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OKASA Adaptive Sports & Wheelchair Basketball

by Jessica May 4 2018 08:15
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Adaptive sports create opportunities for physically challenged and disabled people of all ages to be able to participate in recreational and team-based activities, including wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, martial arts and more. We have witnessed first-hand how lives can be positively impacted by getting to take part in adaptive sports like this, whether after a spinal cord injury or a lifetime with a medical condition that limits mobility. 

This is a huge reason why we always jump at the chance to be a part of the OU Medicine Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, which benefits a local adaptive sports organization known as Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association (OKASA). This tournament is one of our favorite events to attend and sponsor, and 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of this awesome event.

Find out more about the tournament this year as well as the importance of OKASA's role in the local community, and how you can find an adaptive sports organization near you!


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OU Medicine Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

Each year, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff from OU Medicine team up to take on Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association's (OKASA) wheelchair basketball team, the Wheels of Thunder (formerly known as the Blaze). These hardworking, compassionate people play an integral role in setting up and rolling this tournament forward in order to support OKASA, and we at 180 Medical are so proud and honored to be able to help sponsor this event annually too.

180 medical cheering wheels of thunder180 Medical employees are always excited to be able to bring their families and friends to watch the games at Oklahoma City University's (OCU) Freede Wellness Center after work. In addition to making fun signs and collecting gift cards for a donation basket for the event's silent auction, we were glad to volunteer time at the popcorn booth to help raise even more funds for OKASA and cheer all of the teams on as the Oklahoma City Thunder drummers played.

Of course, this awesome team always manages to beat our team of 180 Medical employees, along with just about everyone else that plays against them.

In fact, their team members are all so skilled that they recently competed in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association's (NWBA) national junior varsity championship. With their immense talent on the court and a passion for the sport, we suspect they'll move forward to qualify again next year as well. 


okasa wheels of thunder wheelchair basketball teamOklahoma City Thunder Drummers with the team (Wheels of Thunder)



All About OKASA

playing adaptive wheelchair basketballOKASA is a fantastic organization in Oklahoma that works to support both kids and adults who live with physical disabilities such as spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, and more.

OKASA exists to promote opportunities for health and fitness for the disabled through adaptive sporting options like wheelchair basketball. 

Many of their activities offered include:

  • Racing
  • Competitive weight-lifting
  • Water sports (swimming, kayaking, etc.)
  • Track & Field
  • and more!
Physical activity through organizations like OKASA promotes better health, confidence, and improved overall well-being of the disabled or physically challenged. Adaptive sports participation can also help the physically disabled or spinal cord injured people enjoy many of the activities they loved before their injuries or have always wanted to try. 

For many, participation through adaptive sports is a way for people to make new lifelong friendships with others who understand their conditions on a personal level. 


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Because of this and more, the annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament is not only one of the funnest events of the year for 180 Medical, it's also an important cause close to our hearts.

We truly feel blessed to be able to help contribute to funding for new equipment and opportunities for OKASA and all of their athletes.



How to Find An Adaptive Sports Organization in Your Area

Are you seeking a way to get started with some adaptive sports and activities?

OKASA is a member of the following organizations, and these links may be a great place to start:


You can also go to this link to find local adaptive sports opportunities and clubs, thanks to U.S. Paralympics.

Find out more about OKASA's mission and their programs or discover ways to help out at okasa.org.




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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 9 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week at 180 Medical

by Jessica November 10 2017 05:42
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In keeping with one of 180 Medical's guiding principles of integrity and encouraging our employees to always do the right thing and operate by a strong code of ethics, we have been participating in the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and Health Care Compliance Association's annual Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week (November 5-11, 2017). 


180 Medical's Integrity Sets Us Apart

Part of 180 Medical's foundation, something we call "the 180 Way," is integrity. At our company, integrity is emphasized in every department and in all our daily responsibilities and tasks. One department in particular, our Compliance and Contracting Department, is responsible for keep us up to date and on track with the latest regulations and insurance guidelines, as well as complying with regular internal and external audits.

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Even when it takes more time and effort on our part, we do what’s right every single time – not only for our own company, but for our customers, as well as all of the nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals and associates at the facilities with which we have developed relationships. Not many companies today will go as far as we do to help others. 180 Medical is in network with thousands of insurance plans, but when someone has a plan that is not already within our growing network, we have a special department just for finding a company that is, all while giving a top-notch customer service experience during the transfer process. We also make sure to get all necessary documentation for each and every one of our customers.

