“Top Blacks In Healthcare” 2014: Bernard J. Tyson

As the chairman and chief executive officer of one of the nation’s leading integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, Bernard J. Tyson is dedicated to upholding Kaiser Permanente’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves.

Tyson believes Kaiser Permanente’s demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality and affordable health care through a combination of prevention, innovation and integration can serve as the model for the future of health care in America.

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In January 2014, Tyson assumed the role of chairman and has served as CEO since July 1, 2013. His career at Kaiser Permanente spans nearly 30 years, and he has successfully managed all major aspects of the organization.

Tyson’s leadership skills are born out of his upbringing. His father was a carpenter and minister, so telling stories is a big part of his communication style. He also learned the value of Keeping commitments early on.

“My father set an example that your word is your bond, and that if you say something and commit to it, you deliver on it. And if you can’t deliver on it, you owe the person the respect to explain why.”

Tyson also uses analogies in managing his team. “I have a little airplane on my desk, and if I have to have a difficult conversation with somebody, I will say, ‘Put on your seatbelt. We’re going to be fine, but we’re going to go through some turbulence.’ Feedback, to me, is a gift.”

The San Francisco Bay Area native earned a bachelor of science in health service management and a master of business in health service administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He also holds a leadership certificate from Harvard University.

Congratulations, Mr. Tyson, for being a “ Top Blacks in Healthcare” 2014 honoree!

Better Water, Better Health! Try The Fruit-Infused Water Challenge

lemon fruit waterIf you are like me, you love pop and juice. Juice is definitely something that my fridge can’t ever be without. The problem with this, it’s a setup for failure! I find myself binging on all things sugary!  Lately, I have been really trying to figure out how to cut back on my need for sugar, and I wanted to start by monitoring my juice and pop intake. I have come to find that there is a healthier alternative: fruit infused water.

And what better way to engage in your health than to go all in! Enter the gallon water challenge, where for 30 days straight, you drink at least a gallon of infused water daily.  See how your skin, hair, nails and entire body feels after this challenge (you’ll thank us later)!

The great news, though, is that you don’t have to go to a high-end, pricey spa just to get these trendy waters. You can easily make your healthy, delicious and vitamin infused water on your own at home!


  • Dehydration is known to be linked to headaches, digestive problems, obesity and joint pain. Infusing your water with fruits, herbs, or flowers not only improves the flavor, but also adds essential vitamins that help your body.
  • The store bought vitamin water is less cost friendly and far less healthy. They often have preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colors, sodium, dextrose, and high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars.
  • Some of the best benefits of having fruit infused water are appetite control, hydration, immune defense, heartburn prevention, blood sugar regulation and weight management.
  • Great alternative to alcoholic beverages
  • Good for getting young children to increase their daily water intake
  • Gives a boost of energy, especially good during or after an intense workout


Easy Recipes 

For a large batch of infused water, fill a pitcher with water, mix in some chopped up fruits, veggies, and/or herbs and let it sit in the fridge for two to eight hours (depending on how strong you want the flavor to be).

Another method is to take your ingredients (fruits, veggies, herbs) and puree them. Use a sieve to strain the pulp, dilute with water and sip with a straw.

Weight Loss Recipe

1. Combine five cored and thinly sliced apples (your favorite variety) with five whole cinnamon sticks.
2. Stir together two thinly sliced cucumbers and two seeded and sliced jalapeño peppers.

Belly Fat Recipe

–  Combine 2 cups pitted and halved fresh cherries, three thinly sliced lemons, and two vanilla beans. Gently muddle with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Anti-Deflammatory (Pineapple and mint)

Pineapple is an anti-inflammatory that helps relieve joint pain and arthritis, and mint supports the digestive system by activating salivary glands and digestive enzymes.