5 Secrets to a great health fair exhibit

Early summer is the perfect time to boost your organization’s visibility at a wellness fair. Want to make sure you draw a healthy crowd to your booth? Follow these expert tips:

* Make sure your booth has strong visual appeal. Colorful, shiny, or fun items will draw people in. So can intriguing displays–say, ones that show how much brighter teeth can become with an in-office whitening treatment or how great skin can look after visiting a dermatologist.

* Address seasonal concerns. Sunburns, chapped lips, and sports injuries are hot topics in hot weather! Stay topical with our Sun & Aloe Pocket Pack, SPF 15 Broad Spectrum Lip Balm, and Gel Tekbeads Hot/Cold Packs.

Promos like our Poly Clean Sport Bottle make great giveaways
Promos like our Poly Clean Sport Bottle make great giveaways

* Offer free screenings. Giving attendees a mini health check is a great way to meet them. Blood-pressure and body-fat assessments are always popular; so are quick chair massages. Utilize your time with them to arrange an office visit and make sure they remember their appointment with our fun “Admit One” Appointment Magnet.

* Have a quick pitch ready as an icebreaker. Find a way to say it in 30 seconds or less (“Hi there, can I share the single biggest mistake you’re probably making when it comes to your dental health?”), and practice it till comes naturally to you. In this case we all know the answer is not flossing; which can be solved with a personalized Tooth Shaped Floss with Keychain.

* Give people a wellness reminder that fills an immediate need. Sturdy, portable drinkware such as our 27-oz. Poly-Clean Sport Bottle will be used regularly, while travel versions of basics such as bandages will go everywhere your potential clients do this summer.

What you need to know about National Celiac Awareness Month [VIDEO]

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Anybody involved in the health or food production industry has had to deal with celiac disease over the past few years. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, nearly 1 in every 100 people are born without the ability to metabolize the carbohydrate gluten. National Celiac Awareness Month is an excellent time for physicians and nutritionists to educate their patients on all the dietary tips they need to manage celiac disease.

One of the hardest things about promoting a gluten-free diet is convincing people their food won’t taste like cardboard. With Myron’s Promotional Kind Energy Bars – Fruit & Nut, your customers can satisfy their nutritional needs and their taste buds.

Along with some tasty treats, Myron’s Customer Loyalty Marketing Postcards can ensure you include equal parts medical information alongside your gluten-free giveaways.

Check back in later for more news from Myron!

Educate and protect your customers on National Melanoma Monday

With warmer weather right around the corner, even your small business might be filled with talk of outdoor activities and plans for summer fun. Between cookouts, hiking trips and sports, there's no shortage of things to do once the sun makes the days longer, hotter and brighter.

However, more time spent outside means that your customers might not be adequately protected from the dangers of radiation from natural light. National Melanoma Monday is May 4, and all small businesses focused on personal health, fitness and beauty should start thinking about ways they can educate and protect their customers against the harms of excessive sun exposure. With the right promotional products and a bit of clever marketing, you can turn this into a day your customers will remember all summer.

A little sun doesn't hurt, but a lot could.A little sun doesn't hurt, but a lot could.

State the facts
There wouldn't be life without the sun, but that doesn't mean that your customers aren't still at risk of developing skin conditions due to overexposure. For many people, the issue isn't that they don't care about the danger, but rather that they're unfamiliar with it in the first place.

Melanoma is a cancer caused by a specific type of radiation that emanates from the sun. All radiation poses a chance to alter cells' chemical composition, and over time, the amount of sun you soak up can cause melanocytes, or cells responsible for the pigments that give skin its differing colors, to become cancerous. That's why it's important to limit the overall amount of sunlight you're exposed to over a lifetime instead of just on certain days.

But how can you get this information into the hands of your customers? It might help to go where people who spend a lot of time outside already are and promote your skin-conscious campaign there. Make sure you have enough promotional products on hand like Myron's Personalized Polyester Visor – Single Color Imprint that not only pushes your brand, but offers your customers a relief from the beating sun. Customize your products with tips to help your clients stay safe in the summer sun and you might see long-term effects on your business. After all, the longer they keep promotional products around and take them with them to the golf course or out in the yard, the more exposure your brand gets.