180 medical better business bureau accreditedBecause of our dedication to following the strictest guidelines, we are nationally accredited by the ACHC (Accreditation Commission for Health Care). In 2016, we were honored with the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Ethics, which was created to recognize companies that go above and beyond with the best practices in integrity and ethics. 

Each day, we all do what we can in order to exemplify what 180 Medical stands for, whether we are serving each other with kindness in the workplace, offering a listening ear and building rapport with our customers, or going the extra mile to make sure we have all of the documentation on hand that our customers' individual and varied insurance policies require. We feel that our unique story and our daily dedication to the 5 parts of the 180 Way is part of what keeps us a top provider of intermittent catheter and ostomy supplies.


Celebrating Compliance & Ethics Week 180-Style

With this week being the official HCCA Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week, the great people in our Compliance Department decided to make this week both educational and fun for everyone here.

hcca corporate compliance ethics week 2017 logoOn Monday, we wore blue to keep in mind the official of Compliance Awareness. Tuesday was Hat Day. On Wednesday, we were encouraged to dress professionally versus our typical workplace casual attire for Dress for Success Day, and on Thursday, we celebrated with one of our favorite annual "fun days," Pajama Day. 

Throughout the week, the Compliance and Contracting Department also organized scavenger hunts and bingo games, centered around trivia related to 180 Medical policies and procedures as well as compliance and ethics. This has been topped off with prizes as well as a few trips by everyone's desks to offer some tasty and healthy snacks to keep us going through the workweek.

Our entire company also had the chance to take part in voting for one of our employees our of multiple nominees who really shows a strong spirit of integrity and ethics at 180 Medical. This honor went to Lauren, one of our Billing Specialists. The co-worker who nominated her says, "Lauren remains ethical and honest in all her day-to-day decisions. She is quick to question anything that may not be compliant and shows high integrity."

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Congratulations, Lauren! We're proud of you, as well as each one of our employees who work hard every day to exemplify the 180 Way.

As our Compliance and Contracting Department continues to work hard to keep our workplace updated with the latest insurance guidelines and compliance and ethics policies, we here at 180 Medical will continue to strive to do our best in every situation for you.


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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.


Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day Honored at 180 Medical

by Jessica September 29 2017 05:13
This is our second year at 180 Medical to set aside a special day to honor all those living with spinal cord injuries, including many of our patients, family, and friends, as well as our founder Todd Brown. We like to take time to do what we can to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries both in and outside of work, and our Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day gave our employees an opportunity to not only help raise funds to directly benefit people living with spinal cord injuries but also experience firsthand what it's like to maneuver around the workplace in a wheelchair. 

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Representing in Green

We all made it a point to wear green on SCI Day. Some of us wore green t-shirts or cardigans, even green pants and glasses frames, and others went all the way and wore as much green as they could! One of our employees even dyed his beard green for the day.

We felt that wearing green, which is the official color for Spinal Cord Injury Awareness, would be a great way to show our support and join in solidarity as a group for the cause.

180 medical wearing green for spinal cord injury awareness day


Raising Funds for the Spinal Cord Injured

Part of the fun of SCI Day was our lunchtime fundraiser, which was held at both our warehouse and our main headquarters locations here in Oklahoma City. Everyone enjoyed a few slices of pizza and brownies, and it was even more delicious knowing we were raising funds for a great cause.

Together, as a company, all employees were given the opportunity to vote which organization we want to support with this year's SCI Day Pizza & Brownie Fundraiser. We were excited to find out that by the end of the day, we had raised over $500, which will directly go to benefit people with spinal cord injuries at the organization, Will2Walk.

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SCI Day Wheelchair Challenge

As part of our Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, we wanted to give our employees a chance to take the Wheelchair Challenge and spend time during the day in a manual wheelchair. Since our company specializes in intermittent catheters and related urological supplies, along with ostomy supplies, we interact regularly with many customers who live with spinal cord injuries and use catheters daily.

We truly care about each of our customers as if they were a part of our 180 family, and it's important for us to take time to know as much as we can about spinal cord injuries as well as the challenges that those living with SCI face on a regular basis.

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Even though our employees were only able to get a half hour of maneuvering around in a wheelchair to make sure everyone who signed up had a chance, the impact it made was clear! Every person learned something from their experience.

Some of the biggest challenges that our many participants discovered were getting in and out of the handicapped stall in the bathroom, holding and carrying food and drinks, trying to get items from shelves, getting on and off the elevator, maneuvering through doorways, and going any place outside, especially uphill ramps and inclines.

