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Tips to help achieve summer weight loss

The July 15 Wellness Wednesday, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital lobby, will feature weight loss tips.

by Katy Blaylock
MUSC Wellness Center
The summer is in full swing, and we can only hope our “beach body” is up to speed. The good news is that it’s never too late to get healthy and fit.
Here are a few tips that will help you feel and look great:

  • Exercise is crucial for weight loss—At least 30 minutes a day is necessary for long term weight loss and maintenance.  Three 10-minute quick walks counts the same as 30.
  • Weight training—The more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you will burn.
  • Keep a food log—Keeping a record on your eating habits can trigger emotional eating patterns which hinder weight loss
  • Portion control—Become very aware of your portion sizes. Eat half your meal and take the rest home. The “clean plate club” is no longer a task for you.
  • Drink water—An easy way to calculate how much water to drink a day . Your body weight divided in half equals how many ounces you should at least have in one day.

A Ride to Remember
A Ride to Remember will be held July 24, 25 and 26. Sign up for this three- day cycling event across the state. Registration fee is $50, and riders will begin in Greenville and end in Charleston. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. For more information, visit or call 800-860-1444.

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, July 10, 2009

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