February 21, 2014
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY of SOUTH CAROLINA
PREPARING FOR DENTAL MEDICINE’S SCHOLARS DAY 2014 Johannes Aartun, a research specialist with the Center for Oral Health Research Laboratory Core, and Bethany Herbert, a dental scientist training program student in the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, print out and review their research posters for the college’s fourth annual Dental Scholars Day event on Feb. 20. Their work will be featured along with 58 total posters in the junior, senior, post doc and junior faculty categories. Other event highlights are the table clinics and presentation by keynote speaker Dr. David T. W. Wong with the UCLA Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research. The event attracts dental students, faculty, staff, residents, post-doctoral fellows and the MUSC community in celebrating advances in oral health–related research. Visit http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/ scholarsday.
Thaddeus Bell endowment reaches a milestone.
Family provides impetus for HCC success.
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Vol. 32, No. 27
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MUSC trustees oppose merger legislation Staff Report The Medical University of South Carolina Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution in opposition of recent proposed legislation that would merge MUSC with the College of Charleston. One MUSC board member, Michael Stavrinakis, abstained from the vote. The MUSC trustees received feedback from several groups during its committees’ meeting session on Thursday, Feb. 13, including the president of the MUSC faculty senate, the president of MUSC Physicians, several college deans, the vice president for development, and the president and selected vice presidents of the student government association, three of which are CofC alumni. All agreed that while economic development and support of the business community is an important collaboration for MUSC, a legal merger would not accomplish economic development without seriously jeopardizing the futures of both schools. Legal counsel who
was asked by the trustees to examine the legislation reported that the bill could result in violations of the state constitution and could violate bond covenants for both institutions. During discussion of the proposed resolution, trustees and MUSC leadership pointed to the work of the committee (made up of MUSC, CofC board members and administrators) designated to review mergers and collaborations in detail. They consistently returned to the idea that numerous other options for collaboration would be less costly, more effective and preserve the two schools’ missions, cultures and reputations. These discussions also engaged the leadership of the Metro Chamber of Commerce for many months. Overall, the committee recommends a focused strategy leveraging structured collaboration between MUSC and CofC. This collaboration, in addition to the strengths of higher education programs throughout the state, would better support the increased need for engineering and technology programs beneficial to the Lowcountry's economic development. The committee also felt this would be the most prudent and cost–effective approach.
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Thaddeus Bell, M.D. scholarship endowment reaches $250K BY MIKIE HAYES Public Relations
scholarship endowment, named in honor of Thaddeus John Bell, M.D., recently reached the $250,000 mark. This major milestone allows $10,000 to be divided between two African–American students enrolled at MUSC. Bell, who served as the director of the Office of Diversity and associate dean for diversity in the College of Medicine, retired from MUSC in 2010, but continues to take an active interest in the future of its students. “This scholarship is a dream come true for me as a result of being a student, professor, an administrator at the Medical University and physician in private practice. I’m hoping the students who are selected as recipients will commit themselves to service to the community and help decrease health disparities as I have throughout my life,” he said. To celebrate this accomplishment, friends of the fund gathered for a reception on Feb. 20 at MUSC. U.S. Congressman Rep. Jim Clyburn will be the guest speaker. During the festivities, Bell will announce plans he has to make a major gift to the fund. Bell is a family practice physician in Charleston and one of the state’s leading crusaders in the fight to reduce health disparities. The fact that South Carolina is ranked 47th in the nation is a bone of contention for him. Bell believes more African–Americans are needed in all health care professions and hopes, through this scholarship, recipients will take an interest in combating the inequities so many in the state experience. According to Bell, African–Americans make up less than 4 percent of the physician population in South Carolina and yet they represent 35 percent of the overall population. Also, most African–Americans prefer going to a health care provider that has a cultural background similar to theirs, Bell said. His efforts are
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Dr. Thad Bell was recognized in 2004 for establishing the Closing the Health Gap in Health Care organization. Friends and colleagues are creating a scholarship in his name. aimed at increasing that number. “When I was the director of the Office of Diversity, I became acutely aware of how badly African–American students needed financial support to help them get through. Most of them are first–generation health care professionals. They have the talent, intellectual gifts, just not the funds. If I can provide funds to make that happen, that’s what I want to do,” he said.
