Bigelow Tea president visits breast care center

Cindi Bigelow, president of Bigelow Tea, visited the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center in Fairfield to discuss the programs and services supported by the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge run. The run has raised more than $800,000 since its inception.

In addition to visiting the acute care facilities at the breast care center, she toured the organization’s new wellness center, where classes and services are offered in meditation, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, yoga, Pilates, nutrition and more.

“Patients experience a real benefit from health and wellness programs, which alleviate the symptoms of treatment and enhance healing,” said Dr. Donna Twist, executive director of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.

As the cost of healthcare continues to rise, many companies are encouraging their employees to take a preventive approach to health.  Bigelow Tea is exploring a partnership with the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center to build its employee health and wellness program.

“We are developing a point system to reward employees for healthy lifestyle choices,” Bigelow said. “Employees who eat healthy, exercise regularly and visit the doctor will earn benefits, such as credit toward a yoga or other wellness class at the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.”

Information sessions, held at Bigelow’s headquarters, will introduce employees to classes and services that can help them manage common health problem. Doctors and nurses will conduct mini-sessions in their specialty areas.

“Employees will learn about wellness services that can have a long term impact on their health,” Bigelow said. “We want to make it easy for employees to access services that can help them stay well at any age.”

The breast care center offers a comprehensive line-up of health and wellness programs. The programs have been popular, and the breast care center is opening them up to the community. A series of information sessions, held in partnership with community groups, is helping to get the word out.

“At the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center we believe that education and prevention are the best means to staying healthy,” said Nancy Church, the breast care center’s community education coordinator. “Our newly expanded facility on Beach Road offers a comprehensive approach to wellness. Our Wellness Information events are a way of getting our message out to people in the community, who, due to hectic family lives or business schedules, don’t often take the time to focus on their own health.”

Groups interested in scheduling an informational night may call Nancy Church at 203-255-5300.

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