Life Balance and Wellness

Employee Assistance Program

The Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free service provided by the College of Charleston that offers a wide variety of counseling, referral, and consultation services. The programs are designed to assist employees and their families in resolving work/life issues in order to live happier, healthier, more balanced lives. These services are confidential and can be easily accessed by calling the toll-free Helpline (1.866.327.2400). Deer Oaks EAP Services is here for you, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. more information can be found under Benefits/Employee Assistance Program. Access the website Login page. Password is located in mycharleston/Employee tab/Quick Links/Employee Assistance Program.  

Children (also see Health Insurance Benefits)

Aging and Disability (SC Access - Aging and Disability Information)

A program of the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging, SC Acess has information, resources, support groups and much more. All of the searches, including the calendar can filter by county. There is also some childcare information available. 

Campus Resources (check Yammer)

  • Benefits Fair 
    • Generally occurs prior to Benefits Open Enrollment to give employees the opportunity to talk to vendors and make decisions about any benefits enrollment changes. HR invites health providers, Optional Retirement Vendors, the State Retirement system and an array of other health and wellness vendors. Prizes and more prizes for employees who attend.
  • Prevention Partners and Worksite Screening
    • Employees and spouses can take advantage of worksite screenings (generally one in fall and one in sping). These screenings include blood chemistry profile, lipid profile, hemogram, body mass index calculation (height and weight), and blood pressure. Certain optional tests are also available.  Information and forms will be emails in advance of the event. 
  • Campus Recreation (sponsor bowling, softball, volleyball, noon activities, etc.)
  • Johnson Gym (free)
  • George Street Fitness Center -  payment to Marketplace
  • MUSC Wellness Center - Reduced rate. If interested please call directly at 792-5757 or visit their website at  
  • Human Resources sponsored workshops (examples: Women's Health, Caring for the Elderly, Reducing Holiday Stress, Talking to your Teens about Sex)

Resources from the South Carolina Public Employee Benefits Authority:

  • Hypertention