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Living with Diabetes Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot properly control its level of glucose. Long-term complications of diabetes include eye conditions (like retinopathy, cataracts, and reduced vision), kidney conditions, foot conditions, cardiovascular complications (such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease), and autonomic neuropathy. Properly managing your diabetes can reduce your risk of developing these conditions. If you have diabetes, make it your goal to control your diabetes this year and expect to feel better and decrease your risk of complications. Following are some tips to help you control your diabetes. 1. Obtain a personalized Diabetic Meal Plan. Your doctor or Registered Dietitian can write a personalized plan for you. Your plan will include how many calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat you need at eat meal. 2. Follow your Diabetic Meal Plan. At first, you may be overwhelmed with the limits that are placed on your eating and aggravated at the extra attention you must spend on meal planning. Please don’t get discouraged. After you become familiar with your plan and develop a few new habits, you will realize it is more about balancing your intake rather than limiting, and once the habits are developed, you won’t have to put as much thought or attention into it. In other words, it will get easier! It is helpful at first to keep a food diary to make sure you are getting the right amount of carbs at the right times, but after a while, you shouldn’t have to do this. 
To follow your meal plan, you will need to be familiar with how many carbohydrates are in a portion of the foods you normally eat. Prepared foods will come with a nutrition facts label showing how many carbohydrates a serving offers. Other foods will require a little research.

You can find lists for carbohydrate counting on the Internet, and there are numerous books available for purchase. Take your doctor prescribed medications. To control your blood glucose properly, it is important to be consistent with your medications. 4. Check your blood glucose levels as recommended by your doctor, make adjustments to your carbohydrate intake accordingly, and don’t skip doctor visits. Understand when you should check your levels, what levels your doctor wants you to aim for, and what to do if your blood glucose it too low or too high. Your doctor will be checking your blood glucose control through an A1C test, which shows an average over the previous 6-8 weeks. A result of less than, or equal to 7% is good, and means you have a reduced risk of developing long-term complications. 5. Exercise. Physical activity can help you maintain or lose weight, often a risk factor for diabetes. It also helps reduce the risk of long-term complications of diabetes like heart and circulatory conditions, but did you know that regular activity helps reduce insulin resistance by helping your own insulin work more efficiently? This can help you reduce the amount of medications or insulin you have to take because it helps your body control its blood glucose levels naturally. Diabetics often want to know specifically what to eat and what not to eat to help them manage their diabetes. Be sure to read next month’s article to learn more about this common topic. ■

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It’s a sad fact that not all children have perfect childhoods; many are so far from perfect as to be unrecognizable to the majority of us. These children are innocent, impressionable, and helpless in many ways. This is why it is so important that we don’t let their lives be thrown away—that we find a way to help them succeed in their future. Though it is an unfortunate need, we are fortunate to have an excellent youth shelter here in Ada. The trained professionals aren’t just there to do a job; they are there because their passion is helping those young people in need. We didn’t always have a youth shelter, though. In the past, when DHS would have to pick up a child from a home, the only place for them would be jail. Though they wouldn’t be a prisoner, they would still be living in the same conditions as those who had broken the law. It was far from ideal, but it was the only option. Thankfully, a group of forward thinking, community minded individuals in Ada decided that something absolutely had to be done. We could not continue taking children from one bad situation just to put them in another. Thus, the Area Youth Shelter, Inc. was founded on April 30, 1971, one of the first of its kind to exist in Oklahoma. They wanted to have a place that was warm and friendly to the young people. It was important for it to be a safe place where they were treated with respect and dignity— something that may have been lacking in their lives before. They purchased a home over by Wintersmith and Fred and Judy Gillie acted as house parents to the youth that would come under their supervision. At any time they

could have 5-6 people under their roof at any time. This remained the shelter for eleven years until they moved to a building over by the old DHS, though now they are in their new location at 901 W. 18th St. Though they have changed places, they still have the same values as when they began. They not only provide a safe place for the children but also try to instill values, responsibility, and a sense of self-worth. Their facility holds twelve beds—six for males and six for females. They also have a nursery and a toddler bed. It is unfortunate but necessary that they accept ages 0-17. Not all of their services are residential, though; many are outpatient and focus on prevention. They offer mental health and substance abuse counseling to young people and families, and do outreach with schools as well. Their services are available on an individual or a group basis. They provide services as for behavioral problems, anger management, depression, problem solving, communication techniques, HIV-AIDS education, pregnancy prevention, alcohol and drug prevention, and gang awareness. Some of their groups deal with topics as varied as Independent Living Skills to Substance Abuse to Healthy Singles. This is a truly important resource for our community. Not only are all the workers fully certified with Master’s degrees, but everyone who works with Ada Youth Services has an intensive background check from the OSBI. This means that all volunteers must go

