Uniform Advantage designs a “Tree of Hope White” Scrub Print to spread awareness about Pancreatic Cancer

The top 5 causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States per healthguidance.org are broken down below: The Top 5 Killer Cancers in the US reported by the American Cancer Society and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Pancreatic Cancer, being the fourth is anticipated to become the second around 2020! This was found in the American Cancer Society’s findings as well as the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Report titled “The Alarming Rise of Pancreatic Cancer Deaths in the United States.”

These 2 organizations also reported some more alarming facts:

  • The location of the pancreas deep in the abdominal cavity is a factor HINDERING EARLY DETECTION of pancreatic cancer.
  • Pancreatic cancer is the eighth most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the eleventh most commonly diagnosed in men.
  • In 2015, an estimated 48,960 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, and approximately 40,560 will die from the disease.
  • Pancreatic cancer is one of the nation’s deadliest cancers, with a five-year SURVIVAL RATE OF JUST 7 PERCENT. An estimated 72 percent of patients will die in the first year of diagnosis.
  • High-priority research areas being explored in pancreatic cancer include identifying biomarkers for early detection using registries of patients with a family history of pancreatic cancer, developing drugs that target specific gene mutations, understanding how the tumor microenvironment alters drug delivery and harnessing the immune system for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

This is why Uniform Advantage wants to help! With these scary statistics, this disease needs more funding, resources and attention so that more people are educated about it. If you know of anyone that has been diagnosed with this cancer, help is available through great organizations like the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. They were founded in 1999 as a “nationwide network of supporters working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.” Uniform Advantage is one of their newest supporters and has donated over $3,000 to help fight pancreatic cancer. $1 from the sale of each of their Tree of Hope White scrub tops and jackets will be donated.

This Spring 2015, Uniform Advantage will be donating $1 from the sale of each “Tree of Hope White” print to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in support of the fight against pancreatic cancer.

About Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase survival for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative — The Vision of Progress: Double Pancreatic Cancer Survival by 2020. Together, we can Wage Hope in the fight against pancreatic cancer by intensifying our efforts to heighten awareness, raise funds for comprehensive private research, and advocate for dedicated federal research to advance early diagnostics and better treatments and increase chances of survival. For more information, go to http://www.wagehope.org. For more information, please visit www.pancan.org.

Help us spread awareness about this cancer and together, let’s help achieve Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s vision of doubling survival by 2020!

Uniform Advantage designs a Dance for Autism White Scrub Print to spread awareness about Autism

Uniform Advantage designs a Dance for Autism White Scrub Print to spread awareness about Autism

Last Fall 2014, we designed a cause awareness print to spread awareness about Autism and donated monies from the sale of our Autism Awareness White scrub prints to a designated charity. This Spring, we are continuing to spread awareness , through our Dance for Autism White scrub prints because it affects so many children, 1 in 68. $1 from the sale of each Dance for Autism White scrub top and scrub jacket will be donated to Generation Rescue, making our total contribution to over $2,600. This gift will go towards the funding of a medical treatment for one individual.

Uniform Advantage designs a Dance for Autism White Scrub Print to spread awareness about Autism

There is no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at this time but early detection and treatment at a very young age can help improve a child’s life overall, starting with their diet. Generation Rescue was created because the founding partners and husband and wife, JB and Lisa Handley were affected by their son, Jamison’s journey with Autism. They both also co-produced a documentary film entitled “Autism Yesterday.” Julie Matthews, an autism nutrition specialist said “the road to autism recovery begins with a diet.” Specific foods that have gluten and casein are known to cause serious issues for children affected with Autism and should not be consumed. Julie says a diet without them will “help balance a child’s biochemistry, affect systemic healing and provide relief of autism symptoms.”

Autism was proposed solely as a brain disorder, demonstrating that it begins and ends in the brain. Per Julie, “Through the array of common physical symptoms observed and the breakthrough work of the Autism Research Institute, a more appropriate “whole body disorder” (the brain is affected by the biochemistry generated in the body) perspective of autism has emerged.” Children with autism experienced physical symptoms like bloating, GI pain, constipation, diarrhea, recurring infections, not sleeping properly and inflammation and pain. Autism displayed physical as well as behavioral symptoms and proved that it could not be diagnosed as only a brain disorder. When autism is classified as a whole body disorder, then the bigger picture emerges of how a child’s body and cells affects his or her brain and how it is connected to their diet and biochemistry. Our gut breaks down our food so we can have the necessary nutrients needed to support biochemistry and allow the brain to function as it should. Our gut is an essential piece in understanding and managing autism.