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Bell also wrote the scholarship criteria to include students in all colleges at MUSC. Bell has been asked why he didn’t restrict the scholarship to doctors only, as he is a physician.“My scope is greater than what I do,” he said. “It’s not just the doctors that can have an impact on reducing health disparities. I recognize that nurses, dentists, pharmacists, researchers, and allied health professionals will all be part of the solution. That’s why I’ve made this scholarship available to all six colleges at MUSC.” Sabra Slaughter, Ph.D., chief of staff of the MUSC President’s Office and a leader himself in the study of health disparities, supports Bell’s work. "Health care and access to care are impaired, in part, by an inadequate supply of health professionals. This shortage is particularly problematic for African–Americans, other ethnic minorities and underserved populations in South Carolina,” he said. “The Thaddeus John Bell Scholarship addresses this issue by increasing the number of African–American health professionals, across all disciplines, in South Carolina. Moreover, the amount of the endowment allows it to offer scholarships in perpetuity. This is a major win for MUSC, its students, and the state of South Carolina," Slaughter said. In 2004, Bell founded Closing the Health Gap in Health Care, Inc., a Lowcountry nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing African–American healthcare providers while decreasing health disparities and increasing health literacy among underserved African– American communities in the Tri–county area and throughout the state. According to Bell, one of the main reasons these disparities exist is a lack of health literacy. His organization provides health education and programs that promote wellness and healthy lifestyles. Five to
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Nursing student comes to class with global perspective BY JANIE THOMAS Center for Global Health
mbition can motivate people to push the limits of their comfort zone. As a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Taryn Cutrona was busy studying the interplay of food, nutrition and exercise effects on the human body, but wanted more out of her experience than what she could learn in the classroom. Her desire to go on a spring break trip to Costa Rica as a sophomore in college proved to be the most life–directing decision she has ever made. Cutrona returned to Latin America as part of a semester–long, study abroad program in Argentina during her junior year where she became fluent in Spanish. After graduation, she traveled to Concepción, Honduras, where she lived for four months as an employee of Shoulder to Shoulder. Concepción is a small rural village in Honduras, with only two medical clinics to care for its 580 residents. Rural Honduras is not an easy place to live or to transport patients in emergency situations. The two clinics in the municipality are eighteen miles apart, accessible only by rocky, uneven terrain. Her job included welcoming the brigades, medical personnel and students from the United States into
Nursing student Taryn Cutrona works with a young girl from the Girl’s Empowerment project in the small village of Concepción, Honduras. the community to ensure good communication and direction among the groups. This often included translating for the medical staff, which gave Cutrona intimate access to patients and their needs, teaching her the joys and complexities of working as an overseas medical provider. She immediately fell in love with the role nurses play in health care and, as a result, decided
to return to the U.S. to begin the Accelerated BSN program at MUSC. Her prolonged time in Latin America provided her with unique insight into nursing and the importance of cultural competency when working with people from diverse backgrounds. “People who have worked in hospitals know all of the technical details, but that is a small part of the entire picture,” said Cutrona. “The cultural aspect is something that you can’t learn from reading a book. You have to experience it. It brings a different perspective to your role as a healthcare provider.” Cutrona encourages students to go abroad to round out the clinical education experience. “You have to travel,” Cutrona urged. “It’s not the same experience if you just take a global disease class or learn about infectious disease. Immerse yourself in a culture to understand how people live. Unless you are eating their food, hanging out with the locals, walking the streets or going to community events, you won’t get the most out of your experience.” Cutrona stresses that while there is a benefit to traveling to a country with prior language proficiency, students should not let that prevent them from
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MUSC medical center communications corner MUSC Health Plan Update — Referral Contact Center Even though our new MUSC Health Plan has only been in effect since Jan. 1, I have received positive feedback from our team members. Multiple team members were very surprised and happy at how easy it is to get an appointment with an MUSC physician, and shared that they were called within hours of requesting an appointment. One team member provided a specific time frame to be called back and was very happy that the call was received within the desired time frame. Those who have had the opportunity to use health services expressed pleasure with the care received and reduction in cost. Karen Garner, MHA, MT(ASCP)SBB Manager - Transfusion Medicine / HLA Laboratory
Effective Jan. 1, all MUSC and MUHA employees who were previously enrolled in the Standard State Health Plan are now enrolled in the MUSC Health Plan.
