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Health 1st, chef to host live cooking demonstration

The holidays don’t have to equate to weight gain.MUSC, East Cooper Medical Center, Roper Saint Francis Healthcare System, Trident Medical Center and the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) are joining together to fight weight gain this holiday season, bringing healthy holiday tips and dinner options to the community.

In support of this campaign, Health 1st Employee Wellness and MUSC Executive Chef Fred Bennett are hosting a healthy holiday cooking event, Healthy Holiday Live, at noon on Friday, Nov. 19 in front of the Colbert Education Center & Library at the farmers market.

The Charleston community, MUSC employees and other invited guests will enjoy a live cooking demonstration featuring Bennett preparing healthy meals and tips on how to cook and eat healthy this holiday season.

Following Sodexo’s Fresh Inspiration design, Bennett is focusing on wellness, diversity, and sustainability using produce purchased from MUSC’s farmers market. At Healthy Holiday Live, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase items listed on Bennett’s recipes at MUSC’s farmers market. Dietitians and health experts from the MUSC community will also be on hand to answer questions and provide information on healthy eating.

In addition to this live event, SCHA is providing information and tips on how to stay healthy and happy this holiday season. Chefs from the partnering hospitals have submitted healthy dinner recipes that will be featured Monday – Friday throughout the holidays. WCSC TV Live 5 News will be running healthy holiday tips featuring nutrition experts from each hospital and a special feature on how to prepare a healthy New Year’s Day meal can be seen Dec. 27 during Live 5’s “News at Noon.”

A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health in 2000 suggests that Americans probably gain about a pound during the winter holiday season. This extra weight accumulates through the years and can be a major contributor to obesity later in life. The holiday season poses special risks for those who are already overweight. Studies show that people who are overweight and obese are more likely to gain up to five pounds than those who are not overweight. The knowledge that people actually accumulate a large proportion of their yearly weight gain over the winter holiday season may prove useful in treating overweight and obesity.

For more information on this campaign and to view video clips and recipes, visit

Health 1st events
  • Chair massages: Free massages are offered to employees on Tuesday nights and midday Wednesdays. Look for broadcast messages for locations and times.
  • Healthy Holiday Live: Join Executive Chef Fred Bennett as he prepares delicious, healthy holiday food featuring produce available from local farmers at noon, Nov. 19, at the farmers market at the university hospital.
  • Thanksgiving farmers market: Shop for Thanksgiving cooking on Wednesday, Nov. 24 in the Horseshoe and in the grassy area next to Ashley River Tower behind Charleston Memorial Hospital. There will not be a farmers market on Friday, Nov. 26.
Contact Susan Johnson at to become involved in employee wellness at MUSC. Events, speakers, classes or any other ideas are welcome.

Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

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