On Generation Rescue’s site, they have posted a detailed nutrition/how to begin guide that will help parents not be overwhelmed. They are shown the tools here and can prepare a game plan on where to start in managing their kids’ gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diets. Below is an excerpt and you can click here for more information:

Sources of GLUTEN to Avoid

Gluten Grains:

Wheat

Rye

Barley

Spelt

Kamut

Triticale

Oats (commercial)

GF oats are available

 

Gluten Containing Ingredients and Foods:

Semolina

Malt

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Proteins *

Dextrin and maltodextrin *

Artificial flavors & coloring *

“Spices” *

Soy sauce (unless wheat-free) *

Potato chips/fries *

Sauces and gravies *

Bologna and hot dogs *

* May contain gluten, unless specified gluten-free

 

Sources of CASEIN to Avoid

Casein is found in all animal milk products (cow, goat, sheep milk, etc.), such as:

Milk

Cheese

Yogurt and kefir

Butter

Cream

Ice cream

Sour cream

Whey

 

Casein Containing Ingredients and Foods:

Milk chocolate

Sherbet

Galactose

Casein, Caseinate

Lactose in seasoning

Lactalbumin, as natural flavor
Artificial butter flavor

Cool Whip

Lactic acid *

Canned tuna *

Seasoned potato chips *

Hot dogs and bologna (may contain) *

* May contain casein

 

Here Are Some Initial Steps for Implementing GFCF:

1. Experiment. Before removing anything, introduce GFCF alternatives such as rice pasta, GF waffles, and other GFCF foods and snacks-this will support the elimination portion later. Try some prepared foods and mixes. Find options you child likes and that you can substitute later during implementation.

2. Explore GFCF resources (books, cookbooks, videos, autism websites) to become familiar with the diet and learn helpful ideas, what to expect, and what foods are allowed. Watch instructional videos – many available at YouTube.

3. Create a meal plan—a list of gluten-free and casein-free foods, meals, and snacks your child will eat or that you would like to make on GFCF.

4. Shop for foods according to meal plan, as well as purchasing GFCF flours, milks, and other cooking staples.

5. Then, begin eliminating one at a time:

Start with the elimination of casein—for two weeks, then…

Remove gluten and continue both (gluten-free and casein-free) for three to six months.

About Generation Rescue

Generation Rescue is a national non-profit organization providing immediate treatment assistance, information and hope to families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Their vision is to provide families with a better quality of life and help stop autism in future generations. Generation Rescue was founded in 2005 by JB and Lisa Handley, parents of an autistic child who were looking for autism support resources. The information they learned from other parents about how to treat the underlying symptoms of autism, in order to improve a child’s quality of life, became the inspiration for Generation Rescue. Generation Rescue educates, supports, advocates and truly empowers families affected by autism to achieve a better quality of life today and encourages healthy choices for future generations. Generation Rescue currently helps more than 25,000 families yearly affected by autism spectrum disorders – offering programs nationwide that provide services on a local level and providing mentors in 39 countries around the world. For more information, please visit http://generationrescue.org/.

It is estimated to cost at least $17,000 more per year to care for a child with Autism compared to a child without it. Let’s band together and spread the word more to help manage this incurable condition!

Scrubs for a Cause: Enter to win a $25 E-Gift Card

Scrubs for a Cause with Uniform Advantage

Happy Monday!

As you know, Uniform Advantage partners with many charities throughout the year. We design scrubs every Fall and Spring to help spread awareness about several medical conditions affecting millions of people and our healthcare communities daily. We have been contributing to designated charities to help with medical research and funding treatments for individuals affected with the hope of eradicating these medical conditions one day. We are constantly looking for causes to design for and would love your feedback to expand our donation efforts! Other than Breast Cancer Awareness, Childhood Cancer Awareness, Cancer Awareness, Autism and Diabetes, what cause is near and dear to your heart?

Answer this question for a Chance to Win a $25 E-Gift Card!

