Boo! Scare off the Halloween Hazards This Year

Trick or Treat

Since our scrubs see their fair share of hospitals and doctor’s offices, we wanted to make sure you and your family stay safe on the upcoming Trick or Treat trail.  Here is a list we compiled from several sources of basic ways to prevent accidents when energy and excitement levels get batty!

  Visible Vampires:  Trick or treating while it’s still light out is a safe bet for young kids.  If this isn’t an option, here are some easy solutions to illuminate your clan:

  • Glow sticks and jewelry (cheap and can make a costume stand out!)
  • Strips of reflective tape on costumes or bags (found in sporting goods and hardware stores)
  • Small flashlights can help navigate winding driveways and porches where pumpkin luminaries may not be enough

   Stranger Danger: Make sure that those goblins under 12 are accompanied by an adult; those a little older should travel in a big group and have a way of contacting an adult if need be. 

   Treats Not Trips: When candy craze is in full swing it’s easy for kids to forget the rules they already know, so keep them on their feet by:

  • Walking, not running from house to house
  • Using  crosswalks and sidewalks whenever possible
  • Watching out for cars that may be backing up or turning neighborhood corners
  • Making sure their costumes don’t drag to prevent falling or getting too close to lit candles
  • Masks can make it hard for kids to see their surroundings,  try face paint instead (make sure to test in a small area to make sure they’re not allergic and remove before bedtime to prevent skin or eye irritation)

   Candy Caution: Check pumpkin pails for possible tampering or choking hazards before letting kids dig in–also make sure that any homemade treats are from a trusty source.

   Haunted Huddle: As your ghoulish group is getting ready, repeat some key reminders before sugar levels spike and distractions are everywhere.

 

…and lastly, HAVE FUN!  What safety tips do you and your family use to ward off the Halloween Hazards?

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Recap!

Happy Pinktober, everyone! As you may already know, we at UA took part in this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk yesterday to help support those who have been affected by breast cancer and help promote awareness and prevention. Currently, our team has raised over $2,300 and we will continue to raise money throughout the month of October.  At the end of the Month, UA will match all our donations…so we are hoping to reach our goal of at least $5,000!

Many of our friends and Facebook fans were able to attend the event, and some came to see us as we walked (and they scored a free UA pink bra t-shirt!).  Thanks for saying hi!

**If you’d like a chance to win one of our great pink bra t-shirts, visit our Facebook fan page or come back to our blog this Wednesday for a Win-It-Wednesday contest!

Here are some pictures we took at the event:

To see more pictures from the walk, visit our fan page at http://www.facebook.com/UAScrubs.

Thank you everyone who came out and for showing your support!

In order to help us reach our goal of $5,000 even faster, please donate on our Team UA page found here: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCFY12Florida?team_id=994693&pg=team&fr_id=35983.

Happy Howwwllloween Prints!

Happy Howwwloween Month! At the end of this month children and parents will be knocking on neighborhood doors for some much antipated Halloween treats!  So while the kiddies are counting down the days to pillowcases full of candy (and parents looking forward to sugar rushes and sticky fingers!), everyone else gets to celebrate all month long with festive decorations, bedazzled crochet sweaters and themed Halloween Print Tops!

We love this “Good Time Ghouls” Mock Wrap Scrub top because the combination of yellow, black and orange against a pretty purple background…all the perfect mixture for a wearable Halloween themed scrub top that won’t scare anyone away!

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Another thing we can’t forget about the excitement of Halloween for us adults is Halloween themed parties! Every year at our office people will dress up–or get alllll decked out.  The past two years we have had a potluck and contest for costumes. We have some creative people here at UA!  Check out pictures of our Halloween office parties from years past…

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~ Hannah

Pinktober!

Good morning, Happy Monday and Happy Pinktober!

Saturday, October 1st, marked the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and here at UA we are well into our fundraising and support efforts! This Sunday, October 9, several UA Team Members will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.  This is our third year participating in the walk and we hope to see some fellow South Floridians out there!  So far we have raised over $1,700 and hope to continue to raise money all month.  If you’d like to donate through Team UA for the American Cancer Society, you can do so on our Team Page. 

