The Aloha Spirit

I just got back from an amazing vacation. I found myself in Hawaii for a wedding, but it also included a fair amount of free time to explore our amazing 50th State. And what I noticed most about Hawaii was that its whole economy, or at least a good chunk of it, seemed to be centered around themselves as a culture. Not like other states that focus in on a tourist attraction like an amusement park, or a mountain range, or a mall. That’s not to say other states don’t value their whole culture, but Hawaii seems to be awfully proud and awfully good at selling a lifestyle, a mindset, a culture.

It wasn’t just the tourists wearing flowers in their hair, around their necks, or in the form 1506of jewelry like earrings or lapel pins. The locals were just a big a fan of their home state as we visitors were. We learned to surf from locals who used to be just visitors like us, but felt the aloha spirit strongly enough to stay, and I can’t say I blame them. The beauty and the laid back atmosphere in Hawaii was certainly easy to fall into. And the locals were not immune to it.

The personal pride that everyone seemed to take in the landscape and each other in Hawaii was as impressive to me as the ocean and the weather. And it was a huge incentive to bring home some of the aloha spirit with me, in the form of Kona coffee and yes, lapel pins. I mean, come on, would you expect any less?

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Administrative Assistants are Employees of Distinction

You’re calling up a company, on your lunch, with two other projects in front of you, and the first words you hear in the phone are from an automated voice. It’s the worst. Most of us, before that robotic man or woman has even begun to list of the options to dial, have pressed ZERO a half dozen times. Get me to the operator. The secretary. The administrative assistant. THEY can help. And they do. With everything. And as a former administrative assistant myself, I can tell you, it’s a largely thankless job.

Administrative assistants wear every hat in the company at some point. They’re the gateway to your organization, the first point of contact, and you know what they say about S836first impressions! They’re often putting out fires, making connections between departments, keeping track of everyone’s schedules, and generally keeping the entire office machine running without a hitch. If they don’t deserve an appreciation day, nobody does! Thankfully, they do have a day, and it’s next Wednesday the 23rd of April.

Again, speaking from experience, I can tell you that a heartfelt “thank you” can go a long way. But little tokens of appreciation don’t hurt either, like cards, gift certificates, or recognition pins. There are tons of choices out there to make your gift as personalized as you like, with recognition pins for every different quality that administrative professional excel at.

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Infographic: Make Skin Cancer Awareness Month Meaningful

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Autism Awareness Infographic

April is upon us, and that means Autism Awareness. Studies released just last week have indicated that children effected with autism has gone up from 1 in 88 to 1 in 68. This is an alarming jump that needs to be addressed.

The below infographic helps lay out the issues and the ways to help when it comes to autism awareness. From the likelihood of boys to girls, to what sort of awareness ribbons can show your support, check it out and do your part this April.

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National Nutrition Month: Feed Your Body the Right Nutrients to Prevent & Fight Against Cancer

Throughout the year, there are various campaigns and events held in an effort to bring about awareness and promote change. Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?

Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is an educational and informational campaign designed to help promote the importance of making better food choices and developing good eating habits.

While you don’t need a health nutritionist or doctor to inform you of the importance of eating healthy and exercising regularly, not everyone takes into account the significance of healthy habits. It’s usually not until an illness, disease or other health problem arises that we begin to understand the impact a poor diet has on our body.

Did you know that poor diet and lack of physical activity are two prime factors that increase your chances of developing cancer? According to the World Health Organization, at least one-third of all cancer cases are preventable. And the majority of these cases are attributed to a poor diet and lack of physical activity.

How your weight plays a role in cancer risk
Being overweight causes your body to produce and circulate more estrogen and insulin, which1382 stimulate cancer growth. It increases your chances of developing cancer including breast cancer, colon cancer and pancreas cancer, among others. Maintaining a healthy weight helps you to reduce your risk of not only cancer, but other chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

Why being physical active matters
While a good diet will certainly help you control your weight, it’s equally important that you exercise regularly. Doing so helps you avoid factors that contribute to the development of cancer such as obesity, inflammation and hormone levels, and insulin resistance, among others. In addition to exercising regularly, there are small changes you can make in your everyday life to help you be more active such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and doing common housework like gardening.

