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April 2 is Autism Awareness Day and the entire month of April is Autism Awareness Month. A variety of activities, fundraisers, and other outreach efforts are used to commemorate and spread awareness for autism.

Whether you’re fundraising, hosting an event, or just want to show some support, custom awareness bracelets can help with that. Here’s a story about how wristbands were used to raise funds for the Autism Center of Pittsburgh.

Here’s some input from someone who ordered Reminderbands to build autism awareness:

“We wanted to show off our Support to our son who has Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder. We got exactly what we wanted printed on it, and what colors we wanted. I will order again!!!”
Terri from Bloomington, IL
For more autism awareness information, ideas, or events, try Autismspeaks.org or the Autism Society.
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Researchers at Oregon State University are using silicone wristbands to track chemical exposure.

In a paper entitled “Silicone Wristbands as Personal Passive Samplers” published in Environmental Science and Technology, Kim A. Anderson and colleagues used silicone wristbands to identify exposure to a variety of chemicals.

Capturing and tracking chemical exposure is important to understanding the risk factors for certain diseases and conditions, but it’s difficult to measure.

“People are constantly exposed to all sorts of low level pollutants, from industrial compounds used in disinfectants and upholstery, to fragrances and nicotine in consumer products to pesticides. Research suggests there is a link between some of these chemicals and health problems, but long-term measurements to confirm that are difficult to make,” says Voice of America.

Researchers got the idea to use silicone wristbands after seeing the bracelets at an OSU football game.

While silicone doesn’t absorb water, it does act like a sponge in that it absorbs chemicals. After running tests on the wristbands, which participants wore continuously for 30 days, researchers were able to identify exposure to 49 compounds. It’s possible to screen for more than 1,000.

Backpacks are still most effective, but wristbands are helpful for getting data because they’re easy to wear. The researchers said it could be used in remote regions or for pregnant women.

“Silicone personal samplers present an innovative sampling technology platform producing relevant, quantifiable data,” the report said. “…Studies utilizing this sampler are currently underway, and we hope this easy-to-wear and dynamic application of silicone may become a valuable tool to address challenges of the exposome and mixture toxicity.”

Another group of researchers said they would use the bands soon for a project.

“Julie Herbstman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University, says the backpack monitors are still the gold standard for personal exposure monitoring, in particular because they can track particulate matter, which the silicone bands would miss,” reported Chemical and Engineering News. “But the advantage of a wristband is that it’s so unobtrusive that the wearers “sort of forget about it.” Herbstman is now working with Anderson’s team to test the bands with pregnant women to track their exposure to PAHs and to compare the performance of wristbands with backpack monitors.”

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Looking for a medical alert bracelet that’s hypoallergenic, washable, long-lasting, customizable, inexpensive, and comfortable? Many with diabetes, allergies, and other medical conditions wear medical alert bracelets in case of emergency or to inform emergency responders of important medical information or a condition.

Why do wristbands make good medical alert bracelets, or med-alert bracelets? Silicone wristbands are non-irritating, customizable and can be worn day and night, 24/7.They won’t set off metal detectors and are comfortable and easy-to-wear, especially for young kids.medical alert bracelet

If you have one of the following conditions, or you want to have information like blood type and contact information readily available on you at all times, you might consider a medical alert bracelet:

  • Allergies
  • Heart problems
  • Autism
  • Asthma
  • Hemophilia
  • Epilepsy or any seizure condition
  • Pregnancy
  • Use of blood-thinning drugs or anticoagulants
  • Diabetes
  • Hereditary or congenital diseases
  • Organ failure
  • Stroke risk
  • Breathing disorders
  • Impairment or special needs
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Advance medical directives such as “Do Not Resuscitate”
  • Any medications or clinical trial or surgical information (especially multiple medications)
  • Cancer

Here are some recommendations from people who have used Reminderband wristbands as medical alert bracelets:

“I ordered some bracelets for my daughter to use as medical alert bracelets. I have been fighting with her about wearing something and this is the first one she has worn. She even sleeps and showers in it! I’m thrilled.”

Jennifer from Independence, KY
 

“I found out that my 2-year-old son had a severe peanut allergy and instead of ordering a metal medical alert bracelet for him we decided to order Reminderband wristbands for him, I called the costumer service to see if they had a medical symbol and they did. Come to find out they make three different sizes so they fit on his sippy cups, sports bottles (medium) and his wrist (small). And we even costumized his with different colors, so he gets to pick which one he wears every day!! What a true lifesaver!!”

Heather from Ypsilanti, MI
 

“We really love our Reminderbands! My daughter has diabetes. When I wear my Reminderband, it reminds her to wear her medical alert!”

Jennifer from Byesville, OH
 

“I used Reminderband for my medical alert bracelet so I can wear it during exercise, travel and all the time. It works wonderfully.”

Sue from Anchorage, AK
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Individuals and organizations across the country are using custom wristbands to promote religious and spiritual causes — with more than just the classic WWJD bracelets. Here are some ideas for using custom wristbands in your church group or faith practice:

* Create a personal religious reminder

Reminderband wristbands are completely customizable, meaning you can choose your own color and size as well as phrase, symbol or image. Whether it is a scripture, a name, a question or other meaningful words, there is no minimum order, so you can create your own unique religious wristband and order between one and one million of them.

* Fundraise for church or community

Wristbands can make a great fundraising tool for church repairs, buildings or community members in need.

* Unify a youth group, club or congregation

* Memorialize an activity or service project 

* Hand out at vigils, devotionals or conferences

Religious wristbands make a great reminder of an event or way to distinguish/admit attendees and promote unity.

* Spread awareness of a spiritual message

Wristbands have been used to encourage prayer and support among communities. In Indiana, schools, communities and churches rallied around a girl critically injured with the message to “Pray for Emily,” using signs and wristbands to demonstrate their support.

* Raise money for a cause:

Selling religious wristbands can be a great way to raise money for a cause, such as aid after a natural disaster or poverty alleviation. The inexpensive wristbands can be designed with a custom message and then sold to benefit a religious or humanitarian cause. Wristbands are cool and desirable and promote a faithful message even after the money has been raised.

* Express your faith

Religious wristbands can be a conversation-starter and a subtle way to show your belief. The popularity of T-shirts and jewelry with faith messages is increasing, and custom wristbands are an inexpensive, infinitely unique way to express faith.

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Here are some ways previous Reminderband wristband users have used custom religious wristbands:

“I ordered wristbands for my church. The turn around time was unbelievable and the bands were perfect. I will be ordering again in the next few weeks and have recommended your company to others that have placed orders as well. Great job and thank you.”

Doug from St. Paul, MN
 

“Have used Reminderbands the last few years for our church youth camp. We are very pleased with the product and the ordering process.”

Cigi from Hobbs, NM
 

“I have placed 4 orders total. The bracelets I ordered have become a local hit stretching from Florida panhandle to parts of Georgia and Alabama. I use it as a tool to get the message out there to ‘Put God First.’ I will be ordering many more in the future… Thanks for an awesome job.”

Josh from Destin, FL
 
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For more ideas and ways wristbands have been used for religions, check out Reminderband’s web site.
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