Healthy Choices

Sacramento Kings tap Kaiser Permanente for team doctors

Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) celebrates a three point basket by teammate Jimmer Fredette (7) against the Phoenix Suns during their 107-104 victory at Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) celebrates a three point basket by teammate Jimmer Fredette (7) against the Phoenix Suns during their 107-104 victory at Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. hamezcua@sacbee.com

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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