IBEW Local 617-NECA
Wellness Hotwire
June 2021
June is Stroke Awareness Month
What is a stroke?
A stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of severe long-term disability. Sadly, about 80% of strokes are preventable!
 A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, happens in one of two ways:

  • Ischemic stroke—when the blood supply to the brain is blocked
  • Hemorrhagic stroke—when a blood vessel in the brain bursts
  • A stroke causes brain tissue to die, which can lead to brain damage, disability, and death.
  • You can significantly reduce your risk for stroke by making lifestyle changes to help control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and, in some cases, by taking medication.

Signs and symptoms of a stroke
An easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke and how to respond is with the acronym F.A.S.T.:

  • F = Face drooping: Ask the person to smile. Does one side droop?
  • A = Arm weakness: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S = Speech difficulty: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred?
  • T = Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stroke treatment can begin in the ambulance.
Other common signs of stroke are
  • Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
  • Sudden numbness of the face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding others
If you think that you or someone you know is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.

There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk for stroke:
  • Eat a healthy diet low in sodium with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be physically active.
  • Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke.  Click here to access a FREE online smoking cessation program.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Prevent or manage your other health conditions, especially high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity. Take your prescribed medications! See below for health screening opportunities.

Nutrition and Stroke Prevention
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The DASH eating pattern has been shown to reduce blood pressure but is also a healthy, low-fat, low-sodium plan that all adults can benefit from. DASH is just one of many ways to control high blood pressure. Other methods include maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, limiting alcohol intake, and taking high blood pressure medicine as prescribed. all of these factors will reduce the risk of Stroke.

Why has DASH been recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans?
The DASH eating pattern is based on research that shows that lowering high blood pressure is best achieved by eating a low-sodium, low-fat diet that is rich in whole grains, low-fat dairy foods, fruits, and vegetables. This diet pattern is similar to other healthful eating patterns that are suggested to prevent weight gain and chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer.

How can I cut back on the amount of salt I eat?
Salt (also known as sodium) is found in many processed and packaged food, including canned vegetables and tomato sauces, frozen and boxed dinners, and salty snack foods like chips and pretzels. Salt is also common in cured foods like bacon, ham, sausage, and bologna, pickles, and condiments like soy sauce, catsup, and barbeque sauce. Limiting these types of foods will dramatically decrease the amount of sodium in your diet.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, “whole grains” are whole wheat, whole grain corn, whole oats or oatmeal, popcorn, brown rice, whole rye, whole-grain barley, wild rice, buckwheat, triticale, bulgur, millet, quinoa, and sorghum. To be sure a food contains whole grain, look for the term “whole grain” at the top of the ingredient list for the grain products you choose.

Change gradually! Add a serving of vegetables at lunch and one at dinner. Gradually cut back from whole milk and full-fat cheeses to lower-fat dairy foods. Cut back on the portions of meat you eat. Making a few changes at a time is often easier than changing your entire diet overnight.
“Move a Mile” 30 Day Challenge for June
The goal of this challenge is to create better habits. Real success comes from real change. Lacing up every day will help you learn how to make time for fitness.

All you have to do is…
  • Move your body at least 1 mile, every day, for 30 days.

  • This means 1 mile above your usual activity level. 

  • You can run, jog, walk, bike, or swim.  

  • If you already exercise regularly, this is a great way to increase your distance, build speed or simply walk a mile on rest days. 

  • This is a great activity for the whole family, kids, too!

  • Return your calendar by July 3rd to be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Email to Denise Brown at denise.brown@baysport.com
Check out BaySport’s Virtual Fitness Studio! BaySport fitness experts have joined together to give you a virtual space where you can stay healthy and fit, anytime and anywhere at NO COST

Classes are taught by BaySport fitness experts and range from high-intensity training to meditation. Keep a lookout for new featured videos every month. 

To access the Virtual Studio
June Password: headST@ND!
Health Screening Options
A biometric screening test provides important information about your health and helps identify risk factors associated with high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure. 
A $20 Safeway Gift Card will be mailed to you for participating in the screening.

Here are TWO FREE screening options available to you immediately.
  1. You can schedule an appointment at one of our three BaySport Clinics located in San Francisco, Redwood Shore, or Los Gatos.
  2. You can schedule an appointment at a LabCorp

BaySport Option
The screening will include a finger-prick blood draw for Total Cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, Chol/HDL ratio, Triglyceride, and Glucose; a blood pressure check; and a body mass index assessment. Fasting is recommended but not required. The results will be reviewed with you immediately.
To schedule a screening at a BaySport Clinic, please make an appointment at a convenient location.
San Francisco: (415) 901-9090 - 275 Battery Street, Suite 860
Redwood City: (650) 593-2800 – 203 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Suite 250
Los Gatos: (408) 395-7300 – 14830 Los Gatos Blvd, Suite 101

LabCorp Option
The screening will include a blood draw from the arm for Total Cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, Chol/HDL ratio, Triglyceride, and Glucose; a blood pressure check; and a body mass index assessment. 
To schedule screening through LabCorp:
  1. Log onto www.labcorp.com.
  2. Enter zip code in “Find a Lab” click search.
  3. For the type of service, select “Employee Wellness with Body Measurements.”
  4. Choose a convenient location and hit “Schedule an Appointment.” Please allow 20-25 minutes for your Wellness Screening appointment.
  5. You will be asked whether you will be fasting (fasting is recommended but not required).
  6. Under Insurance Coverage, select “I have already paid or someone else is responsible.”
You should not provide ANY insurance information to LabCorp at any time during this evaluation.
  1. You MUST PRINT the correct LabCorp Requisition form Inside Wireman OR Sound & Communications Member and take it with you to your appointment. All billing information for LabCorp is on the form. Please do NOT provide any insurance information to LabCorp or pay for any services and be sure to bring your lab requisition with you.
  2. BaySport will send your results to you via US mail approximately 5-7 days after your appointment at LabCorp.
  3. The Program Manager will follow up with resources based on your results.

BaySport is here is to help you achieve your
wellness goals…
IBEW Local 617 members, partners & retirees have access to FREE Health Coaching and Registered Dietitian Services. Services are remote and can be done now.

Health Coaching Services: Do you need some support in getting back on track and taking better care of yourself? Working with a Health Coach is one of the BEST ways to take charge of your health!  A Health Coach is a trained counselor who will provide you with individualized support and guidance based on your goals and needs. Book a free session today! 
Health Coach: Sue Saso at sue.saso@baysport.com
Health Coach: Adrienne Bachleda at adrienne.bachleda@baysport.com

Nutrition Services: Do you have questions or concerns about your diet and nutrition? Do you need some guidance and support? If you or a family member is interested in booking a free nutrition session, contact Patti Miller RDN at patti.miller@baysport.com.
For more information about the Wellness Program contact Denise Brown at denise.brown@baysport.com
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