Have you heard about the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918? According to History.com, it was the deadliest in history, infecting an estimated 500 million people worldwide. At the time, that accumulated for about one-third of the planet’s population. It killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including 675,000 Americans. The never-before-seen 1918 flu strain was detected first in Europe, United Starts and parts of Asia before making its way around the world. Transport yourself to that time period and try to imagine having no effective drugs, vaccines or treatments for today’s flu let alone, back then.
What is the flu and how do you get it?
WebMD defines it as: Influenza, commonly known as the “flu”, is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses (Bad Nasties). The virus is spread through the air when a person coughs, sneezes, talks etc. You can also become infected by touching something with the virus already on it and then making contact with your eyes, nose or mouth. “Flu season” tends to run from late fall into early spring here in the United States.
So if you’re asking yourself (trust us, you aren’t alone), “How do I protect myself and loved ones from germs and Bad Nasties?”, then here’s some healthy practices to keep you cold and flu free this year:
Wash your hands often using warm water and anti-bacterial soap for 15-20 seconds.
Avoid favorite destinations of germs and Bad Nasties like public restrooms, restaurants, airplanes, and hotels just to name a few.
Make it a habit to put on hand sanitizer. When used properly it can eliminate up to 99.9% of germs on skin – Get EQP minus 15% on these best selling sanitizers! Hurry offer ends 2/28/2018
Eat fresh vegetables, meats and other unprocessed foods.
Cut out sugar. Did you know sugar can stifle your immune system for several hours after you eat it?
Support a healthy immune system by taking nutrition supplements.
Drink a proper amount of water.
3. Change Your Lifestyle
Exercise: choose a physical activity that’s fun and works for you.
Eliminate stress through meditation or yoga (this promotes good health).
Rest up. Never take for granted a good night’s sleep, 6-8 hours depending on you.
Did you know 80% of employees at companies with booming wellness programs feel more bought in and cared for by employers?
Health and wellness programs have become popular in many companies to bring in and keep top talent, create a fun and productive work environment, and promote overall well being. A successful wellness program strikes a balance between educating employees on self-care while still having fun. If your team isn’t engaged or having fun, they’ll lose interest very quickly. So, make it fun!
Below are 5 ideas (many we’ve used here at SnugZ and experienced the benefit first hand) that you can easily work into your wellness program to make it thrive!
1. Offer Creative Workspaces
Like John Cleese once said, “If you want creative workers give them time to play.” Nobody wants to feel like they are working in a prison cell a.k.a. a cubicle with nothing to stare at but 3 blank walls. Put a ping pong table in the break room, offer colorful and comfy chairs, and surprise them with a desk toy like our RATTLER wood snake cube puzzle.
2. Remind People to Get Flu Shots
Flu season is back and is already the most widespread on record. Now is a good time to send out a list of locations offering flu shots (especially those covered by the company’s health insurance). To make it easy, you can also arrange for a company to give flu shots on-site. Give each employee a branded hand sanitizer to promote general health around the office.
3. Host a Monthly Healthy Potluck
Everyone loves to eat right? Well, even if they don’t, they should! This one’s easy and tasty. First, decide on a day and then put together a sign up sheet with 2 columns (name and what you’re bringing). Announce that it’s been posted in the break room or send it out to individual teams so people can join in.
4. Practice Zen
Take a deep breath. Stress remains an ever-growing problem throughout the world and especially here in the United States. All of us can reduce stress by becoming more mindful through meditation and yoga. Every couple weeks have a yoga instructor come teach a class in the office or hold regular meditation sessions. Uplift the mood of employees, while promoting happiness and well-being by diffusing ZEN essential oils in your work space.
5. Start Walking (Meetings)
Walk and talk. It’s a concept older than time itself. A few reasons to turn your normal everyday meeting into a walking meeting:
Introduce physical activity into your workday
Get a boost of energy by moving
Be inspired by what you see on your journey
Increase collaboration by moving from one conversation to another
Research suggests walking makes people more creative
Have more wellness program ideas? We’d love to hear them. Comment below!
Zen Collection from SnugZ USA is a natural aromatherapy line of essential oils, soaps, candles, bath bombs and bath salts to help balance, harmonize and promote the health of the body. Price points range from $1.00 for an essential oil infused natural lip balm all the way to $150.00 for the most luxurious gift set.
What is aromatherapy?
According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, it is referred to Essential Oil therapy, which can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of the body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.
So, why are we telling you this?
Corporate & Retail Trends
Demand is growing extremely fast for natural products. From 2015 to 2016 it grew by 11% into a $67.5 billion dollar industry. Major consumer good and food companies are launching their own venture capital projects and investing in natural products. Right now it is all about natural, organic, biodynamic and sustainably grown goods.
How can you take advantage of this trend?
One major running retailer gives out Bath bombs as a gift with every purchase. This has turned into a successful program that has repeated at 5,000 pieces per order, multiple times. Runners are known to put their bodies through a lot of stress. The essential oil infused salts help with muscle relaxation via soaking in a hot bath. Item: NBM23 (Bath Bombs) Quantity: 5,000 End User: Major Running Retailer
The Zen Essentials Gift Set provides the perfect get away for stressed out workers. This well-known tech company wanted to provide a way for their hard working tech professionals to relax and recharge. Item: ZGS10 (Zen Essentials Gift Set) Quantity: 450 End User: Well-Known Tech Company
This innovative idea was developed for the maternity ward of a premiere Florida hospital and was designed to help promote mental and physical relaxation for parents and newborns. Item: NCTL-4PACK (4 Pk. Tea Lights) Scents: 2 Focus, 2 Karma Quantity: 1,200 End User: Maternity Ward in Premiere Florida Hospital
The SnugZ USA Summer Love Event is going on now through July 31, 2017!
