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Healthy Destination

“Little Italy” Perkins Oklahoma

Gem of the Cimarron


Volume 2, Issue 5

JUNE/JULY 2012 Gov. Fallin: Governor Fallin Leads “Walk for Wellness” 8 Lt. Gov: Oklahoma Your Vacation Destination 9

PRIME Hometown Pride and Customer Service are Keys to Bank’s Success 10 Aging Gracefully 12 A Simple Screening Could Save Many Infant Lives 14 AMBUCS Provides for Those in Need 15 The Hillbillies Are at It Again 17 Run Away With Varicose Veins 18 The Williams Foods Story 21

FITNESS Ben Coffman: A Healthy Way to Lose Weight 23 Golf and Fitness: The Stretch 26

FOODIES Deliciously Healthy Italian Recipes 28 Perkins Lions Club Makes a Difference in Its Community 29 Small Town Atmosphere, Big Time Entertainment! 30

BABIES ON BOARD Online Safety 32 First United Methodist Educare More Than Just a Day Care 34 There is No Place Like Home and Cimarron Valley Realty Will Find the One for You 37 Perkins-Tryon Schools Provide Students With an Opportunity for Success 38 The Art of Dance- Fitness and Fun for All Ages 40 4 Kids and Community Organization Sees to the Needs of Perkins Children 41 Keep Cool by Keeping Your Air Conditioner in Top Working Order 41 Home Builders are Selling Homes in Perkins 42 Giving the Love of a Family to Those Who Need It Most 43

TALK Take the Quiz: Are You at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease? 45 ReduceFalls at Home 46



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City of Perkins Cares About Health and Safety of its Citizens pg. 44

Publisher/ Editor's Letter ............................................................... 6 Governor Mary Fallin .......................................................................8 Lt. Governor Todd Lamb ................................................................ 9 Fiscal Fitness ...................................................................................10 Ben Cofman Fitness Guru ........................................................... 23 Babies on Board ...................................................................... 32-34

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Publisher’s Letter Contact Brandy at brandyokhealth @gmail.com

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Hello Oklahoma,

Hello OK Health and Fitness readers!

I hope that you enjoy reading this issue of OK Health and Fitness Magazine as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Our Healthy Destinations feature is a little bit different from previous issues because the community of Perkins wanted to truly get involved in this issue. The town of Perkins began on April 22, 1889, the day of the Oklahoma Land Run. In it's first year it was renamed three times, Italy being one of the names (as referred to on our cover) before finally settling on the name Perkins.

We are very excited about this issue because we are working with the City of Perkins, Oklahoma to bring you this issue's Healthy Destination. The articles range from the Church Ministerial Alliance, Educational system, Real Estate, Home Builders, Financial Institution and people that make Perkins what it is today!

The community of Perkins is more than a community, it is a family that is active and involved in its surroundings. The schools are phenomenal, the teachers and administrators truly care about the students. I want to personally thank our sponsors Horizon Energy, Williams Foods and Dr. Darrell Sadler for being a part of this issue. You were wonderful to work with. Get out and see the sights of Oklahoma this summer, have a wonderful Fourth of July holiday and shake a soldier's hand and tell them “Thank you and Welcome Home.”

[Brandy Morris, Publisher]


Perkins is a healthy environment to raise your children and has one of the states lowest crime rates. We will be publishing several articles to educate you on what a big small town has to offer you and your families and businesses. Just 10 minutes from Stillwater Oklahoma and minutes away from Oklahoma State University, Perkins is a great choice for a possible relocation. The summer heat will bring us great fun in the sun so please remember to use the proper sun screen when outside. Before firing up the grill, remember to always clean your grill before each use. Make sure that your four-legged loved ones have fresh water everyday and take care of tick and flea problems so that they stay healthy! Give them a place to get in out of the summer sun because they do carry a heavy coat and the summer months are always much harder on them. Wetting them down several times during the day always helps them, especially in three-digit weather that Oklahoma is known for. It is also a great opportunity for you to remember senior citizens that are unable to take care of those "around the house" projects, such as cleaning out their air conditioner filters, watering the lawn and making sure that their plants and trees get the proper water that they need during such a hot time of the year. We always appreciate the great feedback that everyone gives us and the fantastic emails that you send to us so please keep them coming and always remember Oklahoma, "Think and be Healthy"!

