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Health 1st announces wellness programs
Stop by the Health 1st Wellness Wednesday
table between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Children’s Hospital
lobby to learn about upcoming Health 1st events and to get your TDAP
So more people can become active, healthier and engaged, Health 1st has
produced health and wellness programs, resources and activities. From
fresh produce to walking clubs, Health 1st has a resource, activity,
club or program for just about anyone wanting to improve their quality
and quantity of life.
As September marks the full-swing period of campus life for the coming
year, clip this article for future reference, and get active, get
healthy and get with people just like you for all the right reasons.
- Farmers Market expands. Get fresh fruits, vegetables and
flowers from local farmers from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. right here on
campus Fridays in the Horseshoe (location is subject to change and will
be announced on broadcast messages and the Health 1st Web site). In
addition, locally-grown fruits and vegetables are available at
Charleston Memorial Hospital (in the grassy area in the back of the
facility next to the parking garage and ART) from 7 a.m. until 3:30
p.m. on Fridays.
- Wellness teams competition. Tour the “seven wonders of the
world” and develop a healthier lifestyle by joining or starting a
Health 1st Wellness Team. The competition will go from Sept. 1 to Nov.
30. Free pedometers and log books will be given to all team members,
and the coach will receive a hat. Winner’s will receive a winner’s
certificate and Whole Foods bags filled with delicious, healthy
groceries from Whole Foods in Mount Pleasant. For more information, or
to form a team, go to http://www.musc.edu/medcenter/health1st,
and click on Team Competition.
- 2-Mile Wellness Run/Walk. Help celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the Harper Student Wellness Center on Sept. 20 by
participating in a run and walk. Registration includes a free one-week
membership to the Harper Student Wellness Center. The race begins at 8
- 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. Sign up for this series of free classes in Room 524
College of Nursing. You must attend all sessions, which will take place
from noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, and Oct. 2.
Participants will receive a free medical consultation and prescriptions
will be written for any approved smoking cessation medications. Call
792-9959 to register.
- AHA 2008 Start! Lowcountry Heart Walk. Join the MUSC team
for this upcoming walk celebrating the promotion of physical activity
and heart healthy living in a fun, family and dog-friendly
environment. This walk on Sept. 20 starts from Liberty Square
near the Aquarium (free parking for participants) at 9a.m. Family
activities will begin at 8 a.m.
- Worksite screening. Subscribers of the State Health Plan
can receive this thorough preventive-health screening Sept. 25 at
Rutledge Tower. Valued at $200, this screening is available for only
$15 (spouses also can participate for $15, and dependents for $38).
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
- Running Club. Join MUSC’s running club on Mondays and
Wednesdays at 6 p.m. This is for any pace and running level. See flyer
- Weight Management. For those needing to lose more than 50
pounds, MUSC’s Weight Management Center is offering two weeks of free
meal replacement bars and shakes (a $150-plus value) for enrolling in
the HealthFast program and paying in full. Call 792-2273 for more
- 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 the fourth
Wednesday (next meeting is Sept. 24) of every month in Room 501,
Children’s Hospital, at 11:30 a.m.
- Mobile van mammogram. For a convenient way to have a
mammogram, the Hollings Cancer Center van will be on campus Oct. 15,
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 792-0878.
For information on these and other Health 1st events, contact Annie
Lovering at 792-1245, or Beka Hardin at 792-9959.
TDAP vaccines urged
Make sure to stop by the Wellness Wednesday table to get a tetanus,
diphtheria and pertussis (TDAP) shot. The Tdap vaccine can
protect adolescents and adults against three potentially fatal diseases
caused by bacteria: Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to
person, and tetanus enters the body via dirt through cuts, scratches or
Who should get Tdap?
- Adolescents 11 through 18 years of age should get one
booster dose of Tdap.
For information on Tdap go to http://www.immunize.org/vis/tdap.pdf.
- Adults 19 through 64 years of age. Specifically adults who
expect to have close contact with an infant younger than 12 months of
age and health care workers who have direct patient contact in
hospitals and clinics. Adults should substitute Tdap for one booster
dose of Td. Td should be used for later booster doses
Stop by the Health 1st Wellness Wednesday table anytime between 10 a.m.
and 1p.m. on Sept. 17 to learn more about upcoming Health 1st
events and to get your TDAP shot.
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, Sept. 12, 2008
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