Five Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and planning a romantic evening for you and your significant other can seem harder as the years go by. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to plan an elaborate, expensive Valentine’s Day date to show someone you truly care about them. Here are five thoughtful ways to make a big impression this Valentine’s Day (and for a small cost)!

  1. Dinner and a Movie

This one may sound cliché, but there’s a reason that dinner and a movie is the go-to Valentine’s Day date. Make a reservation at your partner’s favorite restaurant and buy tickets to that movie you’ve heard everyone talking about. You can chat and catch up over dinner, and you’ll always share romantic memories from the movie you saw together.

  1. Movie Marathon

An at-home movie marathon is one of the best ways to have a great Valentine’s Day with very few expenses. Whether you spend the evening watching romantic chick flicks or nerve-racking action films, a movie marathon is really about putting aside the time to have a relaxing, stress-free day with your partner. Try going off the grid by turning off cell phones and computers; you’ll appreciate the uninterrupted time together!

  1. Cook Together

Whether you love cooking or hate it, you’ll find that making and enjoying a delicious meal with your partner can be one of the most satisfying and romantic things to do. Find a unique recipe you’ve never tried before, and head to the grocery store to get everything you need. Don’t forget: Shopping together for ingredients is a part of the experience, too! Cooking doesn’t feel like a chore when you’re doing it with someone you love, and you might just surprise yourselves by how good dinner turns out!

  1. Take a Day Trip

Every couple has a list of destinations they’ve always talked about visiting together. Show your significant other your spontaneous side and plan a day trip to one of these destinations. If you’re within a couple hours from the beach or the mountains, both destinations make great day trips! Wherever you choose to visit, set aside an entire day for your trip. Perhaps the biggest perk of a day trip? It’ll feel like you’re on vacation, but you still get to sleep in your own bed at the end of the day!

  1. Go to a Show

Treat yourself to some live entertainment! Pick a comedy act, concert or whatever captures your interest. Wherever you’re located, there are always couple’s events going on around Valentine’s Day. Going to a show is a unique experience and a great alternative for a couple who is bored by the typical movie date night. Surprising your partner with tickets to an event they’d love is a great way to show how well you know their interests.

Regardless of which Valentine’s Day activities you decide to plan, we hope you have a great holiday with your special someone! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Wearever Announces ‘Caregivers’ 2017 Scholarship Winner

Incontinence Underwear and Products Supplier Awards $1,000 to University of Arizona Student

DURHAM, North Carolina – Feb. 5, 2018 – Wearever, an incontinence undergarment and health and wellness apparel company, congratulates Christopher Mercado on winning the Wearever ‘Caregivers’ 2017 Scholarship. Mercado is currently attending the University of Arizona, and received the $1,000 scholarship from Wearever to help with future studies.

Wearever is committed to providing ambitious students the opportunity to focus on his or her studies and reduce worry about the cost of books and tuition. The Wearever ‘Caregivers’ Scholarship was open to graduating high school seniors and any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited U.S. college, university or institute.

Each applicant was required to submit an essay describing his or her experience with caring for a relative or friend with limitations, disabilities or hospitalization. Applicants were also encouraged to give advice for caregivers going through similar situations.

“At Wearever, we believe in the power of education, and we’re thrilled to support students through this scholarship,” said Bob Deerin, founder and CEO of Wearever. “We believe scholarships have the ability to motivate ambitious students to pursue their dreams while worrying less about tuition and other school-related expenses.”

For more information about the Wearever ‘Caregivers’ Scholarship, please visit www.weareverincontinence.com/scholarship. More information on Wearever and its incontinence products can be found on the website and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to stay up to date on the latest Wearever news and offerings.

About Wearever
The Wearever® brand offers comfortable, quality, affordable and stylish apparel solutions for everyday health and wellness concerns. The men’s and women’s underwear line of washable, reusable urinary incontinence panties and briefs is especially beneficial for active individuals who want to continue their normal lifestyles without worry or emotional stress resulting from urinary incontinence. Additionally, Wearever offers incontinence bedding products as well as Buster Brown® socks. Wearever is produced and distributed by Prime Life Fibers®, a Durham, North Carolina-based apparel company founded in 2002 by Bob Deerin. To learn more, visit www.WeareverIncontinence.com.

