The fifth annual Healthy Charleston Challenge 2-Mile Run/Walk will be held on Nov. 17 in front of the MUSC Wellness Center, 45 Courtenay Drive. This USA Track & Field certified event, which celebrates the 24th anniversary of the Wellness Center, begins at 8 a.m.
The early sign up fee, before Nov. 1, is $30; however, all MUSC employees and students get a $5 discount. Entry fees include a complimentary one-month membership to the Wellness Center, which is a $135 value, a race T-shirt and a Harris Teeter goody bag. Awards will be given out for top three overall finishers, top three in each age group, top master and top MUSC student. Here are the age groups: under 9, 10 – 14, 15 – 19, 20 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 54, 55 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 – 79, 80 and above. Male and female awards will be given out in all of the categories.
The entry fee will go up to $40 on Nov. 1, and the event is limited to 500 participants. Packet pickup will be from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in the lower lobby of the Wellness Center. Participants who sign up at the Wellness Center now may begin their complimentary month immediately. Note that the one-month membership must be completed by Dec. 31. The offer is valid only for non-members, but members may give their complimentary month to a friend or family member. For more information, call 792-9001 or visit www.musc.edu/hsc.
Employee wellness events
- Zumba at Harborview Office Tower: Join licensed Zumba instructor Felecia Curry for a weekly Wednesday Zumba class held from 5 – 6 p.m. in Room 910, Harborview Office Tower. Zumba is a dance-based aerobic exercise class, and Curry modifies the workout to accommodate any fitness level. Space is limited. To register or to find out more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 822-6136.
- Flu shot satellite clinic: A clinic will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oct. 31 in the lobby of the Children's Hospital. For faster service, bring your completed influenza consent form, which is found in My Records.
- Farmers markets: Fresh fruits and vegetables are available from local farmers from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Horseshoe and the area next to Ashley River Tower.
- Work & learn: Find out how to plant garlic for a spring harvest from noon – 1 p.m., Oct. 30. Take home some fresh produce in return for work on the farm. Bring water and sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes. To register, email email@example.com.
- Family work & learn: Visit the urban farm for a child friendly series from 9 – 11 a.m., Nov. 3. Participants can engage in hands-on learning about sustainable urban agriculture, including stewardship, planting, and harvesting. Bring a plastic bag and take home some fresh produce in return for work on the farm. Bring water and sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes. The event is open to everyone. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
- Early bird maintenance: Get your day started with early bird maintenance on the farm from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Oct. 30 and 31.
For information on the Office of Health Promotion at MUSC, contact Susan Johnson, Ph.D., at email@example.com. Email Suzan Benenson Whelan at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about Employee Wellness.