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Tips for Summer Travel with Health Conditions

Summer is traditionally a time for travel!  Are you planning any vacations – near or far – in the coming months?  Now is the time to enjoy life, so don’t let health issues get in the way of your trip around the world or even the weekend visiting the grandchildren.  Just follow these helpful travel tips and you’ll be on your way to a memorable vacation.

If you are dependent on medication to control your health conditions, you’ll want to make sure you plan well ahead.  They last thing you want is to run out of your medication in the middle of the Amazon (or even Disney World).  Get your prescriptions renewed ahead of time and bring enough for the duration of your trip, plus a little extra.  You never know what your vacation might entail.

If any of your medications are temperature-dependent, you’ll want to plan for this, too.  A wide-mouthed, insulated thermos is very handy.  Just fill the bottle with ice ahead of time to cool it.  Once cool, dry it and place medications inside.  They should stay cool until you arrive at your destination.

Insurance Cards and Other Health Documentation
When it comes to visits to the doctor or hospital on your vacation, it’s good to plan for the worst and hope for the best.  That said, you’ll need to make sure you have any insurance and prescription cards with you, as well as any other medical records or documentation that may be handy to an unfamiliar physician you may have to see if it becomes necessary for you to seek medical care.

Carry-On Bag
Medications and insurance cards should be carried in your carry-on bag.  The airlines do their best to make sure your checked bags arrive at the correct destination with you, but things happen from time to time.  You will not want to be without these most important items.

Inform Others of Your Condition
You may find it prudent to inform TSA agents, flight attendants or other officials of your medical conditions.  If you experience a medical emergency mid-travel, it will be helpful for them to have fore-knowledge of your conditions.  They will be able to act faster and more efficiently to help if they are aware of any conditions up front.

Dress Comfortably
Travel has a way of being uncomfortable as it is.  The more comfortably you dress, the less discomfort you’ll experience.  Seamless socks from SmartKnit will help prevent your feet from becoming irritated, especially if your travel will include a lot of walking through airports.  Compression Travel Socks from Therafirm are also a good choice to help prevent deep vein thrombosis or DVT – a dangerous condition that travelers are at risk for.

And of course, we always recommend that you follow a doctor’s instructions for any health condition.  But, we hope these tips will help you enjoy a memorable summer vacation with minimal risk to your health.  Bon Voyage!


International Women’s Day: #BeBoldForChange

picmonkey-collage2In a few days, March 8, 2017, women around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day.  According to their website, the day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  And the day marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

In 2017, the achievements our gender has made in society are more visible than ever. We can vote, true, and we’re nearing on the 100th anniversary of suffrage. And the strides have been even greater than that. We’ve seen women holding high office.  Madeleine Albright became the first woman to hold the office of Secretary of State in 1997, and since then 3 of the last 6 have been women.  We’ve seen a female Attorney General, four different women on the U.S. Supreme Court, and many other cabinet positions.  The first woman elected to the U.S. House happened in 1917 and the first U.S. Senator a handful of years later in 1932.  And most recently, we’ve seen the first woman to run for President for a major political party.  We see women owning companies and heading corporations.  They are doctors, lawyers, scientists, astronauts.  Our gender has cracked the glass ceiling, but there is still work to do.

Attention for women’s achievements ebbs and flows in news cycles, but seems to be at the forefront of late.  Women, as a whole, are still not paid equally to their male counterparts.  Women are still not present in equal numbers in business and politics.  And globally, many improvements are still needed for women’s education and health, as well as the disproportionate numbers of violence against women.

The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange.  Change is still needed.  At our current rate of speed, the gender gap won’t close entirely until the year 2186, according to the World Economic Forum.  But, if we are bold for change, we can make that happen faster.

Change can be big or small.  What kinds of things can we, as women, change as individuals?  Below are 5 things we can work on to better ourselves and to help leave our mark on the world.


