Student Health Services Updates- Feb. 25

GSPOTS (Gamecocks Speaking Proactively On Topics of Sexuality) When is Pornography a Problem? Feb. 28 (students, faculty & staff)
With the advent of the internet, pornography has become more readily available than ever before. While some people can incorporate the use of pornography into a healthy sex life, others may struggle with the role that porn may play in their sexual world. This workshop will explore the concept of pornography use and when this use may become problematic. Participants will be encouraged to think about porn and to explore their personal values around its use. Treatment options for those who feel their use may be problematic will be discussed.

This workshop will:

· Explore personal and cultural values around pornography use
· Define the concept of pornography addiction
· Outline warning signs that use may be problematic
· Discuss potential impacts on relationships from use of pornography
· Inform students about helpful campus resources and treatment options

The workshop will take place Feb. 28 in the Russell House in room 315 from 7 – 9 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are all invited to this informational workshop. For more information, email Dr. Sarah Wright, presenter and psychologist at Student Health Services Counseling & Human Development Center, at, or call 803-777-5223.

Let’s Talk: Counseling & Human Development Center available around campus all semester (students)
Speaking with a mental health counselor can help students find solutions to concerns and get information about available resources. All students are welcome to stop by one of these locations for a free, informal, friendly, confidential Let’s Talk consultation during spring semester 2013:

USC School of Law Library Conference Room 103a, 701 Main Street, Tuesdays 1 – 3 p.m.
USC School of Medicine Student Library Conference Room, Building 101, 6439 Garners Ferry Rd., Wednesdays 3 – 5 p.m.
Harper College on the Horseshoe, room 124, 902 Sumter St. Thursdays noon – 2 p.m.

We’re available to all USC students at these locations. No appointment is necessary. For more information call (803)777-5223 or visit

Counseling Center’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Management enrolling for spring sessions (students)

The Counseling & Human Development Center is now enrolling students into a seven-week mindful meditation stress management group starting March 20. 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. 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

FREE drop-in Guided Relaxation class offered every Thursday (students)
The Counseling & Human Development Center is offering a free, drop-in guided relaxation workshop every Thursday to help students manage stress. Students will learn teaches techniques of relaxation and self-suggestion to improve stress management, improve concentration and memory, overcome worries and fears, increase self-confidence and develop a more positive outlook on life. No registration is required, just drop for this workshop offered every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Byrnes Building, 6th floor room 617. Call 803-777-5223 for more information.

Keep Calm and…manage stress effectively with this new Campus Wellness program! (students)

Stress affects us mentally, physically and emotionally, which is why Campus Wellness is launching “Keep Calm” to encourage students to manage stress effectively.

In fact, according to the 2012 National College Health Assessment at USC:
— 25.6% of students reported that stress is the #1 impediment to academic success
— 59.2% of students reported wanting more education and information about managing stress
— 80.6% of students reported feeling “average to more than average stress”

Spring 2013 Keep Calm activities include:
— Pet Therapy—quality time with friendly dogs March 21 and April 25, all 10 a.m. – noon at Davis Field next to the Russell House
— Guided Imagery and Progressive Muscle Relaxation—taking place during mid-terms and finals March 4 and May 2, both 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Green Quad Learning Center Building D
— FREE Group X Classes—offered once per month on these dates:
Yoga: Feb.28 at 9 a.m. in the Strom, room 127
Zumba: March 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Strom, room 125
30/20/10: April 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the Strom, room 127
For Group X class descriptions, visit
— Biofeedback Sessions and One-On-One Consultations with a Health Educator—schedule appointments for these two great resources by calling 803-576-9393.

Know How to Help now enrolling (students, faculty & staff)
On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the University of South Carolina will host Know How to Help, a free, day-long conference offering members of the campus community training to respond effectively to sexual assault, sexual harassment, violence and discrimination.

