Issue No. 17
June 2015

Men's Health: Check Your Health


June recognizes Men's Health awareness.  Why is Bon Secours concerned about Men's Health?  Men are less likely than women to seek medical care and are nearly half as likely as women to pursue preventive health visits.  Local research also shows that  men between the ages of 20-40 are the group least likely to access health care and are more likely to be uninsured than women.  We also know that men are more likely to smoke and drink.  Combine this lack of medical treatment with these behavioral choices, and we know that men are dying at higher rates than women for nine of the top ten causes of death.  That's why Bon Secours offers a comprehensive set of services to help men of all ages access preventive care, treat practically any injury or illness and take an active role in maintaining a healthy life. 


Stay on top of your health by following these guidelines for checkups and screenings:


Age 20-39:

  • Physical Exam: Review overall health status, perform a thorough physical exam and discuss health related topics. Recommended every three years.
  • Blood Tests & Urinalysis: Screens for various illnesses and diseases (such as cholesterol, diabetes, kidney or thyroid dysfunction) before symptoms occur. Recommended every three years.
  • EKG: Electrocardiogram screens for heart abnormalities. Baseline test recommended at 30.


Join Bon Secours for Men on your journey to a healthy life.  If you do not have a primary care physician, we can help you find one close to home or work.  This is the first step toward understanding your risks and catching diseases early.  Visit or call 804-359-WELL [9355].



By Rishi Bala, MD, CAQSM, RMSK


Bon Secours Sports Medicine & Primary Care

Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center

2401 W. Leigh Street

Richmond, VA 23220



Bon Secours Patterson Avenue Family Practice

9600 Patterson Avenue

Richmond, VA 23229



Deadly Skin Cancer Cases on the Rise, CDC Warns 


The rate of new melanoma cases has doubled in the past 30 years, according to a new Vital Signs report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  "Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and it's on the rise," said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. 


Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. More than 90 percent of melanoma skin cancers are due to skin cell damage from too much exposure to UV rays from the sun or sources such as indoor tanning, according to the CDC.  Melanoma rates increased from 11.2 per 100,000 in 1982 to 22.7 per 100,000 in 2011.  


Despite the increase, federal health authorities say comprehensive skin cancer prevention programs could prevent one-fifth of new cases between 2020 and 2030.  The federal report notes that without additional community prevention efforts, the number of people diagnosed with melanoma will continue to increase over the next 15 years, with 112,000 new cases projected in 2030. The annual cost of treating new melanoma cases is estimated to nearly triple from $457 million in 2011 to $1.6 billion in 2030.


Read more to learn how to protect yourself from the sun...


For more information on Bon Secours skin screenings or cancer services, please visit or call 804-359-WELL [9355].  



Summer Safety Tips: Protect Kids When Activities Heat Up

It's summer, and that means longer days, lighter nights and more worrying.  Before your kids race out the door, make sure you are doing all you can to protect them.

There's something about this season that makes kids run faster and play harder. And like everything else parents carefully do to protect their kids -- cooking healthy kid food, hiring the right babysitters, buckling them into car seats (or shouting out seat belt reminders) -- summer takes preparation, too.

Here's how you can help keep kids safe this season:

  • Be Sun Savvy: apply sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) early and often, dress in protective clothing and hats, keep infants out of the sun, play outside in the early morning  and beware that burning can still occur in the shade.
  • Splash Safely: be attentive to children playing in water, know CPR skills and educate yourself on water safety.
  • Beware of Bugs: use bug spray, check for allergic reactions, check for ticks and beware of bug-borne illnesses.
  • Prevent Dehydration: drink water often, avoid sugary drinks and beware of signs of dehydration (headache, cramping, fatigue, weakness, etc.).
  • Head Off Injuries: always wear helmets!

If your child experiences a summer-related injury or illness, contact your pediatrician or family practitioner.  If you are looking for a new doctor, contact 804-359-WELL [9355] or to find a provider close to home or work.  


Sources: and CDC




Exercise Video

Plank Row


Provider Spotlight


Phil Masterson, NP

Bon Secours FastCare

200 Charter Colony Parkway

Midlothian, VA 23114







Phil Masterson received his Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness from East Carolina University. He also received both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from George Mason University. 


Board Certification: 

Mr. Masterson is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine.


What do you enjoy most about being a nurse practitioner?

Being a partner in someone's health is the most rewarding aspect of being a nurse practitioner. That includes helping someone through difficult times of illness or helping someone maintain wellness and promote health.  Everyone has their own story and being a part of that journey is a privilege. 


Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?

Bon Secours has exemplified what it means to care for a community.  I believe their dedication to uphold organizational mission and values is unrivaled.  This reputation and unwavering stance to provide quality care made it an easy choice in wanting to find a home within the Bon Secours Health System.


What do you enjoy outside of your work?

I am an active person and I absolutely love the outdoors.  You can usually find me hiking in the mountains, visiting a local park or sitting in a tranquil spot down near the river.  




Mango, Avocado & Cucumber Salad




▪ 3 Tbs. fresh lime juice

▪ 3 Tbs. EVOO

▪ 1 Tbs. honey

▪ 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt


Salad: Chopped Ingredients

▪ 1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped

▪ 1 avocado, chopped

▪ 1 large organic cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped

▪ 3 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro

▪ 1 Tbs. chopped fresh mint


▪ Make the dressing by whisking all ingredients together until emulsified.  

▪ Chop all ingredients then gently toss in the dressing.  

▪ Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  



Provided by our sponsor: 

The Live Free Group


Stay Active: 
Check out these fun upcoming events!

Extraordinary Health, Extraordinary Self

June 25th from 3:30-6:00 pm

Bon Secours for Women in collaboration with Extraordinary Women's Exchange (EWX), a program of the Greater Richmond Chamber, invites you to an afternoon discussion about your extraordinary health.

Our experts will discuss weight loss through diet and exercise tips, healthy sleep habits, women's heart health and ways to reduce the stress we all experience on a daily basis. This will be an interactive afternoon, so you will have the opportunity to ask questions about your own lifestyle.

Register here


Check Your Health Day

June 27th, 11:00 am-3:00 pm

Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center

2401 W. Leigh St.

Richmond, VA 23220

Join Bon Secours to celebrate men's health for an afternoon of fitness, football and fun.  Enjoy special appearances by the Redskins players and cheerleaders while taking advantage of free screenings, access to physicians and tours.

The Tavern Triathlon

June 28th at 7:00 am

Robious Landing Park

3800 James River Rd.

Midlothian, VA 23113

Best first timer's sprint triathlon with a downstream swim, only a few hills on an "L"-shaped bike course, and a varied terrain run.  You will not be bored!

Maymont Glow Run

July 11th at 8:30 pm

Stone Barn, Maymont

1700 Hampton St.

Richmond, VA 23220

The Maymont Glow Run RVA is your chance to see Maymont in a whole new glow!  Families can join us after hours to celebrate summer and Maymont by running/walking together and enjoying glowing in the dusk of a warm Richmond evening.  Dress up in your best glow could win prizes!

Register here

James River Splash and Dash

July 11th at 2:30 pm

Belle Isle

300 Tredegar St. 

Richmond, VA 23219

Sponsored by Riverside Outfitters, this is a one-of-a-kind 5K trail run that includes a flat water tube ride across the James River. Get ready to navigate an uneven trail with obstacles of all kinds, including rocks, roots, and other natural obstacles.  The after party will include live music, beverages from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Richmond's best food trucks.

Register here

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Contact Carol Marin-Vargas at 

[email protected] if you are interested in sharing this benefit with your employees.

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