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Sacramento Kings tap Kaiser Permanente for team doctors

11/22/2013 3:38 PM

02/26/2014 6:06 PM

If you like the Sacramento Kings now, wait until you see them whipped into shape with the help of nutrition and fitness advice from Kaiser Permanente’s team of sports medicine doctors.

Kaiser’s doctors are the new official team doctors, providing the kind of integrated medical care that is the hallmark of the nonprofit health care system.

These team doctors won’t just sit on the sidelines waiting to tend to a sports injury. They will be active members in caring for the Kings, helping the players eat healthily and stay fit. What, you say? Yes, apparently even professional athletes can benefit from intrgrated care.

Dr. Jason Brayley is Kaiser Permanente’s chief of sports medicine. He said he recognizes that “with 82 regular season games and countless practices and workouts, the physical demands on the players are tremendous.”

And there’s a bonus for the community. Kaiser’s team will be part of the King’s community outreach and health initiatives, including the Get Fit Timeout program in which players and coaches get out in the community to demonstrate to local youth the importance of healthy eating and active living.

Watch this space for more information on this partnership.

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Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.

Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at ccraft@sacbee.com or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at scaiola@sacbee.com or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.

 

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