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Think of every single place you visit or touch during the week: your place of work, the kids toys, two or three restaurants and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately you may not know the last time those places were properly cleaned and disinfected. According to the CDC 80% of all illness if caused by hand contact.
Sanitizer makes it easy to combat germs and “Bad Nasties” on-the-go. Make sure you carry it with you and apply often!
12 Places Bad Nasties Hang Out
Hotels & Motels
Day Care Centers
The Doctors Office (Surprisingly Enough)
Why SnugZ USA Sanitizer?
“SnugZ USA offers hand sanitizer products that are made up of 62%-63% food grade ethyl alcohol. Richard Massey, regulatory affairs director for SnugZ, said the company conducts both in-house and independent testing by an FDA-certified facility to ensure its hand sanitizers are effective and safe.” You’ll want to read the entire article by ASI Central here.
Did you know that sanitizer when used properly can eliminate up to 99.9% of germs? That’s why it’s such an excellent fall and winter giveaway that everyone will use to keep healthy.
Each year everyone stresses the idea of protecting yourself in cold and flu season. But honestly does the flu affect us all? And the bigger picture is how do we protect ourselves?
The truth is 1 in 5 Americans get the flu each year. The United States Center for Disease Control estimates that between 3,000 and 49,000 people die from influenza each year, 90% of which were under the age of 65.
People at high risk are children 6 months to 5 years old, pregnant women, anyone who lives with or cares for infants, health care workers, and adults over 50.
The combination of pneumonia and influenza is the nation’s eighth leading cause of death.
Now that we know the facts, how do we protect ourselves?
Through endless research we have compiled a list of the best tips to prevent your exposure to the cold and flu this season.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables! (for maximum vitamins and minerals)
Make sure your hands are clean. Use hand sanitizer or wash hands with warm soapy water.
Keep your hands away from your face.
Get moving! Exercise boosts immune function.
Get plenty of sleep and rest.
Decrease stress and meditate
Diffuse essential oils into the air (eucalyptus is a great option).
Be sure to sneeze properly (into your elbow).
If you get sick, stay home.
And the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.
Be prepared to combat cold and flu germs throughout the day with a bottle of SnugZ hand sanitizer, available in a variety of scents and easy to carry bottles. Check out a few of our favorites like ZSCP or ZS19.
You never know when those germs will strike so keep SnugZ handy this season!
Spring weather is quickly approaching and everyone seems to be making their way outside again. Although, with the outdoors, comes the need to protect your skin. The best way to do that this year is to start using sunscreen earlier on—even before summer.
Every year, new studies are being released about the harmful effects of the sun’s rays on our skin. Make it a priority to protect yourself and those around you with sunscreen. Not just with any sunscreen, but with SnugZ USA skin care collection; from traditional SPF 30 and 50, all the way to spray sunscreen and colorful zinc oxide. SnugZ has what it takes to keep you covered! We also carry Aloe vera and a full line of SPF lip balms.
Whatever the event, occasion, or activity may be, stay protected this year and give out some high-quality sunscreen. Make some positive healthy habits even until the end of summer!
The leaves have fallen and the snow is approaching. But with the snow comes the bitter cold…cold and Flu season that is!
The peak of flu season starts in late November and ends in March. Based off of studies conducted by the CDC, (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), in the United States, on average, 5-20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications each year!
The main way influenza or “the flu” virus is spread from person to person is in respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes.
The best way to prevent getting the flu would be to get a flu vaccine. But protecting yourself in more ways than one is ideal.
Be sure to carry SnugZ hand sanitizer to combat germs throughout the day. Check out some popular favorites like ZSCP or ZS19.
You never know who’s touched that door handle, faucet, or hand you just shook. Be prepared with SnugZ!
The Susan G. Komen foundation reported that in 2013, “There will be 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer (this includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors) and 39,620 breast cancer deaths.”
October is right around the corner! How will you show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness month?
From walks, charity events, and company sponsored fundraisers, make sure you’re prepared with all of our “pink” merchandise.
Spreading awareness is key and SnugZ USA has you covered with all the latest personal care products. Show your support the pink way and get ready for Breast Cancer Awareness month!
Wellness programs are the hottest thing to hit the office since Choco Tacos were first stocked in the break room vending machines…mmm Choco Tacos…back to the point! Getting employees excited and educated about wellness doesn’t have to be daunting. Make it fun by promoting camaraderie and integrating different departments into wellness challenges. Incorporate teamwork by getting your employees mingling among each other like no other activity can. Stirring up a little friendly competition can bring out hidden talents you didn’t know your employees had.
Keep it positive and fresh by choosing challenges that will include everyone. Companies will always have a few team members that just don’t want to participate, but they will eventually come around if there’s a challenge they feel they can be good at!
SnugZ USA has been doing their own version of “The Biggest Loser” by creating fun and motivating challenges for all employees to participate in.
Current challenge: drink 64oz of water every day for at least 1 week.
It may sound easy, but it is actually pretty hard! The idea of this challenge is to include everyone. Heck yeah you’ll be hitting the restroom every hour, but the point is, employees won’t feel left out because it’s not physically or mentally challenging to drink water, and the benefits definitely outweigh any doubts.
What kind of wellness challenges do you incorporate in your company? Let us know!