Meet the Referral Contact Center Team
The MUSC Health Plan is a new insurance plan created in partnership by the Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) and MUSC to offer enhanced benefits and lower total costs to MUSC employees and dependents who choose to receive care in the MUSC Health Plan Network. If you have questions about your benefits under the MUSC Health Plan, call Blue Cross Blue Shield at 800-868-2520. The majority of employees/enrollees have chosen to self–enroll and select their primary care provider by using the online tool at http://mcintranet.musc.edu/musc-healthplan. For employees still needing assistance, appointments can be requested online or by phone. If any MUSC health plan members have concerns about the plan or difficulty accessing services at MUSC, please let us know via the MUSC Health Plan website at https://www.musc.edu/medcenter/MUSChealthplan/index.html How to Sign Up for a Primary Care Provider Online (Preferred) q Visit http://mcintranet.musc.edu/musc-health-plan You can also get to this site through the MUHA Human Resources Employee Corner webpage, the University Human Resources Employee Corner webpage and the MUSC Health Plan webpage on the medical center intranet.
By the Numbers MUSC leadership is proud to report that since the implementation of the MUSC Health Plan on Jan. 1, our contact center staff have helped more than 600 of our employees who have chosen to establish their primary care within the MUSC Health Plan Network. There have been 2,238 unique employee visits to the Find–a–Doc section of the MUSC Health Plan website since it went live Nov. 27. How to Sign Up for a Primary Care Provider over the Phone q Call the MUSC Health Plan line at 792-9191 This number was created specifically for employees and their beneficiaries looking to establish care with an MUSC primary care provider.
q Between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, MUSC Referral Contact Center staff will be able to assist you with selecting a primary care provider and with making a new patient appointment.
The Referral Contact Center is Nicole Cohen, from left, Susan Lucas, Nicole Jefferson, Ruthel Williams, Diane Leyh, nurses Sandra DeAntonio and Kathy Kuhn, and Gayle Bryant.
The MUSC Referral Contact Center is staffed by customer service representatives and health resource nurses who are knowledgeable about all of MUSC’s clinical services and providers to support access and referral to care at MUSC. With the implementation of the MUSC Health Plan, the contact center staff has been assisting MUSC employees and their dependents with the selection of primary care providers. This includes primary care available at MUSC Family Medicine, MUSC General Internal Medicine and MUSC Physicians — Primary Care (formerly known as Carolina Family Care). The contact center staff provides information about the various practice locations in an effort to help MUSC staff select a primary care provider in a location that is convenient to work or home. In addition, the staff is knowledgeable about the clinical interests of the providers to help choose a provider who meets the patient’s specific health care needs.
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Lynn Richmond Department Hospital Patient Accounting How you are changing what’s possible at MUSC I am learning MUSC’s new user–friendly health information system, Epic, in preparation for the full launch July 1. I will soon complete training as an Epic superuser in my work area. How long at MUSC 16 years, 4 years in Hospital Patient Accounting and 12 years, OCIO-IS Pets and their names Two cats, Mattie and Todd (Toddington) A unique talent you have I crochet baby blankets, wedding blankets and create shell wreaths. What is your idea of a dream job Managing a bed and breakfast Famous person I’ve met Mikhail Baryshnikov at a Spoleto event A must-have in the fridge Champagne and raspberries. Favorite place in the world Paris. I cannot wait to take my husband, Michael.
