Making Strides Fundraiser Wrap-up

As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, so does our Making Strides Fundraiser.  We want to thank all of you who participated in our efforts!  Not only did we raise money for a cause we can all personally relate to, but we also fostered an even greater feeling of community as we all worked together toward this common goal.   Our final amount raised was $2,695 thanks to the generosity of the employees at our retail stores, distribution center, and corporate office, as well as their friends and families.  Uniform Advantage matched this donation for a grand total of $5,390 going to the American Cancer Society!

In addition to the fundraiser, we hosted a Facebook contest for our followers to submit their tips for breast cancer prevention (the participants received our unique UA pink bra t-shirts as a “thank you” for their input).  We want to share with you some of the top responses we received:

  1. Ch-Check It Out: The most popular responses we saw stressed the importance of monthly self exams and yearly mammograms, which are both key to early detection.  We all know how hectic the “day-to-day” can get, so find a reminder that works for you.  There’s power in numbers…maybe schedule your next doctor’s visit with a girlfriend and treat yourselves to dinner afterwards or host a small pink party with a few of your female family members to ensure that no one forgets!
  2. All Together Now: You know the drill…eat right, don’t smoke, limit alcohol intake, protect yourself from the sun, and be physically active.  There is a correlation between overall health and reduced risk of cancer, and an added bonus is the increased endorphins or “feel good hormones”!
  3. We Are Family:  Learn the history of breast cancer in your family tree, not only will this help you understand your risk factors, but it can also be a great way for you and the other women in your family to strengthen your “support system” by being positive influences on each other.
  4. Just The Two Of Us: Several of our contributors referenced studies that show breastfeeding can prevent or lower the risk of breast cancer for some women.  Good for baby and good for mom, win-win!

To mark the end of our “Pinktober” fundraising, we held PINK day at our corporate office—you can check out the pictures below.  You don’t have to wait until next October to do your part for Breast Cancer awareness; the American Cancer Society has events all year round to encourage participation.  From team walks to galas and golf, there is sure to be an event where you can have fun while you help raise awareness!  How did your workplace celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month?

UA Pink Day

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?

Tips for a Non-toxic and Chemical-free Lifestyle + 20% off at LiveESP.com!

BPA, PFCs, PVCs, PFOA, PFOS, EA…what do all these mean?  Thanks to a non-toxic and chemical free company known as Essential Safe Products (ESP), the answers are right at your fingertips! Through their website www.LiveESP.com, ESP focuses on spreading awareness about hazardous chemicals found in many of our everyday kitchen and on-the-go products as well as giving prevention tips & tricks and, most importantly, selling products that are non-toxic and food safe!   Some products they offer include stainless steel cookware, glass bakeware, glass water bottles, stainless steel water bottles, and plenty, plenty more!  Here is one of our favorite products…a BPA Free Glass water bottle!  Super cute and non-toxic to boot!

Glass Water Bottle

Studies have shown that exposure to many hazardous chemicals may lead to a long list of negative health outcomes (including Breast Cancer!).  Given this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, we at UA and LiveESP.com want to promote Breast Cancer Prevention in conjunction with awareness!  So LiveESP.com is giving UA fans a 20% off coupon code to products on their site.  From now until the end of October (10/31/2011), you can get 20% off non-toxic, chemical free and food safe products from LiveESP.com!  Just enter the promotional code NONTOXIC at checkout to redeem this special offer to UA customers!

BPA Free Products

More About ESP…

LiveESP.com is a one-stop-shop for people interested in leading a non-toxic lifestyle in the kitchen and on-the-go.  Their motto “Live ESP. Learn ESP. Love ESP.” consists of three main concepts that provide a framework for the site:

  • Live ESP: The “Shop” section of the site is a place for consumers of all ages to purchase food safe and non-toxic kitchenware and on-the-go products. ESP has cookware, bakeware, tableware, food storage, cook’s tools, kitchen accessories, and on-the-go products to help others at any step in their lifestyle changes.
  • Learn ESP: The “Learn” section of the site is filled with information on harmful chemicals, industry updates, tips and tricks and more valuable information for readers and shoppers as they learn about and make changes towards a healthier lifestyle.
  • Love ESP: The A Cup of ESP blog, Facebook and Twitter pages are a great place to stay connected with ESP and share with others the love for a healthy and non-toxic lifestyle.

We hope you all like this site and that it proves to be as informative as we found it!  And help us spread the word about living a non-toxic and healthy lifestyle by sharing ESP with our friends and family :)

Live, Learn, Love

~ UA

Better Breakfast Month…don’t forget to eat your breakfast!

