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Programs offered to help with resolutions

There is a good chance your New Year resolutions have to do with taking better care of yourself. The following is a sampling of programs that are at MUSC to help you follow through with your resolutions. If there are other programs at MUSC that employees can benefit from, contact Health 1st to receive help in promoting your programs campuswide.

Smoking cessation   
Quit Now......For Life! is a free smoking cessation program with a comprehensive approach. This approach integrates education about smoking cessation, pharmacotherapy and group support to help participants determine a motivation for quitting that is meaningful and personal to them. There are six one-hour lunchtime meetings during a three week period. Prescriptions for appropriate medications are provided by Robert Mallin, M.D., professor, Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine American Board of Addiction Medicine. 
The next series of classes begins Jan. 11. Register by sending your name and e-mail address to

Healthy lifestyle, weight loss   
Lunchtime Losers is a 10-week lifestyle change program provided by the MUSC Weight Management Center. The 10 weeks of classes are held on campus during from noon to1 p.m.
Classes are interactive and include group discussions and demonstrations. The program is offered for $98 and may be payroll deducted during a course of three months with no down payment and no interest.
The next class series starts Jan. 21. Registration/payment deadline is Jan. 18. Register by sending your name and e-mail address to

Circuit training
Circuit training is a free monthly interactive class led by an MUSC’s Wellness Center trainer. The trainer will teach participants how to create a 30-minute circuit utilizing your own body and simple equipment. That same circuit training can be recreated at home or in your office.
The next class will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Jan. 14. Register by sending your name and e-mail address to

Preventive care
Worksite screening is offered to employees and their spouses every month.

The next screening will take place Jan. 28 in the Colbert Education Center & Library Building. The screening includes blood chemistry profile, lipid profile, hemogram, body mass index calculation (height and weight), and blood pressure. Certain optional tests are also available. Valued at about $250, this is available to you for $15 if you are a subscriber to the state health plan. If you are not a subscriber, you can participate for $42. For information and to register, visit and click on Worksite Screening.

Emotional health
The Employee Assistance Program is a resource that helps employees with personal, family, or work related problems year round. Both individual and couples counseling is available to MUSC employees. Call 792-2848 to schedule a confidential assessment appointment.

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, Jan. 8, 2010

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