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Wear red, show support of research for heart disease

The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women works every day to fund research and fight cardiovascular disease. MUSC employees, students and visitors are invited to wear red and help kick off American Heart Month and raise awareness about heart disease from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 in Ashley River Tower.

At 11 a.m. participants will form a human heart on the stairs of the atrium for a group photo.

Fitness experts and personal trainers will be on hand to provide demonstrations and fitness testing. MUSC Weight Management Center will conduct body mass index calculations and body composition measurements and offer information about programs.

Heart health information will be available from the Seinsheimer Clinic, MUSC Heart Health Program and the American Heart Association. MUSC dietitians and MUSC Employee Wellness will be conducting worksite screenings (advanced registration required, visit to sign up). Additional activities include CPR demonstrations, chair massages, cardiovascular risk assessments and healthy food samples.

Employee Wellness supports the cause given that heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, taking the life of one in three women each year, claiming more than 433,000 American women each year.

Employee Wellness events

  • Tobacco Free Tuesdays – Free one-session class created to provide employees and students the opportunity to learn about cessation options during their lunch break. The next class is scheduled for noon, Jan. 31 in Room 113, Colbert Education Center & Library. Email to register.
  • The MUSC Institute of Psychiatry is offering a free one-hour Quit Smoking class from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 1 at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, 4-North. The class is conducted by a licensed clinical psychologist and offers suggestions to help achieve a smoke-free lifestyle. Anyone is welcome to attend; no pre-registration needed.
  • "Pitch The Pack" Smoking Cessation Clinics – Monthly three-session cessation clinics facilitated by physicians, psychologists and trained staff free of charge for MUSC employees, students and family members. The next clinic begins at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Room 102, Colbert Education Center & Library. Visit and click on "Smoking Cessation Enrollment Form" to register or email for information.
  • Worksite screening: Feb. 3 in ART Atrium as part of Go Red Day. This screening, valued at about $350, is available to employees with the State Health Plan for $15 (covered spouses can also participate for $15). Employees and spouses without this insurance can participate for $42. The screening includes height, weight, blood pressure and a blood draw for a blood chemistry profile, hemogram, and a blood lipid profile. To register, go to and click worksite screening.

Contact Johnson at to become involved in employee wellness at MUSC.



Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

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