Today is National Stress Awareness day, is it a coincidence that it falls just one day after the usual April 15th tax filing deadline (we think not). For many, it’s easier said than done to take some time for themselves and unwind from the day, but this month serves as a reminder that we must. Stress can trigger a slew of other health complications including stroke, seizures, and heart disease. Everyone has their own ways to de-stress, whether its reading, jogging, yoga, frozen yogurt with friends, hitting golf balls, retail therapy (new scrubs anyone?), just make sure you make time for it!
Here are some ways that reduced stress can have a positive effect on your life and health:
- Boost up your immunity-chronic stress can double your risk of catching a cold because it weakens your body’s ability to fight inflammation.
- Keep a happy heart-stress, along with poor diet, and lack of exercise are the major risk factors for heart attacks, high blood pressure, and other coronary complications.
- Maximize your memory & decision making -stress has been shown to damage parts of your brain that are involved with memory and learning, and several studies show it may also accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s. When you’re less stressed, you have a clearer picture of risks and rewards. Stressed out individuals tend to focus only on the positive side of the decision at hand, thus increasing the likelihood for impulsive actions.
- Keep off the pounds-no surprise here, stress makes it harder for us to resist comfort foods and can even encourage junk food cravings.
- Decrease depression-chronic stress can kill brain cells and possibly prevent the creation of new ones in the area of the brain that handles a healthy response to stress.
- Slim your stroke risk-a study done at Cambridge University in 2007 showed that lower stress levels led to a 24% lower risk of stroke!
- Ban the breakouts-stress has been shown to increase oil production and thus exacerbate skin problems like acne and psoriasis.
Tell us! What tips work for you to keep the stress away?
This week is National Dental Assistants Week, where we recognize dental assisant’s dedication to their profession and patients. Did you know that the first dental assistants in 1885 were called “Ladies in Attendance”?
The pioneer dentist who first introduced dental assistants was Dr. C. Edmund Kells, who had his wife help him around his practice, from cleaning up after procedures, keeping teeth dry for fillings, and to mixing dental materials. His practice continued to flourish since he was able to see more patients in a day, which prompted him to hire an additional assisant, Malvina Cueria. This was also a huge step for women’s rights since women were now able to visit Dr. Kell’s office unaccompanied by their husbands. She later would become a trustee for the American Dental Assisants Association in 1953. This Association was founded by Juliette Southard who in 1911 was one of the first permanent dental assisants. Check out the outfit worn by one of these early “Ladies in Attendance” in this drawing, a far cry from scrubs!
Green isn’t just for St. Patty’s day this March, it’s also for your plate! It’s National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme, “Get Your Plate in Shape”, helps show people how eating more fruits and vegetables, along with watching portion size can positively impact their lives. We know that when you’re rushing around in your scrubs, working a 12-hour shift it’s not always easy to have a balanced meal, so here are some ideas for nutritious on-the-go snacks that will help keep energy levels high:
- Natural peanut butter and apples (or celery, bananas…)
- Greek yogurt
- Homemade trail mix with your favorite nuts or dried fruits
- Kashi TLC crackers and a Laughing Cow cheese wedge
- Luna Bars
- Frozen grapes (perfect for a summer cool-down)
- Raw veggies and hummus or guacamole
- Toasetd pumpkin seeds (one of our favorite brands is Eden Foods Spicy!)
- Edamame (packs a powerful punch of fiber and protein)
If you want to learn more about making healthier lifestyle choices straight from nutrition professionals visit http://www.eatright.org/. They also have a section on creative ways to get kids excited about healthy options!
Tell us…what’s your favorite nutritional snack for an afternoon or mid morning pick-me-up?
Today we celebrate National “Love Your Pet Day”…but come on, isn’t every day? Even those days when you come home to find toilet paper confetti, your shoe collection “reorganized”, a nice big muddy pawprint on your nursing scrubs, or your flower beds “replanted” our pets are still able to remind us of what’s really important. So when you get home (or those of you already home for President’s Day) give your pet an extra treat today, or maybe even a spot on the bed!
On that note, I’d like to introduce you to a few of the Pets of UA:
(From left to right): MaggieLu, Riley (&Sarah), Ulysses, Roxy (&Lori), Max, Gertie, LuLu, Brooke, Darla, Guiness, Negro, Sophie (&Kristen), Cooper Andres, Fifi, Max, Jasper, Pixie, and Nami
Today is the day we take a minute out of our busy days and remember how good it feels to pay it forward. That’s right…it’s Random Acts of Kindness Day! We’ve all seen the tearjearker movie centered around the concept, but in the hustle and bustle of daily life it’s easy to forget how great it feels to do something above and beyond for a friend, family member, or even a stranger! Did you know there is even a Random Act of Kindness Foundation?! They post a different creative idea daily to inspire people to be nice and help out: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/Kindness-Ideas/Browse/.
It’s not that hard—really! These acts can be as simple as returning a shopping cart, holding a door open, and being nice to your co-workers (hint: compliment them on how nice they look today in their scrubs!).
Tell us…what’s the nicest random act someone has done for you or you’ve done for someone else?
Cupid’s arrow is only a few weeks away, and the folks at Uniform Advantage are starting to get in the spirit, so we thought we’d share a few of the things we love most about this sweet (tooth in our case!) holiday:
1. Candy hearts
2. Chocolate! (we’re starting to sense a pattern here….)
3. Handmade Valentine’s from kids (homemade is always the way to go on this holiday!)
4. Heart Lollipops
5. UA XO Girl Mock Wrap Scrub Top (flirty, fun, and in our discount scrubs section—what’s not to love!)
This year on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, January 16, numerous organizations nationwide are viewing this commemorative day as a day on, not off. The purpose is to unify America through social service just as Dr. King envisioned. Opportunities to serve include, but aren’t limited to: park and school beautification, job fairs for economic opportunity, serving meals, youth mentoring, and support of military families and veterans. Also be sure to check your local paper or online news source for parades, concerts, educational programs, and artistic displays in support of Dr. King’s life and visions for equality and social justice. Use this link to find a project near you.
Below are a few biographical facts about Dr. King’s life and legacy:
- 1957-At age 28 he helps found Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
- 1963-At age 34 he made the “I Have a Dream” speech at the historic March on Washington for jobs and freedom, attended by 200,000 protestors
- 1963-At age 34 Time magazine named Dr. King as “Person of the Year”
- 1964-At age 35 King won the Nobel Peace Prize and Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing segregation in public accommodations and discrimination in education and employment
- 1968-At age Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4that a Memphis sanitation men’s strike while standing outside with Jesse Jackson & Ralph Abernathy
- King was survived by his widow Coretta Scott King, who would go on to start the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social change
- 1986-The first Federal Martin Luther King holiday was celebrated
- 2006-Coretta Scott King makes the last speech of her life on January 14th during MLK Jr. celebrations and passes away on January 31st