De-Stress programs and more from Student Health Services this week!

Project Condom Runway Fashion Show March 5 (For students, faculty & staff)
Student Health Services 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—so come early to get a seat! 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

Keep Calm and…manage stress effectively with Guided Imagery and Progressive Muscle Relaxation March 4! (For students)
Stress affects us mentally, physically and emotionally—and can seriously undermine academic performance! This is why Campus Wellness has launched Keep Calm, a new program that brings stress management services to students at times and locations convenient to them.
For more information about Keep Calm, visit

Campus Wellness’ Mindful Mondays—develop inner health and well-being March 18 (For students, faculty and 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 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 come to 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.

Healthy Carolina Farmers Market launches spring season March 19 (For students, faculty & staff)
The Healthy Carolina Farmers Market is a collaborative partnership between Healthy Carolina, Student Government, Parking Services and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. It provides healthy, fresh, locally-grown produce and other products to students, faculty, staff and the community surrounding the University of South Carolina. Both small and large vendors of produce and non-commercial food items find a supportive outlet for the sale of their goods. To be offered at the market, vendors must sell fresh produce, locally-grown or produced products and/or be sustainable. The Healthy Carolina Farmers Market encourages and supports commerce, entertainment and health at USC and throughout the state. Spring markets will take place on Greene St. outside the Russell House from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. March 19 and 26 and April 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Counseling Center’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Management enrolling for session beginning March 20 (students)
The Counseling & Human Development Center is now enrolling students into a seven-week mindful meditation stress management group that starts 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!

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

Destress with FREE drop-in Guided Relaxation class every Thursday (For 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.

Let’s Talk: Mental health counselors available throughout campus all semester (For students)
Staff from the Counseling & Human Development Center are working “outside the building” and are available for students to speak one-on-one with in a variety of locations around the USC campus each semester. This service, called “Let’s Talk,” exists to help students find solutions to their concerns and get information about available resources. All students are welcome to stop by these locations for free, informal, friendly, confidential Let’s Talk consultations during spring semester 2013:

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

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training March 21 (For 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. Training is provided by Jennifer Myers, Coordinator of Suicide Prevention Services, Counseling & Human Development Center, and is offered 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.

Shop smart! FINAL spring Grocery Store Tour with Registered Dietitian taking reservations now! (For students, faculty & staff)
Ninety-eight percent of USC students told us they want to learn more about nutrition—so we’re offering Grocery Store Tours to teach the campus community to navigate the store, interpret food labels, spot marketing and packaging gimmicks, and get the most nutritional bang for the buck! After you take a grocery store tour with Campus Wellness Registered Dietitian Lisa Money, you’ll never shop the same again. The final spring 2013 Grocery Story Tour, offered Wednesday, March 27 from 4 – 5 p.m. at Publix at 2800 Rosewood Dr., is now taking reservations. All students, faculty and staff are invited to this fun, free event. Registration is required at 803-576-9393.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month (For students, faculty & staff)
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 Ceremony March 27 (For 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? We do—and you’re invited to heart their stories and meet them Wednesday, March 27 at the Hero Awards Ceremony. The annual Hero Awards recognize accountable bystanders—community members who stood up, took action and made a difference in the life of another. 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. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this year’s Hero Awards Ceremony, which will take place at 9 a.m. in Russell House ballroom 207 B/C. While the nomination period for the 2013 Hero Awards are closed, nominations for 2014 recognition are now being accepted online at The Hero Awards support Stand Up Carolina, USC’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. For information about Stand Up Carolina, visit

Know How to Help now enrolling through April 16 (For 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.

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.

Sign up for on-campus, fresh local food delivery! (For students, faculty & staff)

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.


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