Good nutrition is important during cancer treatment
Following a good diet is not just important to help protect against cancer, but especially for those undergoing cancer treatment. Consuming the right foods and nutrients during and after treatment help you not only feel better but stay stronger.

Nutrition therapy is often used to help cancer patients receive the nutrition their body needs to stay at a good weight, keep body tissue healthy and fight against infections. Also, cancer patients who are well nourished may have a better chance of recovery and quality of life than others.

While cancer is a life-threatening illness, the good news is that you can do something about it. Join in the effort to raise awareness about cancer and the importance of healthy eating. Our cancer awareness ribbons are perfect to help bring about awareness and to show how you care.

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10 Uses For Embroidered Patches

Embroidered patches can be attached to nearly any fabric by sewing, ironing, or even using a simple adhesive. Embroidered patches are a simple and attractive addition to almost any piece of clothing—but don’t stop there! Below are ten unique uses for embroidered patches.

#1: Work uniforms

A traditional use of embroidered patches is on uniforms such as police, fire fighters, or security workers. But really, any workplace can use embroidered patches to display a company logo or employee names on uniforms.

#2: Team spirit

Members of a sports team or club can use embroidered patches on their uniforms, bags or 756other gear to remind their competitors who they are up against!

#3: Where in the world have you been?

World travelers will appreciate building up a collection of embroidered patches from all their travel destinations. Attaching them to a backpack or jacket can be a great conversation starter about your trips!

#4: Keep it in the family

Planning a family reunion? Instead of the traditional t-shirts or hats, consider getting embroidered patches as a souvenir for all your relatives—or, if your family is big enough, using embroidered patches as nametags!

#5: Add personal flair

An embroidered patch that depicts a personal interest, hobby, or passion is a simple way to turn a basic bag or piece of clothing into something that is uniquely yours and lets the world know who you are.

#6: Show off your accomplishments

Kids will be proud to have embroidered patches announcing to the world that they are a sports star, on the honor roll, or the winner of a school or community award. For adults, think about “employee of the month” patches for your star workers.

#7: Support a cause

Let people know what you believe in! An embroidered patch bearing the name or logo of 6702an organization you support is a wonderful way to generate publicity for a cause that is important to you. As an added bonus,you can support many organizations by purchasing their patches.

#8: School spirit

Students can show off their loyalty to their college or school by displaying an attractive embroidered patch in the school colors. These can also be a simple school fundraiser.

#9: Personalize your bag

We’ve all been there: you get off an airplane and stand by the baggage carousel to claim your black duffel bag… only to see a dozen other black duffel bags. An embroidered patch is a great way to make your bag stand out from the crowd!

#10: Easy gift

Traveling somewhere new? Embroidered patches make great gifts: attractive, useful, and easy to pack for your loved ones back home.

What about you? Where have you used embroidered patches?

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A Military Milestone Worth Honoring

On March 3rd, 2014 the United States Navy Reserves will celebrate their 99th birthday. This day should be a time to reflect and thank all the Navy Reserve Sailors who are currently and have previously served the United States abroad and at home. The families, communities, and employers who have and continue to support these special mean and women should also be thanked and remembered. A great way to commemorate this special birthday is to purchase and proudly wear Navy pins.

The Navy Reserves were established on March 3, 1925. At the end of the 19th century, naval militias were organized in a number of states throughout the country. These militias represented the Navy’s manpower reserve and throughout the Spanish-American War107 these units helped in coastal defense and also served aboard United States’ navy ships. The state naval militias were very successful during this war and as a result, were used again during World War I (WWI) and every consequent conflict that the United States has been involved in.