Test their knowledge
Part of the problem with skin conditions caused by overexposure to the sun's harmful rays is that many people hold misconceptions over how or when they're supposed to protect themselves. If your small business wants to emphasizes its commitment to personal health and wellness on National Melanoma Monday, you might have to get a bit creative to break through to customers.

"Your customers should never use sunscreen below SPF 30."

Though there are plenty of popular products out there that say otherwise, your customers should never use sunscreen below SPF 30. Anything less and the product isn't likely doing anything other than making the skin greasy. With Myron's 1.5-Oz. Promotional Sport Sunscreen with Carabiner (SPF-30), you can give your customers the protection they need while also including a friendly reminder for future purchases in the 6-line imprint area. If this is what your clients are reaching for to save themselves from skin damage this summer, you can be sure they'll remember your small business while they're doing it.

Start planning your National Melanoma Monday strategies today so you can educate and protect your customers all summer long,.

Give the gift of convenience during National Nurses Week [VIDEO]

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Nurses are some of the hardest working people on the planet, but that doesn’t mean they get the help or recognition they deserve. That’s why every business focused on health and wellness should take some time during National Nurses Week May 6th to the12​th to make these health care professionals’ lives feel as appreciated as they should.

Your nurses are the life-blood of your organization; help them stay at the top of their game with Myron’s 1-ounce Personalized Hand Sanitizer Gel in Silicone Holder. The convenient loop design easily attaches to belt loops or key rings to ensure your staff is never more than an arm’s length away from good health.

Patient comfort is your nurses’ primary concern, but who thinks about their comfort during long shifts in cool rooms? Warm them up with thank you messages on our 15-ounceSydney Custom Tumbler and our Port Authority® Microfleece 1/2 Zip Pullovers. These gifts will be daily reminders that their great work is being noticed.

Don’t limit your appreciation to just one day or week. We have hundreds of affordable ways to say thank you all year long!

Focus on reducing stress, injuries during National Nurses Week

Health care reform can be a bit of a buzzphrase with so many political underpinnings surrounding the term, but when you get down to the nitty-gritty of it and meet the doctors and nurses who make it all happen, you might be surprised at what you find out. While legislators debate over multi-billion-dollar funding fixes, it's the frontline clinicians who are making the difference every single day.

That's why it's so important for any organization that employs nursing professionals to show their appreciation for these workers during National Nurses Week. From May 6 to 12, the nation will turn its eyes to the men and women who hold the entire healthcare system together, and you should be stocked with the custom promotional products and in-depth knowledge on the struggles nurses face to get the most out of National Nurses Week. 

It's easy to lose your spark when you work in a hospital every day.It's easy to lose your spark when you work in a hospital every day.

Burnout is real
The public may like to focus on the image of the emergency room doctor who struggles to save each and every life he or she comes into contact with, but it's actually nursing professionals who have more one-on-one contact with patients. While this means a large variety of medical processes are in their capable hands, so much interaction with patients in difficult spots in their lives can cause significant emotional stress, and Shari Schwanzl, vice president of operations and nursing for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, told National Nurses United that burnout in nurses can resemble another well-known condition.

"It's a lot like post-traumatic stress disorder," Schwanzl said. "Your response to these emotional things becomes normal, and it shouldn't be."

Any organization's first step toward reducing burnout among nurses should include ongoing education and outreach programs that provide employees the opportunity to talk about sensitive issues. Providers can also take advantage of National Nurses Week to promote health and wellness through promotional products that give nurses a chance to vent, like Myron's Funny Dr. Custom Stress Reliever. You could also give your employees the gift of convenience with Aluminum Portable Universal Chargers that allow your workers to charge their personal devices on the go after a long day of use at work.

"Nursing assistants sustained 208.4 lost work days for every 10,000 employees."

