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

Eggs – Why All the Confusion?

By Jennifer Laity

For decades we were told that eggs were somehow a mistake of nature that we should avoid, in particular the yolk in the middle, which is loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat, raising our risk for heart disease. While high cholesterol has been shown to increase risk for heart disease, we now know that the cholesterol in eggs has very little impact.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one large egg has 186 mg of cholesterol and about 5 grams of fat, 1.6 of which is saturated fat. This information alone can steer you away; however, the egg also has many health benefits: a good source of protein (6.5g); 11 vitamins and minerals; the disease-fighting carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin; and, omega-3 fatty acids (1).

The egg white has been considered an innocent bystander in the health debate since it includes about 60% of the protein in an egg, without all the fat and cholesterol. Surprisingly, the ‘villainous’ egg yolk is actually the most nutrient dense part of the egg, which makes sense since it is the primary food source for a developing chick, if the egg was actually fertilized.

So now the research has finally shown that humans prior to 1960 were not mistaken by including whole eggs in their diets. The cholesterol we eat in our diet has very little impact on the cholesterol level in our blood and we now understand the important role that cholesterol has in cell membrane health: insulates nerve cells, manufactures vitamin D, and produces sex hormones (testosterone, estrogen, progesterone) and cortisol (2). The saturated fats in our diet have been shown to cause a mild increase in cholesterol levels; however, the increase seems to be in the good HDL-cholesterol and in the larger-size (benign) LDL-cholesterol particles (3), which can ultimately lower your risk for heart disease.

Now, if you choose to eat eggs, it is important to consider the health of the chicken that your egg comes from. Not only for animal welfare concerns, but from a health benefit perspective. Chickens are by nature omnivores that eat grasses, seeds, grains, worms, grubs and insects while roaming outside. The conditions that 99% of our laying hens in this country are raised in, is far from this original design. Since most of us don’t have the ability or desire to raise our own laying hens, we have to choose from the mind-boggling array of egg cartons labeled cage-free, free-range, vegetarian-fed, organic, omega-3 enriched, or pasture-raised on our grocery store shelves. What does it all mean?

Cage-free and free-range imply that the hens spend at least some of their time outdoors, however, it typically means that, while they are not confined to cages, they spend their lives in large barns packed in with hundreds of other hens. The ‘organic’ label ensures no GM products, glyphosate or synthetic fertilizers were used in the feed. The ‘omega-3 enriched’ label means a vegetarian source of omega-3, such as flax seed, was added to the diet, although the omega-3 content from a hen allowed to eat their natural diet is usually higher. While the ‘pasture-raised’ label is not regulated to define the amount of outdoor time hens are allowed, it does mean they at least saw the light of day and had the chance to be an omnivore, which has been shown to increase the level of omega-3s as well as vitamins A, D, and E in these eggs (4). While the color of the egg shell (i.e. white, brown, green) has no impact on the nutrient content, you will generally find the higher quality eggs have a thicker shell, firmer egg white and darker yellow yolk, and many people claim they taste better.

In general, free-range organic or organic pasture-raised eggs are more expensive, but mean greater peace of mind when it comes to the treatment of the hens and the quality of the eggs you are eating. If you can’t afford either of these options, then go for the cheapest eggs since none of the other classifications have a significant impact on the health of the hen or the egg. Eggs have always been, and still are, a nutrient dense, whole food that can be included in a healthy diet.

 

Resources:
1. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/112
2. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/67/5/828.short
3. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2010/01/13/ajcn.2009.27725.abstract
4. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=92

About the Author:
Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Gerontology Certificate from the University of Georgia and her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Hayward. She is an ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Certified Health Fitness Specialist. Besides working for BaySport, Jennifer has worked as an exercise physiologist at Duke University’s Center for Living, and was a graduate assistant in the Cardiac Rehab and Adult Fitness program at the University of Georgia. In her 15+ years with BaySport, Jennifer has been providing wellness programming and counseling, fitness center management, personal training, group exercise class instruction, health screenings, and fitness testing. In her free time she enjoys playing almost any sport and enjoying the great outdoors.

How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

By Sheri Berger, RDN

Protein needs is a hot topic these days and there is a lot of confusing and conflicting information out there.  My goal is to clear up much of the confusion by discussing the importance of protein and common claims, and how much we need.
Importance of Protein/Common Claims
You might have heard that protein can help to speed up metabolism and burn fat and calories. Technically, this is true, but it may not amount to as much magic as you would like. In studies, scientists have found you may speed up your metabolism by eating more protein, but it may take a year or two for those extra calories to add up to a pound of weight loss. Sure, every bit of weight loss counts, but it might not be as dramatic as you were expecting.
Eating more protein helps you to lose weight. This is true when you are cutting calories too. Protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates and it does not spike blood sugar levels – both can help you to feel satisfied for a longer period of time. You still need to be aware of total calories and make cutbacks elsewhere.
Eating more protein will help you to build muscle. This is true, but it may not take as much protein as you may think. In a recent study, researchers fed people steak then measured the rate that people synthesized muscle after the meal. Muscle synthesis increased by 50% after people ate the meal, but there was no difference in the synthesis when comparing 4 ounces versus 12 ounces of steak.
How much protein do we need?
 
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) will tell you how much your body requires. You will see that this recommendation may be far off from what you hear from other sources. To calculate the RDA, first you need to know your weight in kilograms. Simply divide your weight in pounds by 2.2. Then multiply that number by 0.8. For example, the RDA for a person who weighs 150 pounds:
150/2.2 = 68 kilograms
68 x 0.8 = 54 grams of protein per day
If you feel better eating more protein and/or are athletic, you can eat more protein. I would recommend not exceeding more than 2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight or approximately 1/3 of your calorie needs. A very simple way to calculate this would be to aim for 1 gram of protein for every pound you weigh. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, then your maximum intake of protein can be 150 grams per day.
About the Author:
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.