June/July 2012 Vol 2 - Issue 5 Publisher/ Editorial Director Brandy Morris (405) 614-5373 brandyokhealth@gmail.com Editor-in-Chief/ Advertising Director Bradley Smith (405) 614-2615 bradokhealth@gmail.com Creative Director Stacy L. Beal - Model Tee stacyokhealth@gmail.com Staff Writer/ Advertising Executive/ Norman-Moore area Molly Thomson (214) 636-8545 mollyokhealth@gmail.com Contributing Writers Brandy Morris Bradley Smith Governor Mary Fallin Lt. Governor Todd Lamb Chris Petermann Amy Petermann D. Nelson Fong, M.D. Jordan Ihrig Marianna Bryce Chris Turner Dominic M. Pedulla, M.D., F.A.C.C. Steve Johnston, N.D. Dana Wallace Jeffery D. Williams Ben Coffman Lynn Rowland Mandy Lyons Shelby Eidson Cylene Walker Bryan Larison Cindy Sheets Ben Cordle Sara English Photographers Bradley Smith Brandy Morris Alex Gerszewski Travelok.com David Sasser Alex E. Proimos Stillwater Medical Center Karpati David Loudon Meridian Technology Center Torrey Wiley Cimarron Casino Cylene Walker COVER Perkins Community Foundation Plaza Vassar Barn Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton's Home Perkins, Oklahoma. Photo taken by Bradley Smith OK Health and Fitness is a bi-monthly magazine published 6 times a year. Subscription rates are $24.00 for one year. For subscription inquiries please send an email to: bradokhealth@gmail.com or mail check payable to OK Health and Fitness, 7790 North 39th Road, Tryon, Oklahoma 74875-7701 Copyright 2012 Oklahoma Health and Fitness Magazine LLC and OK Health and Fitness Magazine. All rights are reserved. Reproduction of Articles or Advertisements without the expressed written permission of the Publisher is prohibited. For advertising information, please contact Bradley Smith at 405.614.2615 or e-mail at bradokhealth@gmail.com. OK Health and Fitness magazine assumes no responsibility for the contents of articles or advertisements in that the views expressed therein may not necessarily reflect the views of the Publisher or any magazine employee or contributor. All Editorial submissions should be sent to brandyokhealth@gmail.com. This publication and all its contents are Copyrighted.

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June/July 2012

Governor walks for wellness

Special Message from Governor Mary Fallin

[from Governor Mary Fallin’s Office]

“Improving the health and wellness of Oklahoma’s workforce is a priority of my administration,” said Fallin. ‘I’m challenging state agency and business leaders to keep pace alongside me as we walk the Capitol grounds


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and personally demonstrate an easy method of employee fitness that other employers in the state can replicate.” Studies show worksite wellness programs benefit both the employer and employee. For the employer, wellness programs can improve health care costs, reduce e m p l o y e e absenteeism and decrease rates of illness and injuries. In turn, such programs benefit employees by helping reduce stress, increase wel l-being, improve fitness and stamina, and increase job satisfaction.

our state,” Fallin emphasized. “Providing an opportunity for employees to walk during their workday is an easy way businesses can support improving the health of their employees.” PHOTOS PROVIDED BY ALEX GERSZEWSKI

Governor Mary Fallin laced up her walking shoes and led a “Walk for Wellness” on Monday, May 14, in an effort to call attention to the importance of a healthy Oklahoma workforce. Joining her on a short walk around the Capitol were her cabinet secretaries, state agency leaders, state employees, and employers and employees from private businesses. Governor Fallin has proclaimed May as Oklahoma’s Employee Health and Fitness Month.

“It is crucial that Oklahoma’s employers understand the value of a healthy workforce and the impact that health has on


The Place to Be This Summer [by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb]

Special Message from Lt. Governor Todd Lamb It’s almost that time of year again summertime. Summer begs the question: where should you go on vacation this year? Let me help you answer that question. There are many things to see and do in Oklahoma. Whether you plan to visit from out of state or whether you call Oklahoma your home, there is something for everyone.


