Even if you missed the National Nutrition Month kickoff event, there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of special events this month.
At the World Cuisine in the university hospital cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 9, employees can sample wellness items prepared at the cooking demonstration that will be featured as part of Meatless Monday. MUSC executive chef Fred Bennett and Farrah Hoffmire, Organic Process, will host a "meet and greet" in the cafeteria where visitors may learn more about their collaborative efforts, the featured items and about Giddy Goat Cheese and Organic Process (http://www.organicprocess.com/home/).
National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign held annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
This year's theme is "Eat Right with Color." MUSC Employee Wellness is partnering with Sodexo and MUSC registered dietitians to celebrate National Nutrition Month with the campaign "MUSC Good Eats!"
Additional activities and events include the following:
- Wellness and You Specials: Thursday, March 10 - Marsala chicken and grape salad for $4.99 available in Ashley River Tower and university hospital cafeterias.
- Wellness Wednesday: Along with proper nutrition, daily exercise has been shown to reduce stress levels, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, improve sleep patterns and help manage weight. Visit the MUSC dietetic interns on March 9 in the university hospital cafeteria to learn more about the health benefits of daily exercise. There will be a drawing to win a pedometer.
- Lunch and Learn Series: Join registered dietitian Debra Petitpain on Wednesday, March 9, from 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. in Room 102 of the Colbert Educaiton Center & Library for the presentation, "Beans, Greens and Magical Fruit."
- Learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet, how to meet protein, calcium and iron needs using beans, greens and fruits, and ways to include more of these foods in a healthy diet. Bring your own lunch. A sampling of Mediterranean eggplant soup, the featured item for Meatless Monday March 14, will be provided complements of Sodexo. Space is limited. Register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employee Wellness events
MUSC employee fitness series: A free Pilates class will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., March 8 at the MUSC Wellness Center. Participants will also receive a free one-day pass to the Wellness Center. E-mail email@example.com to register.
Wellness Wednesday: Visit Josh Brown and Tonya Turner from the Weight Management Center on Wednesday, March 9, in the university hospital near Starbucks, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Body mass index and body composition measurements will be available, as well as information about programs and free consultation scheduling.
Free bone density screenings: The MUSC Osteoporosis and Bone Health Center and MUSC Employee Wellness are offering a bone mineral density screening, free of charge, to any employee who is at risk including any postmenopausal woman (not currently taking prescription medications for osteoporosis) who has not had a DXA scan in the last two years. The first screening is scheduled from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m on March 9. For information or to schedule an appointment, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers market: Fresh fruits and vegetables are available from local farmers from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Friday in the Horseshoe and in the grassy area next to Ashley River Tower behind Charleston Memorial Hospital.
Contact Susan Johnson at email@example.com to become involved in employee wellness at MUSC.