Monday, February 10, 2020


U.S. Cellular announced today that the top 10 drawings in the company’s 13th annual Black History Month Art Competition with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia are now on display in local retail stores. The public is encouraged to visit select local U.S. Cellular stores to vote on their favorite piece of artwork.

In January, Boys & Girls Clubs members created original 8.5 x 11 pieces of artwork in recognition of influential African-Americans, including business people, athletes, historical figures and celebrities. The 10 finalists’ artwork were chosen by representatives from the Boys & Girls Club based on creativity, quality, interpretation, clarity of theme and overall impression. The artwork is now on display in select U.S. Cellular stores until Feb 29 and anyone 18 and older can visit a store to vote for their favorite. The top three vote-getters winners will be announced in March and prizes include gift cards in the following amounts:

  • $500 for 1st Place
  • $200 for 2nd Place
  • $150 for 3rd Place

“The artwork that the talented children from the Boys & Girls Club created is truly inspiring and is something we are greatly honored to host in our stores,” Bertram Daniels, said. “This is a program that we look forward to all year and it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and the diversity of this country.”

To vote, visit U.S. Cellular locations at:

4760 Valley View Blvd, Ste. 30  
Roanoke, VA  24012

832 Tanyard Road                                   
Rocky Mount, VA  24151

1420 West Main Street                   
Salem, VA 24153

103 Conston Ave                     
Christiansburg, VA  24073

No Purchase Necessary. Entrants who are minors must have parental consent to participate in the Contest. Official Contest Rules, including full entry details and Finalist and Winner selection criteria/voting are available by email request to the Media Contact named below.

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on, and

Friday, October 11, 2019

Food Safety Leaders Teach How to Properly Wash Hands for Global Handwashing Day, Oct. 15

An action everyone should take before preparing food
Non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education cues up food safety leaders for 
Global Handwashing Day recognition  

In celebration of Global Handwashing Day, Tuesday, October 15, the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education is working with health and food safety educators, K-12 educators and U.S. Federal agency liaisons to support people on the critical importance of handwashing to safely preparing food at home. 
A live online event, First We Wash Our Hands, will highlight what is known about the handwashing behaviors of consumers when preparing food, and will provide support and resources for health and food safety educators to engage millions of Americans on proper handwashing for good health. 

“Since research tells us people are not consistent or thorough when it comes to handwashing before eating or preparing food, this special day of focus will engage health educators, teachers, and parents on promoting handwashing practices that will reduce risk of illness from common germs like Salmonella and Campylobacter,” said Shelley Feist, executive director of the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE). “These pathogens cause illness in thousands of children each year.”
PFSE calls on public health agencies, cooperative extension and family and consumer sciences educators to host watch parties and take part in the interactive event which will include handwashing demonstrations, new research on consumer behavior, and the announcement of a new national handwashing campaign from the CDC, Lifeis Better with Clean Hands. The campaign is designed to motivate adults to make clean hands part of their daily lives and encourages parents and caregivers to be hand hygiene role models for the children in their lives. The campaign’s health promotion materials include radio public service announcements (PSAs), posters, social media graphics, web banners and stickers in English and Spanish. 

To participate in the live event at 2 p.m. Eastern on October 15, 2019 register at this link.  The event is free.  CEU credits are offered.

The event will feature: 
Dr. Mindy Brashears
Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety
US Department of Agriculture

Dr. David Berendes
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Glenda Hyde
Associate Professor
Oregon State University

Washington DC

Register now: or get more information at:

Established by the Global Handwashing Partnership in 2008, Global Handwashing Day is celebrated each year on October 15 as a way to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits of handwashing with soap.  

In addition to resources at educators can access quality consumer education materials from these web pages of the U.S. Federal agencies:                                                                                                                                                                                         

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration:  Information on food safety, nutrition and health education campaigns

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service:  Food Safety Education page
Follow the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education on Facebook at @FightBAC and on Twitter at @Fight_BAC.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

2019 Back to School

Back to School Style Ideas

 According to a recent report released by Deloitte, a record $27.8B will be spent on back-to-school shopping this year. That’s is an average of $519 per student! Each year, shopping surges in late July and early August, accounting for 62% of $17.3B of all Back to School spending. By these numbers, it is easy to say that students want to look their best when they hit the classroom this fall. And parents are right in step with this trend.

“Actually, girls want to look cute and stylish for back-to-school season, and the guys want to look great,” says Nadine Mullings, Brand & Product Development Director at Barely Xtensions. “Whether students are looking to enhance their current look or completely re-invent their style, this is the perfect time of year to do it.

“I like to tell back-to-school students to have fun with fashion, accessories, makeup and hair. Most importantly, look for smart ways to feel comfortable and confident as you start this new school year!”

