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The KN95 Mask vs. The 3-PLY Mask


We’re often asked by clients, “What’s the difference between the KN95 mask and the 3-Ply mask“? “How should I know which mask best fits my purpose?” “How can I be sure your masks meet FDA requirements?”

Below you will find a comparison of the two masks, both are produced in a Certified Medical Device Facility and meet all required regulations. We are in constant communication with our factories, and are grateful to have continuous stock replenishment of these masks. If you need the documentation, just ask! Whether you are looking to purchase masks for your employees or clients or solely to make a donation to the frontline, rest assured you made a good decision in trusting us.

UPDATE: We have sold out of the KN95 masks.

For more on face masks, including guidelines from the CDC and recommendations on how to make a mask using a bandana, click here.

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How to Observe an Especially Meaningful National Nurses Week this Year


The United States has honored those in the nursing profession since the 1950s—and there’s no question this year is particularly significant.

Nurses deserve recognition and thanks for the many positive impacts they bring across every discipline of healthcare. This year, as nurses all over the country put their lives on the line to help care for those who have contracted SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, it makes sense to go beyond our sincere expressed sentiments of gratitude and respect.

Nurses Are Making Deeply Personal Sacrifices

Nursing is a difficult profession under even the best of circumstances. When we’re not facing a global pandemic that renders hundreds of thousands terribly ill and thousands in need of respiratory assistance, nurses still face personal risk to their own health and well-being while they work long hours to care for the sick and dying.

That risk has exploded in severity in recent weeks, as those on the front lines providing medical care for COVID-19 patients are forced to work even longer hours in direct contact with those patients. Moreover, the national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) means that nurses and other medical care providers are at greater risk of contracting the virus themselves.

This unique crisis has put nurses in unthinkable positions, with many denying themselves basic needs during their shifts and self-isolating away from their families when not at work. At the same time, they’re continuing to provide patients with attentive care and comfort at times when typical support networks of families and friends cannot be present at a loved one’s bedside. 

It’s against this backdrop that we’re headed into National Nurses Week, which is annually observed from May 6-12. We owe our nurses a great debt of gratitude for their selfless and mission-focused service in the face of a harrowing world health event.

The History of National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week was first recognized by the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Board of Directors quite recently—in 1990. Although the official designation of “National Nurses Week” is only 30 years old, the concept of a national time of recognition for those in the nursing profession goes back to around 1953. It was during that time President Dwight Eisenhower received a request that proposed designating a day of honor for the profession.

Although Eisenhower’s administration never issued a formal proclamation, the following year a National Nurse Week was observed between October 11-16. The dates were chosen to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission, along with 38 other nurses, to provide care for British soldiers injured in the Crimean War.

Other requests for formal Presidential proclamations honoring U.S. nurses were made over the years, culminating in President Reagan’s signature on a proclamation for “National Recognition Day for Nurses” on May 6, 1982. Eight years later, the ANA board expanded the occasion to a week and made May 6-12 the permanent date for the event—ending on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. 

Honoring the Nurses in Your Community

For over 20 years we have fostered relationships with our manufacturing facilities, ensuring quality and safety are a top priority. We’re grateful to have access to essential healthcare products, and should you decide to purchase any of these for your health organization or for donation purposes, you can find a full list here.

One of the best ways to show your support for frontline nurses this year is by donating to the Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses. This national effort provides direct financial assistance to nurses, supports the mental health of frontline healthcare workers, and helps ensure nurses have access to the most up-to-date science-based information during the global pandemic. 

If you’re looking for other ways to commemorate National Nurses Week and honor the nurses who have given so much back to your community, consider a crystal award. They’re striking in both appearance and symbolism, and they’re perfect for recognizing performance that goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Laughter and whimsy can be useful medicine during stressful times, too. If you’d like to keep it lighter or maybe even a bit on the silly side, consider our nursing-themed stress balls, screen cleaners, promotional pens, and more. These items serve useful, practical purposes while still bringing a little lighthearted fun to the workday of your favorite nurses and their patients. (We also carry similar items for the doctors in your life.)

Finally, if you’d like to recognize the entire hospital nursing staff, consider a meaningful enamel lapel pin. They’re budget-friendly, visually striking, and personally expressive. As a bonus, they can be worn daily, which helps bolster morale during this trying professional time.