Each conflict, including the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan, has relied on Navy Reservists. These hardworking men and women support the mission of the organization by providing and delivering operational capabilities to the Marine and Navy Corps teams. Furthermore, they support the Joint Forces throughout all military operations during times of peace and war. Members of the Navy Reserves have also worked alongside all branches of our country’s military and service men and women from other countries to perform and carry out missions.

When men and women enlist in our armed forces they are choosing to put their life on the line for our country. This action takes a courageous amount of dedication, bravery, and perseverance. Our service men and women in the Navy Reserves deserve our respect, support and thanks throughout the year because they are a huge reason why as Americans we feel safe and protected.

Navy Reservists continue to be an integral part of our United States’ military and each member should be honored on the organization’s 99th birthday. To show your support and gratitude for the Navy Reserve and their motto of: “Ready Now. Anytime, Anywhere,” display your Navy Pins on March 3rd, and every other day of the year.

 

 

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Feels like six more MONTHS of winter…

This time of year those of us in the colder climates really start to tire of the snow and winter weather. Spring is still weeks away, but Christmas and New Years feel like ages ago, and that slump, there’s no better word for it, starts to take its toll. In our office the cabin fever and the winter doldrums are endemic, as I’m sure are many offices stuck in the polar vortex. But it’s during weeks and months like this one that I at least begin to look forward to the little things: the drive home being slightly sunnier each day are a big one for me. Another thing that crops up in early March is Employee Recognition Day! It’s a great opportunity for offices large and small to shake off the winter pall and put a smile on everyone’s faces.

You can do a number of things to celebrate a day like this, because no matter what yourS836 role in a company is, you get to participate. Having a catered lunch brings people from other departments together who might not otherwise get to interact much on a given day. Or little tokens of appreciation like lanyards or recognition pins can brighten up an office’s day quite a bit, regardless of the weather outside.

Days like this don’t need to be a big production, but putting forth the effort for your work force can do wonders to dispel the sluggishness that often sets in this time of year. Whether it’s coffee and donuts brought in in the morning, or recognition pins left on everyone’s desk to find when they arrive, just a simple positive change in the daily grind can put a whole new spin on things.

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Cancer Awareness Ribbons and PinMart: the infographic!

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Cancer awareness ribbons are a great way to promote fundraising and provide support for those battling cancer. The above infographic gives some great tips and tricks on how to minimize your chances of cancer, and how to do your part for those who do have it.

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Now it’s Personal

World Cancer Day was just a couple of days ago. I write, tweet, and post about it every year, and every year it is something I take seriously, because, and excuse the pun, but cancer is dead serious. But this year, while tweeting, posting and writing about World Cancer Day, I got word of the passing of an old friend from cancer, and my best buddy, my dog, was also diagnosed with cancer. So while I tend to put a lot of emphasis on WCD every year, this year, it’s personal.

Cancer, in the past year, personally effected over 13.7 million Americans. And it is estimated that in 2014 another 1.7 million new cases will be diagnosed. These staggering numbers are why I push awareness ribbons that help raise money for cancer research, why694new PinMart stocks cancer pins, lanyards, and paracord bracelets. My friend, a chemical engineer working on a cancer drug right now, pointed out that cancer drugs can take up to 10 years to perfect for practical use. And if time isn’t enough of an issue, the money required to fund this research for such a long time is astronomical. So things like awareness ribbons, cash donations, and pledge walks are so important.

Chances are you know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. It has touched all of us in some way, some more personally than others, but everyone can point to someone in their lives who has battled cancer. Something so prevalent needs a cure, needs cures, and that’s what awareness ribbons do. It sounds silly, but if everyone who has ever had any brush with cancer personally or through a friend donated to cancer research through something like an awareness ribbon, that would be roughly 314 million donations. And numbers like that are what cure cancer.

Do your part for your friends, your family, your coworkers, your pets. No one deserves the personal knowledge of cancer, and what it can do to a person, a family, or a community.

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