Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay Employee Newsletter–Issue 53
The Current JUNE 2018
The Biggest Winners! JUNE 7
Learn ‘n Earn
FEMALE WINNER Fitness with Elizabeth
Mary VanSant, Admissions Coordinator, SCC
“Truth be told, I was surprised by the win. I lived 401k Consultation
a pretty healthy lifestyle already, eating well and
weight training regularly, so all I did was tighten up JUNE 14
my diet a little bit. Eating 5 sensible meals, which are Learn ‘n Earn
high in protein, vegetables and healthy fats were Stretchology
key factors in my success. It just goes to show that a
few minor changes can make a big impact! I do boot JUNE 21
camp and weight training 5x per week, but now that Mandatory
my step goal is 10,000/day, I find that I am focused All Staff Meetings!
on more walking, even if I have already been to the 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
gym! I love that Plymouth Harbor has a ‘wellness Pilgrim Hall
forward’ attitude and I look forward to participating
in many more challenges!” JUNE 22
MALE WINNER Sarah Pappas
Brian Bly, Construction Coordinator
“When I started at Plymouth Harbor and found Learn ‘n Earn
out about the wellness program, I told myself I Stretchology
would lose 60 pounds before summer. I’m only (Repeat of June 14th
10 pounds away now! The challenge was a huge Learn ‘n Earn)
motivation for me, and I woudn’t have lost the
weight without it, but I’ve had to make a lot JUNE 25-29
of time and effort to get here. I’ve been eating 2Q Biggest Winner
mostly plant based and I’m averaging about Measurements
40,000 steps a day by going on long walks after
work.” LOOKING AHEAD
June 2018 Page 2
The Summer Walking Challenge June Learn ‘n Earns
Don’t forget! The Spring Walking Challenge ends June June 7th, 12-12:30 p.m. & 2-2:30 p.m.
30th . Employees who participated in the Spring Chal- Fitness with Elizabeth
lenge will automatically be re-enrolled in the Summer
Challenge. NEW participants will need to sign up and
have an approved tracking device. June 14th, 12–12:30 p.m.
Beginning July 1, the Summer Walking Challenge is becoming a HealthFit Learn ‘n Earn
TEAM Challenge. You will now have the option to create and name “Stretchology”
your own Walking Challenge TEAM! Team guidelines are as follows: June 28th @ 2–2:30 p.m. (Repeat)
• Have max 4 employees to a team (1 captain and 3 members). HealthFit Learn ‘n Earn
• Choose a clever team name “Stretchology”
• The team captain must log on to challengerunner.com and
create the team. You must create the team on a computer - not
your mobile device Participants can earn up to $2 in
• Once the team has been created, the team members will need Wellness Rewards OnBoard Bucks per
to log on to challengerunner.com and join the team
month for attending these events.
• Rules for earning bucks remain the same Introducing the Healthy Selfie Challenge!
Oh those mosquitoes can turn a nice summer A well-being initiative aimed at sharing all the wonderful
day or evening into somewhat of a nightmare wellness activities Plymouth Harbor employees do
if you plan to be outdoors. According to the each and every day.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika
has been reported in Florida. To prevent bites 1 Do something that serves your
you will need to purchase insect repellants and personal well-being, either on your own
always follow the product label instructions. Try
not to spray repellant on the skin under your or with friends or family
clothing. If you are also using sunscreen, you will
want to apply the sunscreen first and the insect 2 Get out your phone or camera and
repellent second. Repellant should not be used snap a selfie
on babies younger than 2 months old. The CDC
also recommends that you should never use To be entered into that month’s draw-
products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus
(OLE) or para-menthane –diol (PMD) on children ing for Food & Fun Bucks, email your
under the age of 3.
3 selfie to [email protected]
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention by the last day of each month
(limit 1 selfie per month per person)
Employee of the Month!
GEORGE KINGSTON, LANDSCAPING
Notes from George’s nomination form...
“George really cares about Plymouth Harbor and contributes greatly
with his knowledge of landscaping. He has tireless energy and is always
willing to help. George is a real asset to Plymouth Harbor.”