Have you ever heard of the phrase “mind over matter”?  I’ll bet you have.  That’s what I mean by perspective.  The first step to making change in our lives is changing our perspective of things.  I hate getting groceries every week or doing laundry.  But, since they are necessary chores to the well-being of my family, I do them.  I can look at them with dread, or I can be thankful that I have the funds to buy food for my family.  I can clothe my children and keep their clothes clean.  Maybe, I have a family member or co-worker that is difficult to be around.  I can choose to avoid them or be unkind to them.  Or, I can change my perception and look at things from their perspective.  Looking at things from their perspective will give me a better understanding of why they are difficult, and possibly I can help them.  Changing perspective can apply to almost anything in our lives.


I think this is area that is most reflective of the #BeBoldForChange theme. Most of us spend 8 – 10 of our waking hours per day at our jobs.  This is time not spent with family or friends or doing things we love.  With so many hours spent doing a job, it had better be something you enjoy doing.  If not, make a change.  Get a new job or go back to school.  But, be happy in your career.  Maybe you love your job, but feel that a raise or promotion is overdue.  It’s time to make a change.  Be bold and ask for what you feel you deserve.  You may not get it, but as long as you are courteous and professional, you’ll go a long way in making cracks in that glass ceiling.


This is such a tough one for us women, but is an area of such importance.  Evaluate your relationships, including friendships and family relationships.  Nurture the good relationships – the ones that are good for your well-being; the ones that bring you joy; the ones you learn from and who show you kindness.  Repair the fragile ones that are worth saving.  And cut ties with the toxic ones.  Life is too short to let others bring you down.


There are so many things we can do to change the state of our health.  The obvious one is diet and exercise, but be careful in that.  There are so many harmful ones out there.  If you diet, choose one that includes healthy foods and doesn’t make you feel bad or lacking.  Choose an active lifestyle, but know your limitations.  Don’t participate in exercise that is harmful to any condition you are living with. Chose exercise that makes you feel good and something you like to do.  You’re more apt to keep up with it if you do.  Other things you can do to become healthier or to maintain good health include brushing and flossing your teeth, getting plenty of good sleep and avoiding or limiting things like tobacco, caffeine or alcohol.  Drink plenty of water.  Most doctors and nutritionists recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.  Finally, follow your doctor’s suggestions to improve your health.  This includes wearing your compression! 😉


Most people want to leave a legacy on this world, but your legacy can be whatever you want it to be.  Many women leave their legacy with meaningful careers – doctors, teachers, politicians, businesswomen, police officers, etc.  Or your legacy may be motherhood.  Parents are the first teachers of every child and raising well-adjusted and contributing members of society is such a huge legacy in itself.  Or perhaps your legacy is the mark you leave on the world in other ways – volunteering with veterans or the homeless, fostering a child, cleaning up a local park, or even just spreading simple kindnesses to strangers.

Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to make changes happen in your life.  Have faith and courage and be bold.  And from all of us at Knit-Rite/Therafirm, Happy International Women’s Day!




John Kohler’s Run across Kansas journey!


Introducing John Kohler, a husband, father, brother, partner, friend, and to some a hero! John is also an avid believer in gradient athletic compression for performance and recovery, and recently began wearing our TheraSport Athletic Performance and Recovery Socks and Sleeves.  Last November, he set out on a trip that most of us will only dream of – a LONG foot-run across the entire STATE OF KANSAS. Yes, think Forest Gump style.  He averaged 40+ miles a day and accomplished it in 11 days. Let me clarify, he ran 435 miles in 11 days with his two feet! We were so intrigued by his journey that we wanted to know what his secret was.

Q: What inspired you to do the “run across Kansas” challenge?

A: The thought to run Kansas came to me a few years back. I did some research and noticed that no one had run across the state East/West or West/East. At that point I was enticed to make the first attempt. As I began to look at it more seriously the reasons to do it only grew from there. What turned out to be the biggest reason was I wanted to do it for my kids. My hope is that one day down the line, if they’re having a tough go at it, they will draw some strength from this. And of course the charity aspect of raising funds and bringing awareness to SocialHeart.

From SocialHeart is a non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer managed with the goal of creating a better community by supporting all local charities through unique, fun fundraising events, social media and marketing promotions and volunteer support. 

Q: Did you ever feel like giving up or regretting this journey? What kept you going?