So, with Back-to-School in mind, here are some quick beauty tips for the new year:

Layered and Loose.
Comfort and style can be achieved with this trend.

Oversized jeans cinched at the waist with a belt and a tucked-in shirt make a fashion statement. Add a bow ponytail, sassy side braid or a front twist bun to complete the look. It’s easy, it’s casual, it’s fun and most of all: it works!

Or you can rock along, boho skirt layered with a cozy t-shirt, fringed poncho or soft button-down shirt. Add long earrings, layers of necklaces and an armful of colorful bangles for a comfy, yet cute ensemble.
Renaissance Revival.

Romance is back in the air, especially with the addition of dresses, necklines, puffy sleeves and flowing hair! 

Wear these dreamy styles with casual, loose waves to look like a modern day princess or Game of Thrones siren.  Then add volume and play with color by wearing hair extensions by Barely Xtensions—they’re so cute and natural that no one will ever know!

With new products like the Volcanic Lava Ceramic Pro Spin N Curl, there are plenty of ways to get the rippled cascade of swirls that are perfect and sweet. Finish your stylish look off with soft pink lipstick or gloss and natural, rosy blush.

Rock Steady.
Grab your favorite band t-shirt, add biker or jean shorts, black jeans and combat boots and you’ve got a rocking look.

Want to go full-on rocker? Add drama with a hair gloss treatment, color spray, or bold new color. If you want the look without the commitment, blend in a few color hair extensions to get a colorful look without ever touching a drop of dye. Add black or dark grey eyeliner or a bright red lipstick to become totally rocker-chic.

Lace up and Look Out.
Getting ready for school, work or the big game is the same — lace up and look out. This year, laces are in!  Embrace this trend in a variety of ways. Wear cute jeans with lace-up details up the legs. Also, try t-shirts, tunics or bodysuits that lace up at the neckline or down the sides.

Tall boots that lace to the knee are a renaissance look that’s appropriate (and adorable) for the classroom, and they’re perfect transition pieces for fall. Finally, grab a colorful ribbon or cord to weave through a low ponytail for a darling laced-up look that’s totally on-trend.
Textured and Lectured.
Sadly, the days at the beach are being traded in for hours in the classroom, but you can hold on to that summer look for a bit longer. Even if your hair is pin-straight, create beachy waves using tools like The Bed Head Swerve and Curve Waver & Wand.

This “magic wand” gives you a styling advantage and you will look like you’ve had a carefree day hanging on the shore by creating natural-looking beachy waves. Finish this style with a blast of sea-salt spray and/or texturizing spray to add some texture and volume. Or use your favorite hair spray to keep the look from fading throughout the day.

About Barely Xtensions: 
Barely Xtensions offers the ultra-seamless difference in hair extensions. They feature a revolutionary Micro-Thin Skin Weft technology providing the smoothest application on the market allowing the extensions to lay flat to the head for a virtually undetectable finish. Barely Xtensions are made of 100 percent premium quality Remy Human Hair.

Barely Xtensions is setting the standard of luxury hair extensions at an affordable price with the latest trend-setting colors and styles and are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply stores throughout the United States and Canada.  

For more information visit the website at or connect with Barely Xtensions on Instagram/barelyxtensions, Facebook/barelyxtensions, Twitter/barelyxtensions, and Pinterest/barelyxtensions


This month, millions of students across the country will be saying goodbye to their summer vacations and returning to school. As they settle in to the new year, they will likely be more reliant on technology than ever before. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey1 67% of respondents believe it’s appropriate to use a cellphone at school, and 17% said they could not finish their homework without their phone.

U.S. Cellular suggests the following tech options for students, parents and teachers to start the school year right:

1.     Google Home and Mini: Parents can keep track of everyone’s schedules, set timers while cooking dinner, hear local weather and traffic updates, and get quick answers when kids ask for help on tricky homework questions with the help of the Google Home or Google Home Mini.

2.     Smartwatches: Teachers spend all day on their feet whether it’s in front of the class, keeping an eye on recess or walking the halls to connect with students. Using a smartwatch like the Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch Active to track their movement, teachers can crush their health goals and monitor how often tardy students cause elevated heart rates. 

3.     Portable Chargers: Long days in class followed by after school activities usually means a drained phone battery. Keep students plugged in and reachable with a portable charger so they never have an excuse to miss a call.  

4.     myHomework app: Students can schedule out homework assignments, prioritize projects and stay on top of test dates with this organizational app.

5.     Khan Academy app: This app can help students catch up on a difficult subject or master a specific skill. With practice exercises, quizzes, tests, and step-by-step help on a variety of topics, students can get the extra assistance they need for free. 

1Between Nov. 14-27, 2018, a total of 1,012 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample of U.S. consumers between 18-38 years old by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX.

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on, and