Flu hits SC hard: $10 flu shots at Thomson Student Health Center
South Carolina DHEC has released data concerning the spread of flu within our state as follows:
· SC saw 3,206 positive flu tests last week—200 times more than this time last year.
· 400,000 people in SC are estimated to get flu this season.
· SC is seeing 6 times more flu-like illness now compared to this time last year.
We are anticipating a 10-year high in “regular” flu this season for our state and are expecting the USC campus to be hit hard also when students return from holiday break.
Please come get the flu vaccine if you haven’t gotten it yet. Vaccine is available at the Thomson Student Health Center’s first floor Allergy/Immunization & Travel Clinic 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. No appointment is required. All students, faculty and staff are eligible to get the flu vaccine for $10. Students must present a Carolina Card to receive the vaccine. Faculty and staff must have a valid employee USC identification card. Details about flu prevention are at www.sa.sc.edu/shs/flu.
Free Choose to Lose program registration open through Jan. 18
Campus Wellness’ nationally-recognized and most popular program, Choose to Lose, is now accepting student, faculty and staff registrations for the spring 2013 session. If you need to lose weight for health reasons, are working toward making significant lifestyle changes, are working with medical conditions, are brand new to exercise, healthy eating and healthy living, or have special needs, Choose to Lose is for you. This free, intense, nine-week program meets twice per week and includes lecture and discussion, cardio workouts, resistance and stretching training and workouts, weigh-ins, online tools and a coach to work with you. Spring Choose to Lose begins Feb. 5 and ends April 11. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 – 8 a.m. at the Blatt PE Center. If you Choose to Lose, register online now at www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/ctl while spaces are still available. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Choose to Lose was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Wellness Program for Higher Education Professionals recipient by the American College Personnel Association.
Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Jan. 23
Join the USC community in creating an atmosphere of caring and responsiveness by becoming a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper this spring. Why get trained? You are more likely to interact with a student in emotional distress or experiencing a suicidal crisis than a student in cardiac arrest or choking. Suicide is the most preventable form of death, yet suicide is a leading cause of death in the college student population. This is your opportunity to learn to intervene and:
· Learn the signs to identify students at risk and how to connect a student with the appropriate service
· Enhance your awareness, knowledge and skills concerning college student suicide
· Improve your skills and gain confidence in your ability to intervene
· Stay informed about mental health resources on campus
Training is provided by Jennifer Myers, Coordinator of Suicide Prevention Services, Counseling & Human Development Center, and is offered Jan. 23, Feb. 7, Feb. 27, March 21, April 5 and April 18.
Visit www.sa.sc.edu/shs/chdc/prevention/ to register for any of the above sessions or schedule your own personalized session for your office residence hall or organization. All students, faculty and staff are invited.
Jan. 25 Self-defense for women classes for student, faculty & staff now enrolling
Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention and the USC Division of Law Enforcement are offering free self-defense classes to female students, faculty and staff throughout the spring semester. The class will be offered three Fridays: Jan. 25, March 29 and April 19. Each class will take place from noon – 4 p.m. in the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center. Participants do not need to be members of the fitness center to enroll in this class. Class size is limited to 15 per session. Registration is required at 803-777-8248.
Counseling Center’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Management enrolling for spring sessions through Jan. 25
The Counseling & Human Development Center is now enrolling students into two seven-week mindful meditation stress management groups offered this spring semester. The program uses meditation, mindful movement and other experiential activities and practices to help students cultivate individual awareness and reduce feelings of stress and feeling overwhelmed. These methods are based on ancient practices that focus on feeling fully alive, vibrant and being present in the richness of the moments of our lives.
Participants in mindfulness groups report:
· Increased ability to relax and cope with stressful situations
· Improved self-esteem and confidence
· Greater enjoyment of and enthusiasm for life
· Ability to create personal space and time for health and healing
· Improved mental health including less frustration, anxiety, stress, anger and feelings of sadness and loneliness
· Improved physical health including fewer headaches, less fatigue and bodily pain and reduction in high blood pressure, illnesses and sleep disturbances
· A sense of personal growth and development
Spring sessions will meet Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5 p.m. The first session is offered Jan. 30 – March 6. The second will take place March 20 – April 24.