A: You definitely have your moments when you want to throw in the towel and think “WHAT AM I DOING?” On the fourth day, after about 10 miles I was sitting on the side of the road in the middle of Kansas and I just lost it. I was tired, the pain of the last three days had accumulated and set in, and I just felt spent physically and mentally. The three guys on my crew stood there and they just let me release all that frustration. After I composed myself I got up and looked down the road, to my left the road I came from, to my right, down the road I was headed. At that point there were only two options, to quit, or to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I then thought of my wife and kids. They had already sacrificed so much to allow me to do this. If I quit, it felt like a waste of that sacrifice. I owed it to them to give it everything I had and at that point realized quitting was not an option. So I put my head down and told myself to just take the journey 5 miles at a time. Thirty-eight miles later the day was done and I was stronger for it.

Q: What did your sleep and diet look like during those 11 days?

A: My diet wasn’t exactly what I hoped it would be, but when you’re running 10-11 hours a day it boils down to convenience. My dad was the cook and when he could, he made chicken, breakfast burritos and grilled burgers. That being said I had to have A LOT of calories to sustain. Besides recovery, having sufficient food intake was integral in keeping me going. In the morning I would eat leftovers from the night before, peanut butter sandwiches with chips and protein bars were a main staple on the road during the day. At night there was pizza, burgers, and sub sandwiches, which are things I do not normally eat, but I worked with what I had and it got me to the end. Sleep was roughly 6-8 hours a day, as the journey progressed I had a hard time falling asleep and just sleeping in general. I would sleep 1-3 hours and then be awake and then sleep 1-3 hours, etc.


Q: What was your average run a day?

A: I averaged roughly 41 miles a day. Looking back I should’ve taken a more even keel approach instead of the 50 mile days followed by 30-40 mile days, but this was a giant experiment so you just kind of wing it!

Q: What did you do recover for the next day?

A: Going into it I knew recovery was key. As soon as I got back to camp I would sit on top of two 10-pound ice bags and then put two more on the top of my legs covering my thighs/knees. Afterwards I would put on either compression socks or compression pants and keep those on for a while before bed.

Q: Do you wear compression or have you worn any before?

A: I’ve been wearing compression since I began running and I’m a firm believer in its recovery abilities. During the days I would also periodically wear calf sleeves while I was on the road. I feel that they help with reducing the stress put on your legs as they hit the road.


Q: If you had a choice, would you do this challenge again?

A: When I started this journey I was just wanting to, well…just run. I never thought in a million years I would get so many messages and stories from folks inspired by what I was doing.

 Q: What would you want us, the readers, to know about your goal?

A: My hope is that people will realize that it’s not about running, in fact it’s not even about sport or physical fitness. It’s about finding your passion, something you love. When you find that, do it with all your heart. Set some small goals and set a big goal, one that really scares you. Accomplish those little goals and it’ll give you the confidence to keep raising the bar. Then one day that scary goal will feel attainable and realistic. Then, just go for it, all in! Don’t be afraid to fail. You will be surprised what you’re made of and who YOU will inspire.


What an unforgettable experience! Thank you, John, for taking the time to share your journey with all of us, as well as supporting TheraSport!

As Seen In: Pregnancy & Newborn January 2017 Issue


Brand new Patterned Core-Spun Compression Socks by Therafirm (makers of Preggers) are featured in the January 2017 issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  Sweet and feminine Thin Line socks are super cute and super comfortable. Be fashionable AND healthy in the New Year!  Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers legwear benefits here!

Looking at Life 100 Years Ago

Emma Morano was born on November 29, 1899 in Italy and is currently the oldest living person on Earth.  At just two months short of 117 years old, she is one of the world’s roughly 450,000 centenarians.  A centenarian is someone who has lived to be 100 years old or older – something that Ms. Morano did back in 1999.

Living to be 100 years old is quite a feat, but one that is becoming more common with increases and health care and living conditions.  In fact, according to, centenarians are the fastest growing segment of the population.  Since National Centenarian Day is today, September 22, this got us thinking about how much our industry, as well as the world around us, has changed in 100 years.  The comparison is mind blowing!  Check it out below:

1916 for Industries Served by Knit-Rite and Therafirm

  • Knit-Rite and Therafirm were not yet in operation.
  • Nylon was not used for stockings until the 1930s. In 1916, stockings were made of cotton or silk.
  • Amputations resulting from WWI during this time brought the importance of technology and development of prostheses to the attention of the US Surgeon General of the Army. This led to the formation of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) the year following in 1917.
  • Medical compression was used to treat some conditions, such as varicose veins, but due to the lack of today’s chemical fibers, materials used included laced stockings, elastic bands and tight bandages with resin.
  • Use of gradient compression was still a half a century away.

