Don't forget to wind your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. Daylight savings ends on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 a.m.
This weekend is also the perfect time to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors by replacing the batteries. Have a safe and wonderful Halloween weekend!
Are you and your braces ready for Friday? Here's a list of the worst candy and snacks for kids and adults with braces:
1. Blow Pops: Hard candy shell + chewy bubble gum center = a recipe for braces disaster! If you somehow manage to escape the temptation of biting into the lolipop shell, a sugary wad of bubble gum awaits.
2. Gummy Bears: The more you chew, the more damage you can do! These adorable little morsels of goodness can easily latch onto your braces wiring and brackets. Even if you manage to escape with your braces in tact, sugary residue will easily makes it’s way between braces and results in a mouth-full of painful cavities in November.
3. Jolly Ranchers: “I’m not going to chew these. I’m not going to chew these. I’m not going to…whoops.” There goes a bracket!
4. Caramel Apples: Don’t let that fruit-center fool you. There’s no easy way to bite into a Caramel Apple without destroying those festive black & orange bands! Always cut your non-caramel apples into bite size pieces.
5. Laughy taffy: Having a wire break and jam into your cheek for a week just isn’t so funny.
The best treats for Friday: Opt for delicious treats like Plain M&M, Hershey Kisses, Peppermint Patties, Snow Caps, and Three Musketeers for the best chances of a break-free Halloween. Enjoy!
For Fall colors - this weekend is actually going to be the peak weekend in northern Illinois. Predictions always are chancy, but a wet spring and early summer gave trees plenty of moisture, and after a spurt of warm, sunny days at the beginning of fall, experts are predicting spectacular colors.
Hot Mulled Cider
While we have made great strides in breast cancer prevention and treatment, much remains to be done. According to the National Cancer Institute, about one in eight American women will develop breast cancer sometime in their lives, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer after skin cancer. And, it's the second leading cause of cancer death in American women right after lung cancer.
Since about 85 percent of breast cancer occurs in women with no family history, everyone should be vigilant (breastcancer.org).
Despite these sobering statistics, there's still reason for hope. Contributions made to breast cancer's Pink Campaign have made a significant difference in the lives of millions of women (and men) with generous funding for awareness, support, research, and treatment.
Go Pink in October
Since October is breast cancer awareness month, you'll see pink everywhere - from yogurt and bottled water to jewelry and sweatshirts. Even national sports teams go pink.
Here are just some of the ways contributions help improve and save lives. • Transportation to and from treatments - Available in many locations, simply getting to and from appointments remains a top concern. Patients are typically paired with another cancer survivor who provides a needed service along with companionship.
• Free temporary lodging for patients and caregivers - For the best cancer care, patients sometimes need to travel far from home. Contributions to the Pink Campaign help provide comfortable, safe, temporary lodging free of charge.
• Support via an 800# and online - Support and information for cancer patients, family and friends is available day and night. Having someone immediately available is especially important for the newly diagnosed.
• Advice and techniques to improve appearance - Led by volunteer beauty consultants, this service provides advice to women on how to look and feel their best during treatment.
• Guidance to assist with the health care maze - Patients and caregivers will encounter many health care questions. Specially trained assistants work with a range of treatment facilities and can offer guidance.
• Email mammogram reminder service - Annual reminder to schedule your check up.
• Newsletters and the latest information - Up-to-date research and treatment breakthroughs, inspirational first-hand accounts and guidelines.
• Non-medical financial aid - This provides basic living expenses such as car payments and utilities for a given period of time.
• Specific support for young women - Education and assistance for an often-neglected segment of breast cancer patients.
• Research into the cause, prevention and treatment of breast cancer, including new chemotherapy drugs, targeted therapies and vitamins.
• Work with lawmakers to ensure funding continues to be top priority.
Do your part to support breast cancer awareness by going pink in October. Looking for ways to show you care at work? Check with Twist OP. There you will find an array of pink products - paper, scissors, writing instruments, letter openers and much more. Stop by today at www.twistop.com
Football has come a long way - fans can now watch the NFL on Monday's, Thursdays and Sundays. Then you have college football on Saturday's and don't forget Friday night lights for high school. Are you ready for some football?
3M's new Post-it NFL Pop-Up Note Dispensers are available and flying off the shelf's. Don't forget the popular Scotch NFL Helmut Tape Dispensers while we are talking football.
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This October marks the 29th year of recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink or pink-ribboned products line store shelves with a portion of the sales donated to cancer care or research.
Breast cancer is an important health issue, affecting one in eight women during their lives. Unfortunately, the most significant risk factors for breast cancer are ones you cannot change - being a woman and growing older. Despite the fact that every year approximately 200,000 women will find out they have breast cancer, there are still a lot of misunderstandings about the disease, its diagnosis and prevention. Here we separate fact from fiction.
Antiperspirants contribute to breast cancer.
FICTION: There are two myths associated with this often-found internet rumor. First, that deodorants contain toxins that can build up in the lymph glands of the armpit which then can cause cancer in the breast tissue. And second, that deodorants inhibit your body from perspiring the toxins that cause cancer. There is no scientific proof to support either of these claims.
Mammograms are your most reliable way to detect early breast cancer.
FACT: By the time a tumor can be felt via self examination, it is usually bigger than the average size that can detected by mammography. When looking for a good mammography center, look for a high quality facility and a radiologist who reads about 300 mammograms a month. Keep in mind, however, that mammography can sometimes miss detection, so self examinations and regular exams by your doctor are also crucial to the screening process.
If there's no history of breast cancer in your family, you don't have to worry.
FICTION: Every woman is at risk for breast cancer. About 80 percent of women who get breast cancer have no known family history of the disease.
Breast cancer can be passed through your father.
FACT: Breast cancer genes can be inherited from your dad's side of the family. So let your health care practitioner know about cases on both sides of the family, in both men (although rare) and women.
Your risk for breast cancer increases with age.
FACT: A woman's chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer is about 1 in 200 when she's in her 30s and rises to 1 in 8 by the time she's 85.
Breast cancer always starts with a lump.
FICTION: While a lump may indicate breast cancer (or one of many benign breast conditions) there are other signs too. These include swelling, skin irritation or dimpling, breast or nipple pain, nipple retraction (turning inward), redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin, and discharge.
Caffeine contributes to breast cancer.
FICTION: No connection has been found between drinking caffeine and getting breast cancer. In fact, some research suggests the opposite could be true.
There are measures you can take to reduce your risk.
FACT: There are several things you can do to lower your risk, including losing weight, getting regular exercise, lowering alcohol consumption, examining your breasts regularly, quitting smoking, and getting regular mammograms.
Help support Breast Cancer Awareness with pink products. Pens, markers, envelopes, staplers, binders, calendars are just a few of the many items you can find at Twist OP. Go pink and show you care!
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