Issue No. 18
July 2015


Tips for Summer Well-Being


What better time to help employees recharge than summer? There are endless ways to relax. But the season of sun and fun also means changes in routine. Temptations like BBQs and beach excursions make it easy to overindulge or spend the day lounging.


Click here for nine top tips that'll help your employees stay well and continue building healthy habits this season - and make sure they get the most out of their fun in the sun...


If summer heat and stress get the best of you, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Visit or call 804-359-WELL [9355] if you need help finding a provider who meets your needs. 


Source: Virgin Pulse


Prevent Hepatitis: It's Up to You


World Hepatitis Day is July 28th. Every year, approximately 15,000 Americans die from liver cancer or chronic liver disease associated with viral hepatitis. Despite these statistics, viral hepatitis is not well-known. In fact, as many as 75% of people with chronic viral hepatitis do not know they are infected. Without knowing they are infected, these individuals cannot receive lifesaving care and treatment.

  • 3.5 to 5.3 million Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis-hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Most of them do not know that they are infected, placing them at greater risk for severe, even fatal, complications from the disease and increasing the likelihood that they will spread the virus to others.
  • A specific blood test is the only way to know if you have viral hepatitis.
  • Hepatitis B and C viruses can cause chronic hepatitis, leading to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.
  • Anyone can get hepatitis B or C, but some populations are disproportionately burdened with these infections, including African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders; past and current injection drug users; persons born between 1945 and 1965; and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

To recognize World Hepatitis Day, Bon Secours encourages you to get tested. If you are interested in a screening, call 804-359-WELL [9355]. Our Bon Secours Liver Institute of Virginia provides medical care for patients with all forms of acute and chronic liver disease. 


Bon Secours Liver Institute of Virginia

Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital
5855 Bremo Road

MOB North, Suite 509 
Richmond, VA 23226 
Phone: 804-977-8920 
Fax: 804-282-2918 


Source: World Hepatitis Day





Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month


Did you know that orofacial clefts are one of the most frequently occurring birth defects in the United States? Each year about 4,400 infants are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate, and about 2,700 are born with a cleft palate alone. That is about 1 in 700 births. Craniofacial defects are present at birth and affect the structure and function of a baby's head and face. Cleft lip or palate occurs when the tissue that makes up the upper lip or roof of the mouth does not join together completely. Craniosynostosis occurs when the bones in the baby's skull fuse too early. Microtia occurs when the external portion of the ear is missing. These are three common defects, but there are also many more complex, life-threatening craniofacial conditions.


Read more to learn how to prevent and treat orofacial clefts and craniofacial defects...

The Cleft and Craniofacial Team at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital is an American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) accredited program. Our team provides a specialized, interdisciplinary and family-centered approach to treat patients with craniofacial differences. For more information, please visit



Source: National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month





Exercise Video

Submitted by our sponsor: Leisure Fitness


Provider Spotlight

Nguyen Ngtam, MD

Laburnum Medical Center

8266 Atlee Road

MOB II, Suite 332

Mechanicsville, VA 23116






Dr. Ngtam attended the University of California, Irvine for his undergraduate degree. He received his medical degree from the AUC School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency from VCU/Chesterfield Family Practice Residency Program.


Board Certification: 

Dr. Ngtam is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. In addition, Dr. Ngtam is fluent in Vietnamese.  


What do you enjoy most about being a family physician?

I enjoy the available time to get to know my patients. The ability to retain, learn and practice a wider scope of medicine that includes preventions, disease process and treatments that encompass female, male and pediatric conditions. 


Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?

My physician friends have high regards for the system, and the people I've met in the interview process have all been wonderful.


What do you enjoy outside of your work?

Keeping up with the current events, hiking, traveling and I'm a novice photographer.






Easy Banana Ice Cream



▪ Very ripe medium size banana 


▪ Peel the banana and cut it into chunks. Put the chunks, uncovered, on a plate in the freezer and freeze for at least an hour.  

▪ When you are ready to serve, take out the banana and put frozen pieces in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the container as needed. As the bananas thaw slightly, the texture will become smooth and creamy.



Provided by Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute: 

"Good for Your Heart: A Heart Healthy Cookbook"


Stay Active: 
Check out these fun upcoming events!

Washington Redskins Training Camp 

July 30-August 16th

Hail to the Redskins! When July hits, Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center becomes base camp for some of the most talented athletes in the NFL today and for the greatest fans football has ever seen.


Healthy Living Grocery Tour  

July 29th at 5:30 p.m.

Whole Foods

11173 West Broad Street

Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

Enjoy an interactive aisle-by-aisle tour of the store. Includes handouts and lots of helpful information. There will be an emphasis on the good, better, and best choices to make to start and maintain a low-glycemic lifestyle. Discussion about toxins in our food, label reading, and highlighted product recommendation.

Walgreens Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival

August 1st at 9:00 a.m.

Rocketts Landing

5000 Old Osborne Turnpike

Richmond, VA 23231

Dragon boat racing brings social groups and businesses alike down to the water to bond and compete, building a stronger sense of team with every stroke.

Register here

iCan Bike with Bon Secours

August 10th-14th

University of Richmond

28 Westhampton Way

Richmond, VA 23173

Join Richmond Hope Therapy Center for the iCan Bike Program. iCan Shine is a nonprofit organization that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle through its iCan Bike program.  
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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