by Susan Johnson
Office of Health Promotion
In order to support local agriculture and provide fresh produce for sale, Ambrose Farm is partnering with MUSC's Urban Farm.
Ambrose Family Farm is a 140-acre certified naturally grown fruit and vegetable farm on Wadmalaw Island. The farm supports a U-pick berry operation, provides a Community Supported Agriculture membership, supplies produce to more than 40 restaurants including the Ambrose's own restaurant, and Tomato Shed Cafe on Johns Island and offers vegetables at the downtown Charleston farmers market every Saturday.
As a Center of Excellence and Gold Apple Hospital through the South Carolina Working Well Program, MUSC has been nationally recognized as a leader in providing a healthy food environment. An important component of the Working Well program is to make healthy food choices accessible, convenient and affordable. The goal of the farmers market is to provide as many opportunities as possible to purchase fresh, local and healthy produce.
On Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., MUSC Urban Farm celebrated Heart Healthy Harvest and launched the latest addition to the MUSC farmers market program. Ambrose Family Farms will open a weekly market stand featuring produce near the Urban Farm behind the Drug Discovery Building.
At noon, the MUSC Urban Farm hosted educational sessions which focused on heart healthy foods and how to grow, harvest and prepare them, including a heart health lunch and learn.
MUSC Employee Wellness events
- National Food Day: Donate non-perishable to the community and help kick off National Food Day. Collection barrels will be at the following locations until Oct. 24: university hospital cafeteria, Ashley River Tower cafeteria, Colbert Education Center & Library lobby, MUSC Urban Farm, Wellness Center lobby and Office of Health Promotion (17 Ehrhardt St., Suite 5).
- Zumba on the Roof: Zumba will held from 4:30 – 6 p.m., Oct. 10, on the fourth floor of the Harborview Office Tower parking garage. A $5 donation is requested for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 822-6136 for more information.
- Healthy Happy Hour: Are you looking for a weight loss program on campus? If so, enroll in MUSC Weight Management Center's Happy Healthy Hour program. Although this weight loss class is open to anyone, priority will be given to Children's Hospital employees, as this program is being partially supported by the Boeing Center for Children's Wellness. See the program details below, including the $50 incentive for Children's Hospital employees. The first class starts Oct. 8. To sign up, email email@example.com.
- Dreams with Hope Sleep Awareness: The Dreams with Hope Sleep Awareness Clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 9 at the Horseshoe. Bring family and friends, receive a free CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask fitting, give-aways, snacks, sleep tools and meet the developer of RemZzzs. RemZzzs developed liners for the masks.
- Mobile mammograms: Digital mammograms for MUSC employees will be held from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Oct. 10. The mobile van will be parked behind the Clyburn Research Building. Call 792-0878 for appointment scheduling.
- Flu shot satellite clinic: A flu shot clinic will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oct. 17 at Ashley River Tower.
Contact Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the Office of Health Promotion, and Suzan Benenson Whelan at email@example.com for information about Employee Wellness.