Oklahoma can be divided into six major geographical regions. Let’s take a brief tour of each and I’ll show you some places to stay, sites to see, things to do and food to eat that I’m sure will help you decide exactly how you want to spend your summer vacation. Starting with the Northeast also dubbed Green Country, head up to Grand Lake and rent a cabin or pitch a tent. Greenleaf State Park near Braggs, Oklahoma is great for hiking. Bring your swimsuit and float the Illinois River to cool off from summer’s heat. Then finish it all off with a delicious meal at Clanton’s Café (home to the chicken fried steak) in Vinita. Red Carpet Country, or the Northwest, is home to Roman Nose Resort Park in Watonga. Snag one of the park’s cottages or a room at the lodge and enjoy all the outdoor recreation you can imagine. Head to Little Sahara State Park in Waynoka and go for a dune buggy ride. Visit the Alabaster Caverns State Park and go for a tour of the three-fourths of a mile-long cavern. And if you are hungry for something good to eat, nothing is better than okhealthandfitnessmagazine.com

the Head Country BBQ restaurant in Ponca City. Take a drive to the Southeast into Kiamichi Country and you’ll find Beaver’s Bend State Park and the Ouachita National Forest. For anyone interested in hiking, mountain biking or simply enjoying a day in the outdoors, this is the place. You can also rent a cabin on Broken Bow Lake, go on a one day (or multiple day) guided fishing trip, canoe for an afternoon or simply rest on the shore. As the perfect ending to any day, try Abendigo’s Grill & Patio in Hochatown near Broken Bow. The Great Plains Country of the Southwest boasts the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is home to several large plains animals: Rocky Mountain Elk, American Bison and White Tailed Deer. Grab a room at the beautiful Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Wolf. And try the Meersburger at the Meers Store & Restaurant. You won’t be disappointed! Drive through the beautiful and rugged Arbuckle Mountains in the South Central region of Oklahoma, also called Chickasaw Country. Close by, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area boasts Sulphur Springs, both mineral and freshwater springs that are refreshing to body and soul. Need another place to be refreshed? Turner Falls in Davis, Oklahoma is a great place to visit. Fill up at Two Frog’s Grill in Ardmore, Oklahoma and enjoy live music and an excellent menu. Last but definitely not least is the

Central region of our great state, Frontier Country. Find a room at one of the many hotels in downtown Oklahoma City. This will put you in the heart of the Bricktown Entertainment District , home to a myriad of restaurants, the Bricktown Canal (catch a water taxi tour), the ballpark, Harkins Theater and a true-toOklahoma, family friendly atmosphere. Walk through the revamped Myriad Gardens and the Myriad Botanical Gardens or visit the Oklahoma City Zoo. Top it all off with a hearty steak dinner at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Historic Stockyard City. No need to look any further, plenty of options for your summertime vacation plans abound in Oklahoma. If you’re coming from out of state, we welcome you and we’re excited to show you everything Oklahoma has to offer. If you’re already in state, we’re excited for you to visit a region of the state you’ve never visited before. Any way you look at it – Oklahoma is the place to be this summer! If my office can answer any questions, please call 405-521-2161. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For more travel information, please visit the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department’s website at www.travelok.com. June/July 2012



Fiscal Fitness

More Than Just a Lender

Payne County Bank Serves the Community

During that time, the bank grew steadily. In need of some additional talent at the growing bank, Mr. Butler contacted the parents of a local young man who was then serving in the Navy during World War II. He left word asking their son to come see him at the bank upon his return from service. When he made the visit, Galen C. Holsinger was offered a job in the Payne County Bank. Galen started his employment under Mr. Butler on November 4, 1946. Galen assumed the presidency of the bank in 1973. In 1993, Galen and his wife Juanita began a process of ownership transfer of the bank by establishing the Payne County Bank Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Under the plan, the entire ownership of the bank has


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been transferred to the employees and officers of the bank. As was Galen's wish, this program assures that the bank will remain a locally owned, independent community bank. In 1994 Galen transferred many of his daily duties to longtime bank senior managers Richard Rogers and Lynn Kinder. In 2005, Lynn Kinder became President and CEO of Payne County Bank. Today, PCB operates as a 100 percent employee-owned community bank. Lynn Kinder is CEO/CFO and Gene Wollenberg is the President. The bank and employees are very involved in the Perkins community, providing support to the local schools, churches, and community organizations. Payne County Bank annually gives two $10,000 scholarships to Perkins-Tryon or Ripley Students. Bank employees have taught the local elementary students for many years through the Teach a Child to Save Day program. The bank also annually helps coordinate the community support for the local students in the Payne County Premium Sale. Many PCB employees are members or officers in the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, 4 kids and Community, and local churches. Payne County Bank also financially supports these and many other organizations. Payne County Bank offers a variety of deposit options, including a Payne-FREE Checking account that has no monthly service charge, free online banking, free online Bill Pay,

