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Employee Wellness

MUSC Level 1 Trauma Center and Safe Kids are looking for MUSC Safety Families. Injury impacts everyone and MUSC is working to make the community safer by demonstrating examples provided by employees.

Examples of safety topics are:
  • Child passenger safety-car seats and booster seats
  • Pregnant women wearing a seatbelt
  • Teen and adult drivers with seatbelts in all areas of the car
  • Passengers on bikes, motorcycles, ATV’s, scooters, and skateboards wearing helmets
  • Pedestrians walking on crosswalks or wearing reflective clothing
  • Boaters and swimmers wearing a life- jacket
The Trauma Center is looking for MUSC families to serve as a model for safety, illustrating the best safety practices. Pictures selected may be used for brochures, health fairs, and educational forums. Employees are asked to submit photos to Stephanie Power at The last day of submission will be Feb. 18. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver of permission to use photos for educational programs.

Weight Management Center
The MUSC Weight Management Center has been providing weight management programs for more than 35 years. The staff at weight management consists of registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists, physicians, and nursing staff; the most comprehensive weight management staff in the area.

“We offer a full range of lifestyle change programs—either individual- or group-based—for patients of all weight loss needs; whether they have a little or a lot to lose,” said Josh Brown, Ph.D., clinical psychologist. “Regardless of the program, we place strong emphasis on helping people make the lifestyle changes that are important for long-term success.”

Staff from the Weight Management Center will be at the Wellness Wednesday booth at Ashley River Tower from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9. Come have your body mass index calculated, your body composition measured, and talk with the staff about the range of programs offered. Discounts and payroll deduction are offered to MUSC/MUHA/UMA employees and their spouses, and if you have Medical Spending, Health Savings, or Flexible Spending Accounts, you can use those to pay for the programs. For information, call 792-2273, e-mail or visit

Employee Wellness events

  • Chair massages: Free massages are offered to employees on Tuesday nights and midday Wednesdays. Look for broadcast messages for locations. q MUSC employee fitness series: A free Pilates class will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Feb. 8 at the MUSC Wellness Center. Participants will also receive a free one-day pass to the Wellness Center. E-mail barneslr@musc. edu to register.
  • Discounted state park annual passes: Ranger John Phelps from Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site will be located in the Children’s Hospital lobby for Wellness Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 selling park passes to employees at a 20 percent discount. Visit
  • Mobile mammograms: The Hollings Cancer Center Mobile Van will be conducting mammograms from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 next to the Basic Sciences Building loading dock, behind the College of Dental Medicine. Call 792- 0878 to schedule an appointment.
  • Worksite screening: The next screening will be held Feb.17 in room 322, College of Nursing. The screening is $15 with the State Health Plan and advanced payment is required. Register at health1st.

Contact Susan Johnson at to become involved in employee wellness at MUSC. Events, speakers, classes, or any other ideas are welcome.

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

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