1916 Cost of Living

(Costs are averages) 1916 2016
Postage Stamp $0.02 $0.49
Coffee (per pound) $0.30 $7.94
Sugar (per pound) $0.04 $1.74
Eggs (per dozen) $0.38 $1.33
Bread (per loaf) $0.04 $1.98
Car $360 $33,560
Gas (per gallon) $0.22 $2.21
Home $3,000 $379,800
Gold (per ounce) $20.67 $1,272.50
Movie Ticket $0.07 $8.17

The average income in 1916 was roughly $700 per year for men and $350 per year for women.

1916 US Politics and History

  • The 33rd US Presidential election was held on November 7, 1916. Incumbent President and Democrat Woodrow Wilson beat the Republican challenger and Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes.
  • The Democrats held a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  • Speaker of the House was Democrat Champ Clark. The House had 435 voting members.
  • The Senate, led by President pro temp. James Clarke, had 96 Senators.
  • Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was Edward Douglass White.
  • The US population was 101,961,000.
  • The American flag had only 45 stars even though the US had 48 states.
  • The first woman to serve in the US Congress, Jeannette Rankin, a 36-year-old Republican from Montana, was elected.
  • The Reserve Officer Training Corp – ROTC – is established.
  • Louis Brandeis becomes the first Jewish justice of the Supreme Court.

1916 World Events

  • The world was embroiled in World War I (then known as the Great War) between Allied Powers, led by France, the British Empire and Russia, and the Central Powers, led by Germany and Austria-Hungary. The US would later join the Allied Powers in 1917.
  • Paris, France was first bombed by German zeppelins.
  • The Battle of Verdun, one of the largest and longest battles of WWI, was fought in France between February 21 and December 18, 1916.
  • US President Woodrow Wilson sends 12,000 troops across the US-Mexico border to pursue Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution.

1916 Sports

  • The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) was created.
  • The World Series was won by the Boston Red Sox. Babe Ruth, then a 21-year-old pitcher, won game 2.  The Red Sox would go on to win the series again in 1918 before suffering an 86-year drought.
  • The Chicago Cubs played their first game in Wrigley Field (then called Weeghman Park). Wrigley is currently the second oldest active MLB ballpark, opening in 1914.  The Cubs have never won a World Series during their 100 years playing at Wrigley, and are now in their 108th year since a title and 71st year since an appearance in the World Series.
  • The Super Bowl was still 51 years away from existing. The NFL, which began as the American Professional Football Conference, was still 4 years away from its inaugural season.
  • The first Tournament of Roses football game (Rose Bowl) was played between Washington State University and Brown University. The Rose Bowl is the oldest American college football bowl game.
  • The Summer Olympics was scheduled to be held in Berlin, Germany, but was cancelled due to World War I.

1916 Achievements, Inventions and Other Firsts

  • The first blood transfusion was performed by British Royal Army Medical Corps.
  • The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, at 984 feet, was the world’s tallest building. The tallest building in 2016 is the Burj Khalifa in dubai, UAE at 2,723 feet.
  • Albert Einstein completed his formulation of a general theory of relativity.
  • Claude Monet painted his Water Lilies series of paintings.
  • The light switch was invented.
  • The Saturday Evening Post published its first cover featuring a Norman Rockwell painting.
  • Actor Charlie Chaplin signed with Mutual Studios earning $10,000 per week.
  • The tow truck was invented by Ernest Holmes, Sr.
  • The first supermarket, Piggly Wiggly, opened.
  • The hamburger bun was invented by a fry cook named Walter Anderson. He later founded White Castle.
  • The first Boeing aircraft, a Bluebell seaplane, made its first flight.
  • Lincoln Logs were invented by John L. Wright. His son Frank Lloyd Wright grew up to be a famous architect.
  • German automobile company, BMW was founded.
  • President Woodrow Wilson signs legislation creating the National Park Service.
  • The first 40-hour work week begins at the Endicott-Johnson factories in New York.

