Issue No. 29
June 2016

Men Who Skip Checkups Also Miss Preventive Health Benefits

Preventive medical tests - screenings - can help men stay healthy. Dr. Paa-Kofi Obeng, DO, an internal medicine physician with Nansemond Suffolk Family Practice, explains the importance of preventive medicine and regular primary care visits.

"Man-O-Grams" - Bon Secours for Men

Cancer Prevention for Men
Lung cancer, followed by prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, is the leading cancer killer in men. Quit smoking now, and see your doctor for regular checkups and screenings. Getting to a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet can also reduce your risk of cancer.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

What is one simple key to running faster, decreasing injuries and feeling better when you run? Would you be excited to learn about what you are missing in your training program? The simple answer: weight training! Weight training is becoming much more of an accepted practice for endurance runners. Elite-level runners have embraced weight training and have made it a part of their training programs.

Click here for the massage therapy services offered by Bon Secours Physical Therapy.

Exercise Video
Chest Exercise
Chest Exercise

Provider Spotlight

Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-325-8801


Dr. Rishi Bala attended James Madison University for his undergraduate degree. He received his medical degree from the University of Silesia Medical School located in Poland and completed his family medicine residency at Bon Secours St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program/Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Bala is board certified in family medicine.

In addition, Dr. Bala completed a sports medicine fellowship from Fairfax Family Medicine Residency and Sports Medicine. Dr. Bala has worked with the Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals, multiple collegiate teams and high schools as the team doctor.

What do you enjoy most about being a family medicine provider focused on sports medicine?
What I enjoy most is the balance of sports medicine while still keeping my family medicine patients that I have established over the years. This also gives me the ability to perform longitudinal care for a patient I see in a PCP role who may incur a musculoskeletal injury.  

Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?
I chose Bon Secours Health System because this company recognizes the importance of bringing "Good Help to Those in Need" and allows me the unique opportunity to do so. This mission aligns with my own and permits us to help the whole community without the constraints that are normally seen. This is particularly evident with our community outreach programs that provide sports physicals to the underserved population of Richmond. Furthermore, at Bon Secours Sports Medicine and Primary Care, I have the ability to care for adults and children in both a traditional family and sports medicine role. 

What do you enjoy outside of work?
My wife and I love the outdoors and have always enjoyed camping trips and spending time on the water to fish and kayak. This year, with a newborn, we are looking forward to more local trips and spending time with our friends and family in the city. In the colder months, we like to hit the slopes or catch an ice hockey game.

Stay Active: 
Check out these fun upcoming events!

HealthFair Preventive Screenings
Multiple Dates 
Many Convenient Locations
Bon Secours has partnered with HealthFair to improve the cardiovascular health of the Central Virginia community. Take advantage of a series of tests in less than one hour to screen for major risk factors of heart attack, stroke, and aneurysm all offered in a private, convenient mobile health center.

Bon Secours Men's Health Night at the Richmond Kickers
Saturday, June 11
Doors open at 3:30pm 
Game 5pm
City Stadium
As Bon Secours celebrates men's health, we're inviting dads and kids of all ages to an evening of soccer and fun.
Come enjoy:
* food trucks and beverages
* live music
* prizes and giveaways, including free sunglasses to the first 200 people through the door
* At halftime, a fan will be randomly selected to score a goal against the celebrity goalkeeper, Zach Daniel.

Alzheimer's Association - The Longest Day
Monday, June 20
The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

7th Annual Jack & Abby 5K Race for the NiCU
Saturday, June 25
A family-friendly 5K run/walk supporting families with babies in Bon Secours NICUs. There's also a children's festival. Strollers are welcome!

Successful Aging Forum
Monday, September 26
10am - 2:30pm
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Admission: $10
Admission includes:
* A plated three-course lunch
* Health and wellness education
* Health expo
* Senior-friendly Zumba� class
* A day pass to the gardens
Keynote Speaker: Emily Kimball "The Aging Adventurer"
Inspirational author and speaker focusing on creative aging, risk-taking and making dreams happen after 60.
Space is limited. Reserve your place today.

Waldorf Salad with Yogurt Dressing

  • 1/4 cup yogurt (Old Church Creamery) 
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice, 1/4 t ground pepper
  • 1/2 t coarse salt (Good Health Herbs) 
  • 2 cups apple in 1/2-inch pieces (Agriberry, Lar-Lyn or Thistledowne)
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 cup halved red seedless grapes
  • Lettuce (Broadfork, Forrest Green or Lar-Lyn, Rain or Shine Greenhouse)

Wellness Club Card 
Sponsor Highlight

Bon Secours Workforce Wellness participants will receive a 15% discount on all Good Neighbor Pharmacy or Private Label over-the-counter products at any Bon Secours Good Health Pharmacy location. To see a list of our participating locations, visit us at

Contact Ashley Kelly at 
[email protected] for more information on our program and services.

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