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Employee Wellness

On Sept. 29, more than 1,000 walkers representing MUSC will join others for the 2012 Lowcountry Heart Walk.

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 4 killers — heart disease and stroke. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.

Beginners can start walking anytime and regular walking (30 minutes or more) can contribute to better health. In addition to reducing risk for heart disease and stroke, walking helps with emotional health by increasing production of endorphins, boosting energy levels and reducing stress level.

Top 10 Reasons to Walk: 1. Reduce risk or manage type 2 diabetes; 2. Strengthen your heart; 3. Improve cognitive function; 4. Strengthen bones; 5. Reduce risk of cancer; 6. Improve flexibility; 7. Burn calories; 8. Lower risk of stroke; 9. Reduce symptoms of depression; and 10. Reduce stress.

Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that's fun and rewarding for the entire family. Walk with friends, family or coworkers. Strollers, wagons and dogs are welcome. It's not too late to register for a team. Visit and search teams to sign up for an MUSC team.

Lowcountry Heart Walk
Date: Saturday, Sept. 29
Time: 9 a.m.
Where: Liberty Square, 340 Concord St., (Adjacent to the S.C. Aquarium)
Cost: Free (please consider a donation to support American Heart Association)
Free Parking: Aquarium and Gaillard parking garages

MUSC Employee Wellness events

  • Zumba at Harborview Office Tower: Join licensed Zumba instructor Felecia Curry for a weekly Wednesday night Zumba class held from 5 to 6 p.m., Room 910, Harborview Office Tower. Zumba is a dance-based aerobic exercise class and Curry tailors the workout to accommodate any fitness level. Space is limited. Email or call 822-6136 for information or to register.
  • Farmers Market: Fresh fruits and vegetables are available from local farmers from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The market at the horseshoe returns next Friday and the area next to Ashley River Tower.
  • MUSC Urban Farm Work & Learns – Noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2. Design in the garden: growing a lettuce quilt. Take home produce in return for work efforts on the farm. Bring water, sunscreen and wear closed-toe shoes. Email to register. Open to MUSC employees, students, and the community. Early Bird Maintenance: Get the day started at the Urban Farm from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Oct. 2 and 3.

Contact at for information on the Office of Health Promotion and Suzan Benenson Whelan at for information about Employee Wellness. Events, classes or other suggestions are welcomed


Friday, Sept. 28, 2012

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