April 8 Wellness Wednesday, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the
Children’s Hospital lobby, will feature the MUSC Weight Management
Center. Staff will be available to discuss weight loss options and
obtain individual body mass index.
by Joshua D. Brown, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Tonya Turner, Registered Dietitian
The MUSC Weight Management Center offers a number of programs to serve
the different needs of different people. Programs include a strong
emphasis on helping people to make long-term lifestyle changes that are
important for success in the long run. These changes serve as the
ABCDSs of lifestyle change. The necessary changes include:
Exercise is crucial to the long-term success of any weight-loss
program. No single exercise program is right for everyone, so each
person should create and work towards an exercise program that is
effective and reasonable to the individual.
Habits and behaviors are important contributors to lifestyle and
weight. Most behaviors are automatic and without thought. Monitoring
behavior is one of the most important tools for changing one’s
lifestyle and managing weight.
Regularly graphing weight and keeping eating diaries are beneficial habits to develop.
Thought patterns are as important as behavior patterns. Associations
with food and your thoughts about dieting affect the ability to
successfully watch your weight. One should become more aware of these
thought patterns and change them to avoid overeating or sabotaging a
Successful long-term weight loss and overall health depend on a healthy
diet. A registered dietitian can help form an eating plan that works
The process of losing weight and growing accustomed to new ways of
dealing with food can be difficult. Friends, family and coworkers can
be great sources of support; they can also be detrimental to attempts
to make lifestyle changes.
During Health 1st Wellness Wednesday on April 8, MUSC’s Weight
Management Center will be available to further discuss these steps.
Come have your BMI calculated and talk about the programs MUSC offers.
or call 792-CARE (2273) to schedule a free consultation to learn which
program is best for you. (Discounts and payroll deduction options are
available to MUSC affiliated employees)
With 30 years helping others attain healthier weight, the Weight
Management Center is staffed with the Lowcountry’s most comprehensive
team of weight management specialists, including registered dietitians,
exercise physiologists, physicians, psychologists and nurses.
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 3, 2009