Another way to help show your support throughout the month of October is to wear pink with pride! (I’d like to add that in the spirit of “Pinktober” I am wearing my pink sneakers, pink sweater and pink scarf today to work :)).  We have numerous pink scrub tops and scrub pants along with a variety of Pink Ribbon Tops online at UA.  Check out this beautiful print from Peaches!

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Or show your support with a pink ribbon stethoscope!

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Hope you all have a fabulous week!

~ Hannah

Positive Thinking Day!

Today is Positive Thinking Day, so let’s start the day off right!  Think about all the things that make you smile…because thinking about them will likely bring a smile to your face!  Maybe it’s a warm cup of coffee in the morning? Your family? So many things to think about :) 

Happy Scrubs…a name and brand that exudes positive thinking!  How about this playful top? Hearts an flowers are a favorite!

Cool Charm Sand Mock Wrap Top

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What makes you smile?!

Cheers,

Hannah

 

Remembering 9-11

9-11.  Those are just two numbers that when said together have a whole lot of meaning.  When the date 9-11 comes around or someone says “Nine Eleven,” you can’t help but think about the tragedy that impacted our country ten years ago.  I can pretty much count on the fact that we all remember what we were doing—if not what we were wearing—on 9.11.2001. I sure do.  I was actually in high school at the time.  It was early in the morning and there were about 30 of us starring in disbelief at the television screen during Physics class.  I was wearing a pink polo shirt and a khaki skirt—our uniform at the time.  I remember the day vividly, and I know there are millions out there who do too. 

Out of this terrible tragedy and heartbreak have come numerous heroes that we honor and commemorate every year.  This year marks the 10th anniversary (so to speak) of 9-11 and people all across the country and world are remembering those who gave their lives and those who helped pull us through such a hard time. 

Americans all across the country have their own way of recognizing 9-11 whether it is through a moment of silence or attending an event or tuning into television specials.  One event that took place near us in South Florida yesterday was the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk.  The run was started in 2002 and retraces the final footsteps of firefighter Stephen Siller—last seen running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel carrying 75 pounds of gear on his back while on his way to the World Trade Center to help.  Originally, the run was started as a way for New Yorkers to honor the fallen heroes of 9-11 and it has become a yearly event.  This year to recognize the 10th anniversary of 9-11, the Tunnel to Towers Run was held in 343 cities across the nation—including our hometown Fort Lauderdale.

Here are a couple of pictures from this year’s run in Fort Lauderdale that took place on 9-10-11!

How are you recognizing 9-11 this weekend? Where were you on 9-11-01? Share your story!

~ Hannah

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Over the past 30 years, there has been a nearly 29% increase in diagnosis of pediatric cancer. This increase has resulted in pediatric cancer becoming the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children.  As the list of potential carcinogens continues to grow, we can only anticipate the rate of pediatric cancers to increase as well.  While cures are out there, one of the best ways to help prevent childhood cancer is to take preventative steps.  Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent cancer in children:

  1. Avoid pesticides.  Instead use non-toxic remedies around the house.  Also, removing shoes before you enter your home will help keep chemicals that end up on your shoes stay out.
  2. Use non-toxic products.  Read labels and look for more natural materials!
  3. Clean up indoor air with non-toxic products.  Try using plants to filter your air or window ventilation.
  4. Try to eat more organic and healthier.
  5. Avoid products made with plastic that contain harmful chemicals like BPA.  Use reusable glass or stainless steel instead.

Given this month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted fill you in on a couple ways you can help spread the word and give to the cause of fighting childhood cancer.

1. You can donate to Mira’s Movement, whose missions is to “increase public awareness of the incidence and impact of childhood cancer, to provide resources and support for families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis, and to broaden support for increased federal funding of pediatric cancer and brain tumor research.”

2. This month, Hyundai is giving $200 from the sale of each vehicle in September to 68 hospitals and non-profit organizations in the form of “Hope Grants”.  Through Hyundai Hope on Wheels, Hyundai plans to donate $100,000 to each hospital and non-profit…totaling $6.8 million!  You can also donate directly through Hyundai Hope on Wheels.