Gilead Sciences Wins Workplace Health Award from American Heart Association

BaySport, Inc. partners with Gilead in health and wellness to claim silver achievement

LOS GATOS, Calif., September 25, 2017  BaySport, Inc., a Los Gatos based company specializing in corporate health, preventive medicine and physical therapy services, congratulates their client, Gilead Sciences, on their Silver Workplace Health Achievement recognition from the American Heart Association.  “BaySport has worked with Gilead Sciences for the past ten years to build a culture of health,” said Linda Emery, BaySport’s VP and CFO.  “They are 100 percent committed to their employee’s health and wellness. Because our BaySport team is on-site supporting their fitness and wellness programs, we witness their unwavering dedication to the wellbeing of their employees’ first-hand. It’s a delight to see Gilead publicly recognized for their dedication and effort.”

 

BaySport partners with Gilead Sciences to provide their global employee workforce of over 5,000 people, resources including biometric health screenings, health fairs, wellness promotions, flu vaccination clinics, monthly newsletters, and managing their on-site fitness centers. “It’s a pleasure to work with Gilead Sciences because they care about their employees,” said Jessica Olsen, Program Director of Gilead Sciences’ Health and Wellness Program.  “The Silver Workplace Health Achievement recognition from the American Heart Association proves that we are doing all the right things to ensure best practices are in place to support Gilead employees’ wellbeing.”

 

The American Heart Association has defined best practices for employers to use to build a culture of health for their employees in the workplace. The Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index measures the extent to which the company has implemented those workplace health best practices.  Companies recognized at the Silver level have achieved an Index score of 130 – 174 out of a maximum 217 points.

 

About BaySport, Inc.

Founded in 1987, BaySport is a leading provider of preventive medicine, physical therapy, and corporate health services with offices in San Francisco, Redwood City, Santa Clara, and Los Gatos. With over 100 corporate clients, BaySport has developed many clinic and worksite based programs aimed at improving employee health and reducing employer health costs. From corporate fitness center management to health screening services to executive physical examinations, the BaySport staff is able to help participants identify health risks and make lifestyle adjustments to reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke, certain cancers, and other diseases. More information about BaySport, Inc. is available at www.baysport.com.

BaySport Contact:

Leslie Czarny
BaySport, Inc. Director of Corporate Communications
(408) 331-1772
leslie.czarny@baysport.com

Exercise Shoes: Helpful Tips to Select Just the Right Pair

By Ingrid Hart

Good footwear is important for any physical activity, and finding the right fit is critical to a successful exercise program. Feet are the base of stability, and proper support can help prevent injury.

Purchasing a new pair of exercise shoes can be daunting because there are so many options and prices vary. One size or style does not fit all. It’s best to look for a specialty shoe store with knowledgeable staff. Shoes lose their cushioning after three to six months, depending on usage. Replacing shoes or padding regularly can help prevent injury.

The American Heart Association offers several tips for selecting the right pair of exercise shoes:

  • Get fitted for footwear at the end of the day. It’s not unusual for a foot to increase half a shoe size during the day.
  • Allow a half inch between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe. If one foot is larger than the other, buy a shoe to fit the larger foot.
  • Match the widest part of the shoe to the ball of your foot. Leave plenty of room for toes to wiggle without experiencing slippage in the heel.
  • Wear the same kind of socks you plan to wear during activity. Socks with high cotton content retain moisture and cause blisters more easily. Look for socks that are made with synthetic fibers such as acrylic or polyester.

Resources:  American Heart Association. (2015). Wearing the Right Shoes for Walking.
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/Walking/Wearing-the- Right-Shoes-for- Walking_UCM_461782_Article.jsp#.WYzQm6hSav8

About the Author:
Ingrid Hart is the Wellness Communications Specialist for Gilead Sciences. She’s an accomplished business writer and project manager specializing in communications. Ingrid is the author of an award-winning book on California. She holds a Journalism Degree from California State University, Humboldt, and a Masters Degree from Holy Names University, Oakland. In the evening you can find her riding a bike around Shoreline Lake in Mountain View, California.

Stay Cool Exercising in the Heat

By Christine Emery

While you’re exercising outside this summer, remember to stay cool!

If you are exercising during a heat wave, it is important to pay attention to some signs and symptoms either you or a personal training client might be experiencing. The following list provides a few examples of symptoms to look out for: “muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, weakness, fatigue, headache, excessive sweating, dizziness or lightheadedness, confusion, irritability, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, and visual problems” (1).

If you begin to experience any of these symptoms while exercise outdoors, it is very possible that you are experiencing a heat illness, such as one of the following (based on severity of symptoms from low to high) (1,2):

  • Heat cramps – pain or spasms in your muscles with heavy sweating
  • Fainting – sensation of light headedness and/or syncope that occurs post exercise and may commonly occur with a sudden stop of exercise without a cool down period
  • Heat Exhaustion – an increase in body temperature, but does not get higher than 103⁰, symptoms resemble what was listed above
  • Heatstroke – when the body temperature increases pasts 103⁰ and is a serious medical emergency. In this situation, call 911 right away.

It is important to know, that if you begin to notice any signs or symptoms of a heat illness, be sure to increase your intake of fluid right away and do your best to lower your body temperature (step away to a shady place on the trail, stop exercising, etc.). You can also remove any excess clothing or sports equipment that could be hindering your ability to decrease your body temperature (an over shirt, a helmet, body pads, etc.). In addition, if you have access to it,  place a wet towel or ice pack on your “neck, forehead, and under your arms” (1). Keep in mind, that if your symptoms are not suppressed in about twenty minutes, it is strongly recommended to seek additional medical care. In the case of a heatstroke, it is important to notice emergencies services as soon as possible. (1, 2).

Thankfully, there are easy ways to try to avoid any of the heat illnesses that were mentioned above! While you are exercising outdoors, be sure to stay hydrated, dress appropriately (loose clothing), avoid exercising outside at the hottest time of the day, understand your fitness capacity and if you have any medical conditions that would increase your risk, and, when in doubt, have a backup plan for another way to stay active that avoids being outside in the sun (i.e. going to the gym or taking a fitness class). (1, 2).

With these helpful tools, there’s no need to stop exercising outside this summer! Know the precautions, risks, and successful ways to prevent against any heat illness and you’ll be good to go out and get ‘em!

Resources:
(1) http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in- depth/exercise/art-20048167

(2) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html

About the Author:
A native to the Bay Area, Christine graduated on the dean’s list with a B.S. degree in Health and Human Sciences from Loyola Marymount University in 2013. Soon after, she moved back up north from Los Angeles and joined the BaySport Preventive Medical team. She really appreciates BaySport’s dedication to detail in making every patient’s experience as enjoyable as possible while also educating them on ways to improve their lifestyle. As a current graduate student at San Francisco State University, she is now working on her thesis to determine if there is a trend within the Bay Area for certain ethnicities to have higher lipid profile (cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose) values along with other measurements such as body mass index and blood pressure. During her off-time, Christine is an avid supporter and fan of Bay Area sports and she loves to play golf with her family when she can. She also likes to travel down to Los Angeles frequently to visit friends.