Mmmm….September is Better Breakfast Month!  Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day: it helps curb mid-morning cravings and give you energy! So if you’re a breakfast-skipper, think twice!  Start this month and give your body the morning energy that it needs.  I asked around the office to find out what kind of “healthy” breakfasts UA employees enjoy in the morning, and here are some of the most popular answers (hopefully to give you ideas too!):

  • fruit
  • whole grain cereal with berries and yogurt
  • egg whites on whole wheat bread
  • rye toast with a banana
  • steel oats or oald fashion oats for oatmeal
  • Special K with sliced bananas
  • turkey bacon and egg whites with green peppers
  • fruit-filled smoothies: low fat vanilla yogurt, frozen banana, orange juice and some type of berry
  • oatmeal with a little cinnamon and Splenda
  • egg whites with a piece of wheat toast and raspberry jam

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

~Hannah

Hairstyle Tips for Work!

When the only wardrobe option you have to wear to work is scrubs, you have the luxury of waking up each morning and not having to think, “What am I going to wear today?” That answer is already laid out for you.  There are prints, solid top styles and various fitted scrub pants, but where do you go from there?  If you wear the same general type of ensemble every day to work, how can you make it look different?

The easiest and most obvious option is to change up your hairstyle.  While yes there are several restrictions as to how you can wear your hear to work in the medical field (such as keeping it out of your face and no extreme colors like hot pink), you can still get creative with it!  Here is a list of ideas to change up your hair and give your scrub uniforms a whole new overall look:

-          A simple ponytail always works.

-          A lovely French braid…you can never go wrong.

-          A thin headband to keep your hair out of your face. Make it a colored headband for some extra flare.

-          Short hair? Try two small side pigtails.  They’re playful and cute and easy to pull together in the morning.

-          Add a French braid to your hairline and pull the rest of your hair back into a ponytail.

-          Twist it, lift it, clip it. In three seconds, your ready!

-          Put up a ponytail and add a fishtail braid.  This look may take a little longer, but it does look beautiful once it’s done.

-          Add a colored or printed ribbon to match your scrubs.

-          Pull your hair back into a tight bun for a sophisticated look.

-          Pull you hair back into a low ponytail and add a pretty barrette.

Hope you enjoyed our short list of hairstyle tips for work! Have any ideas you’d like to share? Let us know! And you can pair your new hairstyle with a cute set of scrubs fresh from our Fall 2011 line :).

~ Hannah

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from UA

Just a little reminder that Father’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re like me, you’ve already ran out of ideas for Father’s Day gifts over the years. He has every electronic gadget out there, he’s already playing golf on Sunday with his buds, breakfast in bed is getting old, so what now? Ever thought about getting him a new set of scrubs? To us, it’s a perfect idea! He’s always going to need them, he will use them every day, they are easy to wash, and you don’t have to break the bank to get them!

We have men’s scrubs from many different brands including our own line of UA Scrubs, Cherokee, Landau and Fashion Seal, so choices are endless when it comes to getting your Father’s Day gift this year. Oh, and a UA gift card or a new stethoscope won’t hurt either!

~ Hannah

The Fabric of Our Lives, with Prices on the Rise!

Over the past several months there have been numerous articles warning consumers about the increase in cotton prices around the world.  Who would have thought such a light, white and fluffy crop would be sticking its sharp thorns into consumer’s wallets at such a rapid rate!?!

A combination of several factors has caused the price of cotton to more than double during the past year.  First, there’s the increase in demand for cotton, which has lead to a shortage of crops.  Additionally, the increase in demand brought in more competition, and more competition + a shortage means higher prices for manufacturers, and in turn, the consumer.  And according to an article in Bizmology this month, the federal government revealed information that an even steeper shortfall in global cotton production is expected for the future.  Finally, dismal weather conditions in India, Australia and Pakistan left significant damage to their cotton crops, resulting in an even greater shortage. 

What does all this mean?  It means that a trickle-down effect will start to impact the price of consumer products over the next year, if it hasn’t already.  The New York Times reported that big companies like Levi’s and Hanesbrands have already started to increase the price of their cotton-based products late last year, due to the increase prices on their end.  Unfortunately, this cotton shortage may end up impacting everything from your favorite pair of jeans to those comfy scrubs you wear to work.  Hopefully things will start to look up over time, but until then, we wanted to keep you in-the-know!