New Incontinence Drug May Improve Sleep Quality

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In recent news, researchers at the University of California-San Francisco discovered a new drug that could inhibit the occurrence of urinary incontinence in women while greatly improving their quality of sleep. Those who suffer from urinary incontinence understand that this is an affliction that ceases to subside, no matter the time of day. Even in the deepest of sleep, episodes of incontinence can occur. Due to this, maintaining a regimented sleep cycle proves to be very difficult. Now, with the discovery of the new drug, fesoterodine, women who have incontinence will be able to rest easy at night knowing that their incontinence is being treated.

Putting Incontinence to Rest

Incontinence is a very common issue for women; especially those who have suffered frequent bladder infections, have given birth, are menopausal, or have a weakened bladder due to old age.

Due to its uncontrollable nature, many women’s sleep patterns are disrupted and their quality of life is greatly reduced. Leslee Subak, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology states, “Two of the biggest quality-of-life factors for older women are poor sleep quality and incontinence, and the older you get, the more prevalent both conditions are, and they do seem to be correlated. And so, if we can find a drug to treat one and effectively decrease the other, too, that could be big for improving quality of life.” Luckily, with the determination from scientists and doctors from UCSF, that treatment has been made possible.

Back in 2012, researchers at the University of California-San Francisco conducted a study that looked into the effects a certain drug had on reducing the episodes of incontinence. Since incontinence is 5-10 times more common in women than men, researchers decided to revolve the study around women with incontinence. In their research, they discovered that the drug, fesoterodine, decreased the number of incontinence accidents while reducing the number of time participants woke up in the middle of the night to urinate. Fesoterodine is an antimuscarinic which helps to control accidental urination by blocking the receptors in the bladder.

Killing Two Birds With One Stone

Since fesoterodine proved to be efficient in preventing incidences of incontinence, researchers wanted to take it a step further and determine if it had beneficial effects for sleeping. To produce accurate results, researchers had their participants take part in a sleep evaluation, first–the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index is a self-reported evaluation that measures sleep duration, daytime sleepiness, the amount of time it takes for an individual to fall asleep at night, as well as 4 other sleep factors. Each category is scaled from 0 to 3 and totaled together at the end. Typically, the higher the score, the poorer the sleep quality–ranging from a score of 5 or more. In their study, they found that 57% of their participants recorded poor sleeping habits with an average score of 6.4. However, the women who were taking fesoterodine each night reported that slept much more soundly; only waking up to urinate once per night, if at all.

Since incontinence affects 25% of women who are in their 20’s and 30’s, 50% of women who are menopausal, and 80% of women who are 80 and up, the newly discovered medicinal effects fesoterodine has on sleep patterns and incontinence is truly groundbreaking. Not only will this new course of treatment help to soothe incontinence in women while bettering their sleep patterns, it will greatly increase their overall quality of life.  

Incontinence-friendly Recipe of the Month: Green Smoothie

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After the holiday festivities, many are looking for a healthy reset after the cookies, pies and other sweet treats. Drinking a smoothie packed with fruits and veggies is one of the best ways to ensure your body is getting all essential vitamins. The great thing about smoothie recipes is their versatility, allowing you to mix and match ingredients to fit what you have on hand or your personal preferences. Just be sure to avoid dairy and citrus fruits, since those can exacerbate incontinence symptoms.

Here’s our suggestion for a delicious green smoothie to start the year off right:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2 bananas

Directions:

  1. Place the spinach in a blender.
  2. Add water.
  3. Blend together until smooth.
  4. Add mango, pineapple and banana.
  5. Blend until smooth.
  6. Pour into a cup of your choice.
  7. Enjoy!

That’s it! You can see the full recipe here, or check out other yummy combinations for smoothies to enjoy all year long here!

How to Stay Active Even in Chilly Temperatures

As winter temperatures dip below freezing across much of the United States, it can be hard to get outside for exercise. That’s why it’s important to continue moving your body with indoor workouts during the wintertime in order to stay active and healthy. Luckily, it is easy to participate in a full-body workout from the comfort of your own home if you know which routines work best for you. Check out these indoor workouts to stay energized and keep burning calories and building muscle during the colder months:

  1. Yoga

There are numerous health benefits of yoga, such as increasing flexibility and improving balance. You might also notice mental or emotional benefits to a yoga practice, such as reduced anxiety and increased mindfulness. Plus, there are great resources for watching free yoga videos on sites like YouTube, such as this or this.

