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On this Day, Oct 6

This inspired me…. On this day October 6, 2007:

Jason Lewis set off with friend and fellow adventurer Stevie Smith from Greenwich, London on 12 July 1994, to complete the world’s first human-powered circumnavigation, and the two dubbed the journey Expedition 360.

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By July 2007, Lewis had travelled over 60,000 km (37,000 mi). He successfully ended his 4,833-day expedition on 6 October 2007, having travelled 74,842 km (46,505 mi).


There are so many interesting days, events and activities to do with your team. Here is a list of some October themed ideas:

This inspired adventure is especially for COS!

Community Hero! Homeless Prenatal Program in SF

Do you know a place that gets down to the basics…. and HELPS families…. homeless….single scared mothers??? And does all this with Grace and Compassion?

Homeless Prenatal Program does all this and more. And it has for 26 amazing years. They are having a luncheon. Take a look:

2500 18th St. San Francisco, CA, 94110 USA
Phone: 415.546.6756
Fax: 415.546.6778

The HOMELESS PRENATAL PROGRAM cordially invites you to attend our



Reception 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Lunch & Program 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
The Fairmont Hotel | Grand Ballroom | 950 Mason Street | San Francisco




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Why would you run?

Lindsay Holmes writes on running….

1. Running makes you happier.

One word: Endorphins. Research has shown that exercise is a proven mood booster. When you’re active, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that perk up your attitude and make you happier post-workout. In other words, it’s a pretty healthy remedy for a bad day.

2. It gives you a goal to work toward.

The only person you’re really competing with when you run is yourself. Each run and each race is an opportunity to push your endurance levels. The reward for your hard work won’t come easy, but that feeling you get when you shave a minute off your mile and beat your personal record is truly unmatched.

3. It could help with depression.

A study from the University of Michigan found that group exercise in nature — even if you’re just walking — can ease depressive symptoms. There’s also the added benefit of getting vitamin D when you’re running outdoors. A low storage of vitamin D has been linked to seasonal affective disorder.

4. Running makes you part of a community…

Statistics show that running — particularly in races — is only growing in popularity. Chances are you have several co-workers or friends who are into the activity and more than willing to offer some tips. Better yet, make them a running partner: Research shows working out with a friend may make you perform better.

5. …but it’s also a great solo activity.

Sometimes you just need your shoes, your headphones and nothing but the trail in front of you. In fact, a little “me time” can actually be good for you. May as well get in some exercise in the process.

6. It’s a healthy way to relieve stress.

There’s nothing like taking a bad day at work or a fight with a significant other out on a run. Exercise is a scientifically-backed way to lower your stress levels. Between the mood-boosting endorphins, the pumped-up music and the increased heart rate, you’re bound to get those frustrations out. Run your way to a better state of mind and leave your worries on the pavement (or treadmill, if that’s what you prefer).

7. Running helps you sleep better…

Running and sleep go hand in hand. Experts suggest prioritizing sleep if you’re looking to improve your technique and the exercise helps ensure you’ll get a restful amount of shuteye. Talk about a win.

8. …and it can turn you into an early bird.

A 6 a.m. wakeup call can be jolting, but the reward is worth it. The more you get into a routine of waking up at the same time (which you should be doing anyway as part of practicing good sleep hygiene), the easier it becomes. Need some tricks to motivate you to get out of bed? Try one of these to jumpstart your run.

9. It keeps your brain sharp.

The more you run, the less likely you are to experience mental decline. Research suggests that exercise can improve cognitive function as you age, including working memory and task switching.

10. Running makes you stronger in every way.

Your strength shouldn’t be measured in the number on the scale but how you feel in the other minutes of your life. Running — if done properly and consistently — engages your muscles, improves your joints and boosts your endurance. Not to mention, research suggests exercise may reduce your risk of disease and increase longevity.

Honestly, that’s worth more than the size stitched on a pair of jeans.

OCTOBER is PINK!!! Wear It!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

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Tell the women you love, Yourself included, to get a Mammogram, support the many causes, go for a BCAM walk, donate!  Get your coworkers, friends, family and everyone involved.


During Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October, people raise money by organizing activities such as theme parties or a “pink day” (when employees wear pink clothing or accessories) at work. The money raised is donated to the organizers’ choice of breast cancer care or research programs. This effort is international, an increasingly prominent “pink day” is Global Pink Hijab Day celebrated by many to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

National Football League

During the month of October, the National Football League promotes breast cancer awareness by incorporating pink on its websites, graphics, and advertisements. Players also show support by wearing pink gloves, cleats, captains patches, and other apparel during games. I love this … it is so very noticeable and helps with awareness.

October themes are here! Days to Remember!