Below are the instructions on how to enter the contest on Facebook and our Blog. It involves 3 easy steps:

1. LIKE this post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UAScrubs

2. SHARE our Scrubs for a Cause Contest post on your own wall

3. COMMENT on the Facebook post by answering this question: Other than Breast Cancer Awareness, Childhood Cancer Awareness, Cancer Awareness, Autism and Diabetes, what cause is near and dear to your heart?

Below are the instructions on how to enter the contest on our Blog.

1. FOLLOW our Blog.

2. COMMENT on this post by answering this question: Other than Breast Cancer Awareness, Childhood Cancer Awareness, Cancer Awareness, Autism and Diabetes, what cause is near and dear to your heart?

 

Once all Facebook/Blog comments are in and confirmed that you shared our contest post, we will randomly choose 1 winner (using woobox.com), who will then receive a $25 E-Gift Card from us!

 

The contest ends Tuesday 10th February, 2015 at 11:59pm EST and we will announce the winners after 10am EST on Wednesday 10th February, 2015 on our Facebook page and Blog.

 

Important Notes:

•Contestants who have won a Uniform Advantage contest within the last 6 months are not eligible to win.

•Prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses due to varying international shipping rates and customs charges (you can enter as an international customer if you have a friend or family member with a U.S. shipping address that we can send your prize to).

•Selected contestants have 3  business days to respond to their “winner’s facebook message or Blog message” after which point they forfeit their prize to another contestant.

 

Thank you for your participation!

Uniform Advantage partners with The Children’s Heart Foundation to help save children’s lives from congenital heart disease

In joining forces with The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF), it was amazing to learn that congenital heart defects is the #1 birth defect in the world. It is sad to see so many babies born with this condition and many not even live past their 1st birthday….but with the advancement of medical care and CHF’s research, it is encouraging to see more babies living longer with a better quality of life!

So what exactly is a congenital heart defect?

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth. Common examples include holes in the inside walls of the heart and narrowed or leaky valves. In more severe forms of CHDs, blood vessels or heart chambers may be missing, poorly formed, and/or in the wrong place.

According to CHF, did you know that with every dollar the government spends on medical funding, only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research which is why they play such a critical and instrumental role?? They are the only organization that was created to exclusively fund congenital heart defect research and has funded over $6.3 million of important, life-saving research since its inception!

Facts from The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF):

  • Congenital heart defects are the world’s #1 birth defect. Nearly one out of every 100 babies is born with a CHD.
  • Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States.
  • An approximate 100-200 deaths are due to unrecognized heart disease in newborns each year. These numbers exclude those dying before diagnosis.
  • Nearly 40,000 infants in the U.S. are born each year with CHDs.   Of the nearly 4 million infants born in the United States each year, approximately 3% have some type of birth defect. CHD’s are the most common birth defect, occurring in about 1 in 100 births or nearly 1% of births.
  • Thanks to improvements in survival rates, the number of adults living with CHDs is increasing. It is now believed that the number of adults living with CHDs is at least equal to, if not greater than, the number of children living with CHDs.

We wanted to show a featured project of CHF so that you can see how their research has impacted a child’s life like Gael’s…..

The Children’s Heart Foundation issued a $71,000 grant to Christopher Caldarone, M.D. at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada for his research study entitled: “Understanding Right Ventricular Physiology in Tetralogy of Fallot.” (2013)

Do you know a child with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)? This featured research project aims to understand the abnormalities in heart muscle function found in children with TOF.

What the research means:
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a common congenital heart defect that involves a ventricular septal defect (hole in the heart), abnormal thickening of the muscle on right side of the heart, and abnormalities in the major blood vessels carrying blood away from the heart.  Children typically undergo corrective surgery as an infant, but often require subsequent interventions to prevent against right heart failure.

In the immediate post-operative period, some children experience a complicated course that involves depressed heart function requiring a more complicated stay in the intensive care unit. Why some children experience this remains unknown. This research will look at how the heart muscle of children with TOF functions to better understand abnormalities found in children with TOF.

The research can ultimately impact the care of these children in the intensive care unit and improve strategies aimed at minimizing myocardial damage associated with surgery. This can potentially have an impact on the need for future interventions and subsequent long-term outcomes.