  1. Indoor Walking

According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a regular walking program can help reduce blood cholesterol, lower blood pressure, increase cardiovascular endurance and boost bone strength. Home or gym treadmills are very popular options, but seniors can also research indoor tracks at local health organizations, community centers or schools. Many people prefer indoor tracks when compared to treadmills because they feel more natural and less intimidating, especially for beginning walkers.

  1. Indoor Cycling

It’s extremely important for seniors to avoid overexertion by choosing exercises that allow them to workout at their own paces. Even though indoor cycling can be very physically demanding, seniors can choose a pace that is appropriate for their unique bodies. Indoor cycling helps regular participants develop a strong cardiovascular system while building key muscle groups in the thighs, lower legs, back and upper body. The next time you try indoor cycling, remember that headphones and a good playlist are essential for “getting in the zone.”

  1. Indoor Swimming

Most people don’t have indoor swimming pools in their homes, but many local gyms offer indoor swimming opportunities yearlong. If you’re not a fan of swimming laps, consider signing up for a water aerobics class. Water aerobics classes are low impact, as the water’s buoyancy effect helps support body weight while exercising. In addition to being low impact, water aerobics is a great exercise for burning calories fast and building muscle in an amusing way.

Regardless of which favorite winter workout you choose, it’s most important to remember that exercise of any kind will help improve your physical and mental health. To keep things interesting, you can also combine different combinations of these exercises to work different muscle groups. Plus, you can feel comfortable exercising with our no leak undergarments for both men and women. Here’s to a healthier you in 2018!

Urinary Incontinence Can Affect Teenagers Academically

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Did you know that urinary incontinence can affect the learning abilities and academic performance of teenagers?

Unfortunately, incontinence problems are one of the most common health issues that occur in young children–however, it’s an issue that can easily resolve itself over time. In a new study, researchers discovered that teenagers with incontinence problems have an even larger risk of struggling with their academics. With the constant need to use the bathroom and to struggle through the sometimes present symptoms of burning pain, it proves to be a difficult challenge to sit through class and pay attention to studies, which is why it’s highly important for teenagers to seek professional help as soon as they feel symptoms of incontinence issues.

Additionally, teenagers who are suffering from incontinence problems need to more help and support in order for them to succeed in all their academic endeavors.

Working Through Incontinence

Currently, urinary incontinence occurs in approximately 4% of teenagers, while only 1% suffer from bowel incontinence problems. In a study conducted by the University of Bristol,  researchers looked deeply into the impact of the middle school environment on young children with incontinence struggles in the UK. in the beginning stages of their study, researchers interviewed 20 children that were in between 11 and 19 years of age. These 11 girls and 9 boys each struggled from a range of continence issues–daytime bed wetting, soiling pants, leakage, etc.

Additionally, 17 out of the 20 children participated in full-time education practices. Here are the 5 reoccurring themes they discovered from their data intake:

  • Boundaries of disclosure amongst family members, friends, and teachers
  • Social consequences resulting from avoidance
  • The constant interruption from learning
  • Intimate actions in public areas (public restroom instances)
  • Strict and oblivious restroom rules (source)

Researchers discovered that many of these children suffered from the incapability of being able to confide in teachers, friends, and family members about their incontinence issues. They noted that this incapability derived from the fear of being bullied by other students. With this in mind, it’s extremely important for teachers and other school staff to become more aware of this issue–have the ability to catch onto the signs and symptoms–this way they can easily detect if a student is having a problem and be able to get them the help and support that they need. In addition to a teacher’s heightened awareness, officials believe that any student who suffers from this inconvenient issue should be able to have 100% unrestricted access to the bathroom at all times throughout the school day. Moving on, researchers also discovered that many of these students also experienced setbacks in school that resulted from their incontinence. Many claimed that their need to use the bathroom so frequently would take them away from their classes far too often–resulting in them falling behind and missing important information. Some even reported that they would leave a class from 3 to 4 times a day just to use the bathroom.

The Need For Incontinence Awareness

From this information, it’s so important to spread the awareness of the terrible symptoms incontinence. It’s very apparent that there needs to be a greater awareness for incontinence not only in the household, but at school as well. With a greater awareness for incontinence, as well as more lenient restroom rules, children who suffer from this medical issue will be able to find more comfort in school and have the help they need always be available to them–this will allow them to have 100% focus on their work, without the distraction of incontinence

A Holiday Gift Guide For All Your Loved Ones

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Don’t know what to get your loved ones for the holidays? Check out our suggestions below to show your friends and family just how much you care.