through this process before being allowed to volunteer. They are a nationally certified, state licensed entity that contracts for work with the state. They are not a state agency, rather they comply with state and federal regulations and handle the youth services in our area once juvenile services or DHS has referred someone to them. Even though they do deal with residential cases, their number one priority is still keeping the family together. Since they are funded through a state contract, though, they have experience an 8% decrease in funding because of state budget shortfalls. Thankfully, though, through wise money management and outside donations they have managed to stay afloat. Personally, I don’t know what our community would do without this institution. They are always grateful for monetary donations, though, especially because they never know how many people they’re going to have at the shelter. In a perfect world, they would have zero. However, monetary donations allow them to spend the money where it is most needed at the time and if one kid gets something then they all must get something. It is their policy. The giving is truly anonymous though. Confidentiality extends beyond the youth to the donors as well. If you would like more information about the services provided or would like to help, please call (580) 436-6130 or email the Programs Director, Cindy Brown, at ■ • 7

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Speak up! EarMaster by: Sunnie Dawn Smith

There are many things in life that we take for granted; our hearing ranks high on this list. The sad thing, though, is that for many people, hearing loss is so gradual that they don’t even realize what has happened. Year by year, sounds just seem to phase out until you wake one day and realize that you can’t hear the cicadas or the rustling of the leaves, and the television volume is cranked up to max. Fortunately, great strides have been made in hearing aid technology, allowing people to regain this once lost sense. Paul Penwright, at EarMaster, considers it his privilege and his duty to help make this happen. Paul began his career as a hearing instrument specialist in 1988. While working for Miracle Ear he traveled around Southern and Central Oklahoma doing in home appointments, checking people’s hearing and fitting them with hearing aids. Then, in 1989, Paul moved from Yukon to Ada to open an office for Miracle Ear. He continued in that business for three years until he decided to branch out and open his own business, EarMaster, in 1992. He has been at his current location, 703 N. Broadway, Ste. 2, for almost 21

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years now. During this time Paul has seen hearing aid technology change tremendously. Not only have the size of hearing aids shrunk, but many of their previous problems have been reduced as well. For instance, the main complaints that people used to have about hearing aids were that there would be background noise and feedback. Also, the power supply was often inadequate. Now, however, the new technology has eliminated many of these problems and made hearing aids smaller and more powerful. Also, customers would have to wait for at least two weeks in order to have their hearing aids crafted specially for them. Now, in most cases, you can walk in, have your hearing checked, and leave the same day with a small hearing aid behind the ear; you can regain your hearing within an

afternoon. If you notice that everyone seems to mumble, if you often have to ask people to repeat themselves, or if people are always asking you to turn down the television, then you should get your hearing checked. Call Paul Penwright and his friendly staff at (580) 436-3277 or (800) 400-3277. For more information you can also email him at earmaster@ or check out the website at They have a no-charge hearing evaluation that only takes about 30 minutes with absolutely no pressure whatsoever. If Penwright can help you, he will prove it to you. If you have given up on your hearing aids in the past because of problems, then come see him; he can help you. One of the great pleasures that Penwright has is helping people hear better; he loves seeing the smile spread across their faces when they are fit with a hearing aid and begin to hear the sounds that they have been missing. There is no reason to spend your life in encroaching silence. Visit EarMaster and get the help you need. ■ • 11


Woods Alexander is 7 years old and is in the first grade. He is a tiger this year with pack 13 and has earned his bobcat badge, belt loops in activities such as baseball, flag football, basketball, fishing, gymnastics, and more. The beads on his uniform are earned when 10 electives are completed from his handbook. He’s had to learn to answer the phone properly, sew a button, change the batteries in smoke detectors, assist an elderly person with chores, visit our bank to learn how much interest he would earn on $20 when he is 21 and a lot more things like that! He has earned the Outdoor Activity Award and has also attended a camp during Halloween with our area council. He just won 1st place in the Tiger division Pinewood Derby Race with the car that he and his dad made together. He also won overall in the youth that night. Now he has the opportunity to bring his race car to a regional competition, held in March at ECU, for a chance to compete at state!

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One of the most iconic organizations in American history celebrates its birthday again this month, as the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) marks National Scouting Month in February. The Scouts, with national headquarters in Irving, Texas, officially came into existence on Feb. 8, 1910. For the past 97 years, the Scouts have encouraged, instructed and assisted tens of millions of American boys to develop in citizenship, character development and self-reliance. Locally, the BSA is represented by four troops and a half-dozen Cub Scout packs. Those Boy Scout Troops include: Troop 4 of the First Christian Church, Troop 12 of Harmony Freewill Baptist Church, Troop 13 of the First United Methodist Church and Troop 19 of Crosspointe Church. Those Troops are all part of the Harry Simpson District, a division of the Arbuckle Council, with headquarters in Ardmore. With their iconic uniform (blue for Cub Scouts and khaki and green for Boy Scouts), young men in these groups are easily recognizable for their dress and their activities. Whether it’s community service and civic involvement or training in outdoor activities such as archery, camping and knot-tying, Scouts have stayed true to their task for nearly 100 years. Those uniforms are almost as much a part of American culture as the Scout three-finger salute.