Interested students should call 803-777-5223 and express interest in this group. After a quick consultation, eligibility will be determined. Commitment to attend all sessions is required. Full details are at www.sa.sc.edu/shs/files/2012/01/MBSM-Fall-2012one-sheet.docx.
2nd Annual Stalking Awareness Month Safety Fair Jan. 30
Personal safety involves a lot more than looking over your shoulder. In today’s world, it includes securing your personal information, staying on top of technology, and knowing where to turn if things go wrong or you suspect your information has been compromised. Learn how to best protect yourself this January at the Stalking Awareness Month Safety Fair. You’ll meet with security and safety pros from a variety of industries and organizations that will teach you how to best protect yourself from stalkers, identity theft and more. Guests include banks, cell phone providers, on- and off-campus groups and more who will discuss the specifics of personal safety in their areas of expertise and how it relates directly to you. This Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention event takes place Jan. 30, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Greene St. in front of the Russell House. (Rain date: Jan. 31) Light refreshments, resource information and giveaways will be available. DJ CDI will provide music. For more information call 803-777-8248. This event supports Stand Up Carolina, a campus-wide initiative to foster bystander accountability and prevent interpersonal violence. Visit www.sa.sc.edu/shs/savip/stand-up to get involved.
Carolina Beautiful: Celebrate Your Body Week events Feb. 24-28
Did you know that on any given day 25% of American men and 45% of women are on a diet? February 24-28 marks the National Eating Disorders Association’s (NEDA) annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The campus of the University of South Carolina will observe this week by hosting its second annual Carolina Beautiful: Celebrate Your Body Week with several events promoting positive body image. The goal of the program is to help members of the campus community view their bodies in a positive way and prevent the development of body image issues and eating disorders.
Beautiful Lengths: Haircuts for cancer patient wigs Sunday, Feb. 24, 6 pm, Russell House Ballroom
Are you planning on a haircut in the next few months? Considering a major style change? Do you “go short” every spring? If so, wait until Feb. 24 to make the cut, and you can make a difference in a cancer patient’s life by donating your hair toward a wig during the Carolina Beautiful: Beautiful Lengths event. Sponsored by Student Health Services Campus Wellness, Changing Carolina Peer Leaders, Campus Recreation, Carolina Productions, Women’s Student Services and Tri Delta Sorority, Carolina Beautiful week offers five days of events, services and speakers that promote positive body image during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Beautiful Lengths participants must have eight inches of hair to donate. Male and female students, faculty and staff of all ages and ethnicities and their friends and families are all invited. All hair types, colors and textures are needed!
What will you get?
· A FREE haircut from an experienced stylist
· A goodie bag of giveaways from local boutiques and shops in Columbia
· The amazing feeling that comes from giving your hair to such a great cause
What will you give?
The priceless feeling of self-confidence to a cancer patient!
All USC students, faculty and staff with a minimum of eight inches of hair to spare can donate. Take this opportunity to make a statement that you don’t hide behind your hair—you’re proud of who you are underneath! Beautiful Lengths will take place Sunday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Russell House Ballroom. Seats are limited, and reservations are required. Contact Amy Yanicak at BeautifulLengthsUSC@gmail.com to save your seat today.
Mirrorless Monday Monday, Feb. 25
Mirrors in restrooms around campus will be covered with paper to limit the time spent looking in the mirror and help shift people’s focus from physical appearance to more important aspects of life.
Keynote Speaker Jenni Schaefer, author of Life without ED and Goodbye ED, Hello Me
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m., Russell House Ballroom
Jenni Schaefer says, “I have never been married, but I am happily divorced.” In her presentation Life Without Ed, Schaefer reveals she is “divorced” from her eating disorder. She explains the unique approach to recovery described in her book Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too (McGraw-Hill 2004). Treating her illness like a relationship—rather than a condition— Schaefer named her eating disorder “Ed,” the acronym for “eating disorder.” Redefining recovery, Schaefer explains how freedom from an eating disorder not only entails leaving “Ed” behind, but also includes finding yourself, joy and peace in life. Discussing her personal recovery, Schaefer’s presentation addresses making peace with food, learning to love one’s body and overcoming perfectionism. She also discusses “Societal Ed,” society’s eating disorder, and mixed messaging about food and body image.
For more information, visit www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/cb.