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June is “National Safety Month”
Here are some quick tips to stay safe during the Florida summer!
Summer is quickly approaching and it is imperative that you keep yourself hydrated and take breaks if
you are outdoors for too long. As you may know, anybody can be at risk for a heat-related illness. Heat-
stroke signs and symptoms include:
• High body temperature. A core body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher, is the main sign of heat-
• Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures,
and coma can all result from heatstroke.
• Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to
the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel dry or slightly
• Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
• Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
• Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
• Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase, as heat stress places a tremendous burden
on your heart to help cool your body.
• Headache. Your head may throb.
According to the National Council on Safety, heatstroke can occur when the ability to sweat fails and
body temperature rises quickly. The brain and vital organs are effectively “cooked” as body temperature
rises to a dangerous level in a matter of minutes. Heatstroke is often fatal, and those who do survive
may have permanent damage to their organs. When someone is experiencing heatstroke they will have
extremely hot skin, and an altered mental state, ranging from slight confusion to coma. Seizures also can
result. It is important for survival that the following steps be taken to rid the body of excess heat:
• Move the individual into a half-sitting position in the shade.
• Call for emergency medical help immediately.
• If humidity is below 75%, spray the person with water and fan them vigorously; if humidity is above
75%, apply ice to neck, armpits, or groin.
• Do not give aspirin or acetaminophen.
• If the victim is able, it is suggested to give them cool water to rehydrate, but no sugary, caffeinated, or
alcoholic beverages. Source: National Council on Safety
Plymouth Harbor LIVE!
When: Friday, July 13th, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Plymouth Harbor’s Pilgrim Hall
Deadline to sign up: Friday, June 29th
Do you have a hidden talent you’d like to show off? Or do you and your coworkers want to put
together a performance we’ll all remember? Sign up for the Variety Show: Plymouth Harbor Live!
We’re looking for fun and entertaining acts! Performers will receive $5 in OnBoard Food & Fun
Bucks, and a grand prize of $100 will be up for grabs! Franco Valencia (Dining Services) will
emcee the event, and all employees are invited to attend the show. The winner will be measured
by audience applause.
For registration forms, questions, or more information, please contact Jennifer Bruneman at Ext. 443 or
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June Birthdays! Insights
Dorothy Michel ALF/MC 1 A monthly luncheon connecting
Luis Santiago Dining Services-kitchen 2 residents and employees.
Rebecca Hutchins Smith Care Center 2
Lyall Smith Security 4 Featuring:
Kalynna Thompson Communications 4 Sarah Pappas
Kiara Reed Smith Care Center 6
Eric Owen Security 6 Friday, June 22nd
Sharon Reddy Housekeeping 6 12 - 12 : 30 p.m.
Luz Ruiztagle ALF/MC 6
Gordon Okawa Marketing 6 in the Club Ro om
Trovon James Dining Services-SCC 7 Contact Karen Smith
Bruce Lyons Maintenance 7 at Ext. 399 to sign up!
Fhadia Bonaire-Fils ALF/MC 8
Danny Bushman Smith Care Center 8 Shining Star
Tammy Butler Smith Care Center 10 Jacque Craft, SCC
Roberto Villar Dining Services-kitchen 10 “Jacque is so caring and
Edwin St. Louis Dining Services 12 anxious to help. She does
Yesica Sanchez Smith Care Center 13
Tena Wilson Resident Services 13 whatever you
Sande Esparza Housekeeping 17 ask and she
Greg Marcoux Maintenance 17 knows how to
Jim Seipel Transportation 18 help. Jacque
Nadia Gutierrez Smith Care Center 19 is helpful,
Karen Novak Smith Care Center 20 cheerful, and
Amy Arreola Housekeeping 21 a wonderful
Mary VanSant Smith Care Center 21 person.”
Kadijah Davis ALF/MC 21
Rosaland McDuffie Home Care 23
Brynisha White ALF/MC 24
Joy Meyer HA Admin Support 24
Sam Bruneman Dining Services 25
Garrett Leibold Dining Services-SCC 26
Jacqueline Miller Home Care 28
Sadra Franca Smith Care Center 30
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