Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

This September, we would like to give our attention to heart health. September 29th is World Heart Day, a global initiative to intervene against cardiovascular disease (CVD), a great reminder for all of us to take better care of our hearts. Speaking of hearts, let’s take a moment to show some love to the following team members who celebrated their work anniversaries in August:

  • Ed Stamm – 22 years
  • John Reilly – 20 years
  • Jeanne Lane – 14 years
  • Deb Briney – 8 years
  • Bob LaRue – 7 years
  • Stephen Cooper – 6 years
  • Anthony de Fex – 6 years
  • Min Gong – 6 years

We really appreciate your longevity, your loyalty, and your dedication to our company, in addition to your hard work and your many contributions to our success. We offer a heartfelt thank you!

Our congratulations to Jason Bishop and Edward Stamm on the wonderful “Thank You” from our client! Your excellent support, weekend hours, outstanding technical skills, and dedication to delivering under tight timelines are appreciated beyond words. Thank you for your wonderful work!

Kudos to Gary Shultz on the recognition from our client for your great performance in meeting tight timelines and responding promptly to urgent needs We value and appreciate your dedicated hard work. Thank you!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to two new employees who joined our company last month:

  • Tania Sholar - Data Manager I
  • Mike Cox - Client Partner

We shined our August spotlight on Andee Garrison, Lead SPA I. Her fun-loving, playful spirit balances her focused and dedicated work ethic to the delight of her coworkers. Read more on our blog: Andee Garrison, Lead SPA I, Loves Her Work and the Industry

Our sincerest thanks go out to all of our team members for their dedication and continued hard work. We know that many of you are having to rise to unexpected and unprecedented challenges due to the current global pandemic and natural disasters and we salute you for continuing to produce such high-quality work at a time when the world needs it the most.

It is because we value you so much that we would like to join in World Heart Day’s initiative by encouraging you all to embrace a heart-healthy lifestyle. Heart disease is responsible for over 17 million deaths each year, making it the number one cause of death worldwide. In the United States alone, a person dies of CVD every 36 seconds!

“This World Heart Day, our focus is on creating heart-healthy environments. By ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play, World Heart Day encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk, and promotes a heart-healthy planet for those around us,” says the World Heart Federation. They recommend making simple lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise, making healthier food choices, and quitting smoking to help avoid CVD.

High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are the major risk factors for heart disease. Other medical conditions and lifestyle choices that place individuals at a higher risk for CVD are obesity, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, and diabetes.

The Mayo Clinic has published a very thorough and helpful guide: Heart-healthy Diet: 8 Steps to Prevent Heart Disease. The basic guidelines are:

  • Control your portion size
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits
  • Select whole grains
  • Limit unhealthy fats
  • Choose low-fat protein sources
  • Reduce sodium levels in your food
  • Plan ahead: Create daily menus
  • Allow yourself an occasional treat

They recommend that you “incorporate these eight tips into your life, and you'll find that heart-healthy eating is both doable and enjoyable. With planning and a few simple substitutions, you can eat with your heart in mind.” (For detailed information on any of the 8 steps, please click on the Heart-healthy Diet link above.)

Often people die because they don’t recognize the symptoms of heart failure (HV). Approximately 64 million people worldwide have chronic or degenerative heart disease, and half of them die within 5 years of their diagnosis. AstraZeneca and the World Heart Federation partnered together this past summer to “tackle gaps in heart failure awareness and care,” an August 24, 2020 press release statement announced. “New initiatives will raise public awareness of the burden of heart failure to drive a transformation in HF prevention, diagnosis, and treatment,” they proclaimed.

Knowing the signs of a heart attack saves lives!

It is important to note that often men and women can have different signs and symptoms of heart attacks. Most commonly, women feel nauseous, light-headed, or unusually tired before heart failure sets in. Other symptoms both genders may experience are chest pain, shortness of breath, and pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, back, arms, or shoulders.

Someone in the United States has a heart attack approximately every 40 seconds. Many lives are saved when symptoms are recognized and 9-1-1 is called immediately and emergency treatment, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or defibrillation, is administered quickly.

We hope we’ve inspired you to embrace a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle. As the weather is getting cooler this time of the year for many of us, outdoor activities such as walking, running, and cycling are even more pleasant.

It’s September

Red apples, blue sky, it’s September.

Falling leaves, rainbow questions, it’s September.

Opening doors, opening books, opening hearts, it’s September.

Time of wonder, time of growing, timeless treasures, it’s September.