1916 Miscellaneous

  • Only 6% of Americans had graduated high school.
  • The US had only 230 reported murders.
  • Life expectancy was 49.6 years for men and 54.3 years for women.
  • Only 14% of homes had a bathtub.
  • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
  • 90% of all doctors had no college education.
  • Marijuana, heroin and morphine were available at local drugstores over-the-counter.
  • The leading causes of death were pneumonia, influenza, and tuberculosis.
  • Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the country.
  • The first fortune cookies were produced in Los Angeles, California.
  • “Somewhere a Voice is Calling” by John McCormack was the number one song title.
  • 8% of American homes had a telephone.

1916 Notable Births

  • Jackie Gleason, American comedian, actor and musician
  • Dinah Shore, American singer
  • Gregory Peck, American actor
  • Beverly Cleary, American author
  • Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense
  • Roald Dahl, Welsh-born author
  • Walter Cronkite, American television journalist
  • Kirk Douglas, American film actor
  • Betty Grable, American actress

Things have changed dramatically in 100 years.  Imagine how different life will be by the next 100.


Memorial Day Facts

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer.  The three-day weekend is chalk full of barbecues, parades, super sales and pool and water park openings.  But, what is it, truly, that we are celebrating?  Many people don’t know that the day is set aside for remembering and memorializing American servicemen and women that have been killed in American wars.  But, there is so much more to the story.  Here are several facts about Memorial Day you may not know:

  1. Civil War origins – The late spring remembrance to American war dead began in the aftermath of the Civil War. Originally called Decoration Day, it was an informal commemoration of the roughly 620,000 soldiers killed during the Civil War.
  2. Freed American slaves organized earliest commemorations – On May 1, 1865, black US soldiers, including the Massachusetts 54th Infantry, gathered in Charleston, South Carolina at a new burial for Union dead. They distributed flowers and sang hymns.
  3. Official holiday founded in May 1868 – General John A. Logan, who was commander of a Union veterans’ group called the Grand Army of the Republic, decreed that May 30 would become a nationwide day of commemoration.
  4. Did not become a federal holiday until 1971 – After General Logan decreed a national day in 1868, more than 27 states adopted some form of commemoration. By 1890, every state had adopted it, but the day still only recognized Civil War dead.  After our entry into World War I, the holiday was expanded to include those killed in all wars.  But it wasn’t until 1971, when the U.S. was 6 years deep into the Vietnam War, for Memorial Day became the federal holiday set aside on the last Monday of May that we know it as now.
  5. Many have lobbied for it to return to May 30 – Many Veterans groups that American do not use the day for its intended purpose, but instead associate it with the first long weekend of the summer. They argue that returning the commemoration back to May 30, regardless of the day of the week would return the significance to honoring war dead.
  6. Memorial Day traditions and practices – On Memorial Day, the American flag should be hung at half-staff until 12:00 noon, and then raised to the top. In 2000 Congress passed a resolution that suggested Americans should pause at 3:00 pm local time to offer a National Moment of Remembrance.
  7. Who is included in a Federal Holiday – A Federal holiday, like Memorial Day, technically only applies to Federal employees and those in the District of Columbia. However, many of the 11 federal holidays, Memorial Day included, are observed by all 50 states and many businesses.

This Memorial Day, as you’re having barbecues and parades, pause for a few moments to remember those American servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Happy Memorial Day from our team and Knit-Rite and Therafirm.

Top 3 Reasons to Wear Compression

There are so many reasons to wear compression, it’s hard to narrow it down to three, but for the sake of this blog post, we have.  And here they are!

