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

BaySport Nutrition Tip by Sheri Berger, RDN – Smart Snacks

As preparations for the new school year begins, an important decision is what to pack for lunch. BaySport’s Nutrition Coach, Sheri Berger, RDN (Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist) shares a health tip for the entire family, whether they’re going to school or work.

Choosing SMART SNACKS throughout the day will help to keep you energized, focused, happy, and provide steady blood sugar. Choosing less quality snacks will do the opposite. SMART SNACKS provide fiber, lean protein, quality carbohydrates, healthy fats, and around 150-200 calories. Here are some great choices:

NUT OPTIONS:
• Two tablespoons of all natural peanut butter with 6 celery sticks
• One tablespoon of nut butter with a medium apple, banana, or other fruit
• One tablespoon of nut butter with 8-10 whole grain crackers
• ½ peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread with apple or banana slices
• 8-10 walnuts or almonds with a medium apple or other fruit

BEAN & LEGUME OPTIONS:
• ¼ cup of beans, 1 tablespoon of cheese, and salsa on a whole grain tortilla
• ½ cup of hummus or black bean dip with cut up vegetables (carrots, celery, mini peppers, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, jicama)
• ¼ cup of hummus on whole wheat pita bread
• ½ cup of roasted garbanzo beans with 10 cherry tomatoes

DAIRY & EGGS:
• String cheese or one ounce of other cheese and a piece of fruit
• One cup of plain low-fat yogurt with ground flaxseeds and 3-4 strawberries
• One cup of plain Greek yogurt with two tablespoons granola and one teaspoon agave nectar or honey
• Two tablespoons goat cheese, dill, and tomatoes on a piece of whole grain bread
• ½ cup of cottage cheese with chopped fruit (berries, nectarines, peaches, etc.)
• Once hardboiled egg with a rice cake or whole grain crackers

MEAT & FISH:
• 1/2 can tuna or salmon with 5-8 whole grain crackers
• Three romaine lettuce wraps with nitrate-free cold cuts or other lean meat
• Two ounces smoked salmon on a rice cake or three whole grain crackers
• Six shrimp with cocktail sauce, celery, and carrots
• Two ounces of beef, turkey, or salmon jerky with cucumber slices

 

Learn more about Sheri Berger, RDN:
Sheri Berger is a Registered Dietitian having completed her B.S. in Food/Nutrition & Dietetics and a dietetic internship at Loyola University Chicago. Sheri has a diverse professional background that includes hospital and outpatient clinic support, preventative wellness programs, corporate wellness services, cardiovascular disease management, and working with seniors. Sheri enjoys engaging her clients in pursuit of their personal wellness goals and leading by example with her healthy lifestyle. Sheri has been certified in adult weight management since 2005. She belongs to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetics Association, and the San Jose Peninsula District of the CDA. Sheri enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two daughters and she loves to run marathons.

Heat and Travel Safety

By Stephanie Nesbitt

Now that summer is finally here the sun is consistently shining, the weather is warm and people are travelling all over the world on vacation. When visiting a new location, or every a family favorite, people tend to forgo their normal lifestyle habits, such as exercising, eating healthy and even drinking water regularly. People get so caught up in the activities they are doing and the company they are with, which could potentially put them in harm’s way.

Hot weather (whether it is humid or dry) is a consistent temperature all over the world – no matter what time of the year you travel. When temperature and humidity soar, travelers — particularly children, the elderly, those with chronic medical conditions, and people who are overweight may be prone to heat stroke.  Even young and healthy individuals can be vulnerable if they are too active during hot weather and not drinking enough water; so it’s best to try to prevent heat stroke before it occurs.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly and the sweating mechanism fails, which makes it hard for the body to cool down on its own.

If you plan on traveling to a place where temperatures are high, follow these tips on preventing heat stroke, as recommended by CDC:

 Keep hydrated.  Increase fluid intake, regardless of activity level, even if you don’t feel thirsty. During periods of heavy activity in the heat, drink 2-4 glasses of water each hour.

 Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages that do not contain large amounts of sugar.

 Avoid hot foods and heavy meals.

 Use sunscreen, hats and wear clothing that is labeled as sun-protective.

 If possible, seek air conditioned venues like shopping malls, public libraries, museums or movie theaters.  If you’re in a location with only fans, remember that once temperatures get to the high 90s, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness.

 Take a cool shower or bath to help lower your body temperature.

 Never leave children or animals in cars. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within ten minutes. Also, dress children in cool loose clothing, and shade their faces with hats or an umbrella.

Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). How to prevent heat stroke when traveling. Retrieved from http://trip.ustia.org/health/articles/1259/how-to- prevent-heat-stroke-when- traveling/

About the Author:

Stephanie Nesbitt obtained her Masters in Exercise Science from California State University at Long Beach in 2015. Stephanie has been involved in athletics most of her life—softball, volleyball and horseback riding were her favorites growing up. Today, Stephanie still enjoys volleyball and running. She partakes in service-learning opportunities in her community as well as educating individuals on the benefits of quality exercise and nutrition. Her motto is, “feel fit, be fit, look fit.” Stephanie has been with BaySport since September 2015.