Nurse the nurses
When patients are admitted to the hospital, they expect nursing professionals to take care of them and not the other way around. However, as data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, nursing professionals make up two of the most often-injured occupations in the U.S. According to 2013 figures, nursing assistants sustained 208.4 lost work days for every 10,000 employees. This means that normal nursing duties of manually manipulating patients poses more harm to the body than the work of police officers, correctional jailors and construction workers. 

What's more, hospitals and other health care providers may not be taking all the steps they could be to help nurses avoid these preventable injuries in the future. Advanced lifting equipment can help reduce the physical burden on nursing professionals, but this might require a significant investment to achieve. That's why many nurses feel like they are not heard by upper management, and why National Nurses Week presents such a valuable opportunity for conversation and progress.

"Every day you call and say, 'We don't have anybody to help us,'" Ashley Moore, R.N., an injured nursing professional at Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek, California, told NPR. "And again it would be the same thing every single day, being jerked around. And by the end of the day, nobody ever came to help us."

If providers can prove to their nursing employees that they're dedicated to looking after them not only during National Nurses Week, but for the foreseeable future, they may see improved care outcomes and patient satisfaction as rewards for their responsible business practices.

4 Secrets of successful health fairs

May 3-9 is North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. Why not host a wellness event for your employees and community members? We’ve gathered the four biggest secrets for making a health fair a huge success–a business-booster, too.

Offer free screenings. Staying in good health can make people more resistant to on- and off-the-job mishaps. So make a few health tests available at your fair–free of charge! Blood-pressure and body-fat checks are always popular, and so are quick chair massages. Help attendees unwind on their own, too, with the gift of Myron’s Custom Star Shape Massager.

Cover your company’s or community’s top safety concerns. Research the types of injuries that most often occur in your business or town, then give presentations on how to avoid them. Try turning it into a word-scramble game (“What should you never climb to the top of: REDLAD”) and promise a free gift to players. Myron’s Travel Ear Plugs in Personalized Case are an affordable option for you to give to one and all for hearing protection on the go!

Reach out to local resources. Ask your local police or fire department, or Red Cross branch, to come conduct a seminar. A station where fair attendants can use a fire extinguisher or see CPR performed on a dummy is bound to draw a crowd. Reinforce these lessons by handing out Myron’s Health Mate Duo Pocket Pal Calendar with Notepad–its valuable reference material includes Red Cross first aid advice, plus tips on healthy eating, vitamins, and more.

Give everyone helpful take-home tools. Myron’s Personalized Champion’s Jump Rope and Logo Quantum Fitness Pedometer make it fun to get more exercise. And with your company’s name and logo on them, they’ll advertise your business, too.

Get ready for National Nurses’ Week!

Ever wonder why National Nurses Week always falls on May 6-12? It’s a tribute to the May 12th birthday of Florence Nightingale, who founded modern nursing. She was a true heroine, but so is every nurse, every day. Show your appreciation for the nurses within your organization with some simple gestures.

Make their mealtimes easier
It’s tough for nurses to go grab something healthy to eat–they’re busy tending to others’ health. Myron’s Koozie Fun Lunch Cooler makes it simple to bring meals and snacks from home, and its insulated lining keeps it all fresh.

Help them stay hydrated
On your nurses’ most demanding days (the ones that end in Y!), they’ll be grateful for Myron’s 23 Oz. Frosted Promotional Bottle. Its locking flip top and retractable straw make sipping a cinch, and neon colors mean the bottle’s easy to spot, even on a crowded nurses’ station.

Provide a multifunctional writing tool
The Lifelines Multifunctional Pen was designed with medical pros in mind: It has a capactive stylus that works on almost any touchscreen (a real plus with the push toward electronic records-keeping) and a bright LED light that’s handy for taking notes and instructions, even in a dimmed hospital room.

Promote health & wellness this April

April is filled with important health related events such as Autism awareness month and World Health Day. Sponsoring a promotional event or fundraiser around these causes is a great opportunity for your business to give back to the community and endear itself in the eyes of customers and associates.

