Programs for Health and Wellness At Bigelow Tea

Health and Wellness At Bigelow Tea

March is National Nutrition Month

See what the Louisville and Fairfield Plants did during the month  Read more




Fluffy Robe Weight Challenge

Two Boise employees took part in a challenge to lose weight, loser of challenge to walk around in a fluffy robe!  Read more


Who doesn't like a massage?

Boise plant got to relieve stress and tension... Read more



National Wear Red Day®: Friday, February 7, 2014

We had over 50 employees GO RED for Women!  Read more


Maintain Don't Gain

The Be Health Tea Program: "Maintain Don't Gain" began in December and ran through the holidays.

Over six weeks, we learned about the importance of regular exercise, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and not skipping meals to lose weight.

We also learned to limit indulgences like sugary treats and alcohol. Simply put - we found balance, and as a result, we are more relaxed, more active and now - more healthy. So keep it up!

After all, we have got everything to gain.




Sleep Doctor Comes to Bigelow


On January 15, Dr. Wolff, Director of the Sleep Center at Bridgeport Hospital gave a lecture on sleep disorders. He discussed the causes of insomnia which can be related to mental and physical health, like depression, anxiety and heart disease and eating habits like having too much caffeine too close to bedtime. Dr. Wolff believes in a holistic approach to sleep disorders rather than taking prescription or over the counter drugs. Dr. Wolff also lectures on sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. We hope to invite him back soon.


Fairfield Employees Offered Seminar about Supplements

On November 14, Dr. Veronica Waks provided Fairfield employees an eye-opening seminar, "nutritional supplements: are they really working for you? ". Dr. Waks is both a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor. Her practice integrates primary care and family medicine, nutritional counseling, botanical medicine and stress management. She specializes in breast care and cancer co-therapy. Her Fairfield office is located at the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center.

While specializing in complementary treatment of breast cancer, Dr. Waks also treats patients with other ailments - hypertension, diabetes, auto-immune conditions, elevated cholesterol, and obesity among others - counsels them on lifestyle choices including diet, exercise and stress management, and monitors their behaviors through recovery.

iStock_000008873262Medium_supplementsDr. Waks is very hands-on. She answered each employee's questions and spent time explaining why some vitamins are better than others and how they and other minerals work in your body. The attendees  were very interested in what she had to say and would like to have her back for a seminar on another topics, which she looks forward to.

On November 19, Dr. Waks will present a seminar on cholesterol and how to lower it using specific foods, nutritional supplements and exercise rather than using drugs. It will be held at the Burroughs Community Center at 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport from 6:30-7:30 pm and is a free event.


Sticking it to Wellness in Louisville

October was a busy wellness month in Louisville from Flu Shots to Biometric Screenings we are getting serious about wellness.  The Louisville Plant had 68 employees (77%) participate in the Biometric Screenings which were offered to our employees on each shift. Wow, how is that for participation!! And whoever said a break room can't be turned into a make shift clinic, we did it over a two day period and the Summit Health nurses treated us great, providing health care & maintenance tips that benefited us all.  Stay tuned as many more wellness events will take place throughout the year!      

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Re-Balancing Act

On September 10th, Dr. Nancy Legow of Behavioral Health Consultants, presented information sessions at 9 am and 4 pm on Re-Balancing and how to live life, not just survive it. About 65 employees attended.

Dr. Legow touched on the importance of being balanced in body and mind by eating healthfully, exercising and practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is an awareness of self without judgment; recognizing tension, acknowledging and releasing it. This can be done by using the five senses: listen to music you like, inhale a scent that you enjoy, look at a scene, take a walk, touch something soothing or get a massage, really savor what you are eating - think about it - don't just chew and swallow. We practiced this by analyzing a raisin: looking at it, feeling it, listening to it, smelling it and finally, tasting it - slowly. It's all about taking some time for yourself and putting everything into perspective.HiRes_balance_act

Behavioral Health Consultants is our Employee Assistance Plan provider. BHC services are a free benefit to Bigelow employees in Connecticut. There are similar providers for our Boise and Louisville employees. Employees and their family members can have three visits with a licensed psychologist like Dr. Legow to talk about anything that's on their minds and visits are completely confidential.


Boise Bigelow Receives SHARP Certification

R.C. Bigelow  is one of only 14 companies in the entire state of Idaho that hold a SHARP certification.  The On-site Consultation Program's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes small business employers who operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program. Acceptance of our worksite into SHARP from OSHA is an achievement of status that singled us out among our business peers as a model for work-site safety and health.

We have this certification because of the tremendous effort all our employees put forth to work safely. We are very proud of this accomplishment!



You Can Prevent Headaches

HiRes_headacheOn August 8, Dr. Bradley Weinstein from the Weinstein Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Fairfield conducted a seminar on headache prevention. He explained the types and causes of headaches and how to prevent them as well as treat them. Dr. Weinstein explained that although medications may help temporarily, they only mask the pain instead of getting at root causes. He believes that headaches can be prevented and treated through good nutrition, proper posture and, when needed, chiropractic adjustments.



Derma Scan Screening


July 18, 2013 - Fairfield, CT

Once again this year, Bigelow Tea offered a free derma scan screening on July 18, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.   Thirty-seven people participate in the screenings this year.  

A Derma Scan illuminates the skin on your face in a manner that makes it easier to see areas that may be oily, dry, or sun damaged.  Its purpose is to provide you with information about your skin that you otherwise might not know.   It is an educational (not diagnostic) tool designed to increase your awareness of skin health and safety.  