Conference objectives will include:

· Identify abuse, trauma, sexual assault, sexual harassment, violence and discrimination
· Understand the trauma-informed response
· Describe mandatory reporting requirements both within and outside the university
· Identify sexual assault within unique campus communities
· Describe the referral process to assist victims and survivors
· Discuss sexual assault, harassment, violence and discrimination laws
· Understand the role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
· Discuss Title IX requirements

Know How to Help will offer educational opportunities and continuing educations units for law enforcement, safety and security personnel, medical and emotional health providers, human resources personnel, counselors, resident mentors, ministerial staff, managers, advisors and anyone who serves as a liaison within the university community. The conference is open to all students, faculty and staff at USC.

Know How to Help is offered by USC’s Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Multidisciplinary Committee (SARV), in conjunction with Student Health Services Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention.
Register online at through April 16, 2013.

Campus Wellness’ Mindful Mondays—develop inner health and well-being Feb. 18 (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 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.

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. Sponsored by Student Health Services Campus Wellness, Changing Carolina Peer Leaders, Campus Recreation, Carolina Productions, Women’s Student Services and Tri Delta Sorority.

Events include:

Beautiful Lengths: Haircuts for cancer patient wigs Sunday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m., Russell House Ballroom
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.

FREE Yoga Class Monday, Feb. 25
Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center

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.

Information Table Wednesday, Feb. 27
Come learn all about Carolina Beautiful and the on-campus resources available to you to maximize your self-image! We’ll be on Greene Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27

FREE Zumba Class Wednesday, Feb. 27
Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center

Me, Myself and My Body Thursday, Feb. 28
Join the Changing Carolina Peer Leaders for this open forum and discussion about the struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with food, physical activity and body image. Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m., Honors Residence Hall Room B 110.

National Eating Disorders Association walk March 2
Join us as we take a stand to support those struggling with issues of body image and disordered eating. For more information, visit

For more information about Carolina Beautiful Week, visit

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Feb. 27 (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 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.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer – but this is a cancer we can do something about. Colon cancer, when discovered early, is highly treatable. Raise awareness about colon cancer, celebrate survivors and help patients in need during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by participating in the Dress in Blue Day program and other local events. Visit for more information about Dress in Blue Day March 1.

Participate in local events including:

· Palmetto Health Foundation’s Colorectal Cancer Walk and Race March 2 at Maxcy Gregg Park
· Lexington Medical Center’s Colon Cancer Challenge March 23 at Dutch Fork High School

Stop by the Campus Wellness office at the Blatt P.E. Center to pick up a free colon cancer awareness bracelet and lapel pin to show your support of colon cancer prevention.
If you would like to learn more, contact Campus Wellness at 803-777-6518 to schedule a presentation. You can also submit a presentation request at

Hero Award nomination deadline March 1 (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

Project Condom Fashion Show March 5 (students, faculty & staff)
Campus Wellness has 10 student designer teams working to perfect their garments made solely out of condoms for this year’s Project Condom Fashion Show! In its sixth year at USC, this fun, fashionable and educational event will pack the Russell House Ballroom, and is sure to be standing room only again. A panel including special guest judge Anthony Auld of Project Runway season nine and Project Runway All Stars will judge the garments and declare a winner. The audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this March 5 event that begins at 8 and wraps up at 10. For more information call 803-777-1835 or visit

On Campus Local Produce Delivery
Healthy Carolina is pleased to offer new, healthy eating options for USC faculty, staff and students: On-Campus Produce Delivery. Healthy Carolina is partnering with two, locally-owned produce delivery companies, Pinckney’s Produce and AFRESH! Produce Delivery that will bring fresh produce right to USC’s Columbia campus. It’s a convenient way for the USC community to purchase locally grown food and to eat healthier. Visit to learn more and sign up.

Sweet Success! diabetes management program now enrolling for March classes (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:

March 4, noon – 1:30 p.m.: Eating for Success, facilitated by Sarah Walsh, MS, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian-Campus Wellness
March 11, noon – 1:30 p.m.: Success One Step at a Time, facilitated by Tina Marie Devlin, MPH, CHES, CPT, Faculty/Staff Program Coordinator-Campus Wellness
March 18, 1:30 – 3 p.m.: Sweet Surroundings, facilitated by Jacqlyn Baylis, MPH, CHES, Associate Director-Campus Wellness
March 25, noon – 1:30 p.m.: 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.

Campus Wellness’ Mindful Mondays—develop inner health and well-being March 18
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 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.


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