More Great Leadership Quotes from our Team

It’s a fun team building event…. we share our favorite quotes. We talk about them and give Shout-Outs for the most inspiring quotes. Here are last months contributions:

“I have never failed at anything.  I have just found all of the wrong ways of doing it”

“Beauty catches the ATTENTION, but Character catches the HEART”

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

“We are here not to survive but to flourish and evolve, so keep moving else the chains will be unnoticed.”

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”   –Jim Morrison, The Doors

“The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.” –Denis Waitley, American motivational speaker and author

“If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you!”

“Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools” –Sir Richard Steele

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. –Walt Disney

“Set your goals high and DON’T stop until you get there.” — Bo Jackson

“When you look at life through eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical and amazing place…”

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost.   — J. R. R. Tolkien

Get some Recognition Acumen!

Underperformers. Every employee should receive recognition, even your underperformers. If you truly believe there is nothing to recognize you need to be working towards letting the employee go.

Not that bad? Then there are behaviors and results you can recognize. Afraid of mixed messages? Build recognition into weekly performance meetings:

  1. Review progress on objectives set at the last meeting.
  2. Praise positive behaviors and progress.
  3. Set objectives for the next meeting.

A great Recognition contributor! Sign up for her newsletter, buy her ebook, connect, you’ll be glad you did!

Copyright Cindy Ventrice

Want more on working with underperformers? Refer to Recognition Strategies That Work. Don’t have a copy? You can order it at:

Amazon Work Rules

It is a different work culture…. one that puts productivity first… period.

It is not enough to work smart. That implies that you might eventually, take some time off.  The NY Times wrote an article about the ethics, arrogance and addiction of Amazon (my words, not theirs). “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas inside a Bruising Workplace” – wow, you can tell what is coming. Actually, it is a startling article even with THAT title.

Work – life balance is scorned!! This oblivious geekiness is taken to the max – these folks seem enjoy the challenge, obscene work hours & over the top expectations…. and feel they are the best. MANY companies have instilled these ethics in their workers, at some point, Jeff Bezos and H. Ross Perot and many other CEOs end up wearing themselves down along with their chosen ones … the thrill of acheivement is enough for some, however,  the devastating health effects is too much for others. Read the article… it is quite a commentary.

 It gave accounts of workers who suffered from cancer, miscarriages and other personal crises who said they had been evaluated unfairly or edged out rather than given time to recover in Amazon’s intense and fast-paced workplace.

The reaction to the story was voluminous and spirited. On websites likeReddit and Hacker News, tech workers, Amazon employees and friends and relatives offered thoughtful and detailed reflections of their experiences at the company. Jeff Bezos, its chief executive, also weighed in.

Many of the more than 4,000 comments posted to recounted what life was like at Amazon.

“As someone who worked at Amazon headquarters in Seattle for over 5 years I can tell you that it is an obscenely stressful place to work. I wouldn’t wish a job at Amazon on my worst enemy. Everyone I knew was on drugs for depression, drank too much and had severe sleeping problems — forget about having any life outside of Amazon, 75-plus hour work weeks are the norm. It’s absolutely brutal. I didn’t even realize how disgustingly abusive it was until I left.” — Frmr Amzn

Thanks JB for the nudge to READ this article, I would have missed it because I was swamped with deadlines in my technology job. LOL.

Needing Medical Help? Try Online Video Advice!

Get the care you need anytime, anywhere through virtual office visits 

Nobody plans to get sick.  There are all kinds of reasons to make use of a virtual office visit… you may be traveling, or can’t  drive to the doctor’s office. Sitting in a waiting room with other sick patients is another reason to avoid going.
The good news is that you don’t have to anymore. You now have another choice when it comes to choosing the right setting for care most convenient for you — virtual office visits — which bring the exam room to you through affordable and convenient care.
Virtual office visits, also known as telemedicine or virtual care, allow you to have a virtual appointment with a doctor or nurse practitioner about a non-emergency condition anywhere you have access to the internet. Many common conditions can be treated through a simple online interview and a treatment plan, created typically within 30 minutes.
I’ve used Advice Nurses before, but this is another step forward – utilizing technology to give the doctor a better look at what’s happening and make a more specific diagnosis. It is really helpful with broken bones, muscle injuries, rashes, accidents and more.  – the editor

When to use virtual office visits

Talk to a doctor or nurse practitioner virtually about a number of non-emergency conditions for your or your covered dependent (spouse, child), including, but not limited to:
  • Bladder infection
  • Bronchitis
  • Cough/cold
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear Pain
  • Fever
  • Stomach ache
  • Pink eye
  • Rash
  • Seasonal flu
  • Sinus infection
  • Sore throat

Convenient and cost effective

  • No appointment is necessary.
  • Wait times are typically quite low with virtual office visits — allowing you to get a diagnosis quickly and efficiently.
  • It’s available wherever you have a computer, tablet, or smartphone — from home, work, or while you’re traveling.
  • The cost of a virtual office visit ranges from $40 to $49 based on your medical provider and is typically covered in-network. This means it costs less than a visit to urgent care or a traditional doctor’s office visit, making it the most cost effective care option outside of calling the free Nurseline.
  • If you need a prescription, the doctor or nurse practitioner can send it directly to your pharmacy (only available in certain states and through certain vendors).

