Student Health Services: free faculty/staff health screenings, mindfulness, Farmers Market and more!

Free health and wellness screenings for faculty and staff

Student Health Services Campus Wellness and community medical partners will offer USC faculty and staff a limited number of free blood, hearing, skin cancer and mental health screenings in April through its new program Healthy Aging. Faculty and staff must present a USC ID to receive services. Spouses are welcome to register for the April 2 screening but must present a spouse Carolina Card. Each of these screenings requires pre-registration by phone or online form by a specified deadline. Interested faculty and staff are encouraged to register immediately due to limited space availability.

Blood Screening for Cholesterol, Glucose, PSA: Register by March 31

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Time: 7 – 10 a.m.

Location: Russell House room 203

Register by March 31: Call 803-777-6518.

Hearing Screening: Register by April 5

Date: Friday, April 12, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Capstone’s Carolina Conference Room, 17th floor
Register by April 5 at

Mental Health Screening: Register by April 5

Date: Friday, April 12, 2013

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Capstone’s Carolina Conference Room, 17th floor

Register by April 5 at

Skin Cancer Screening: Register by April 10

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
Location: Russell House room 203

Time: noon – 5 p.m.
Register by April 10 at

Services will be provided by Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach, USC Hearing and Speech Research Center, Jennifer Myers, Coordinator of Suicide Prevention Services for the Counseling & Human Development Center, the Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program and Dr. Annette Lynn, Director of Dermatology at the USC School of Medicine and Carolina Dermatology. Questions regarding these Healthy Aging screenings may be directed to Campus Wellness at 803-777-6518 or

Keep Calm and…manage stress effectively with Pet Therapy, free Zumba and more!

(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.

Spring 2013 Keep Calm activities include:

— Pet Therapy—quality time with friendly dogs March 21 and April 25, 10 a.m. – noon at Davis Field next to the Russell House

— Guided Imagery and Progressive Muscle Relaxation—taking place during finals May 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Green Quad Learning Center building D

— FREE Group X Classes—offered on these dates:

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.

For more information about Keep Calm, visit

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 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:

USC School of Law Library Conference Room 103a, 701 Main Street, every Tuesday 1 – 3 p.m.

USC School of Medicine Student Library Conference Room, Building 101, 6439 Garners Ferry Rd., every Wednesday 3 – 5 p.m.

Harper College on the Horseshoe, room 124, 902 Sumter St., every Thursday noon – 2 p.m.

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


Pick up free T-shirts & paint for Clothesline Project March 18

(For students)

The Clothesline Project, a national campaign that addresses violence against women and sexual assault, is part of Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention’s annual, on-campus Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities. This project offers T-shirt painting to all students as a vehicle for those affected by violence to express their emotions. T-shirts are then displayed on Greene Street in front of the Russell House April 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. SAVIP wants student organizations and groups to participate by picking up T-shirts and paint starting Monday, March 18, 2013 at the SAVIP office, located on the first floor of the Thomson Student Health Center. Completed T-shirts should be returned to the office by April 8. Call 803-777-8248 to get involved or register online at

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

(For 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!

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


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 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 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.


Student Health Services Collegiate Recovery Community: On-campus AA Meetings Begin March 25

(For students, faculty and staff)

The Student Health Services Collegiate Recovery Community will offer Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on campus beginning Monday, March 25. The Monday meeting will take place weekly from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., and the weekly Wednesday meeting will take place from noon – 1 p.m. Both will take place in the Byrnes Building in room 705. Meetings have an open format and are open to all students, faculty, staff and community members. For more information, call 803-777-5223.


Shop smart March 27! 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:

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 Sexual Assault Response Conference 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.

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.

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.

(Submitted by Nicole Carrico)



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