Meet Gael: Gael was born in 2011 with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). At 6 months old, Gael had open heart surgery. Today, Gael does not allow his condition to define him or limit what he can do. CHF is dedicated to help fund CHD research that is designed to find better and more effective ways to help children like Gael, and give them an opportunity to grow up and live a full and happy life. Dr. Caldarone’s research is a step in the right direction to help children like Gael in the future.

Meet Gael, a child impacted by The Children Heart's Foundation research

Now who can resist this smile??

We were happy to get on board and support! With the exception of Breast Cancer, all of the charitable organizations we donated to this Fall, involved helping children because they are our future and need so many resources and funding. Uniform Advantage donated $1 from the sale of each of its Healthy Heart Black prints and contributed over $2,000.00.

Uniform Advantage partners with The Children's Heart Foundation to help save children’s lives from congenital heart disease

About The Children’s Heart Foundation

Established by Betsy Peterson in 1996, The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is the country’s leading national organization solely committed to congenital heart research funding. Since 1996, CHF has funded 58 research projects with more than $6.3 million. CHF is a national 501(c)(3) tax‐exempt charitable organization that does not receive any government funding. The goal of the foundation is to bring health, hope and happiness to children and families impacted by congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect in the United States. This objective is accomplished by funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. For more information, please visit: www.childrensheartfoundation.org.

Because CHF plays an important role in advocating for increased child heart disease research, you can play your part in contacting your legislators to ensure funding is allocated for the Congenital Futures Act and to support funding for this research. You can click here for more information. As a united and larger voice, we can increase the quality of life for many children affected……what say you?

Uniform Advantage partners with Action for Healthy Kids to help fight against Diabetes in Kids

Uniform Advantage partners with Action for Healthy Kids to help fight against Diabetes in KidsAccording to Action for Healthy Kids, one in three kids is overweight or obese – putting them at risk for diabetes and other serious health issues. If this trend continues, this generation will be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.

WOW!!

This is a very scary statistic and it really reflects our culture and society in the last 10 years. Parents are working longer hours or multiple jobs and less time is being spent with their kids. As a result, they do not play outside enough or are less involved in extracurricular activities and the pace that technology and electronics have advanced, they are now consumed with these instead.

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Diabetes Association. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but children, teens or young adults are diagnosed more than adults by this condition. The body makes little or no insulin and daily injections of insulin are required.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage donated $1 from the sale of each of its Diabetes Awareness White prints and will be contributing over $2,500.00 to help fight against Diabetes in kids.

Uniform Advantage has partnered with Action for Healthy Kids for Fall 2014 and donated $1 from the sale of each “Diabetes Awareness White” print scrub top and jacket towards the fight against diabetes.

 

About Action for Healthy Kids

Founded in 2002 by former US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, Action for Healthy Kids fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. In 2013, AFHK programs impacted more than 29,000 schools and 12.9 million children. AFHK’s work is augmented by 80,000+ dedicated volunteers and champions, collaboration with a national partner coalition of more than 90 organizations, and in-depth knowledge of producing transformative change to make Every Kid Healthy™.

Game On

Action for Healthy Kids’ “Game On” program is designed to challenge America’s schools, their staff, students and families to make a daily choice of including healthy food choices in their diet and physical activities. Why? Because healthy kids learn better. AFHK’s signature school wellness program, Game On equips schools with the resources and information to earn healthy-school certification through the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge recognition program.

A detailed evaluation of the Game On program revealed that:

  • 84% of students reported increasing their physical activity levels before school
  • 88% of students reported increasing their physical activity after school
  • Kids demonstrated that they knew what foods to eat and made better food choices at home and at school
  • 95% of schools made changes to their wellness practices as a result of Game On

 

Uniform Advantage is excited to make a difference and help energize tomorrow’s leaders! Let’s help reinforce to our kids on a daily basis to make better choices so they will live to build a better future!

 

Team UA partners with American Cancer Society’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer for the 6th year in a row!

Team UA Making Strides Walk in Fort Lauderdale, FloridaOn Saturday October 11th, Team UA was in full force with approximately 55+ staff members, family and friends to participate in American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer local walk in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The outpouring of support and great weather made it a great Pink Day! It is our 6th year walking and helping in fundraising efforts since 2009. As of October 14th, we have raised $1,160 and are steadily moving towards our month end goal of $5,000.00. What is more fabulous, is that our amazing company Uniform Advantage will match every $1 dollar contributed!