  1. Your Doctor Told You To – Do you have a medical condition that requires you to wear compression? You have the advice and perhaps prescription to wear compression, but are hesitant to follow the doctor’s advice because who wants to wear ugly medical compression hosiery? No one!  Good thing Therafirm Gradient Compression Hosiery is stylish, and fashionable or even sporty.  Wearing compression can improve or alleviate several medical conditions including swelling, DVT and varicose veins, so listen to the doc and try a pair!
  2. Your Legs Feel Great – Wearing compression can make your legs feel great, which is really good news to a lot of people, especially those whose legs are continually tired and achy. Gradient compression improves blood flow, promoting better circulation, controlling swelling and relieving tired and achy legs. Why wouldn’t you want stocking that do that?!
  3. We Make It So Easy – That’s right, Therafirm has so many choices in styles, colors and compression levels that everyone is sure to find something great! Ease, for example, is made from super stretchy fibers making the garments easier to put. TherafirmLight hosiery products offer our lightest amount of compression at only 10-15 mmHg for those that just need a little bit.  TheraSport and Core-Sport athletic compression socks provide a sporty look and feel with beneficial compression for athletes.  Core-Spun socks look and feel like everyday, casual socks with the added benefit of true gradient compression.  And for the pregnant mama, Preggers is a fashionable choice for those needing support for tired, achy legs.  With so many choices, Therafirm makes wearing compression downright easy!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is the month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.  Soon, pink will be popping up everywhere, as people don everything from pink hats to gloves to boots, etc. in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.  In the interest of raising awareness, here are 31 facts about breast cancer, one for every day of the month of October.  We encourage you to read up!

  1. In the United States, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and more than 40,000 die from it.
  2. One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  3. Although not common, men can also get breast cancer. Less than 1% of cases occur in men.
  4. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  5. There are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States – the largest group of cancer survivors.
  6. A woman’s risk of breast cancer doubles if she has a mother, sister or daughter who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  7. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member who has been diagnosed with it.
  8. About 5-10% of breast cancers are thought to be caused by inherited gene mutations (abnormal changes passed through families).
  9. The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and growing older.
  10. White women have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer than African-American women, but it is more common among African-American women under the age of 45.
  11. African-American women are more likely to die at any age from breast cancer than other races.
  12. Women with a BRCA1 mutation have a 55-65% chance of developing breast cancer before the age of 70, often younger. Women with a BRCA2 mutation have a 45% risk.
  13. Early menstruation (before age 12) or late menopause (after age 55) can increase your risk for breast cancer.
  14. Having your first child at an older age, or never having given birth can increase your risk for breast cancer.
  15. Breast cancer accounts for 29% of newly diagnosed cancers.
  16. The risk of overweight women developing breast cancer after menopause is 1.5 times higher than in lean women. Obese women are at twice the risk of lean women.
  17. Only about 42% of women who undergo mastectomy choose to have reconstructive surgery.
  18. Eight out of ten breast lumps are discovered by women themselves. Becoming more familiar with your breast tissue and appearance will help you to notice changes that could occur.
  19. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’re up to four times more likely to develop a new cancer in the same breast or in the other breast.
  20. Breast cancer can begin in different areas of the breast – the ducts, the lobules, or in some cases, the tissue in between.
  21. Triple Negative Breast Cancer – a type of breast cancer that is more likely to affect younger people, African-Americans and Hispanics – is a cancer in which the three most common types of receptors known to fuel breast cancer growth are not present in the cancer tumor. Those three receptors are estrogen, progesterone and the HER-2 gene.
  22. Triple negative breast cancer can be more aggressive and difficult to treat than other forms of breast cancer. It is also more likely to spread and recur.
  23. Breast cancer survivors are at an increased risk of osteoporosis, because reduced estrogen levels can trigger bone loss.
  24. Exercise reduces breast cancer risk for women of all body types.
  25. The American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week to manage risk of breast cancer.
  26. Research suggests breastfeeding for a year or more slightly reduces the overall risk of breast cancer – about a 4.3% reduction.
  27. Women of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage are at a higher risk of having BRCA mutations.
  28. In the 1970s, the lifetime risk of breast cancer was one in 11. Today it is one in eight.  This is due to longer life expectancy, more detection through screening, menopausal hormone usage, changes in reproductive patterns and increased prevalence of obesity.
  29. Breast cancer deaths have been declining since 1990 due to better screenings, increased awareness and new treatments.
  30. Mammograms help reduce the number of deaths by 30-40% among women ages 40-70 due to early detection.
  31. National Mammography Day is October 16 in the United States. Get checked!

This October, wear pink, raise awareness and get checked!