Melanoma is one of the most deadly forms of skin cancer and rates have doubled in the last 30 years.  The sun's effects are stronger than they were years ago.  The earlier skin cancer is caught, the greater the chance of it being cured.    

Remember, prevention is the key to preventing skin cancer! Stay out of the sun between 10 am and 3 pm - the hottest times of the day and wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.



Quarterly Blood Pressure Screening

June 5, 2013- Fairfield, CT

About 1 in 3 U.S. adults-an estimated 68  million-have high blood pressure, which  increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in the United States.

High blood pressure is called the "silent killer"  because it often has no warning signs or  symptoms, and many people don't realize they  have it. That's why it's important to get your  blood pressure checked regularly. As part of the  Be Health Tea Program at Bigelow, blood pressure screenings are conducted onsite on a quarterly basis in Fairfield.  We just had a screening on June 5, 2013 and 48 people had their pressure checked.  Our next screening is scheduled for September 4, 2013.

In addition to getting your blood pressure checked regularly, there are other steps you can take each day to bring your pressure down:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Eating healthfully can help keep your blood pressure down. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, which provide nutrients such as potassium and fiber. Also, eat foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can raise your blood pressure.
  • Be physically active. Physical activity can help lower blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends adults engage in moderate-intensity exercise for 2 hours and 30 minutes every week.
  • Don't smoke. Smoking injures blood vessels and speeds up the hardening of the arteries. Further, smoking is a major risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • Limit alcohol use. Drinking too much alcohol is associated with high blood pressure.



Financial Wellness Seminar

May 2013

Financial stress is a prime cause of personal stress. Employees who say they are not in control of their finances, or who live paycheck to paycheck, are more likely to report worse health than those not similarly stressed. Financial education can help employees gain control of their financial well-being. Financial education in the work place helps reduce medical costs, improves absenteeism, increases productivity and will likely build employee loyalty as the company is seen as an extension of the family.

On May 15th and 16th, Stephen DesRochers from the FDG group was onsite in Fairfield presenting financial wellness seminars for our employees; 118 employees attended.   Investing 101 covered the basics of investing.  Stephen explained what stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are and discussed when you should refinance your mortgage.   He gave some tips to save money such as: asking for discounts on items being purchased and avoiding impulse buys. He also shared various websites to assist with saving money.   The goal of the seminar was to give employees some knowledge and tools to help improve their financial wellness. Similar seminars were conducted in Louisville and Boise as well.



Company of the Month

The Edge Fitness Club named Bigelow Tea "company of the month" for February. Representatives from The Edge visited Bigelow on February 20 to answer questions and sign up new members. Twelve Bigelow employees signed up for membership. This is just one of the many ways Bigelow employees are trying to get and stay fit. Some of the other opportunities are Weight Watchers at Work and yoga classes.



Handling Stress & Carbohydrates Lunch and Learn

On January 17th and February 4th, Be Health Tea sponsored a lecture on Handling Stress & Carbohydrates. Dr. Brian Henninger was the presenter. He is a Naturopathic Doctor, with a practice that focuses on pediatrics and family medicine.  Dr. Henninger's lecture focused on breaking down carbohydrate addiction to increase your concentration, decrease hyperactivity and decrease allergies.  There was a great turnout for these seminars with a total of almost 60 employees attending.





February 1, 2013

Bigelow celebrated the 10th Year of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women® movement on its annual "Wear Red Day"!!  Read more




Wellness Update from Louisville

In the first 2 months of 2013, we have had our monthly blood pressure checks,  audiometric screenings were completed,  biometric screening results were presented to employees and the CIGNA PowerPoint - Healthy Living & Tools For staying healthy (Programs / Applications) was presented in our February plant communication meeting (all 3 shifts).  We have a Lunch & Learn set up and scheduled (Healthy Cooking) for March.


Wellness Update from Boise

Nutrition 101

The Boise plant tried something new for our Lunch and Learn last month. We wanted to actually "SEE" what we were eating and what it is we actually put into our bodies. With the help of St. Alphonsus Hospital's Corporate Health & Wellness Services, we were able to get a great visual on the fat and sugar contents of the foods we typically eat. The Dietician was able to show, with bagged "Fat"( shortening), what the amount looks like and how much we are getting in fast foods, candies and snacks. As well as how much sugar candies and sodas have. Many of our employees were surprised to see what may have been considered a better choice to consume, was not always the case.

Here we have Nicki Cunningham, Trina Miller and Esther Fildes with the St. Alphonsus Dietician, looking at fat and sugar contents of various items. A reallyBoise_nutrition_101 fascinating presentation! The Boise plant also served several varieties of fruit that day for the employees to continue with our push for healthy choices.





CT Business Group on Health included Bigelow Tea at Vendor Fair

On March 1, the CT Business Group on Health's Wellness and Consumer Engagement Committee hosted their quarterly meeting which focused on "Building Population Health" with guest speaker Dr. Marlene Schwartz, Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Yale University. Dr. Schwartz shared some startling information on obesity in the United States. The group also arranged for a vendor fair after the meeting which included healthy food items from local vendors. Pat Sorgenti, Bigelow HR Manager, who is a member of the Committee, hosted a table of assorted Bigelow Green teas as well as the "For Mind, Body and Spirit" brochure which explains the healthful benefits of drinking tea. Bigelow Green Tea 8-packs were used as table favors and a beautiful Green Tea Personali-Tea Basket was raffled off.

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