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Sunset’s Tips for Workday Fitness

Staying healthy is an important part of the culture at Sunset, and the team regularly joins in on runs, triathlons, golfing trips and hikes. In addition to outside activities, almost everyone takes the opportunity to incorporate a short fitness routine during the workday.

Here are some of Sunset’s tips for a full and active day at the office, and beyond!

Enjoy your commute

Thinking of creative ways to start your day can set the tone for your entire morning.

Sunset’s Graphic Designer Patrick bikes eight miles to and from work nearly every day (in all seasons), and Vice President of Sales PJ and Maggie, Sunset’s Business Analyst, also cycle into work on occasion.

Patrick cycling to work

“I get a cardio workout while commuting, so it saves time,” explains Patrick. “There’s also something about almost always actively moving instead of getting stuck in your car, the subway, or bus that makes it anti-stressful.”

“Some people are intimidated to ride in the city,” he adds, “but I say just try it and in five minutes you’ll see why it’s not scary.”

Take a stand

Once you’re at work, try to find a way to keep the momentum going!

Lead Sales Representative Phil occasionally takes the stairs to Sunset’s 20th floor office instead of the elevators. “It generally only takes around seven to eight minutes, and it gets the heart rate going,” he says.

Standing desks are another great way to stretch out. A recent study showed that they increase concentration and job performance—among other health and wellness benefits.

“I have one and I love it,” says Mike, National Accounts Manager. “I try to stand from 10 a.m. to lunch, and from lunch to 3 or 4 p.m. I feel more energized and less lethargic than just sitting around all day, especially after lunch.”

Get out to lunch

“There are so many studies that depict how workday exercise contributes to attentiveness from employees in the afternoon,” says Christine, Lead Sales Representative at Sunset.

“It’s a good way to get moving and it splits up my day,” adds Emily, Lead Sales Representative. “Since we have a full hour, I can get a solid workout in.”

If you don’t have access to a gym, try packing a brown bag lunch and trekking to an out-of-the-way destination spot for a picnic. Bring a jumprope or small weights for a quick workout.

Make a midday break

Taking a moment to introduce a midday break is a great way to stay grounded. Sunset team members often hold a 3 p.m. mini workout in the building.

“It can be anything from pushups, sit-ups, stretching, to even just closing your eyes and meditating,” says Maggie.

“It’s just a nice little break during the day to stretch out and get a small exercise in,” adds Emily.

The sales team has also been known to participate in group jumping jacks to celebrate office milestones, lunch hour squash tournaments, and spontaneous push-up contests.

Getting up for a drink of water or a face-to-face hello at a nearby office is another way to stay limber and engage with your coworkers during the day.

Take it outside

Outdoors and afterwork fitness activities are a hallmark of Sunset’s culture—and a great way to collaborate outside the office.

Sunset’s 2018 Field Day

“It’s a huge part of building a culture that promotes health, teamwork and friendship,” says PJ. “Not only is it a great way for coworkers to bond, but it also communicates that the company understands a part of being successful is being happy. We want to promote that in whatever way we can while staying productive.”

Nikki takes a swing

Consider inviting customers or clients to join in to make meetings even more productive!

National Accounts Manager Nikki, who has organized numerous afterwork activities, participated in hikes in California’s Runyon Canyon Park and a walk in Muir Woods.

PJ and Brenton, Sunset’s Director of Business Development, recall climbing a 14,000-foot mountain in Colorado with a customer.

Exercise balance

Maintaining fitness may seem like a full-time commitment, but in many cases, it’s okay to allow for flexibility. Sunset team members have been known to engage in the occasional eating competition and dessert cook-off, as well as Friday happy hours.

Think of it as a way to get even more out of your day!

Spotlight On:

Tonya, Lead Software Developer

Sunset is happy to feature fitness inspiration and Lead Software Developer Tonya, who will compete in her fifth powerlifting competition on April 27, 2019.

Tonya took an interest in fitness routines in 2011, when her mom encountered health issues.

“She said things that got me thinking about taking better care of myself,” says Tonya. “In the summer of 2017, a friend invited me to come watch a powerlifting meet they were competing in. I was hooked. I kept watching the event and thinking ‘I can do this.’ It’s the first sport that ever really resonated with me.” She competed in her first powerlifting event later that year.

Tonya is a part of Sunset’s Bloomingdale team, and she exercises once a week on lunch break. She continues her workout routine at the gym three or four days a week.

“My meet prep consists of working with heavier and heavier weights on the three lift types in powerlifting (squat, bench press, and deadlift),” says Tonya. “My off season training is more about conditioning and building endurance and strength for moving forward.”