To raise funds, Team UA has embarked on several initiatives at our Corporate Headquarters:

  • Ice Cream Socials
  • Hawaiian themed Potluck
  • Cupcake sale
  • Team Uniform Advantage American Cancer Society’s Page – If this cause is dear to your heart, we would love your support to help us reach our goal.
  • UAScrubs Facebook Campaign – Every new Facebook page “LIKE” we receive in the month of October, Team UA is going to donate $1 to Making Strides! We started October 1st with 62,777 likes and we are at 63,745 to date on October 16th. We have 968 new likes so far.

We are going to continue the momentum and help raise monies and awareness and provide funding to those affected by this intimate and emotional disease. We want to shout out a HUGE THANK YOU to all staff members who attended the walk and contributed personally to this cause! Check out these pics from our walk and all who got their Pink On!

American Cancer's Society Making Strides Walk in Fort Lauderdale, FloridaTeam UA Making Strides Walk in Fort Lauderdale, Florida American Cancer Society Making Strides Walk in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Team UA Making Strides Walk in Fort Lauderdale, Florida American Cancer's Society Making Strides Walk in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Team UA Making Strides Walk in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Team UA Making Strides Walk in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Team UA Making Strides Walk in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Team UA in Full Force at American Cancer Society's Making Strides Walk in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to continue raising awareness for early detection

Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation   to continue raising awareness for early detection

 

National Cancer Institute’s definition of Breast Cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast. The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the lining of the milk ducts (thin tubes that carry milk from the lobules of the breast to the nipple). Another type of breast cancer is lobular carcinoma, which begins in the lobules (milk glands) of the breast. Invasive breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread from where it began in the breast ducts or lobules to surrounding normal tissue. Breast cancer occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.

Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2014:

  • New cases: 232,670 (female); 2,360 (male)
  • Deaths: 40,000 (female); 430 (male)
  • Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in US women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

There are scary facts for this type of cancer prevalent in women! But, when it is found early, according to the National Cancer Institute….

  •  In the localized stage, the five year survival rate is 98%.
  • Over 2.9 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the US today.

How awesome are these statistics! The key is EARLY DETECTION.

How do you do that? Start today by creating an Early Detection Plan at earlydetectionplan.org. You will receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history.

Steps to Preventative Care:

  1. Educate yourself about Breast Cancer – the symptoms and signs. Click here to learn more.
  2. Perform Breast Self-Exams every month. You will discover patterns and will be able to determine changes if any occur and need to be checked by your doctor right away.
  3. Get a Pap Smear every year. Breast exams are performed by your doctor and they will check for lumps or any other physical changes as part of their routine check.
  4. Get a Mammogram once you turn 40 and/or older than 40 every 1-2 years. A Mammogram is an x-ray of your breast tissue that is examined by a qualified specialist. The breast is exposed to a small dose of radiation and produces an image of the tissue. According to NBCF, a mammogram can often show a breast lump before it can be felt. They also can show tiny clusters of calcium called microcalcifications. Lumps or specks can be caused by cancer, fatty cells, or other conditions like cysts. Further tests are needed to find out if abnormal cells are present.
  5. Review your diet and choose healthier choices that will keep your body more alkaline. Cancers are formed in acidic body environments. All vegetables, fruits with the exception of cranberries, protein and beverages like tea (green tea, dandelion tea, ginseng tea), fresh squeezed juices except cranberry and freshly made vegetable juices all contribute al an alkaline environment. Check out Jillian Michael’s site for more details.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage contributed over $5,000.00 by donating $1 from the sale of 2 of our prints: Pink Spin Black and Pink is Perfect Black prints to help join the war against breast cancer!!

Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation   to continue raising awareness for early detection for Fall 2014

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.  A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for ten years, NBCF provides women Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org.

Check out this video resource on BeyondTheShock.com®. Beyond The Shock is a collaborative breast cancer guide created by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF) with the support of the finest medical experts, doctors, and researchers in the world. NBCF utilized ground-breaking technology and the resources of the global medical community to create an accessible platform for understanding a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Hear Bonnie’s inspirational story and learn more about how she overcame breast cancer.

We welcome your support! Let’s educate ourselves more, get constant checkups and squash the war against Breast Cancer for good!