There are various causes to choose from and even more ways to lend a hand and show your support:

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children–and those numbers are growing. More people than ever are looking for information, resources, and support.  Host an awareness event at your workplace or in your community, and help everyone find the information they need!  These tips and products from Myron will come in handy:

Give each of your staffers a badge holder, such as Myron’s Promotional Badge Holder with Slide Clip, decorated with an awareness ribbon and message about autism. These holders will spread the word all month, and even beyond, for just pennies per day.

Team up with a local special-needs school to offer sensory activities that appeal to children with autism, since their parents may take them along to your event. Good choices include art projects and a music/dance jam; work with your partner organization to learn more. And help attendees remember who provided the good time with a souvenir such as this 16” Promotional Beach Ball, personalized with your logo.

Offer a free blood-pressure screening or other health test for adults at the event. Remember, many potential attendees may not have autism themselves. A free screening will give them incentive to drop by, and then stay to learn about the condition. Want to help everyone remember to practice good health habits, including getting plenty of exercise, going forward? Reward them with our Personalized Champion’s Jump Rope. With your company information on the handle, they’ll remember who helped them get a grip on their fitness program!

Keep everyone comfortable if the event is outdoors. Some adults and children with autism have difficulty with body-temperature regulation. Handing out Myron’s imprinted 21 Oz Value Bottle means they’ll have an easy way to keep some cool H20 close by.

Don’t forget World Health Day on April 7th!

World Health Day was instituted to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization and is seen as an opportunity by WHO to draw attention to a different subject of major importance to global health each year. This year’s spotlight is on Food Safety, both in helping prevent foodborne illness as well as working together to ensure that the food on our plates is safe.

Holding a wellness fair on this special day? Myron’s got the health education giveaways you need such as hand sanitizers, food containers and custom lunch bags.

Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that causes small lumps of cells (granulomas) to form in organs throughout the body, most commonly in the lungs or lymph nodes. With no known cause, and symptoms common to other illnesses, Sarcoidosis can be difficult to diagnose. To learn more, visit the website of the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research at www.stopsarcoidosis.org

Additional April health and wellness events you might be interested in:

Stress Awareness Month

Cesarean Awareness Month

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month

Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

 

National Public Health Week – April 6-12

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week – April 19-25

National Infant Immunization Week – April 18-25

 

World Autism Awareness Day – April 2nd

United Nations World Health Day – April 7th

National Alcohol Screening Day – April 9th

World Parkinson’s Day – April 11th

World Hemophilia Day – April 17th

World Malaria Day – April 25th

 

No matter what cause you choose to promote, the most important thing is to support your community and show them your commitment to a happier, healthier lifestyle for everyone.

Promote health and wellness on World AIDS Awareness Day

As a small business, you know how important it is to establish your brand as compassionate and caring. Operating your company as a contributing member of the community is a great way to show your customers that you’re not just in it to make a quick buck. Many businesses make donations to local charities and provide sponsorships for youth sports teams in town, so why not try something different to show customers you care?

Dec.1 marks World AIDS Awareness Day, and promoting health and wellness around this debilitating condition can establish your brand. AIDS can be a sensitive subject , so it’s important that you pick the right custom promotional products for your message and your consumers. Learn how you can help your community and your business this World AIDS Awareness Day.

AIDS by the numbers
A condition that attacks the body’s ability to fight off infection and stay healthy, AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Global AIDS outreach firm AVERT explained that, while AIDS may be the condition, human immunodeficiency virus is the cause. HIV can be transmitted by a variety of ways, but direct contact with bodily fluids is the most common. Once infected with HIV, patients may or may not develop AIDS, the active form of the condition.

Without a strong immune system, people are in grave danger of developing small infections that their bodies cannot stop. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 1 million Americans live with HIV, though almost 16 percent are not aware that they carry the virus. Every year, another 50,000 people contract the disease.

HIV/AIDS was first discovered in the 1980s, and while there’s no known cure, medical science has made great strides toward controlling the condition. If you want to use your small business to help, raising awareness about HIV/AIDS can be the best thing possible.

