PLYMOUTH HARBOR ON SARASOTA BAY Employee Newsletter–Issue 60
The Current JANUARY 2019
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Amanda White JANUARY 3
Burn n Earn
If you saw Amanda today, you would never guess “A More Flexible You”
that just seven months ago she was suffering from a
slew of serious health issues. She credits this change to JANUARY 17
Plymouth Harbor’s Wellness Program. “It saved my life, Learn n Earn
seriously,” she said. “Exercise Dont’s”
About six years ago, Amanda’s health was at an all-time JANUARY 30
low. With hereditary diabetes, weight gain, and high “A Morning with Teepa
blood pressure, doctors put her at a 40% risk of con- Snow” in Pilgrim Hall
gestive heart failure. She was prescribed large doses of
medicine, but was still in and out of the hospital over the On January 30, leading
last six years. At one point, she was even bed ridden. dementia educator Teepa
Her health (or lack thereof) had taken over her life, and Snow will be on our campus.
she knew something had to change. After a leap of faith, she moved to her All staff are invited to attend
hometown of Sarasota. “I got off the bus at 9 a.m., and at 1 p.m. I got a call either/both of the following
from Stephen Moros to come in for an interview.” On May 15, 2018, Amanda lectures:
began her full-time housekeeping position.
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
“Right away, I noticed that everyone was on a health kick,” she said. Seeing “Why Do They Do That? A
everyone trying to get healthier motivated her, and she joined right in. She start- lecture on understanding
ed taking the stairs, ordering the salmon salad, participating in challenges, and symptoms and behaviors in
taking walks on her lunch break. She makes sure her healthy choices follow her dementia”
home from work, too. She walks a mile after work and goes for bike rides with
her boyfriend on the weekends. Most importantly, Amanda has found an in- 10-11 a.m.
credible support system. “People root for you here, and they make you want to “How to Communicate with
keep going, especially Summer,” she said. “Summer has been my biggest fan.” Someone Who has Dementia”
After just seven months, Amanda feels “wonderful.” She is taking significantly LOOKING AHEAD
less medicine and has lost over twenty pounds. She regained her energy and
her confidence and is now more driven than ever to keep pushing forward. “I FEBRUARY 14
want to stay healthy, I want to live life,” she said. “I’ve got my grand-daughter’s Valentine’s Day
graduation in California soon, and you better believe I’ll have my beach Card Making Event
body ready by then!”
“Every day is another chance to get stronger, to eat better, to live
healthier, and to be the best version of you.” - Anonymous
JANUARY 2019 Page 2
Wellness Program Update Oh, What Fun at the Holiday Party!
EMPLOYEE WELLNESS DUTIES HAVE Winter Walking Challenge
SHIFTED WITH THE NEW YEAR!
The Winter Walking Challenge begins
Who is the new OnBoard contact Tuesday, January 1st!
To sign up, go to www.ChallengeRunner.com/login/
Going forward, all employee wellness challenge/3515/64177/cf4b6f2e97
management will be conducted by our
Director of Wellness, Summer Rentsch. This New participants may begin any time between now and
includes logging steps for the on-going January 11th. If you were a participant in the Fall Walking
walking challenges, On Board Store pur- Challenge, you will be automatically enrolled.
chases, Buck issuing and tracking, and all
future initiatives. To sign up at a TEAM, go to www.challengerunner.com.
Introducing the OnBoard Drop Box: All participants earn $1 in OnBoard Wellness Bucks per
100,000 steps walked (max:$10).
Because Summer’s availability to meet
in person may at times be difficult, the Questions? Contact Summer Rentsch at ext. 377
Employee Wellness program is placing
an On Board Drop Box station near both
of the timeclocks beginning in January.
These drop boxes will be checked weekly
by th3e Director of Wellness only.
What can I put in the Drop Box?:
Staff is asked to not only drop comments/
questions/suggestions into these box-
es, but now to also please submit items
for Bucks such as Annual Physical Exam
forms, routine Dental Cleaning forms, and
additional Annual Preventive Exam forms
Summer will record these submissions on
a weekly basis and reach out to confirm
with the employee once the item has
been logged to issue the appropriate
We would like to thank Jennifer
Bruneman for the incredible support she
provided to staff regarding employee
wellness initiatives these past few years!