Brent, one of our Documentation Specialists, discovered first-hand how difficult getting around and completing daily tasks can be from the seat of a wheelchair. He says, "I see now more than ever how someone with a spinal cord injury must be incredibly strong, both mentally and physically. I respect them very much." 

sci connectionThere were many challenges that some told us they had never considered before, like opening a refrigerator door and getting items out or even going to the restroom.

Amanda from our Accounting department learned that, "I have full advantage of what appears to be the simplest tasks, like reaching the top shelves in the break room, using the stairs, walking across the sidewalk without running into things. I feel truly honored to work for a company that takes the extra step to help support those with spinal cord injuries and other conditions."

Customer Specialist Meghan said she found going uphill the most trying challenge, but her personal experience was really moving and brings to light one of the big issues that many living with spinal cord injuries face. "It takes a lot of work just moving around. Without the help of others, it can feel very isolating," she told us.

This is such a big part of why we want to raise awareness. We want those living with spinal cord injuries to know they are not alone! There are support groups and great in-person communities that those with spinal cord injuries can join, and there are activities like adaptive sports, arts, and crafts that many can still participate in, depending on their injury level. 

Greg, also one of our Customer Specialists, summed up what he learned with four simple but serious words: "Take nothing for granted."

This year really helped many more of us realize just a fraction of the challenges that those living with spinal cord injuries face, and we were all happy to do our part in raising awareness. Overall, SCI Day at 180 Medical was once again a fun and educational time that allowed us all a chance to participate and give back during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.


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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

180 Medical Honors Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

by Jessica September 20 2017 06:00
September is dedicated to raising awareness about spinal cord injuries (SCI). This is an especially important time to 180 Medical, since our founder lives with a spinal cord injury, as well as many of our customers, who we consider a part of the 180 family!

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What Is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month?

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month is a time to spread awareness about spinal cord injuries, the potential risk factors, and safety precautions that can be taken to reduce the number of injuries in the future. At the same time, it's incredibly important to acknowledge the many living with spinal cord injuries in the world today and pay tribute to their bravery and perseverance.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, here are some of the most recent facts about spinal cord injuries:
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Around 285,000 people are living with spinal cord injuries in the United States.

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About 17,500 new spinal cord injury cases occur in the United States every year.

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Males account for about 81% of new spinal cord injury cases.

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The leading causes of spinal cord injuries are vehicle crashes, followed by falls, acts of violence, and sports.



The effects of spinal cord injuries are often life-altering, but even so, those affected can live normal, healthy lives after rehabilitation. Many people with spinal cord injuries go on to achieve things many thought impossible or use their experience to help positively impact others' lives, like Mason Ellis, Jen Goodwin, and Tricia Downing, just to name a few.

todd brown founder of 180 medicalOur company's founder, Todd Brown, is also a wonderful example of this, and of course, his experience makes the cause of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness very dear to our hearts here at 180 Medical.

After being paralyzed from the chest down in a motocross accident, Todd discovered first-hand what it was like to readjust to the world navigating in a wheelchair. He dealt with urinary tract infections while reusing catheters and also had the unfortunate experience of finding out that there weren't many companies out there with employees who truly seemed to care or have much knowledge about his condition or the products he needed.

That experience is what led him to create 180 Medical in order to help others living with spinal cord injuries and other conditions that require the use of catheters, related urologic supplies, and ostomy products, in the hope that he could help turn their lives around. 

180 Medical Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day

To honor Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month as well as raise awareness, 180 Medical is planning a company SCI Day at our Oklahoma City headquarters on September 27th for the second year. We'll have some fun opportunities for our employees to get involved, such as a pizza fundraiser, wearing green for awareness, and more!

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At 180 Medical, we truly care about raising awareness about spinal cord injuries just as much as we care about every single one of our customers. We see firsthand how much this type of injury can impact and change lives.

sci connectionThanks to new research into spinal cord injuries, technology continues to advance in order to make everyday life more adaptable for those living with spinal cord injuries, including products such as closed system catheters, which provide an easier and more hygienic way to self-cath for many.

We make it a point to do what we can to support spinal cord injury groups, including our SCI Day Pizza Fundraiser, and we participate in community events when we can, such as the recent INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehab Courage Run and the annual Corporate Challenge, which goes to support disabled athletes in the Endeavor Games.

If you or a loved one are newly injured and looking for a catheter supplier who will offer you compassion and understanding, we're here for you!