Salute to the Nurses

No matter how you choose to recognize and observe National Nurses Week, we encourage all businesses to let the nurses in their communities know how much they’re valued. Need help choosing the perfect promo gift? Get in touch.


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Why Blue Light Glasses Should Be Included in Your Promo Gifts this Year


Blue light glasses have been getting a lot of attention recently, and with good reason. Between work and leisure on our devices, adults spend a lot of time in front of screens – in fact, it’s an average of 11 hours a day.

A Hidden Danger

We already know other types of light put us at risk for certain diseases or conditions; for example, UV light can increase the likelihood of cataracts or glaucoma. But what about blue light?

For starters, blue light contributes to digital eye strain. One reason for this is we naturally blink less when looking at a computer or other types of screens. The effects are likely familiar, including tell-tale signs such as dry eyes, headaches, fatigue, and blurred vision. Even more concerning is the fact that continued exposure to the blue light emitted from our screens – whether that’s a TV, our phones, or another device – is suspected to play a role in macular degeneration, which can increase vision loss.

While research is still being conducted on blue light and its long-term effects, it’s a good idea to limit your use of screens. If you can’t cut screen time, consider grabbing a pair of light-blocking glasses to help protect your eyes.

Blue Light Blockers to the Rescue

Blue light glasses have actually been around for quite some time, but they’re making a resurgence as part of a popular lifestyle trend. This makes them a perfect promotional gift – right at the marriage of fashion and function.

As the full benefits of light-blocking glasses are being explored, research shows that blue light glasses can be especially helpful at night, because blue light interrupts our circadian rhythm. Looking at a screen in the final hour before bed, from watching TV to enjoying a book on an e-reader, has been shown to diminish both sleep quality and duration, as well as making it harder to fall asleep in the first place.

Some studies indicate the reason blue light has this effect is because it prevents our bodies from making melatonin, which naturally helps us get better, more restful sleep. Other research shows the verdict on blue light is still out. Regardless, scientists agree that exposure to blue light at the wrong times of day can be disruptive. Fortunately, light-blocking glasses in the evening can help.

Who Can Wear Them?

Blue light glasses don’t require a prescription, and they don’t include a magnifying component like over-the-counter reading glasses do. For contact-wearers, consider that while blue light glasses can be worn at the same time as contacts, a prescription pair of blue light-blocking contacts is also an option.

Gifting Glasses in 2020

Want 2020 vision on one of the best promo gifts to give this year? Blue light glasses are a top trend and a great choice for anyone who spends a significant amount of time in front of a screen. Give digital eye strain a rest this year with a fashionable pair of blue light-blocking glasses.

Gifting glasses not your thing?

Light up your next event with this promotional Cool Gear® water bottle! A party in a bottle! This Cool Gear Pop Lights Custom Water Bottle features 8 rotating color light modes, and will automatically turn off after 30 minutes to conserve batteries.

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How to Rock Your Health & Wellness Program in the New Year


If your organization does not already have a corporate health and wellness program, your top New Year’s resolution should be to implement one! And if you do have one in place, look at ways to optimize it for 2020. How? Let’s get started…

What is a Corporate Health & Wellness Program?

The goal of any wellness program is to foster a structural culture of overall health. This applies to businesses as well as schools, healthcare facilities and other organizations. Cultivating healthy habits starts with education. Education is a big part of any corporate wellness program as well as providing your employees, students or volunteers with the tools they need to be successful in accomplishing their health and fitness goals.

Why Do I Need a Corporate Wellness Program?

Not only can a corporate wellness program help to alleviate healthcare costs by improving employee health, but it can also have a very positive effect on your business. Efficiency, engagement and even morale tend to increase along with overall health. Healthy employees are happier employees, and happy employees are more productive.

How Can I Build a Corporate Health & Wellness Program Fit for the 20s?

Implementing a health and wellness program sounds like a no-brainer, right? But where to begin…

We’re entering a new decade. Every day we gain more knowledge in the medical community through advancements in research and technology. A corporate wellness program (whether you have one in place or not) needs to be alive; it needs to change and adapt to the times. Here is how you can get started for this new year:

1) Education
Holistic health always starts with education. We don’t know what we don’t know. It’s your job as the head of your organization’s wellness program to create awareness for health issues beyond simple fitness. Educate your employees on wellness of the whole person: body, mind, spirit.

