Health and Wellness At Bigelow Tea
National Wear Red
Day®: Friday, February 7, 2014
We had over 50 employees GO RED for
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
After all, we have got everything to gain.
Sleep Doctor Comes to
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
Dr. 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
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!
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
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.
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
Boise Bigelow Receives
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
You Can Prevent
On 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,
July 18, 2013 - Fairfield,
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
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
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
June 5, 2013- Fairfield,
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,
In addition to getting your blood pressure checked regularly,
there are other steps you can take each day to bring your pressure
- 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
- 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 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
Company of the
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
NATIONAL WEAR RED
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
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
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 really 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.