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 goodhelpdocs.com or call 804-359-WELL  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 . 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
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 stmaryscleftteam.com.
Source: National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
iCan Bike with Bon Secours
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.