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It's summer: Time to get healthy

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-1421

Summer is no time to forget about good health and nutrition.

And it’s the perfect time for USC faculty and staff to take advantage of Carolina’s free or low-cost programs to help you live healthier lives. From free grocery store tours to a weight management series to nutrition consultations, it’s easy to find an offering for a particular need.

“We’re really working to engage our entire campus community in optimal health from several angles. Offering faculty and staff resources to improve health, wellness and safety is one very important tool in that overall strategy,” said Nicole Carrico with Student Health Services. “Given the number of faculty and staff on our campus, we know offering services and programs to employees can improve many aspects of their lives from job satisfaction and work performance to personal safety and family life.”

The programs also help educate USC employees, who then are able to share knowledge with students.

“Our faculty and staff are shaping the futures of 30,000 students,” she said. “We want USC employees to have health and useful resources at their disposal so they can give their best to our students. The resources we offer employees all have an educational component. Professors frequently use our resources in the classroom, whether it be requiring students to attend a nutrition presentation, keep a food log, discuss safety or learn warning signs of depression or suicide.”

Here’s just a sampling of the programs you can take advantage of this summer:

Free weight management workshop for USC employees

This workshop series, led by registered dieticians with Student Health Services Campus Wellness program, includes three one-hour sessions, each focusing on principles for safe and effective weight management.

Session one will teach participants about the weight loss equation, nutrient timing, portion control and creating balanced meals. Session two will help participants identify environmental cues that lead to overeating and how to more mindfully identify and respond to hunger and satiety cues. Session three will teach participants about healthy cooking and substitutions, along with dining out in a healthy manner.

The workshops are June 4, 11, and 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 101. Participants should arrive at 11:45 a.m. for each session and bring a lunch. Parking is available, with any faculty/staff decal, in the lower lot behind the 1600 Hampton Street Annex. Register online.

Reservations are limited and accepted on a first-come basis. Registration includes all three sessions.

Mindful Mondays are back

All students, faculty and staff are invited to drop-in mindful meditation practice from 12:15-1 p.m. June 4 and 11, and July 16 and 30 in the Healthy Carolina Conference Room (McBryde F). No registration is required.

Summer grocery store tours taking reservations

Student Health Services Campus Wellness is offering two grocery store tours this summer. When you take a grocery store tour with registered dietitian Deborah Zippel you’ll learn how to navigate the store, interpret food labels, spot marketing and packaging gimmicks and get the most nutritional bang for your buck.

Reservations are being taken for two tours, noon-1 p.m., June 7 and July 11, at the Publix on Rosewood Drive. Tours last one hour and are free to students, faculty and staff. Space is limited to 15 participants. Register by calling 803-576-9393.

You deserve a massage

Student Health Services Campus Wellness offers seated chair massages that require no undressing and use no oils. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday at the Thomson Student Health Center. Cost for students is $20 for 25 minutes and $22 for faculty and staff. No-shows are charged $15. Call 803-777-3175 to schedule your appointment.

Suicide prevention gatekeeper training

Did you know you’re more likely to interact with a student in emotional distress or experiencing a suicidal crisis than a student in cardiac arrest or choking?

At suicide prevention gatekeeper training with Jennifer Myers, coordinator of Suicide Prevention Services at Student Health Services Counseling and Human Development Center, participants will become trained to serve as a “gatekeeper” to mental health services on campus and in the community.

As a gatekeeper, you enhance your awareness, knowledge and skills concerning college student suicide; learn the signs to identify students at risk and how to connect a student with the appropriate service; improve your skills and gain confidence in your ability to intervene; and become informed about mental health resources on campus.

Sessions take place in the Russell House at these times: 1-3:30 p.m. June 5; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 21; 1-3:30 p.m. July 18; and 1-3:30 p.m. July 31.

Register online for any session or schedule an individual session for your organization.

Think you have a sluggish metabolism?

Registered dieticians with the Student Health Services Campus Wellness have a great tool — MedGem — that measures resting metabolic rate (RMR). The results — your specific metabolism — will help the dietitian determine exactly how many calories you need for adequate energy and weight control.

To schedule a morning appointment with a dietitian for metabolic testing, call the Thomson Student Health Center at 803-777-3175. There is a $25 fee for students and $75 fee for faculty and staff, which includes RMR testing and the consultation that follows.

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Posted: 05/30/12 @ 11:00 AM | Updated: 05/30/12 @ 11:19 AM | Permalink



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