Most recently, Tonya took first place at a powerlifting meet in January.

On April 27, Tonya will compete in a 2XL powerlifting event at 20 Yorktown Convenience Center in Lombard. The event will run from 5:00—8:00 p.m. and Tonya’s powerlift goal is 160 pounds.

Please feel free to support Tonya in her efforts by donating to Pressing the Pieces Together: Bench Press Benefit for Autism.

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Sunset’s Winter Reading

Brrr . . . winter weather is here!

Here are just a few of the intriguing books Sunset Healthcare Solutions staff members have lined up to read during the coldest time of the year. Please let us know if you decide to read along!

 

Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker


“A thoughtful tour through the still dimly understood state of being asleep … Why We Sleep is a book on a mission. Walker is in love with sleep and wants us to fall in love with sleep, too. And it is urgent. He makes the argument, persuasively, that we are in the midst of a ‘silent sleep loss epidemic’ that poses ‘the greatest public health challenge we face in the 21st century’ … Why We Sleep mounts a persuasive, exuberant case for addressing our societal sleep deficit and for the virtues of sleep itself. It is recommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense.”
New York Times Book Review

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, Alex Hutchinson


“Want to achieve more? Often that means you have to do more — and Alex will show you how.”
—Inc. (”6 Great Business Books to Read in 2018”)

Silence, Erling Kagge

“The book expands the concepts of silence and noise beyond their aural definitions and engages with modern culture’s information overload, need for constant connection, and cult of busyness….Great pleasure lies in Kagge’s creative investigations. The reader leaves more mindful of the swirl of distraction present in everyday life.”
—Publishers Weekly

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel H. Pink

“Daniel H. Pink’s deeply researched but never boring study could be a turning point. College students and business managers alike may find new ways to organize their schedules and ease difficult decisions by using the ‘hidden pattern’ of time to their advantage.”
—Wall Street Journal

Can’t Hurt Me, David Goggins

“Guaranteed to galvanize more than a few couch potatoes into action.”
— Kirkus Reviews

Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind, Nick Littlehales

“Nick Littlehales has reconfigured the bedrooms of a legion of international sporting stars . . . He has a unique and encyclopedic knowledge.”
Guardian

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying, Nina Riggs

“Moving and insightful…Riggs writes with humor; the memoir is rife with witty one-liners and musings on the joys and challenges of mothering and observations on the importance of loving relationships…In this tender memoir Riggs displays a keen awareness of and reverence for all the moments of life—both the light, and the dark, ‘the cruel, and the beautiful.’”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Sunset Knows Quality

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Here at Sunset we pride ourselves on bringing quality CPAP and respiratory products to market. We follow rigid quality standards to ensure each of our products will meet the needs of our customers. The following article explains how we select the products that we add to our line and gives details on one of our most important quality assurance processes, the First Article Inspection.

When Sunset is looking to bring on a new product from a new or existing supplier, they must first be approved by Quality. The approval process for a new supplier consists of three main steps:

  1. An on-site audit and/or a completed supplier survey. Any vendor or supplier that we purchase supplies or components from must be qualified. They should have their own quality systems in place and be able to show us evidence of the testing and inspections they have done within their own facility before they send products to us for testing.
  2. Once we have determined they meet our standards, we review and approve their FDA registration information, making sure the FDA has qualified them as well.
  3. Finally, we request product samples and pass them through several departments including Business Development, Quality and Marketing to make sure they meet everyone’s standards. Each department has their own set of tests and questions for the supplier at that time.

Once the supplier approval process is complete, and we are ready to place an order, the Purchasing department will alert the Quality team to inspect the product once it arrives. At this time we perform what is called a First Article Inspection. First Articles are intended to confirm the physical configuration of a device and its components to ensure the specifications meet those agreed upon by Sunset and the supplier.

During each First Article Inspection, we compare the product we receive to the Device Master Record (DMR) to ensure they match our quality standards. The DMR consists of detailed drawings, dimensions, material specifications and any other details about the product and packaging that we have determined and passed along to the supplier prior to bringing on the product. We thoroughly compare every component to ensure the product has met our predetermined specifications.  In some instances, we also perform additional tests to verify product performance.

The details of the inspection are recorded on a First Article Inspection Form. If anything needs to change, we send the product back to the supplier and repeat the process over again. Once everything looks ok, we fill out another form called an Engineering Change Order which we use to formally release the product into inventory.

By performing First Articles we are ensuring our products are held to the standards we have in place and those that are set by regulated bodies. These product inspections are one of the many ways we ensure we are continuously bringing the highest quality CPAP and respiratory products to market. First Article Inspections ultimately provide peace of mind for both Sunset and our valued customers.

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