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HCC participant finds camaraderie, success
BY MIKIE HAYES Public Relations “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” These words are more than just a famous quote, they describe how Bubba Walters treats friends and strangers alike. One month into his second Healthy Charleston Challenge (HCC), they also describe him. Born and raised in Charleston, Walters epitomizes the true Southern gentleman. He opens doors for women, cuts wood for his 94–year–old nana who lives an hour away and makes sure he thanks the Lord for every blessing. He believes his wife is the world’s best mother and his eyes well up with tears when he talks about how much he loves his three kids. Those who know him say he has a heart of gold. They’re right. His kindness toward others is one of the many reasons he is a beloved member of the HCC. When he walks into the auditorium for Thursday night meetings, people from many teams fondly greet him. During a recent workout that had his team running up and down several flights of stairs, huffing and puffing and dripping with sweat, Walters never failed to encourage his teammates with a “Great job, man,” or “Way to go Sugah’.” But behind his gentle smile, he hides a personal battle. And though the demons of depression, anxiety and addiction conspire to defeat him, every day he perseveres. Since he was a little boy, Walters dreamed of becoming a policeman. On career days, he hung on every word the officers shared. He wanted to save the world. As soon as he was able, he joined the police cadets at 13 years old. He wrote up reports at the duty officer’s desk, proudly wore his shiny badge, and at age 14, he was finally able to ride in a squad car. For five years he learned what it meant to protect and serve. He couldn’t join the force until he was 21 years old, so at age 18 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. When he returned to the U.S. from Germany, his lifelong dream became a reality — Walters was sworn in as a North Charleston police officer and for the next 18 years, he served his community and fellow man with courage and respect. The first official call to which he responded was a traffic fatality. He can still see the family involved in the accident like it was yesterday. “It was a heartbreaking wake–up call to death,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do, so I directed traffic and prayed. Over the years, I prayed over every body.” Nearly three decades later, the details have never left him. He can tell you what kind of soda a victim was drinking, how long the burning ash on the end of a
Katie Blaylock’s Spring 2014 Healthy Charleston Challenge’s Culinary Institute team includes Mark Hudgins, from left, Maureen Griffin, Lisa Murray, Bob Murray, Bubba Walters, Rick Arnold, Alan Cabading, front row and from left, Mikie Hayes and trainer Katie Blaylock.
The Walters family at The Citadel’s senior ring hop. From left, Walters’ wife Karen, son Bubba Jr., son Jeremy, Bubba, and daughter Tiffany. cigarette was, what someone was wearing. During those 18 years Walters saw the unthinkable: things, he said, no one should ever see. He was ambushed, shot at, had guns held to his head. Close calls such as these made him worry about his three little ones at home. It all took its toll. Soon, he was no longer able to turn off the graphic visions that played in his head. He was exhibiting signs
of post–traumatic stress disorder. He spoke of it to no one. “I was raised where the man is supposed to be strong and showing emotion was a sign of weakness. You put women on a pedestal, and you didn’t bring your work home or discuss it. You bottled it up and spent time by yourself,” he shared. He began spending a lot of time by himself and beer seemed a good medicine to dull the pain. “I never wanted to drink in front of my family, so I isolated myself,” he said. In 2004, Walters was the night patrol watch commander and had a great deal of responsibility on him. A routine started taking shape. “I would work, come home, sit by myself and have several beers, gorge on high-calorie foods, and go to sleep. I started packing on the pounds,” he said. Walters loves his Southern comfort foods. He grew up drinking sweet tea and eating lots of Lowcountry staples: rice, beans, sausage, fried chicken, homemade macaroni and cheese and “big ol’ fat porkchops…I could kill about four of ‘em,” he said. They all remain temptations.
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He tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), had surgery and gained 90 pounds. His weight yo–yoed. He would “do good one day and eat an entire pizza the next.” By 2004, he was drinking too much, eating horribly, and ruminating over the images that haunted him constantly. He began to realize his coping mechanisms were shot. He’d had enough. He sought help from “two fantastic doctors at MUSC” and was admitted to the Institute of Psychiatry for treatment of depression and anxiety. Walters retired from the force in 2005. At his heaviest, he reached 405 pounds. His daughter Tiffany was involved in wellness and had done an internship at MUSC’s Wellness Center. She had seen the difference the HCC could make in someone’s life. Tiffany is the reason he joined the program. “She told me she didn’t want me to have a heart attack and wanted me to be around a long time,” Walters said. She went online and signed him up for the fall program. Walters started the challenge at 378 pounds. He immediately cut out all the