We hope the addition of these new
drop boxes will offer a simple and seam-
less way for staff to submit proof of well-
ness initiatives, as well as provide can-
did and constructive feedback on the
overall program. Here’s to a happy and
healthy New Year!
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Burn/Learn n Earns Employee of the Month
With the New Year upon us, we are rolling out Doug Glaser, Front Desk
a new format for Learn ‘N Earn opportunities!
Topics will now be split into two different cat- Notes from Doug’s nomination form...
egories: “Learn ‘N Earns” will be lecture-based
and require no physical activity to attend “Doug demonstrates a can-do
and earn bucks. “Burn ‘N Earns” will be activ- approach while multi-tasking,
ity-based and require some level of physical all with a steady disposition.
activity to participate and earn bucks. These Doug receives many positive
educational/physical activities will only be comments from residents and he
available to attend twice per month, and will has shown that with his positive
no longer take place every Thursday. Please attitude, all that come in contact
plan for Burn ‘N Earns on the first Thursday of with him feel comfortable.”
each month and Learn ‘N Earns on the third
Thursday of each month. Both Thursdays will Lucy Guzman, SCC
hold a 12pm and a 2pm attendance option.
“I want to especially thank
January 3, 12-12:30 p.m. & Lucy for her kindness and
2-2:30 p.m. encouraging attitude. Her
happy disposition brought
Burn: “A More Flexible You!” light into the room and hope
into my heart as I struggled
January 17, 12-12:30 p.m. & to come back to life. It is be-
2-2:30 p.m. cause of her loving, hopeful
attitude and the little things she thought to
Learn: “Exercise Don’ts” do for me that I want to nominate her!”
Mobile Learn n Earns are also available.
Call Summer (Ext. 377) or Elizabeth
(Ext. 350) to check-out a laptop!
*Special Note: The Mobile Learn ‘N Earn
opportunity will only be available for
Learn ‘N Earns. We will not be recording
Burn ‘N Earn activities.*
Active After Work: November 12, 2018 - January 24, 2019
“Active After Work” MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
brings 10 weeks of FREE
group exercise classes HIIT List Tuesday Core N’ TGI-Total No Class
Tone Up More Body
for Plymouth Harbor 4:30-5 p.m.
employees right to our OR 5-6 p.m. 5-6 p.m. 5-6 p.m.
Wellness Center! 5-5:30 p.m.
JANUARY 2019 Page 4
JanuaryBirthdays! Wellness Center Orientations
Wendy Popovic Accounting 3 Did you know all employees and
Gigi Sanchez Home Care 4 spouses get FREE 24/7 access to the
Shirley Brownlee Home Care 4 Wellness Center? Call Summer (Ext.
Raymonde Orleans Memory Care 5 377) or Elizabeth (Ext. 350) to set up
Juanita Ponce Dining Services 8
Sheila Strahorn SCC 10 an orientation and get started!
Alena Scandura Housekeeping 10
Dan Avella Maintenance 12 We want to hear your story!
Sande Etayo Accounting 13
Edith Exantus Memory Care 18 Our employees do some pretty incredible
Luis Arevalo Transportation 19 things, and we want to hear about them!
Maggie Morales Housekeeping 20 If you or someone you know has a story
Stephen Moros Human Resources 21 to share, whether it’s about a cool hobby,
Cindy Taylor Home Care 22 a trip, an accomplishment, a unique
Javi Sanchez Dining Services 24 upbringing or overcoming a life
Bill Brown Security 25 challenge, contact Kalynna Thompson
Laquita Mo ody SCC 26 (Ext. 431, [email protected]).
Raquel Lima Memory Care 27 You may be featured in a new segment
Donda Russ SCC 27 in The Current: Staff Spotlight!
Becky Pazkowski Philanthropy 27
Summer Rentsch Wellness 27 Fond Farewells
Fred Kaufman Dining Services 28
Lilli Aravena-Rodriguez SCC 28 Thank you for your years of service.
Kim Brown SCC 28 You will be greatly missed!
Steven Parsons IT Support 29
Audrey Brown, Maintenance, 11 years
Bert Adams, AL/MC, 27 years
Jeannie Humphrey, SCC, 20 years
Jim Myers, Housekeeping, 30 years
Judy Sarnowski, SCC, 16 years
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