Campus wellness programs benefit faculty, staff

by Whitney Smith 

Whether they’re looking to lose weight, quit tobacco, manage diabetes or simply increase their activity, Campus Wellness has a program for all faculty and staff. Better still, nearly all of the programs and services are free.

Two of this spring’s programs, Gamecocks on the Move and the HeartBeat Pedometer Challenge, are very flexible and can be done at any time. Even with busy schedules, faculty and staff can enjoy these programs throughout the day. There are also multi-week programs during the lunch hours for those employees whose schedules are demanding after work. And there are extended office hours during the week to cater to employees who work non-traditional hours.

Since implementation, the programs have produced positive feedback from employers. A participant of Gamecocks on the Move said, “I think all facets of the program were perfect for one who had NO knowledge about how to begin a running program. The handouts were timely and encouraging.”

Another participant of the Heart Pedometer Challenge said, “this was a fabulous program. I increased my goal from 10,000 steps per day to 18,000 steps per day.”

Carolina’s Tobacco Treatment Program (CTTP) is a free tobacco treatment program for faculty, staff and students. Information about the program is available at http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/tobacco/

Choose to Lose (CTL) is a free nine-week weight management program for faculty and staff only. There are two Choose to Lose programs this semester, Choose to Lose Online and the traditional, in-person Choose to Lose. Participants can sign up for only one program, which begins Feb. 17. Register atcw-words http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/ctl/

Gamecocks on the Move (GOTM) is a free faculty, staff and student walking and running program that provides individuals with the resources and support to train for a 5K. The program begins March 24. Register at http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/staff/gotm.

Sweet Success! Type 2 Diabetes Management Program is a six week program for faculty and staff designed to promote healthy lifestyle changes to address Type 2 diabetes. The program begins March 3. Register at http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/sweet-success


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