The first week of TSS’s Walk Across America was a warm-up and a homecoming at the same time. Our team walked a total of 626,446 steps or 313 miles. That is the equivalent (give or take about 20 miles) of a hike from Juneau to TSS’s hometown of Ketchikan, Alaska.

Set at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s famed Inside Passage—a network of waterways that snake through some of the state’s most stunning wilderness—Ketchikan is best known for three things: salmon, scenery, and a rich Alaska Native culture. Not only is our hometown a beautiful spot, but we feel fortunate to collaborate with a community of businesses and agencies committed to health and safety issues.

TSS provides safety services for all of southeast Alaska. Ketchikan is home to a very large tourism industry, which supplies thousands of seasonal jobs. Those workers fly planes, drive tour buses and provide the fishing experience for the salmon capital of the world. TSS is instrumental in providing drug screening, customer service and safety training for those employees.

TSS also hosts the  Ketchikan Community Health Fair. Held each year in November, the fair serves more than 300 participants with low cost lab work and access to local healthcare providers. The reduced lab work is especially important to uninsured and under-insured members of our community. February 18-22 we will host an in-house Vitamin D screening. We all know Vitamin D plays a significant role in our health and getting enough is important. This reduced cost Vitamin D screening will allow participants to provide the lab result to their physician to ensure they are getting the right amount.

As a company committed to health and safety and knowing that exercise is one of the best ways to a healthy heart, TSS launched its Walk Across America challenge on February 1 as a fun way to inspire our employees to exercise during the cold winter months. Our team’s mission is to walk the equivalent number of miles that it would take to get from Juneau to Washington, D.C. In other words: capital to capital; coast to coast. That’s a total of 3,358 miles!

Team members working out of the Ketchikan office are especially enthusiastic about participating in the walk. Operations Manager Ginny Clay has been hitting the indoor track at the Ketchikan Recreation Center with her son. Meanwhile, Larissa Greer, a TSS phlebotomist, has been getting in extra workouts on date night with her husband. The other day, Larissa took a 3-mile walk outside while her kids were at gymnastics. That’s the Alaska spirit! Well done team!


Dark Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Check out Larissa’s favorite heart healthy dessert recipe.

1 Egg 3 Tb Heavy Cream or Half and Half 3 TB of Cocoa Powder 2 TB Stevia or your favorite type of sweetener ¼ tsp Baking Powder Pinch of salt

Whisk egg and Heavy cream until frothy Add remain ingredients till creamy Spray the inside of microwave-safe mug with PAM or coat it with butter Pour mixture into mug Microwave on medium heat for 90 sec (you may need to adjust time for microwave) Flip it over on to plate Let it cool for a few minutes. Top with berries or whipped cream.


Join our Team

TSS friends and clients are encouraged to join us on our virtual Walk Across America, just let us know by contacting Jo McGuire at Then, track your steps or miles and turn in your results to Jo on Thursdays. Don’t forget to keep up with the team’s progress, by checking the news section of the website periodically.