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Wellness program offers events,
For more information on Health 1st, visit
the Wellness Wednesday table in the Children’s Hospital lobby between
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 30.
Health 1st, the MUSC Employee Wellness Program, focuses on physical,
nutritional and emotional health and injury reduction. This program
encourages MUSC employees and others through the community to
participate in programs that promote the health and well being of the
Health 1st events
- Worksite Screening: Subscribers of the State Health Plan
can receive this thorough preventive health screening at work.
The next screening will be May 8 at Cannon Place. This screening,
valued at $200, is available 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.
- Wellness Teams: Start Walking and Get Healthy! Join a
wellness team in June to walk your way to prizes, friendship and a
healthier, happier you. Form a team and receive free pedometers.
- La Leche League: Breastfeeding or considering it? La Leche
League of Charleston offers mother-to-mother support, monthly meetings,
and telephone help from accredited leaders. Meetings are at 11:30 a.m.
the fourth Wednesday of every month in Room 204 at the Harper Student
- Mammogram Screening: Looking for a convenient way to have
your mammogram? The Hollings Cancer Center van is coming to MUSC June
- Cookbook: MUSC’sWomen’s Club, Heart Health and Health 1st
have teamed up to create MUSC’s first heart healthy cookbook. Submit
recipes to email@example.com or drop them in the collection box near the
- Midday Mile:Health 1st will begin a mile walk at noon once
a week starting in June.
Preventive screening—tests to
find cancer early
According to the American Cancer Society, there are variations in how
often a person should have a screening based on family history,
tobacco use, sexual practices, etc. It is recommended adults should
seek a doctor’s advice regarding screening frequency. The following is
an abbreviated guide:
- Women—age 20 to 29: Cervical—conventional Pap test yearly
or every other year liquid-based Pap test and every three years for a
clinical breast exam. Age 30 to 39: Cervical—conventional or
liquid-based Pap test every two to three years or Pap test with HPV DNA
test every three years and a clinical breast exam every three years.
Age 40 to 49: A mammogram every year as long as the woman is in good
health and has a clinical breast exam prior to mammogram
- Men—age 20 to 44: At the time of a check-up, examination
for cancer of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, and testes.
Age 45 to 49: At the time of a check-up, examination for cancer of the
thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes and testes. Every year: A
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test and a Digital Rectal Examination
(DRE) testing for men at high risk for prostate cancer (black men and
men with a father, brother, or son diagnosed with prostate cancer at a
young age). Age 50 and older: At the time of a check-up, examination
for cancer of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes and testes.
Every year: Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test and a Digital Rectal
Examination (DRE) should be offered to average risk men. Information
should be provided about the benefits and limitations of testing so
that an informed decision can be made about testing. Men at high risk
should also have a PSA and DRE every year.
Editor's 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.
Friday, April 25, 2008
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