Embrace the red
Every popular cause has a particular design or look associated with it, and the HIV/AIDS awareness movement has adopted the color red as a trademark signature of products and services associated with helping medical research or patients with the condition.

Simple products dyed red take on a whole new meaning on World AIDS Awareness Day, and promotional giveaways like the Hanes® Beefy-T® 100% Cotton T-Shirt – Screen Printed can combine a compassionate message with your company’s information. If you can associate your brand with progress on HIV/AIDS research, consumers may be more likely to turn to your products or services when the time is right.

You’ll also want to draw customers into the store to give your great promotional products away, though. AIDS.gov explained that, even though the condition may be a sensitive subject for some and difficult to talk about, there are still ways to broach the topic for real success.

AIDS.gov recommended holding a cultural or faith-based event with speeches from and discussions led by leaders in the local community. Communicate how HIV/AIDS has impacted your town in particular, and invite elected officials to share stories about what the government is doing to help. People may be reluctant to talk about the disease, but seeing your business promoting awareness with cleverly designed giveaways and a comprehensively planned events can get them talking.

Consumers want to equate the brands they like with the causes they support, and aligning your brand with HIV/AIDS can be a tremendous boost to your business’ reputation. Plan an event, hand out promotional giveaways and watch how your customers react to your company’s larger role in helping the community prosper.

4 easy ways to retain patients at your medical practice

Whether you’re a doctor, dentist or medical specialist, it’s important to ensure that your patients are satisfied and will continue to come to your practice. If you’ve had a concerning number of customers leave your business, you might want to make some changes to increase your retention rate. Use these four easy steps to provide a great experience for your patients.

1. Multiple appointment reminders
Sometimes your patients might be missing their appointments simply because they forgot. Most medical practices hand out appointment cards as their customers leave, but it’s easy to misplace these reminders. Physicians Practice suggested that healthcare providers remind patients of their upcoming appointment by phone a few days in advance. This will make sure the visit in fresh in your customer’s mind and will allow him or her to cancel if need be. Another way to ensure your patients don’t forget their appointments is to give them Health Mate Duo Pocket Pal Calendars where they can write it down. These convenient planners are easy to customize with your practice name, address and contact information. With one of these in their bag, your patients will never be scrambling to find your phone number.

2. Welcoming staff
Simple customer service procedures can get overlooked when your staff are busy, but creating a welcoming atmosphere is crucial for your practice’s success. Put together a list of policies that all of your employees should be following with each and every patient. This includes being professional and courteous on the phone, keeping the waiting area and exam rooms neat and greeting all patients as they come in. Physicians Practice recommended that receptionists offer each visitor a bottle of water and ask if the patient has any questions about the paperwork or their appointment. While it may not be possible for busy offices, it’s a good idea to remove the glass divider between the office staff and waiting room. It’s a common practice that can often alienate patients and make them feel like they’re not welcome.

3. Birthday and holiday cards
Remembering your patients’ birthdays is an easy way to show you’re personally invested in their care. Order some inexpensive cards, like the Happy Birthday Candles Corporate Greeting Cards, and make it part of the receptionist’s duties to send them out each week. In small offices, the physician, nurse and receptionist can all sign the card with birthday wishes. This practice will only take a few minutes out of the work week, but can go a long way toward keeping customers happy. Another good idea is to send out cards during the holiday season. It’s easy to order custom greeting cards with the practice information, and they will often remind patients that they are overdue for a visit. Staying in touch with your customers will help create a strong relationship that will lead to continued patronage.

4. Open communication
Many patients get upset when there is a long waiting time at the doctor’s office or when new policies are implemented. Keeping lines of communication open is the best way to avoid these problems. Office staff should inform customers if there’s going to be a substantial wait and offer to reschedule in the case of any time conflicts. Additionally, whenever the practice changes its policies or procedures in a way that will affect patients, send out a courtesy letter or email detailing the switch. Most importantly, doctors should make a point to thank their patients after each visit or phone call. Expressing your gratitude for their time and commitment will help to keep customers satisfied and coming back to your practice.

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