Student Health Services Update: Jan. 22, 2013

Registration for Project Condom fashion open until Feb. 1 (for students)
Calling all aspiring fashion designers…do you have what it takes to create an impeccable garment made only of condoms? Register to participate in Project Condom: Season 6—a four-week fashion design contest that culminates with the Project Condom runway fashion show March 5 at the Russell House Ballroom. Students should work in groups of three or more and be sponsored by a student organization or create your own team name. To partici¬pate complete the registra¬tion form online and submit it by Feb. 1. Project Condom seeks to promote safe and healthy sexual decision making through eliminating social stigmas regarding con¬dom usage, while celebrating protection and respecting others by using condoms when two consenting persons are ready to do so. Complete information is at Call (803) 777-1835 for more information.

Heart Beat Pedometer Challenge registration ends Jan. 30 (faculty & staff)
February is American Hearth Month. To promote healthy hearts, all faculty and staff are invited to participate in the second annual Heart Beat Pedometer Challenge. Everyone who signs up will receive a pedometer to count the number of steps walked each day. At the end of 4 weeks, prizes (Campus Wellness Gear) will be given to first, second and third place teams.

Registration ends Wednesday, Jan. 30. The program is limited to 50 teams of two, so find a partner and sign up today.

The Heart Beat Challenge starts on Feb. 4 and ends March 5.

Sign up:

• Find a teammate.
• Go to to find registration forms and official rules of the challenge.
• Mail, fax, or bring your completed team registration form to the Campus Wellness Office.
o Mail: Blatt P.E. Center Room 201, 1300 Wheat St
o Fax: 777-6250
• Receive your pedometer either in person or through inter-office mail.
• Start walking!

Sweet Success! diabetes management program now enrolling (faculty & staff)
Sweet Success! is a 4 week program for faculty and staff designed to promote healthy lifestyle changes to address Type 2 diabetes. Participants will identify ways to manage blood glucose levels through regular exercise, healthy, balanced meals and addressing barriers to lifestyle change. The weekly program topics will focus on nutrition, physical activity, motivation and an “Ask the Expert” session:

Week 1: Eating for Success, facilitated by Sarah Walsh, MS, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian-Campus Wellness
Week 2: Success One Step at a Time, facilitated by Tina Marie Devlin, MPH, CHES, CPT, Faculty/Staff Program Coordinator-Campus Wellness
Week 3: Sweet Surroundings, facilitated by Jacqlyn Baylis, MPH, CHES, Associate Director-Campus Wellness
Week 4: Success is Sweet, facilitated by a certified diabetes educator

Register online or fax the PDF registration form to 803-777-8210. You also may mail the form to the Professional Development Office at 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 101. Supervisory approval must be obtained before participating in training. For more information, please call the Professional Development Office at 803-777-6578.

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Jan. 23 (students, faculty & staff)
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 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 (students, faculty & staff)
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 (students)
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

Campus Wellness’ Mindful Mondays—develop inner health and well-being Jan. 28 (students, faculty & staff)
Want to improve your focus and attention, lower your blood pressure or simply learn how to become a more centered, grounded person? You’re invited to Mindful Mondays, free, on-campus sessions open to all students, faculty and staff, offered throughout the fall semester. All sessions begin with a short introduction to the day’s practice and time to connect as community. No special equipment or attire is required. Bring your own mat, blanket, sitting cushion or props to support your practice. No registration is required. Simply show up at the McBryde F building behind the Thomas Cooper Library, and look for the Healthy Carolina conference room. Sessions this spring include Jan. 28, Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15 from 12:15 – 1 p.m. Marguerite O’Brien, Student Health Services Campus Wellness Director, facilitates. Call 803-576-9393 for more information.

2nd Annual Stalking Awareness Month Safety Fair Jan. 30 (students, faculty & staff)
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 to get involved.

Tell us who your Hero is! (students, faculty & staff)
Do you know a University of South Carolina student, faculty or staff member who has stood up to help a campus community member in a manner that had a significant impact on that person’s life? Nominate them for a Hero Award. The annual Hero Awards recognize accountable bystanders—community members who stand up, take action and make a difference in the life of another. They are true heroes. Hero Award recipients have helped friends, classmates, coworkers and even complete strangers through a variety of actions and deeds, large and small. They gave someone a ride, called for help, intervened in an unsafe situation, or referred someone to much needed resources. Our heroes pay attention to what is going on around them and the needs of others and stand up for them. Nominations are accepted for Hero Awards year-round, but must be submitted by March 1, 2013 for recognition in the Hero Awards Ceremony, which will take place March 27, 2013 at 9 a.m. in Russell House ballroom 207 B/C. The Hero Awards support Stand Up Carolina, the University of South Carolina’s bystander accountability initiative offered through Student Health Services Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention. Contact Toni Lawrimore at or 803-777-8248 for more information about the Hero Awards. Nominate Heroes at For information about Stand Up Carolina, visit

Carolina Beautiful: Celebrate Your Body Week events Feb. 24-28 (students, faculty & staff)
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.

Events include:

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 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.

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