It was just after 1900 when William Boyce was traveling in England and became lost on a foggy London street one night. To his aid came a young man who only identified himself as a member of a local Scout group. When Boyce attempted to give the young man a monetary tip in payment for his help, the young man staunchly refused, saying it was every Scout’s duty to do good deeds. Impressed by that, Boyce immediately returned to the U.S. and organized the Boy Scouts of America, which came into existence on Feb. 8, 1910. Boyce and other founding members felt that so many families had begun moving into the cities that many young men were beginning to lose the skills that had made the United States a great nation. They felt a system that helped young boys be trained in those areas by adult volunteers and mentors would help continue teaching skills and character that young men needed to be successful in life. Along with Boyce, the original founders of the Scouts were Ernest Seton and Daniel Beard. Today, the Boy Scouts of America includes more than 2.7 million members aged 8-18, and over one million adult volunteers serving in any number of capacities. Cub Scouts is designed for boys age 7-10, while boys 11-18 are eligible for Boy Scouts. According to BSA literature, the goal of scouting is to “train youth

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in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance -- traits that many young people are lacking in today’s world.” The official mission statement for today’s BSA is “to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout oath and law.” Although Scouting involves a great number of outdoor activities, citizenship training and character development, there are certain activities that are more well-known to the general public than other activities. Among the most notable is the annual National Scout Jamboree. The first National Scout Jamboree was held at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. in 1937. Since 1981, the Jamboree has been held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. The BSA lists a number of objectives, referred to as the Aims of Scouting. Those include character development, citizenship training and personal fitness. Along the way, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts earn “badges” to show their progress in any number of personal development areas and skills training. While Scouting has suffered legal challenges over some moral stances in recent years, millions of young boys still actively take part in Boy Scout and Cub Scout activities, and there appears to be no reason why Scouting as we know it won’t be around for another 100 years. ■ • 13

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It’s February once again and the color red is everywhere. Hearts seem to decorate every surface and come in varieties of cookie, chocolate, and stuffed. We think a lot about our hearts in February. However, the American Heart Association would like us to take our thoughts a step further, beyond romance, to the actual organ that pumps the blood through our veins and allows us to keep living and, yes, to keep loving as well. This is why February, in addition to being host to Valentine’s Day, is also American Heart Month. Most of us take our hearts for granted; this is exactly the reason why the heart needs a month of its own. We hear so much about other killing diseases that we forget that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Heart disease, however, can mean many different conditions. Usually it refers to coronary heart disease or atherosclerotic heart disease which is the buildup of plaque along the walls of arteries. This causes arteries to narrow and can result in a heart attack or stroke. However, heart disease can also encompass other conditions as well, such as arrhythmia and heart valve problems. One of the major problems with heart disease awareness and prevention, however, is that it has traditionally been seen as a problem for men and not women. More recent studies, though, have shown this to be completely false. Men do manifest symptoms earlier than 14 •

women, but women have heart problems too. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death among women and men and stroke is number three. The American Heart Association is trying to remedy this ignorance and do more to inform women of their risks. One way they do this is through the “Go Red for Women” campaign, which also takes place in February. The purpose of the “Go Red” campaign is primarily to raise awareness of heart disease in women, but also to raise money and help fund studies that include more female participants. One of the reasons so many women die of heart disease is because they don’t think of it as a female disease; they are usually so busy taking care of others that they will often neglect the early symptoms of a heart attack which can do irreparable damage and sometimes even lead to death. Dr. Fionnuala Gurley, M.D., a cardiologist for Integris Heart Hospital here in Ada, highlighted these problems as we discussed American Heart Month. She broke down the risks of heart disease into modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Modifiable risk factors are the things that we can do to control our own risks, such as diet, exercise, smoking, etc. Nonmodifiable risk factors, however, are those things that we have no control over—our genetics and family history. One thing that can be a non-modifiable risk factor is whether or not you have a family history of premature heart conditions. For men

this is an episode before the age of 55 and for women it is 65. If this case fits you, then Dr. Gurley would most likely begin an aggressive regimen of prevention to make sure that your heart doesn’t follow the path of your relatives. While diet is quite important in this process, nothing is as paramount as exercise. In order to keep your heart healthy, you should exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. And it doesn’t have to be all at once, either. If you’re busy, it is perfectly acceptable to do ten minutes before work, ten minutes on your lunch break, ten minutes when you get home, or whatever works with your schedule. You also need to know the warning signs. If you have chest pain for more than five minutes, go to the hospital. Don’t wait for it to pass. Don’t wait until the kitchen is clean or the laundry is done. You also need to know your risks and how to make healthier life decisions. As Dr. Gurley says, “Knowledge is power. The more you know, the more you can control.” You can find more information on the American Heart Association website, or the Go Red for Women campaign, www. But above all else, be patient with yourself. Trying to change life-long behaviors can be difficult and frustrating. Take small steps and remind yourself that you are doing this for the best reason of all—to keep living, to keep loving, and to be around for a very long time. ■

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