Uniform Advantage’s Family Holiday Traditions

Uniform Advantage's Family Holiday TraditionsThe holiday season is a time when families build lifelong memories through traditions. Some have been passed on through generations and some are added each year. These traditions help you bond and reconnect with loved ones, friends and neighbors.

Here at Uniform Advantage offices are decorated, the halls are decked out and it seems like every day someone in some department is bringing in holiday “goodies” to share. The Company treats us to a wonderful Holiday Luncheon and there’s a “Secret Santa” to participate in. We truly feel like a “family” here.

We’ve asked our coworkers to share their favorite family traditions and here are some:

Tamara: On Christmas night my family and I do karaoke and games like Wii and board games. We really look forward to that part of the night.

Johnnie: My family normally eats 3 sit down meals on Christmas Day. The tradition comes into play as 3 different households each year are assigned (or can volunteer) for the task of preparing either breakfast, lunch or dinner for the entire family. It has become one of the most anticipated holiday things we’ve grown to love and enjoy.

Alyssa: Even though we’re all Jewish in my family, we still appreciate the beauty of Christmas lights. So, every year we tune the radio to the Christmas station and all six of us drive around looking at the lights and walking around those big houses with the crazy, amazing light displays. We also ALWAYS make latkes and rugelach. And, of course, we light the menorah and exchange gifts. We wrap milk bones for dogs each of the eight nights as they have come to associate candles with presents.

Athena: In Greek culture, every New Year’s Day we bake a Tiropita. This is basically a filo dough pie that is large and flat like a pizza. We cut it into slices and each family member gets one slice. There is a quarter baked into the pie but no one knows where it is. So as each person get their slice, we inspect them before eating to find the quarter. The person with the quarter is known as the lucky one for that year in the family. Then we eat!

Melody: Some of my favorite traditions include watching “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Love Actually,” having a big meal with family and opening one gift on Christmas Eve night.

Karen: I love baking and making candy to give as gifts and share with family and friends. I have made the same pumpkin bread recipe for 45 years. Christmas CDs go on in my car Thanksgiving weekend. We watch as many Christmas movies and specials as we can with our Grandson. And we love to see what his “Elf on the Shelf” will do. Our newest family tradition is to take our grandson to pick a name from the “Angel Tree” at the mall and shop for the gift being asked for.

Ayanna: Decorating the tree the day after Thanksgiving and opening one present on Christmas Eve.

Robin: My family ALWAYS puts on the TBS marathon of “A Christmas Story.” It’s always playing in the background while we cook, eat, wrap presents, etc. My family can pretty much quote the entire movie. Another tradition my family has is having an Italian Christmas. With Thanksgiving only a month before Christmas, we have turkeyed ourselves out. As a big, loud Italian family, we adopted celebrating with tones of Italian dishes. I’m thinking of making cannoli from scratch this year.

Anonymous: I love giving “secret” gifts.

What are your favorite family Holiday traditions?

 

Introducing our UA FAN-tastic Holiday Contest: A Month of Mystery!!

Uniform Advantage FAN-tastic Holiday Contest: A Month of Mystery!

The holidays are a time to be thankful and all about giving, and here at Uniform Advantage, we are thankful for all of our fans, customers, and clients!

To give back and say thanks, we are treating our fans with a FAN-tastic Holiday Contest!

By participating on our Facebook page through the month of December, you could win some great mystery prizes! HURRY – the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win!

The contest launches 12/1 and ends 12/26 at midnight EST. We will announce the winners every Monday.

How can you earn points for this FAN-tastic Contest?

Entering is Easy and only 3 steps:

  • “Like” our Uniform Advantage Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/uascrubs
  • Enter into our “FAN-tastic Contest” using the App at the top of our Facebook timeline
  • Contribute on our Facebook timeline through comments and “likes”

Facebook Contest Rules:

Daily Comment and Posting Limit

  • In order to avoid any person getting banned due to their comment amount, the following limits are in place: comment on our Facebook page up to 3 times per day and/or “like” a comment, picture, or post up to 4 times per day.

Post Relevance to Topic

  • Points are awarded based on quality, so stay on topic and make comments relevant to the wall posts posted by Uniform Advantage.

Winner Eligibility

  • This contest is open to contestants who are 18 or older, reside in the United States, and are actively employed in or are pursuing a degree in the medical field. Contestants who have won a Uniform Advantage contest within the past 6 months are not eligible. Uniform Advantage employees are not eligible.

*We reserve the right to modify the rules and the contest at any time without notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Are Points Calculated?