How to access your virtual office visit options

Register and sign up for your medical plan’s virtual office visit service now so that there will be no delay when you do need to use the service.

 Plans and Plan Names


Medical plan            To access a virtual office visit appointment
  • Visit Virtuwell® directly to register and determine states where Virtuwell providers diagnose and prescribe medications.
United Healthcare
  • Sign on to
  • Click the carousel titled Introducing Virtual Visits on the home page and register to determine action
  • Visit LiveHealth® Online directly to register and determine states where LiveHealth Online providers diagnose and prescribe medications.
  • To access LiveHealth®Online via Microsoft Internet Explorer, you will need to use version 10 or higher.



Do you need some inspiration for an employee meeting or a theme for an event? Look no further, October is jammed with days, Special Events and celebrations!

Month Long Events:

  • Adopt a Dog Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Disability Awareness Month
  • Energy Awareness Month
  • Family History Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Pretzel Month
  • Squirrel Awareness Month
Rosie is dressed for Halloween, in her festive orange and black "jester" collar.

Rosie is dressed for Halloween, in her festive orange and black “jester” collar.


Suggestion: Most people don’t dress up for Halloween in my office but they often dress up their pets! A fun idea for a Halloween themed event is: Pet Costumes! Have your group bring in wacky pictures of their pets and elect a panel of judges, award silly hats as  prizes. Voila!  You have a fun and inexpensive team event.


If your group dresses up… make a theme… or have a costume contest. It is amazing to see how creative people can be and you learn more about your team and their intrerests at the same time.

And there are also special days, here are some that are fun & interesting:

  • Oct 1  World Vegetarian Day & Creation of Yosemite National Park in 1890
  • Oct 2 Name your Car Day
  • Oct 3 Gwen Stefani, the singer from No Doubt was born, in 1969.
  • Oct 4 National Golf Day
  • Oct 5 The City of Anaheim (in California) is founded in 1857
  • Oct 6 In 2007,  Jason Lewis completes the first human powered circumnavigation of the world.
  • Oct 9 John Lennon is born, The Beatles, British musician and songwriter –   (d. 1980)
  • Oct 10 World Mental Health Day
  • Oct 12 In 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage.
  • Oct 13 In 1970 Fiji joins the United Nations
  • Oct 14 National Dessert Day
  • Oct 15  FORTRAN, the first modern computer language, is shared with the coding community for the first time
  • Oct 16 National Boss Day, Spirit Day
  • Oct 17  Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
  • Oct 18 It’s Necktie Day in Croatia!
  • Oct 19 Evaluate your Life Day
  • Oct 20 Sweetest Day
  • Oct 21 International Day of the Nacho
  • Oct 22 National Nut Day
  • Oct 23 Mole Day (for Chemists, just so you don’t misunderstand!)
  • Oct 24 United Nations Day, the anniversary of the 1945 Charter of the United Nations
  • Oct 25 In 1912, Minnie Pearl, American comedian and singer, is born.
  • Oct 26 Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France in 1958.
  • Oct 28 In 1942, the Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Oct 30 National Candy Corn Day
  • Oct 31 Halloween

My office celebrates National Candy Corn Day every year. Imagine that! And Sweetest Day is another favorite.  You may have special Company anniversaries and events  and historical markers… it is easy to find a theme.

2015 Bay Area Heart Walk

Join us for one of our four celebration events across the Bay Area:

  • Downtown San Francisco – Justin Herman Plaza Friday, September 18 at 11:30am to 1:00pm
  • San Ramon – Bishop Ranch 8 Sunday, September 20 at 8:30am to 11:00am
  • Redwood City – Marine View Park at OracleTuesday, September 22 at 11:30am to 1:00pm
  • Downtown Oakland – Snow Park Thursday, September 24 at 11:45am to 1:00pm
  • UCSF Employee Heart Walk – Golden Gate Park Monday, October 26 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Let’s Walk!  click here!  Our team at work is WALKING!

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The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to defeating heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke — the nation’s No.1 and No.5 killers.

Thank you, our walkers, donors and volunteers who help fight heart disease and stroke. Register Now for Heart Walk.

Who or what inspires you to live your healthiest life?

Who changed your life? Or made you think twice about how you live it? Honor that person on the Day of Inspired Living. Think about this as … Inspired Giving. It’s simple.

Donate online to honor the person who inspires you to be healthier and live longer. Then make it personal by asking others to join you. You’ll get a chance to share your inspiration and make a huge impact on the nation’s #1 and #5 killers,heart disease and stroke.