junk and ate only heart– healthy foods. He worked out full throttle. It paid off. His first week he lost 16 and 1/2 pounds. Then he suffered a physical setback. Something just didn’t feel right. His doctor limited his participation in the program to walking the track and practicing good nutrition while he performed tests to determine the problem. Walters never let down and continued to lose weight over the next few weeks. Tests revealed his blood pressure and blood sugar were too low, then his arteriogram in Week 4 provided the welcomed all clear. His doctor took him off his medicines and said, “I’ll see you when you’re 70.” Walters was again giving it everything he had. He’d received a clean bill of health physically, but emotionally it was a different story. His team saw a driven, funny motivator. They had no idea Walters struggled every day just to leave his home and get to the workouts; crowds and loud noises made him anxious. But he was determined not to let his team down. “I was an athlete. I’ve always wanted to do good for my captain, the mayor, my team, for Janis,” he said, referring to Janis Newton, director of the HCC. That respect is mutual. “Bubba is a great motivator, a natural leader, and has a charismatic personality. He is the perfect team member as he sincerely cares about the success of everyone and is not afraid to reach out to others,” she said. Walter’s persistence paid off. Last fall during his first challenge, Walters was awarded “the most weight lost” having shed 77 pounds. His teammate, Mark Hudgins, won the overall challenge with biggest percentage of body fat lost. When the fall challenge was over, Walters succumbed to holiday temptations and gained back some of his weight. Newton helped him overcome the setback and he hit the program hard when he started back in mid–
Bubba Walters and son, Bubba Jr. January. Newton said, “I tell everyone that until they get their
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six times daily, Bell can be heard on radio station Magic 107.3 or on the local Fox TV affiliate sharing health tips in a culturally sensitive way that is appreciated by the African–American community, Bell said. His fund has grown steadily with support from major partners such as MUSC, local hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and Bell’s family, friends and colleagues. Additionally, proceeds from the Lowcountry Jazz Festival, a yearly event that Bell and his wife, Cynthia, brought to fruition have gotten them to the quarter–million dollar mark. As a result of its success, the festival, now in its sixth year, will increase from three nights to four. Bell is thrilled with the reputation it has gained in such a short time. “I’m happy to say we are one of the four best jazz festivals in the Southeast. People come from all over the country to attend. It’s always on Labor Day weekend and it’s become quite the event.” With the extra financial push from the festival, the first scholarships will be awarded in 2014. The endowment, located at the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, is currently accepting applications which must be submitted by March 25. Recipients of the Bell scholarship are encouraged
head straight, they won’t get anything else straight. Bubba understands that, and I am confident he will end up a great success story with the necessary mindset to redefine his health mentally and physically. Rarely does anyone just want to lose weight. Most participants have several areas of their life that need a positive behavior change.” “I love this program,” Walters said. “The staff, the trainers, they are sincere. They truly care. Janis truly cares. They want the best for me: Katie, Tyler, Lilly, they all do. Every time I come through those doors, I feel like I’m wanted.” Walters, at one month into his second challenge, has been the weight loss leader every week and is already down 50 pounds. His HCC trainer, Katie Blaylock, is proud of him. "Working with Bubba has been a trainer’s dream. He shows up early, stays late, and has never once given up. Bubba's presence motivates me, his teammates, and everyone around him,” she said. Walters knows he needs the challenge. “This program is important,” he said. “They teach you to listen to your body. Sometimes I don’t want to come. Sometimes it’s hard. These old bones hurt. I can’t breathe. But, I haven’t been a part of something for 10 years and I am a part of something now. It’s the camaraderie. I can’t let my team down.” Walters still must tackle his past every day, but he is resolved to face things head–on “I love my family,” he said. “I’m doing this for them.”
“I’m hoping that when they [students] complete their training, they will be in a position to help other African–American students who study at MUSC.” Dr. Thad Bell to pay it forward. “I’m hoping that when they complete their training, they will be in a position to help other African–American students who study at MUSC.” He also hopes the recipients will be encouraged to get involved in the community and help eliminate health disparities as he has done his professional career. “My ultimate goal is to see this endowment reach $1 million. I look forward to the day when all six colleges have their own recipient,” Bell added. For information on the scholarship or to make a contribution to the Bell Endowment, visit the Coastal Community Foundation website at http://www. coastalcommunityfoundation.org or call 723-3635. For information on the Lowcountry Jazz Festival, visit Lowcountryjazzfestival.com.
