Kick the Nutrition up a Notch in March

National Nutrition Month

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?

We Love Our Pets!

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:

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

Pssst! Pass it On…

RAOK Day

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?

5 Things We <3 About Valentine's Day!

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

Candy Hearts

 

 

2. Chocolate! (we’re starting to sense a pattern here….)

Chocolate

 

 

3. Handmade Valentine’s from kids (homemade is always the way to go on this holiday!)

Valentine

 

 

 

4. Heart Lollipops

Lollipop

 

 

 

5. UA XO Girl Mock Wrap Scrub Top (flirty, fun, and in our discount scrubs section—what’s not to love!)

Style #H68XOG

Style #H68XOG

A Day On Not Off for MLK Jr. Day 2012

MLK Jr

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

Happy? Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th

 

If you didn’t already realize, today is Friday the 13th, a day which is commonly known to be “unlucky”.  But why are people so afraid of this day, which can occur up to three times a year?  In fact, businesses report that approximately $800-$900 million in national revenue is lost each Friday the 13th because people will not shop, travel, dine out, or go to work.  Here are some more fun facts about this day of triskaidekaphobic (the fear of the #13) superstition:

  • Many hospitals and hotels don’t have a room or floor #13
  • More than 80% of high rises don’t have a floor #13
  • Many airports skip the 13th gate and airplanes the 13th aisle
  • Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST and the oxygen tank exploded on April 13, 1970
  • In the Christian Bible, there were 13 people present at the Last Supper, the 13th guest being the one who betrayed Jesus Christ, who died on Friday the 13th
  • The US Navy will not launch a ship on any Friday the 13th

Happy Birthday Louis Braille!

LouisBraille

Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille system, was born on January 4th in 1809.  He lost his eyesight at the age of three in an accident and created this system at age 16 as an alternative to the bulky raised letter alphabet.  Each character in Braille is comprised of six dot positions, in a rectangular shape with two columns of three dots each.   It has been adapted to fit in the digital age with the addition of “eBraille”, to be read on a portable Braille reading device. Louis Braille’s revolutionary method of reading and writing still remains a key reading and writing tool for the blind and visually impaired even today.

Braille Alphabet