  • Facebook posts, comments and likes are all worth 1 point each, but don’t just try to create the most posts and comments. Your score is weighted by the quality of your participation.
  • Higher quality activity (on topic and engages with the community) will earn extra points.
  • Lower quality activity (off topic and spam) will earn fewer points.
  • Having consistent activity over time is more valuable that repeatedly performing the same action.

How Long Does it Take for Points to Update?

  • Please be patient…there is a time lag between your actions (commenting or liking) and when your point total changes. It takes between 12-24 hours depending on various factors for these actions to translate into leaderboard points.

What are the Prizes?

  • 1 grand prize winner each week will receive a $50 UA gift card PLUS a mystery prize!
  • 2 random contestants each week we will receive a mystery prize!

Post Restrictions

  • If a contestant goes over the daily posting limit, they will be warned. If excessive posting continues, they will be disqualified from the contest. The Contest Sponsor also reserves the right to disqualify participants who post spam, offensive or inappropriate language, and/or aren’t actively employed in or pursuing a degree in the medical field.

The more your participate, the higher your chances of winning!

Good Luck!

Uniform Advantage's FAN-tastic Holiday Contest: A Month of Mystery

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?

Brighten up your Holiday Wardrobe with these Holiday Scrub Prints!

Thanksgiving is 2 days away….the Holidays right after! It is a time of fun, happiness, family and friends getting together more and for our healthcare workers, who will be sacrificing personal pleasure to be on call during the Holidays….they will be celebrating at their wards with their medical family at work.

We have listed 9 holiday scrub prints to add some pop and flair to your Holiday wardrobe!

Most of these prints are ON SALE!! Stock up now!

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Bundle Up Hunter Print Scrub Top

UA Bundle Up Hunter Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Bundle Up Wine Print Scrub Top

UA Bundle Up Wine Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Chilling Out Penguins Royal Print Scrub Top

UA Chilling Out Penguins Royal Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Cosmic Snowflakes Black Print Scrub Top

UA Cosmic Snowflakes Black Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Foxy Christmas Navy Print Scrub Top

UA Foxy Christmas Navy Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Light My World White Print Scrub Top

UA Light My World White Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Skating Snowmen Blue Print Scrub Top

UA Skating Snowmen Blue Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Snow Season Red Print Scrub Top

UA Snow Season Red Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Snowboarding Snowmen White Print Scrub Top

UA Snowboarding Snowmen White Print Scrub Top

 What excites you about the Holidays?? We would love to hear!

Uniform Advantage’s Win it Wednesday Contest is here! Get trendy with Spring colors in the Fall…

Uniform Advantage's Win It Wednesday Contest - Grey's Anatomy Medical Scrubs

Introducing UA’s newest colors: Fizz, Splash, and our Exclusive Color: Rosebud! According to Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2015, these colors are soft, cool hues and nature’s naturals. Get trendy with these refreshing seasonless Spring colors that has become out of the box Fall Trends. You can jazz up your wardrobe with these versatile shades beyond the pumpkin and apple season. Your medical scrubs will have more longevity as this trend will overlap into the Spring 2015 season.

Fizz out the old and bring in the new – This blush shade belongs to a nude palette and brings warmth and softness to the Fall season.

 

Make a Splash! – Icy mint is a dreamy color and can be paired with darker shades of Fall as well as throughout the year.

 

I am a blooming Rosebud - This pink is a pretty, fun shade complementing all skin tones and offers a fresh perspective.

 

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win a complimentary Grey’s Anatomy Scrub set courtesy of Uniform Advantage’s Win It Wednesday contest! 

 

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

1. LIKE this post on our Blog and/or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UAScrubs

2. SHARE our Win It Wednesday Facebook contest post on your own wall

3. COMMENT on the Blog Post/Facebook post by answering this question: How are you going to incorporate Spring colors into your Winter wardrobe?

 

Once all Blog/Facebook comments are in and confirmed that you have shared our contest post, we will randomly choose 6 winners (using woobox.com), who will then receive a FREE Grey’s Anatomy Scrub Set. Click here for a preview.

 

The contest ends Monday 24th November, 2014 at midnight and we will announce the winners Tuesday 25th November, 2014 after 10 am EST on Facebook and our 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” after which point they forfeit their prize to another contestant.

 

Thank you for your participation and to Barco Uniforms for sponsoring!

21 things to be thankful for every day

21 things to be thankful for every dayWith Thanksgiving approaching, this is the time many of us take time to reflect on what we are thankful for. For some, the list centers around the holiday itself: family, friends, turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. We’re more “in the moment.”