** Facts courtesy of City of Hope,,, Centers for Disease Control, American Cancer Society,



Tips for Baby Boomers Working Past Retirement

ID-10094864The Baby Boomer Generation, so called because of the drastic increase in the number of American births after World War II, is the single largest generation ever born in U.S. history.  The oldest Boomers, as they are affectionately called, began turning 65 in 2011.  The last one won’t turn 65 until 2029, which means that America’s largest generation will remain a significant part of the workforce for several more years.  In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, and even with a quarter having already reached retirement age, Boomers make up 29% of the workforce.  Generation Xers and Millennials each make up 34%, while the remaining Silents make up 2% and the yet-to-be-named Post Millennials already at 1%.

With increased standards of living and access to medicine, we are living longer lives requiring workers to increase their earning years.  Many Boomers are choosing to keep working after hitting retirement age.  But, as most will want to retire eventually, you’ll want to remember the following tips:

  1. Medicare – You may not need Medicare coverage yet, but it is important to sign up at the correct time. Missing sign up windows can lead to increased Part B premiums.  Be sure to do your research on when you need to sign up for Medicare and how that is affected by continuing to work.
  2. Social Security – Working longer will increase your Social Security benefit. For every year that you do not draw Social Security, your eventual payments will increase once you do start drawing.
  3. Retirement Accounts – Be aware of the parameters of any retirement accounts you currently have (IRAs, 401Ks, etc.). Understand at what you can begin drawing without fees, and what taxes will be involved.  You will want to make the most of your retirement account, so don’t get stuck with fees that can be easily avoided.
  4. Financial Advisor – Schedule regular checkups with a financial advisor to ensure that your retirement plan is still in good health. You don’t want to have any surprises when you decide that you are ready to retire.
  5. Investments – If you are remaining in the workforce and you are financially able, continue to invest. You’ll only add to that nest egg.boomers collage2

Therafirm Employee Favorites

At Therafirm, we truly believe in our products.  We wear them and our families and friends wear them, too.  But with a variety of products, we each have our favorites.  Believing in our products kind of makes us experts on wearing them.  We surveyed the Therafirm team to find out their favorites, so we could recommend them to you.  With so much to choose from, we really have something for everyone.

Jim Gillespie, Customer Service
Therafirm Favorite: Core-Spun
“I love the fact that they are easy to put on, and provide the compression support I need all day and all evening.  They are comfortable to wear as I work multiple jobs which equates to very long hours, and my feet and legs feel great at the end of every day.”

Janelle Haskins, Senior Business Analyst, Systems Manager
Therafirm Favorite: Core-Spun
“My mom would probably say that she prefers it because it feels more like a normal sock.  It doesn’t feel like she’s wearing some special medical garment.”


Ron Hercules, EVP Sales
Therafirm Favorite: SmartKnit Diabetic Socks
“I wear them because they hug my feet, no wrinkles, they keep my feet dry, and are very comfortable.”

Jim Gillespie, Customer Service
Therafirm Favorite: SmartKnit Seamless Socks
“As a type 1 Diabetic of 42 years, I know the importance of taking care of my feet.  The SmartKnit Seamless Diabetic Socks are the most comfortable socks I have ever worn, and I never have to worry about pressure sores from seams, no matter what shoes or boots I’m wearing.”


Leah Hicks, Assistant Warehouse Manager
Therafirm Favorite: Core-Sport
“With having a job that requires me to be on my feet most of the day I love wearing the Core-Sport.  The fit is extremely comfortable and they keep my legs and feet from feeling tired and sore.”


Chris Vering, EVP, CFO, COO
Therafirm Favorite: EASE Men’s Trouser
“The Ease men’s trouser socks are easy to put on and very comfortable to wear, no matter the temperature.  In the summer when it is hot like it is now, the socks are cool and do not cause you to be uncomfortable when wearing.  The stylish ribbing are an added plus for all occasions, dress or casual.”


Crystal Bauer, Media Analyst
Therafirm Favorite: TherafirmLight Footless Tights
“I love wearing the footless tights to the office.  They’re lightweight and not too hot for the summer, plus I can still wear my sandals.  My legs don’t get as tired throughout the workday when I’m wearing them.  And, I love the fashionable colors!”