Issue No. 47
December 2017

Bon Secours Partners with DispatchHealth to Offer On-Demand Urgent Care

Unexpected illnesses or injuries are inconvenient at any time but especially during the holidays. Bon Secours is excited to announce our partnership with DispatchHealth to provide extended health care access and convenience for our patients and community.  
Stay Healthy During Holiday Travels 

The stranger you sit next to this holiday season for your flight home might be perfectly healthy, but the surfaces that surround you both can be teeming with cold and flu viruses.

Managing Type 2 Diabetes Never Takes a Holiday
by Nicole Anderson, Registered Dietitian
It's getting to be that time of year again - the time for holiday parties, socializing with family and friends, and lots of eating and drinking. It is easy for anyone to feel out of control with their diet when they're constantly surrounded by tasty food and treats.
Exercise Video 
Denise Austin: Upper Body Stretch - Office Workout
Denise Austin: Upper Body Stretch - Office Workout
Denise Austin: Upper Body Stretch - Office Workout

   Provider Spotlight

Provider Name:
Practice Name:
Patterson Avenue Family Practice
9600 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23229

Phone:  804-741-6200
Dr. Takisha Robinson attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate degree. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency from the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Portsmouth Family Medicine. Dr. Robinson is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. 
Dr. Robinson is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is the co-founder and now ambassador of the Sisters Conquering Cancer, Inc., a nonprofit organization promoting cancer survivorship in Charlottesville. Dr. Robinson's medical interests include women's health, weight management, and cancer survivorship. She aims to build trust with her patients to develop a healthcare partnership. In her spare time, Dr. Robinson enjoys traveling, live music, and laughing with friends and family. 
What do you enjoy most about being a Family Medicine Physician?
Honestly, laughing with my patients. Laughter is my soul food and I love to dish it out. I like tackling those everyday issues like weight loss and watching kids grow. I enjoy the challenge of educating patients about their health and helping them navigate life.
Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?
In all my years growing up in Richmond, Bon Secours stood out as being a very present and positive force in the community. I want to be a part of that movement.
What do you enjoy outside of your work?
Playing hide-and-seek with my 3-year-old niece and peek-a-boo with my 5-month-old nephew definitely top the list! I love to travel. The furthest distance I've traveled was to Australia, my most anticipated trip was to Cuba. When I am able, I enjoy the time I get to spend supporting cancer survivors of Sisters Conquering Cancer, Inc. It is an organization of strong beautiful women who share my same passion for wellness and community.
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Spaghetti Squash Pizza

Ready In: 1 hour 10 mins
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 1 hour
Yields 4 Servings

(Makes one large crust)

1 spaghetti squash
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt


First, carefully cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds and innards.

Lightly coat the inside of the squash in a couple teaspoons of olive oil. Bake at 375°F for about 45 minutes, until the inside is easy to shred with a fork. Allow to cool. Scoop out the insides. Place on a plate or baking dish with paper towels. We want to try and soak up any excess moisture from the squash.

In a bowl mix together the squash, egg, and spices. Set aside.

Preheat the oven, with the baking sheet inside, at 400°F. Once the oven is hot enough, remove the pan, cover with parchment paper, and spread the spaghetti squash mixture over the baking sheet in a thin layer. Bake until the edges begin to brown, around 20-25 minutes.

Cover in a little sauce (use homemade or store-bought), cheese, and your favorite toppings. Bake for another 4 - 6 minutes, until the cheese is nice and melted.

This pizza crust is quite tasty. Impressive. The texture is not like thin crust pizza exactly, so don't go into it expecting that. It's different. But it's super-delicious.


Stay Active: 
Check out these fun upcoming events!

Dominion GardenFest of Lights - Naturally Ever After: Stories in Lights
November 24-January 8 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)
Nightly 5-10 pm
Everybody loves a good story. Now imagine myriad stories, plus legends and rhymes, embellished with amazing creativity through a half-million holiday lights! During this year's Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, Naturally Ever After presents Stories in Lights: from fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics. Indoor and outdoor displays, family activities, and holiday events spotlight tales that span cultures and time ... explore natural phenomena ... teach life lessons ... celebrate the seasons ... and ultimately, connect people through plants.
Learn More  

Grocery Store Tour with the Live Free Group
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Whole Foods, 5:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Trader Joe's, 5:30-6:30 pm
Monday, Dec. 18
Whole Foods, 5:30-6:30 pm
Join us for a fun time and great information for your healthy lifestyle! Participants must make reservations for tour no later than 24 hours before event.
Learn More or call to register (804) 335-5327.

Fun Evening Trail Ride from the Quirk
Quirk Hotel - 201 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Recurs weekly on Thursday
Time: 4:30-7:30 pm
We know all the ins and outs of riding the Richmond trails. Take a tour with us and forget about finding your way without making a wrong turn. Leave the worries and the stress of the day behind. We have something for every level of rider. Bring your own bike or rent one from us. We will show you sights and sounds of Historic Richmond via mountain bike!
Learn More

CarMax Tacky Light Run
Saturday, December 10
Midlothian Mines Park
13301 N. Woolridge Rd.
Midlothian, VA 23114
This 6k course shows off Midlothian's best display of tacky lights - you just wait! The most run-derful event of the year! RVA holds the bragging rights for tacky holiday lights, a festive craze that has made our city a holiday destination. Join us in revamping this Richmond tradition with the CarMax Tacky Light Run in Midlothian on December 10. Gather your friends and share the fun!
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