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EAP helps employees find balance

The Aug. 19 Wellness Wednesday, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital lobby, will offer free Happy Mood Dude Stress balls and information about work and life balance issues. Free chair massage also will be available.
by Jeni Bowers Palmer
MUSC Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers assessment, referral and brief counseling services to all MUSC, Medical University Hospital Authority, University Medical Associates and Carolina Family Care employees and their families.
Employees are seen for a variety of problems including mental health, grief, substance abuse and career problems but the majority of clients are seen for stress management and life balance issues. Life balance issues are approached at EAP from a coaching perspective.
Counselors explore the priorities of the clients and point out ways to focus on things that are important and eliminate things that drain energy. Positive answers to the following questions may indicate a life that is out of balance:

True or False
  • The last thing on my “to do” list is time for myself.
  • My home, office or car is cluttered.
  • I work on weekends or at home to catch up.
  • I get less than six hours of sleep on a regular basis.
  • I regularly eat in the car or at my desk.
  • I have a hard time saying no.
  • I don’t have enough time to see my friends or family.
  • I don’t have the time or the energy for exercise.
  • I regularly skip lunch and work breaks.
  • I have lots of leave time accumulated because I never take vacation.
  • I have interests and hobbies that I don’t do because of lack of time.
If you think you may need help with a life balance issue call 792-2848 to schedule a free assessment appointment with MUSC Employee Assistance Program.

Circuit training—Aug. 20
Circuit training is a free 30-minute interactive class that teaches participants how to create a 30-minute circuit utilizing his or her body and simple equipment from a personal trainer of MUSC’s Wellness Center. You can then recreate that same circuit at home or in your office. To register, e-mail

Worksite screening at ART
This month’s worksite screening will be held Aug. 27 at Ashley River Tower. Valued at about $250, this screening costs employees $15 or $42 depending on insurance coverage. Includes blood chemistry profile, lipid profile, hemogram, blood pressure and body mass index calculation. Register at, click on Worksite Screening. Although most appointment times may currently be filled, keep going back to the site to check on new time slots made available by cancellations. New time slots often become available as late as the day before the screening.


Friday, Aug. 14, 2009

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