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INTERNATIONAL Continued from Page Three traveling as translators are often on-site at local clinics. Making an effort to learn even a few phrases in the local language is a great way to build trust and respect with your hosts, and practicing casual conversations in Spanish can lead to deep, lasting friendships. While time is a limited resource for students, Cutrona encourages anyone to travel for as long as they are able. The longer one can be immersed in a different culture from one’s own, the more he or she can learn and give. You can also learn more by becoming active in the host’s culture as soon as the trip begins. Cutrona is interested in exploring more of the world through mission trips offered through MUSC’s educational programs. Inspired by her understanding of the basic health problems in Honduras, she says it would be great to go somewhere else to see the differences between countries. Even though her program just began in January, she has already sought out ways of interacting with local Spanish speakers to use her skills and passion for Latin America for the benefit of others. To accomplish this, she is translating at the CARES (Community Aid, Relief, Education, and Support) clinic one afternoon every week. “People come into the CARES clinic who can’t speak English. Having someone who speaks the same language will be really helpful,” said Cutrona.“By working at the CARES clinic, she is able to slip back into the role that she thrived in during her time in Honduras. In Cutrona’s words, “It kind of feels like what I did in Honduras, which is
comforting because I loved what I did there so much.” She is also interested in becoming involved in some of the multiple clubs and groups at MUSC for students interested in other cultures. Not surprisingly, she is especially interested in the Spanish and Latin American clubs since she has spent so much time in that culture. “While you wait to go on an international trip, be exposed to other cultures that are right here in Charleston,” said Cutrona. “Practice your Spanish. Open your mind to what you will see when you travel. You can volunteer to learn about other cultures before you travel. Global opportunities are all around us. We just have to take advantage of them.” Editor’s note: Reprinted with permission from MUSC Center for Global Health
Family Fund accepting grant applications The MUSC Family Fund, sponsored by the Yearly Employee Support Campaign, is accepting grant applications. The application should include name, department phone, name of project and amount of funding requested. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http:// academicdepartments.musc.edu/ development/help/yes_grant.html Applications are due no later than March 31.
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Employee Wellness Follow these tips to make the The month of most of Fried Free Fridays: February is National q Change your habits. The best Heart Month for heart way to avoid saturated or trans health awareness. To fats is to change your lifestyle support the mission practices. of the American Heart q Substitute. Swap out highAssociation, every fat foods for their lower-fat Friday in February counterparts. Try baked options will be a “Fried Free like the baked sweet potato fries Friday.” Instead of instead of French fries. typical fried foods, q Limit solid fat. Reduce the the cafeteria will have amount of solid fats like butter, Susan Johnson delicious substitutions margarine, or shortening you add from our “Mindful” to food. menu. As a health care institution, Ask that sauces or dressings be put it is our mission to provide a health on the side—or left off altogether. promoting environment for all who q Beware of restaurant portions. work, study and visit MUSC. By Portions served in restaurants are providing alternatives once a week we encourage heart healthy, delicious often larger than anyone needs. Consider taking part of your meal choices through Sodexo’s Mindful home for tomorrow’s lunch. options. The goal of this initiative is not to remove choice but to provide healthier options and incentives Wellness Events to help guide customers who are q Last Wednesday Walk 12:30 to 1 p.m., interested in a healthy lifestyle. Feb. 26. Meet at the MUSC Fitness
Health at work
Park (grassy area behind Drug Discovery building, adjacent to MUSC Urban Farm), walk the MUSC Medical Mile (If weather is bad, meet indoors at Colbert Library, second floor, top of stairs). q Worksite screening: The next worksite screening will be held March 21, Gazes Building Auditorium, room 125, valued at about $350, is available to employees of the State Health Plan (including the MUSC Health Plan) for only $15 (covered spouses also can participate for $15). Employees and spouses without this insurance can participate for $42. To register, go to www.musc.edu/ employeewellness. q February Monthly Mindful Challenge — Exercising Your Heart: Take the stairs or the long way around to your workplace and during the day be sure to get up from the desk hourly for some purposeful movement to decrease the risk of heart disease. Employees who choose to participate in the challenge will be eligible for prizes by completing a short survey at the beginning and end of the month. One employee will be featured each month in our “spotlight on wellness” feature in the Catalyst. Take the first February Monthly Mindful
Challenge survey at https://redcap. musc.edu/surveys/?s=PEZJZ5ebo9. Final survey will be sent via email at the end of the month. q Mindful by Sodexo — Offered at Main and ART cafeterias. Throughout February, diners may enter a chance to win two first place prizes ($50 meal card) or two seconhe entrees (a winner from each cafeteria). Purchase any of the daily Mindful entrees in the cafeteria, write your name on the back of the receipt and drop it into the contest box. Multiple entries are allowed. Each week during Heart Month, the cafeterias will support the health of our employees through “Fried Free Fridays.” q Chair massages: Free massages are offered to employees on midday Wednesdays. Look for broadcast messages for locations and times. q Farmers Markets: Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers on Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Harborview); Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ART); and Fridays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Horseshoe). For information on MUSC wellness events, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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