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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

180 Medical Takes Part in the 2017 OKASA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

by Jessica May 11 2017 06:20
We recently got to participate for the 9th year in the annual OU Physicians Games Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, which is one of our favorite annual events to attend and support. The event supports the Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association (OKASA) and raises funds for disabled athletes. During this great event, teams of doctors from OU Medical Center as well as a team from 180 Medical play wheelchair basketball and take on the awesome Oklahoma Blaze. 

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During the event, there's a lot of fun to be had, even outside of the basketball games, like face painting, carnival games, popcorn and other tasty treats, and a silent auction to benefit OKASA. On top of that, the OKC Thunder Drummers came out again this year to entertain the crowd, and the children's cheerleader group, Inspiring Attitudes, performed dance routines between games, too. The annual wheelchair basketball tournament is a blast for all our employees to come watch and cheer on the Blaze and all the other great teams, including our own.

"It's so incredibly important to us to support the doctors and providers and patients that we work with, and we love the event. We're just so happy to be a part of it," says Michael Pampalone, one of 180 Medical's Urologic Territory Specialists.
 
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The Blaze is still just too good for us to beat! We didn't even score a basket this year, but our team had a great time as always, and we're honored to be able to be a part of this important and fun annual event!



About OKASA: The Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association is an organization that supports recreational and athletic activities for adults and children with disabilities. These events include such sports as wheelchair basketball, track and field, swimming, table tennis, and competitive weight-lifting. The organization promotes health and fitness and teaches lifelong skills such as team effort, good sportsmanship, setting goals, commitment, and responsibility. You can also connect with them on Facebook or Twitter


About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. In her free time, she loves writing, making art, and hanging with her dogs and loved ones.

180 Medical Participates in 2017 MS Society Walk MS Event in Oklahoma City

by Jessica April 26 2017 07:05
At 180 Medical, we like to do all we can to support important causes and participate in charitable events when we can in the community. This year makes it our sixth year to participate. The National MS Society's Walk MS event is always a great time for us to get together with our fellow co-workers, connect with others, and do our part to raise funds for the MS Society and take steps to end Multiple Sclerosis for good. MS affects more than 2.3 million people across the world, and as of today, there is still no cure, but every day gets us closer, and every dollar raised means a great deal to those who are living with Multiple Sclerosis.

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This year's Central Oklahoma Walk MS was held at the Myriad Botanical Gardens on April 22nd, 2017. Everyone who came out had a blast, and as always, many of us brought our families and our dogs for the morning out. We also loved getting to meet people who came by our 180 Medical table. A local group of high school marching band drummers came out to lead everyone when the walk began at 10 a.m., and the path led us around some beautiful sights and building around downtown Oklahoma City. 



Just as it is for us every year, we had a wonderful time supporting a wonderful cause, and we look forward to the future Walk MS events.



About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. In her free time, she loves writing, making art, and hanging with her dogs and loved ones.

Holiday Fun at 180 Medical

by Jessica December 14 2016 20:58
Here at 180 Medical, we love to celebrate holidays, and one way we have some fun at work around this time of year is our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, which we held on Friday, December 9th. We were so happy to have all of our employees from our remote offices around the country here with us at the headquarters for that night's annual Christmas Party as well.

The morning started off great with an opportunity to get some hot chocolate and doughnuts in order to raise funds to make boxes of love for spinal cord injury patients transitioning back to normal life back at home after leaving rehabilitation therapy. Everyone was excited to participate and help out with the fundraiser, which was put on by our 180 Way Committee. Plus, the hot chocolate with all the fun fixings was a perfect treat that morning with the recent cold weather.

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Another super-fun part of the day was an option to take some silly pictures with our co-workers and teammates in a Christmas Photo Booth.

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One thing that makes every year at 180 Medical special is the opportunity to participate in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Christmas Charity. We had an amazing turnout from our employees who gave to the children involved in the program with over 100 items purchased this year. It's a wonderful feeling to know we can help make it a great Christmas for kids and their families, as well as work alongside such compassionate people.

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Overall, it was a great day that ended with a evening of dancing, dining, and more at our annual Christmas Party in downtown Oklahoma City. It's so nice to be able to have fun at work, in between taking care of our awesome customers, and that's just one of the many reasons why 180 Medical is such a great place to work. In fact, we've been named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for seven years! 

Are you ready to become a part of the 180 Medical family? Check out our Careers page for more information and to apply.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. 

 

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day at 180 Medical

by Jessica September 28 2016 20:06


Each year, we like to shine a spotlight on the importance of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, which is in September each year. This not only brings more visibility to the impact on the lives of the 450,000 people living with SCI (Spinal Cord Injuries) in the United States alone, but it also offers an opportunity to educate ways to prevent injuries like this as well as bringing more public support for organizations that help support those with SCI and offer them resources and hope. This month, we decided to bring awareness in a different way that allows all our employees to have an opportunity to participate, experience, and give back. 