But when you really think about it, there is so much to be thankful for every day. No matter what your circumstances are, there is always something to be thankful for. Sometimes, it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. Here are some of the things our colleagues at Uniform Advantage are grateful for on a daily basis:

  • Simply waking up each day to enjoy all of my blessings
  • Good Health
  • Having a home
  • Family – whether by blood or those people in your life who make you feel like family
  • Living in America and enjoying all of our freedoms
  • Good friends
  • Pets and their unconditional love
  • The ability to read and learn
  • The opportunity to have received an education
  • A job to come to everyday that they enjoy
  • Money in the bank
  • The weekends
  • The miracles of modern medicine
  • The Internet and always changing technology
  • The ability to help others in need
  • Faith, hope and love
  • For good times and bad times – that we celebrate them or made it through them
  • The senses – sight, speech, hearing, touch, smell, taste
  • Kind strangers
  • The wisdom that comes with age
  • Having balance in my life

What are you thankful for every day?

2014 Holiday gift ideas for medical professionals

Gift Ideas for your Favorite Healthcare Professional

With the holidays approaching quickly, we thought we’d help out with some gift ideas for the medical and veterinary professionals in your life – family, friends, a special nurse, your dentist, vet tech, favorite doctor, physical therapist or any other medical professional you want to acknowledge with a special gift. We’ve come up with some that are unexpected, some medical themed and fun and some that are practical.

The Unexpected:

  • A spa day or treatment – everyone loves a little pampering. Even the guys would love a massage.
  • A “date night” – plan a special night for just the two of you. Whether you cook for that special person or take them out to a favorite restaurant or plan some other activity you know they enjoy. Plan all the details and make all the arrangements….
  • Coupons – they can be for anything – a spa treatment, a week of doing the dishes, groceries or gas for the week, a special meal you know they love
  • A weekend away – even if it’s a “staycation” where you stay in a local hotel and see the sights in your town
  • Books – reading is a source of relaxation for many people. Find out their favorite author and see if they have a website where you can order an autographed copy of their books.
  • Flowers – there are beautiful holiday arrangements at your local florist.
  • “SURPRISE” – most people love surprises – use your imagination and plan something unforgettable!

The Medical Themed and Fun:

We found these on a Pinterest Board titled Medical Crafts and Gifts.

  • Syringe shaped USB cords
  • Band-aid shaped business cards
  • Syringe pens
  • Medical themed iPhone covers
  • EMS Monopoly
  • Hand-painted medical themed martini glass

The Practical – these items are all top sellers available on our website. Enter the Style # in the Search field at the top of our website and Voila!

  • 3M™ Littman® Classic II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #CLASSC2 available in Black, Burgundy, Ceil Blue, Navy, Pearl Pink and Raspberry
  • 3M™ Littman® Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #LTWGHT2 available in Lilac, Black, Burgundy, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue and Seafoam
  • Zensah Unisex Compression Leg Sleeves – Style #ZE6055 available in Electric Purple, Aqua, Magenta, Navy, Beige, Black and Pink in Sizes XS/S, S/M L/XL
  • 3M™ Littman® Cardiology III Stethoscope – Style #CARDIO3 available in Black, Hunter, Navy and Plum
  • Nurse Mates Women’s Compression Trouser Socks – Style #LO883 available in Pink, Ceil Blue, White and Black
  • Prestige Basic Fingertip Pulse Oximeter – Style #PR456 available in Purple, Hot Pink and Black
  • Nurse Mates “Medical Compression” 15-20 mmHg Full Support Pantyhose – Style #881610 available in Nearly Nude and White in sizes A- EE
  • 3M™ Littman® Select Stethoscope – Style #SELECT available in Peach, Pine, Purple, Raspberry, Royal, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue, Black, Burgundy and Ocean Blue
  • Prestige Clinical I Stethoscope – Style #CLINICAL available in Neon Blue, Neon Green, Neon Pink, Black, Navy, Purple and Stealth
  • Nurse Mates 15-20 mmHg Medical Compression Knee Highs – Style #LO8816 available in Black, Nude and White in Sizes A/B, C/D
  • Nurse Mates “Why Nurses Rock” Scoop Tote Bag – Style #LO914WNR
  • Nurse Mates Black Floral Lunch Cooler – Style #LO9284BF

No Time? No Ideas? No Problem! A Uniform Advantage Gift Card is always a great and welcome choice!

Happy Shopping! If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Team and they will be happy to help you!