By Susan Johnson, Ph.D.
Many MUSC employees will join the American Heart Association's nationwide celebration April 4, taking 30 minutes to walk and pledge to live heart-healthy lives.
The celebration kicks off at 11:45 a.m. in the MUSC Horseshoe with opening remarks by MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. Participants are asked to check in at the registration table or pre-register by emailing email@example.com to receive a walking trail map and walk the 1-mile trail in support of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Participants will be eligible for prizes in several categories, including most spirited walker and team walker spirit award. Departments are encouraged to walk as a group and consider making this a regular activity. Free water and apples will be available to walkers, along with information on fitness and nutrition. Vendors will also be on hand to provide a quick and healthy lunch after the walk.
Adults are spending more time at work than ever before and becoming more inactive. This is a problem when one considers the fact that physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease. American Heart Association's National Walking Day seeks to raise awareness of the risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle by hosting the event.
Employee Wellness events
- MUSC's Pitch the Pack Program: Free smoking cessation program offered to MUSC employees and students. Classes, counseling and a one-month supply of medications are available to eligible participants. Receive a complementary "success kit" with enrollment filled with gifts. Enroll online at http://ceii.muschealth.com/SCP/SCPRegistration.aspx.
- Worksite Screening: There will be a worksite screening April 3 in Room 102, Colbert Educaiton Center & Library. 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. To register, go to http://www.musc.edu/medcenter/health1st and click "Worksite Screening."
- MUSC Garden Project: Learn through working with the soil and seeds in the MUSC Urban Farm from noon to 1 p.m., April 4. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There's also an Afternoon Work & Learn from 4:30 to 6 p.m., April 4. The event is open to all MUSC employees, students and their families.