For SCI Awareness Day at 180 Medical, we all wore green shirts (the official color of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month), including all of our offices across the USA and our corporate headquarters located in Oklahoma City, OK.

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Another great addition to the day was our delicious pizza and brownies sale over the lunch hours, hosted by our 180 Way Committee, in order to raise funds to benefit a spinal cord injury organization, which will be determined and voted on by our employees. 



On top of that, we also gave employees at our headquarters an opportunity to volunteer and see what it's really like to get around during the day in a wheelchair. Overall, the main consensus from employees who volunteered to sign up for time in the wheelchair was the realization of how difficult everything became suddenly in a wheelchair, and what a unique, educational experience it was for them.

Here are three quotes with just a little bit of the great feedback we received from our employees on what the opportunity meant to them.

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The day brought some light to all of us as to the struggles that those living with a spinal cord injury may face every day and especially at first as they begin to learn how to maneuver through life anew in a wheelchair. We were all glad to wear green and take part in a day to bring awareness to those living with SCI every day. 

Learn more about Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month:
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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. 

 

180 Medical's 100 Day Water Challenge

by Jessica August 24 2016 13:09
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At 180 Medical, we like to focus on our health. Not only do we have healthy snack options like almonds and fruit in our break-rooms, we also have an onsite gym where our employees can break a sweat and get some daily exercise at lunch or after hours. But one thing people often forget about in their quest to get healthy is how important water can be to our overall health.

Around a month ago, one of our employees had a great idea to challenge as many people as possible at work to drink the right amount of water for their individual needs and body types, and over 160 of us have decided to meet the challenge and give it our best shot. 

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The 180 Medical 100 Day Water Challenge also raises the stakes by making sure that water is literally the only liquid we drink! No more sugary soda, juices, coffee, and other sugary drinks for us, as we continue on. The goal is to make it a solid 100 days without cheating, but of course, as long as the participants are trying their best to get more water and stave off dehydration, they're taking a step in the right direction. 

caffeine and bladder health factWhat are some of the benefits of drinking the right amount of water for your needs and cutting out sugary, caffeine-laden drinks?
  • Easier maintenance of a healthy weight
  • Aids in digestion and prevents constipation (which is often a sign of low-grade dehydration)
  • Decrease in headaches and fatigue
  • Improves your kidney and bladder health

Here's what some of our employees who are taking part in the challenge are saying:

  • "I had no idea how much sugar I was taking in before I started this!"
  • "I feel so much better. I didn't realize how big of a different cutting out sodas and drinking water instead would make."
  • "It's not always easy, but I'm proud of myself when I stick to water."

We hope you find some inspiration in our challenge too! Join us as we continue on for another 70 days. Hopefully we will all be forming some new lifelong habits. Find out more about drinking enough water at WebMD. As always, we recommend that you discuss your individual water intake goals with a healthcare professional, as everyone's individual needs can differ, based on weight, age, gender, and specific condition.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. She loves writing, playing music, creating art, and spending quality time with her dogs, friends, & family.
 

180 Medical Takes Steps for ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

by Jessica June 15 2016 08:36
Last weekend in Portland, OR, ZERO Prostate Cancer held one of their Run/Walk events at Elizabeth Caruthers Park. When they can, our employees love a chance to get out in their respective communities and give back. So not only did we sponsor the event, but our 180 Medical employees in the local area jumped on board to attend and participate in this great cause, which is close to our hearts because so many of our customers have been affected by prostate cancer. In fact, according to the statistics provided by ZERO, one in eight American men will have prostate cancer in their lifetime. 

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It was a beautiful, sunny day in the Pacific Northwest, and our employees Kelly, Breena, Julio, and Jesse all had a great time getting out in the fresh air to walk, run, and have some fun with everyone, all united in a single cause to end prostate cancer. ZERO is a national nonprofit organization that works to find a cure for prostate cancer as well as offer education and support to affected men and their families.

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Many prostate cancer survivors were in attendance, and a few of them talked about their personal stories. There were fun activities, and even a children's race, where every one of them got a superhero cape at the end. All in all, it was a really amazing day, and we're proud of our employees who got to take part in the event.

To find out more about ZERO and find out ways that you, too, can help end prostate cancer, learn more at: www.zerocancer.org/fight.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. She loves writing, playing music, creating art, and spending quality time with her dogs, friends, & family.