
lose weight. The four groups of four participants competed against each
other to be the biggest losers. In 10 weeks, Family Medicine became
more than 100 pounds lighter. In January, Biggest Loser 2 began with 14
participants. They hope to keep up the weight loss.
“The aerobics class allows us Family Medicine employees easy access to
fitness,” said Cathy Potter, a nurse at Family Medicine. “It’s held in
our building on the evening that best fits our hectic schedules. And
the biggest loser campaign was filled with team camaraderie. The four
different teams looked forward to the Friday unveiling of weights to
see who out-lost whom at the scale. It was done in a good natured
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