For Mom:

  • A nice candle or scent diffuser can work wonders while relaxing during the holidays. Look no further than Voluspa — they have both candles and diffusers in a range of sizes and prices!
  • A pair of statement earrings can make great gifts that will make Mom think of you whenever she puts them on! Bauble Bar has a bunch of fun gift sets to mix and match.
  • A nice cozy robe is something she wouldn’t normally buy for herself, but she’ll love for years to come; this one from was on Oprah’s list of favorite things!

For Dad:

  • All guys love a good tumbler that actually keeps their drinks hot or cold; these Yeti insulated cups will be a hit come Christmas day!
  • It may not be at the top of their list, but a subscription from BirchboxMan will definitely be appreciated. Choose the length of the subscription, and they can input their style and preference — perfect for the guy who has everything!
  • Do you have an active man in your life? A fitness watch could take his exercise routine to the next level. Check out the best ones according to Men’s Health.

For Kids:

  • Looking for a fun and (secretly) educational game to play with the little ones? Code Monkey Island is a board game that teaches kids the fundamentals of computer science while having a blast.
  • Perfect for the creative mind, an art set will spark any child’s inspiration and creativity. This one comes in an eye-catching case that they’ll want to take everywhere.
  • It’s no secret that children LOVE to explore and use their imagination; this tent playhouse will keep your kids occupied with hours of fun and make-believe from the comfort of their home.

For Grandparents:

  • A great gift can sometimes come down to comfort. These Loose Top Socks provide all-day comfort and are perfect for traveling.
  • A good book can always make a great gift for those with a little more time on their hands. Check out Reese Witherspoon’s book club favorites, many of which are New York Times Best Sellers and are being made into movies.
  • For the family members who have kept all the best recipes secret for so many years, give them this empty cookbook to fill with all their favorites. It’ll be passed down and cherished for years to come.

For Neighbors and Friends:

  • A good gift basket is always a safe bet. Here are some that are guaranteed to please.
  • For the golfer in your life, these personalized golf tees are sure to make them giggle, and they’ll use them every time they hit the green!
  • A pair of nice quality hand towels will always be appreciated. This Christmas-themed set will go with any home décor.

There you have it! Now that you’re all set with a holiday gift guide for 2018, you shop for your loved ones from the comfort of your own home. Happy holidays to you and yours!

Smooth & Silky Seamless Full-Cut Incontinence Panties – Review

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Don’t let bulky undergarments keep you from looking and feeling your best. With our Seamless Full-Cut Incontinence Panties, you don’t have to worry about unexpected leakage or noticeable panty lines. These panties are perfect for active, fashion-conscious women experiencing light incontinence.

Marie Moody from Xmas Dolly recently reviewed our Women’s Smooth & Silky Seamless Full-Cut Incontinence Panties. She shared her thoughts on her blog:

“I love these panties.  They’re so very soft, and the leg panty line just wasn’t there.  I couldn’t feel it at all annoying me as usual. In fact, the padding part is hardly there, but it does work.  I love these panties. The black ones make me feel they’re not old lady panties. I actually felt sexy in them and [will] get more of these for sure.”

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Marie! We always love hearing about how our products provide comfort and convenience. To read Marie’s full blog post, click here.

New Device In UK To Help Women With Stress Incontinence

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Did you know that in the United Kingdom alone, nearly 3 million women are afflicted with stress incontinence? Unfortunately, many of these women are too embarrassed by their problem and will not seek help for it. Lucky, the UK just developed a new device that can help women fight the stigma that follows being diagnosed with stress incontinence.

The Pessary That Can Change It All

Just a few weeks ago, the Scottish Fitness Expo released their new pessary called URESTA. URESTA is a small, reusable, rubber weight that has a shape of a bell. The purpose of URESTA is for women to use it as a way to successfully manage their symptoms of incontinence and avoid the tiresome, and embarrassing leaks that can occur throughout the day.

Women insert URESTA inside their pelvic region and use it throughout the day in everything they do; they can even exercise with it! Although URESTA is not very heavy, it provides women with enough weight to strengthen their bladder muscles as they use it, allowing for little to no urine to escape. Since URESTA is made primarily of rubber, it can easily be washed.

