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Flu Prevention in the Workplace, Cost Effective Immunizations

Kaiser Permanente ClinicianInfluenza (“the flu”) is more serious and costly than the common cold, so do everything you can to prevent it. It is estimated that each year between 5% and 20% of the U.S. population will get the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2003 American businesses’ lost earnings due to annual influenza epidemics was $16.3 billion.

A flu shot is your best defense. The vaccine is safe, won’t make you sick, and generally has few side effects.

It pays off to reduce the spread of flu at work. The first way to break the chain includes getting a flu vaccine. The typical incubation period for the flu is one to four days. Adults can be contagious from the day before symptoms begin through five to 10 days after the illness starts. A regular case of the flu typically resolves after three to seven days for the majority of people, although cough and fatigue can persist for more than two weeks. Offering employees an on-site flu shot clinic is virtually cost free when compared  to the cost of lost productivity due to absenteeism.

Contact us for more information on how we can help you prepare, save money, and Thrive this cold weather season. Flu Shots will start on September 25th and continue until December and we deliver wellness services using our team of health care professionals. We offer fully Customized Programs, Incentive Management, and Competitive Pricing.

Fitness and Training Services at CaISO

Renelle Maier performing assisted pull-ups with a resistance band.

Renelle Maier performing assisted pull-ups with a resistance band.

At CaISO, California’s independent energy monitoring agency, employees work around the clock to ensure that the power needs for Californians are being met. Every five minutes, CaISO forecasts electricity demands and dispatches the lowest cost power plant to meet demand while ensuring the 26,000 circuit miles of power lines are accessible. This nonprofit public corporation safeguards the economy and well-being of 30 million customers by “keeping the lights” on 24/7.

Employees at CaISO often work 12 plus hours in order to ensure that California’s energy grid is stable. Their work is by no means a walk in the park as they are constantly faced with obstacles and challenges in meeting California’s energy demands.

One would think that the employees at CaISO would be too busy and too stressed to exercise. On the contrary, many employees turn to exercise as a form of stress release. Every Tuesday and Thursday, employees attend a Circuit Training class for one hour hosted by Kaiser Permanente’s Corporate Health Promotion department. Renelle Maier, a Senior Process and Quality Enforcement Analyst, exercises because it helps with stress and helps her feel a sense of accomplishment by pushing her to higher limits. She states that she likes the class because they are fun, exciting, and challenging. As a result of her strong passion for exercise, she feels stronger now in her late 40’s than she did when she was in her 20’s.

 

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KP Corporate Health Promotion Improves Community Wellness

As Paul Harper walked around a track in Elk Grove he was suddenly overwhelmed by how out of shape he had become. Harper, a paramedic supervisor, had let his weight climb to an unhealthy level and as a result, his Type 2 diabetes was out of control. But things were about to change.

Paul and Corri Harper, before and today.

Paul and Corri Harper, before and today.

Harper’s wife Corri is a teacher for the Elk Grove Unified School District, which is one of more than 100 Sacramento area businesses that participate in Kaiser Permanente’s Corporate Health Promotion Program. “My wife told me about a program Kaiser was offering at her work and asked me if I wanted to do it with her,” said Harper. “I was ready for this opportunity. We met with the trainers who answered questions about walking and running, and we also get weekly emails that keep me motivated.”

The program, called the Walk and Run Club, is one of many led by KP’s Corporate Health Promotion Program. Based in the North Valley Health Education Department, Corporate Health teams up with local businesses around the greater Sacramento area such as Thunder Valley Casino, the City of Sacramento, VSP, and many others, to improve the overall health and wellness of their workforce by offering screenings, workshops, classes, and even flu vaccinations.

“We can influence the culture by changing the environment,” said Eileen Peterson, a registered dietitian and manager of Corporate, Community, and Employee (live well be well) Health Education. “It helps make the healthy choice, the easy choice.”

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Elk Grove Unified School District Launches Walk Paths at 19 School Sites

EGUSD Walk Path Ribbon Cutting

Throughout the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD), employees are lacing up their sneakers to celebrate 19 new walking paths, in addition to their employee wellness program.

The District marked the beginning of the 2nd year of the “Your Health, Your Choice” employee wellness program with a ribbon cutting ceremony at one of 19 walking paths at schools and sites. The walking paths were created with the help of Kaiser Permanente’s Corporate Health Promotion group, courtesy of EGUSD’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente.

We were all built to move. Walking just might be the greatest single intervention for overall health benefit.  The health benefits of walking are clear on so many levels, and it’s the perfect workplace exercise. All you need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes. (more…)

Kaiser Permanente to play big role in new Sacramento Kings season

Sacramento Kings presented by Kaiser Permanente

Our Kaiser Permanente team has been hard at work with the players to get them ready for the upcoming season. For the first time, KP physicians and providers have performed physicals and exams on an entire team of professional athletes to ensure they are in peak condition for the upcoming season. That will continue throughout the season on and off the court as a team of sports medicine doctors, orthopedists, physical therapists, a nutritionist, and others provide care for the players. For every home game, at least three physicians will be on hand at Sleep Train Arena to tend to player injuries. Our providers will give the same level of high-quality care to visiting teams as well.

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