IBEW Local 617

September 2022

Wellness Program Newsletter

In This Issue

  • Healthy Cholesterol for Everyone

  • Eating for Your Health: Pack a Healthy Lunch - the Basics
  • Flu Shot Reimbursement Program Begins Sept 15!

  • 24 Hour Fitness & CRUNCH Membership Discount Programs Available!

  • Newsletter Sharing Promo - Win a Safeway Gift Card!

  • Your Good Mental Heath: Support Your Kids, Support Yourself: Mental Health Resources

September is Cholesterol Health Awareness Month


This issue closes Quarter THREE with our continued focus on SOCIAL WELLBEING.

Part of our Social Wellbeing is both self awareness and the awareness of others around us.

This issue we cover topics and services for both you and others so read on to learn more!

What is Cholesterol?

As cholesterol or plaque as it's also known, builds up in the arteries, the arteries begin to narrow, which lessons or blocks the flow of blood.

Blood cholesterol is a waxy, fat like substance made by your liver. Blood cholesterol is essential for good health. Your body needs to it to perform important jobs, such as making hormones and digesting fatty foods.

Your body makes all the blood cholesterol it needs, which is why experts recommend that people eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible while on a healthy eating plan.

Dietary cholesterol is found in animal foods, including meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, and dairy products. You can help prevent high cholesterol by making healthy eating choices.

Strong evidence shows that eating patterns that include less dietary cholesterol are associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, but your overall risk depends on many factors

Preventing High Cholesterol

By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your cholesterol in a healthy range and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke:


  • Make healthy eating choices
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight
  • Get regular Physical Activity
  • Quit Smoking – be on the lookout for upcoming Smoking Cessation Program in October
  • Limit Alcohol


 Eat Smart, Move More (PDF) LINK

This fillable calendar can help you reach your healthy eating and physical activity goals; one day at a time

FREE SCREENING! We're here to help! What do your cholesterol numbers mean? Commit to getting your cholesterol checked this year through a health screening then work with one of our coaches so that you know your numbers and your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Contact me to get started with your free screening!


Eating for Your Health

From the BaySport Team

The new school year is a perfect time to start some healthy nutrition habits for you and your family!  Packing a healthy lunch box is a great first step. Check out these three easy rules to help prep fresh meals for everyone in your family.

Switch Up Your Normal Sandwich Routine

Use different spreads to add variety (hummus, pesto, flavored nut creams)

Serve it up different (try using a pita pocket, tortilla, or a bento box)

Vary the fruits and vegetables to keep it colorful (bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, apples, berries, etc.)

Keep Lunches Cold or Hot

Reusable cool packs help keep food chilled. A fun trick is to freeze juice packs or yogurt cups to act as cool packs, and they will thaw by lunchtime.

A Thermos is a great tool to keep food either cold or hot. Use one to store cold items to keep them chilled or hot food items to keep them toasty until lunchtime.

Make School Lunches Easy and Fun

Prep anything you can on Sunday – Spending an hour cutting veggies, mixing sauces, or portioning items (crackers, nuts, etc.) can save a lot of time on weekday mornings.

Prep the night before – Ensure all items (lunch boxes, water bottles, thermoses) are clean and ready to use. Pre-stock lunches with non-perishable items.

Get your kids involved – If your kids are old enough, let them help you prep their lunches. It may or may not speed things up, but it will get them excited about eating the meal they helped put together!

Source: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/kids-healthy-lunchbox-guide/

Flu Shot Reimbursement Program Information is Here!

WHAT: Get Your Flu Shot and Get Paid!

WHERE: Your local CVS, Walgreens, or Safeway Pharmacy

WHEN: Between September 20 - December 31, 2022

HOW: Easy and Simple as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Go to your local CVS, Walgreens, Safeway or accredited vaccination provider
  2. Pay the non-insurance charge (up to $40)
  3. Send a photo of your receipt to martha.hagmaier@baysport.com with your full name and mailing address
  4. We'll send you a check as a Thank You for take care of your health and wellbeing!

Be on the lookout in OCTOBER for

Onsite Health Screening & Flu Shot Clinic Information!

More Information Coming in OCTOBER Newsletter!


If Your Spouse Subscribes to this Monthly Wellness Newsletter, You Can Win a Safeway Gift Card!


Our families strongly influence our health behaviors including smoking, exercise, diet, nutrition, and substance abuse. Parents have a strong influence on what kind of health behaviors their children or adolescents will adopt. Family interventions for childhood obesity have been more successful and have shown that when parents get involved in weight reduction programs, it results in greater weight loss for both the child and the parent. According to research, having family members who are supportive of your healthy eating and exercise goals is important for long-term weight-loss success. Support can be: Emotional: A shoulder to lean on when you're feeling discouraged. Practical: Someone to watch the kids while you exercise. So if your partner isn’t registered already, why not invite them to receive their own copy of the monthly newsletter? Share this copy with them and remind them of the topics covered each month including: 

1.     Upcoming Events

2.    Nutrition Tips and Recipes from our Nutritionist Team

3.    Good Mental Health Reminders & Resources for you and your family

LOVE TO HEAR FOM YOU! Just have your partner email me with their consent to receive the newsletter and cc you on the email.
You’ll be entered in a raffle to win a Safeway Gift Card!
Fitness YOUR Way - You've Got CHOICES!!

DISCOUNT memberships for you and your family are available at 24 Hour Fitness and Crunch Fitness locations!

Click link(s) below to see more program details and information!
24 Hour Fitness Flier
Crunch Fitness Flier
Crunch Fitness Locations

Your Good Mental Health Space

With children going back to school, it is crucial we continue to support their mental and emotional well-being as they continue to grow and learn. And your own mental health is equally important as you show your support and role model your best self for them.

Check out these resources for you and your families’ optimal mental health:

San Mateo County Health – Behavioral Health Resource Center


Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Improving Access to Children’s Mental Health Care


Caregiver and Care Receiver Support Groups


For more information contact martha.hagmaier@baysport.com

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