Urogynecologist Developed and Recommended

Originally designed and produced by Canadian urogynecologist, Scott Farrell, URESTA is currently being used by over 10,000 woman in Canada, alone.  Farrell made the prototype of URESTA out of plasticine from–surprisingly enough–his daughter’s toy box! Here’s what he had to say about his thought process for the creation of URESTA, “I had a patient a few years ago who was a bagpipe-player who leaked when she played. The pessary stopped it and she was able to continue in competition” (Source). So naturally, he then began to think of ways that the pessary could actually come in use for women.

Many of Dr. Farrell’s patients have experienced much success in improving their incontinence through the use of the pessary, URESTA. One woman even claimed that she was able to take part in all the activities she used to be able to do before the birth of her daughter. She claimed that she used URESTA almost every single day and it truly helped her regain much of the strength she needed in her bladder muscles.

Wael Agur, a urogyneocologist from Ayrshire and Arran, claimed that he as well gave URESTA to his patients with stress incontinence to use. Agur loves recommending this to women due to the simple fact that it provides these women with relief. Many are very embarrassed to share this problem with their doctor with fear that it means they will need dramatic surgery. However, this is not the case at all, and hopefully, with the development of URESTA, more and more women will be inclined to speak up to their doctor and share the issues they are dealing with involving stress incontinence.

In addition, the pessary is very much a self-managing tool, so women won’t have to make frequent doctors visits to check on their progress unless they really have a desire to.Not only does this inconspicuous and handy pessary help women to strengthen their bladder muscles, but it also provides them with the confidence they so rightly deserve.

Wearever Incontinence Products Help

While URESTA is an amazing development that may make it to the US, there are many ways to deal with incontinence currently. At Wearever, we pride ourselves on offering the best incontinence products for men and women. Check out our incontinence panties, incontinence briefs, and reusable bed pads for reliable protection.

10 Things Diabetics Should Know About Their Diet

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There are many strict dietary guidelines when it comes to living with diabetes. You are advised to stay away from certain foods and consume more of others, but sometimes finding a healthy balance can be tricky.

In honor of World Diabetes Day on November 14th, here are some tips you should be aware of when thinking about your diet with diabetes:

  1. Be skeptical of “sugar-free” snacks and treats

It is very important to monitor your sugar intake with diabetes. Although it can be appealing to pick up a sugar-free cookie or candy, many of these foods are extremely high in hidden carbohydrates.

  1. Avoid overly processed foods like white bread, pasta and rice

White bread, bagels and other refined-flour foods can significantly increase blood sugar levels. Instead, the American Diabetes Association recommends choosing whole-grain or 100 percent whole-wheat bread.

  1. Check your fruit juice

While it may seem like a healthy choice, fruit juice can have similar effects on blood sugar levels as some sodas! Even drinks that are 100 percent juice can be very high in sugar and carbohydrates.

  1. Limit fruit-flavored yogurts

Flavored yogurts may seem like a healthy snack as well, but they are made with mostly non-fat or low-fat milk and loaded with carbohydrates and sugar. Stick to plain yogurt for a smarter snack.

  1. Keep an eye on alternative sweeteners

Sweeteners like honey, agave nectar and maple syrup are often regarded as healthier options compared to white table sugar because they are less processed. However, they have similar effects on blood sugar.

  1. Dried fruit only in moderation

Fruits are great because they offer so many important nutrients and vitamins, but they are also high in natural sugars. When fruits are dried, they become more concentrated, resulting in a more concentrated sugar intake.

  1. Make sure to inspect your breakfast toppings

Many people enjoy granola and yogurt or cereal and milk as their first meal of the day. Make sure to check nutrition labels when buying granola or cereal because some are packed full of processed sugar.

  1. Cook by grilling, baking or steaming instead of frying

Grilling, baking and steaming are much healthier cooking alternatives when compared to frying. Both meat and vegetables will retain more nutrients, and fat content will be much lower because fats drip off rather than being reabsorbed into the food.

  1. Monitor red meat intake

While it is important to pay attention to your sugar intake, saturated fats can also negatively contribute to diabetes. You don’t have to completely eliminate red meat, but occasionally substitute nuts or beans for a healthier source of protein.

  1. Avoid 99 percent of packaged foods

Packaged foods are almost always processed and can contain high levels of sugar, fat and carbohydrates. Instead, fresh vegetable snacks like carrots or celery serve as healthier alternatives!

If you find it difficult to keep track of healthy meal options, remember that developing a diabetes meal plan can be a huge step toward eliminating bad foods and replacing them with healthier alternatives. When in doubt, it is always best to eat foods low in sugar and carbohydrates and high in fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.