2) Motivation
Once they’re aware of potential health risks, the next step in your corporate wellness program is to motivate them to diminish or even eliminate those risks. Offer incentives to help them along their path to overall health.

3) Skills & Tools
Teach health-promoting skills and offer tools to help them stay on track. The idea is to create a setting conducive to comprehensive health both in the office and beyond. Online tools and materials can aid in this goal as well as an overall health-conscious workplace environment.

4) Support
Now that they have the information, the incentives and the tools, it’s time to support your team. Create a healthy culture and encourage social support. This means integrating wellness into the company structure and making it part of everyday life at the office. You may want to offer health screenings and ongoing education as another way to support the program and your employees’ efforts. Encouraging a work/life balance will also help show support for their holistic health.

5) Improvement
Part of any good corporate plan is seeking avenues for improvement. Your health and wellness plan should be no different. For every piece of the puzzle, good data collection is crucial. Set goals, document progress and evaluate the overall effectiveness. You may even choose a functioning wellness committee to assess the impacts of your plan and outline opportunities for optimization.

What Are Some Essential Products for My Corporate Wellness Plan?

There are tons of branded items that you can use to help drive your wellness plan home. Employees will appreciate the gifts and find them useful in their endeavors to lead a healthier lifestyle. Here are some of our top picks for corporate wellness gifts:

Fitness Trackers
Smart watches, fitbits® and other fitness trackers are essential to helping your employees remain accountable for their physical activity. These items can also help you with your data collection for the duration of a particular fitness challenge or event.

 

Reusable Water Bottles
A big part of whole-body health involves drinking plenty of fluids. Reusable water bottles help your employees stay on top of their fluid intake by making it easy to stay hydrated even on the go. Choose from a variety of functional bottles – everything from standard water bottles to infusers and hydration backpacks. And an added bonus: they’re good for the environment.

 

 

 Exercise Equipment
Giving your employees free stuff to help them accomplish their fitness goals will motivate them to exercise. Fun items such as this calorie-counting jump rope or these wireless earbuds will make the workout more enjoyable too. For those in need of a lower-impact workout, try a simple yoga mat.

 

Food Storage Items
Anything that makes it easier for employees to bring a healthy lunch to work will have a huge payoff. Buying lunches not only comes with added cost, but often added sodium, preservatives and less-than-healthy choices. Hand out convenient food storage containers, lunch boxes and salad kits to make bringing lunch to the office an easy choice.

 

 

Stress RelieversOur "Success" Stress Reliever
Because health isn’t just about eating right and exercising, stress relievers are a great choice to help your employees reach their holistic health goals. Processing emotions and enhancing a spiritual well-being contributes to physical health factors such as lower blood pressure as well. Be sure your wellness plan incorporates all forms of health – the physical as well as the mental – for a truly holistic approach. You might find these 10 new ways to workplace wellness useful!

Get in touch or visit epromos.com for more ideas on how to rock your health and wellness plan in the new year!

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Give A Dog A Promotional Bone!


One of the great things about using promotional products is how easy it is to reach a specific audience just by choosing a relevant item. Check out this example from Dr. Cindy Bressler, a veterinarian who specializes in making emergency house calls. Clearly, as a veterinarian, Cindy wanted to focus on pet related promotional products.

Dr. Bressler used these delicious looking promotional pet treats, that look similar to promotional dog bones, to advertise her on-call services to the people she knew might need them most: vacationers who were far away from their regular vets!

This basket of free treats was put on prominent display in a vacation community where her prospective patients were most likely to see it. Even if vacationers didn’t need Dr. Bressler’s services this time around, you can bet they held on to her contact information for future visits!

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Your Door Is Your Face: Custom Door Hanger


Here’s a great example of a promotional product being used to position a product within it’s industry. An Israeli company selling designer doors wanted to create brand awareness in this niche and used custom door hangers to get the message across. Each door hanger has a funny imprint of a human face on it, as well as the tagline, “Your door is your face.” By connecting the front door with the personality of the house and it’s owner, the designer door company successfully appealed to status-conscious homeowners.

 

If you’re looking to find a promotion that will be inside the home, rather than on the front door, then go with a kitchen promotional product.

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