and mobile banking. The bank also serves the community by providing many types of loans. For many years, Payne County Bank has offered 15 year in-house home loans. For several years, the bank has also offered homeowners the option of 15, 20, or 30 year fixed rate home loans, serviced by Payne County Bank. Banking today is filled with technology to make life more convenient. Although we are proud to offer these services, we also feel strongly that technology and friendly personal service go hand in hand. So on those occasions when you need a little something more than technology can offer, let us assist you. You Can Count on Payne County Bank's friendly staff and officers to provide a personal touch. Our goal is to make your Personal Banking experience with us friendly, courteous, and personal. The officers, employees, and directors invite you to join thousands of our other loyal customers and enjoy the benefits of placing your business with a growing and thriving locally-owned community bank. Payne County Bank, is a 100 percent employee-owner community bank located in Perkins, Oklahoma and Member, FDIC. Find us on the web at www.PayneCountyBank.com. Chris Petermann is a Vice President at Payne County Bank. Amy Petermann, an adjunct professor, taught Personal Finance at the University of Central Oklahoma.



Payne County Bank is By Chris and Amy proud of its tradition of local Petermann ownership and management. For more than 114 years, PCB has served the Perkins area with solid banking leadership and devotion to the success of our community. Payne County Bank was incorporated January 3, 1898, nine years before Oklahoma's statehood. Payne County Bank and the First State Bank of Perkins were merged on December 31, 1924. It was with this merger that the legendary Delbert C. Butler became associated with Payne County Bank. Delbert would later become president of PCB in 1941, and served in that capacity for more than 30 years.



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The time leading to and surrounding menopause known as “perimenopause” occurs for most women from the age of 45 to 55. During this time, the ovaries gradually decrease their production of two female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. This may result in irregular occurring periods. Menopause is defined after periods have stopped for a year; until there have been no menstrual cycles for an entire year it is important to understand that pregnancy is still possible. Although bleeding abnormalities are common, certain bleeding patterns are worrisome and should be brought to the attention of your gynecologist: bleeding between periods, after sex, prolonged or heavy bleeding, and bleeding after menopause has occurred. Aside from its effects on a woman’s cycle, decreasing estrogen levels have a variety of effects on multiple organs in your body. Many women will have hot flashes, the


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sensation of heat rushing to the upper body or face. Skin may break out into a sweat or turn red. Hot flashes vary from a few seconds to several minutes; some women will never have them, some for a few months, and some for several years into their 60s and 70s. Strategies for coping with hot flashes include pinpointing and avoiding triggers (examples include hot drinks, spicy foods, or alcohol), dressing in layers, keeping a personal fan, and even regular exercise. Discussion with your gynecologist or health care provider will determine if you are a candidate for medical therapy to help with hot flashes. Sleep problems are common in the midlife transition; with these problems include trouble falling asleep or waking earlier than normal. Although this problem is common with both sexes, this problem may be more pronounced in females as recent research has shown perimenopause women may not get enough rapid-eye movement sleep (REM sleep, when dreaming occurs). Proper sleep hygiene may aid with this problem.

From childhood until age 30 years, bone is formed faster than it is broken down causing bones to become larger and denser. After 30, bones begin to be broken down faster than they are built. As a result, both men and women start losing bone mass after age 35. However, osteoporosis, or thin and weak bone, is especially a problem for women as the first 48 years after menopause there is a rapid, accelerated loss of bone density which is likely due to a deficiency of menopause. Bone density screening, most commonly referred to as DEXA, should be started at the latest by age 65. Talk to your gynecologist or other health care provider to see if you are a candidate for early screening. To prevent in bone loss, you should engage in weight bearing exercise, ensure adequate calcium intake (1000mg daily under

age 50, 1200mg daily over age 50), and make sure your vitamin D is adequate (15 minutes of sun exposure daily for younger women, 400800 IU for older women found in fatty fish such as salmon or tuna).

Estrogen prior to menopause helps protect a woman’s heart and cardiovascular system. However, after menopause, the relative estrogen deficiency escalates heart disease and stroke risk equal to that of men. More women die of cardiovascular disease and stroke then all other forms of cancer combined. Controlling your cholesterol through diet, regular exercise, and weight reduction are all important steps in protecting your heart and longevity. Meeting with your gynecologist is an excellent opportunity not only to discuss treatment of menopausal symptoms but also steps you can take to live a longer, healthier life. Many medications including hormone replacement therapy (estrogen and progesterone), estrogen therapy alone, selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or gabapentin may be useful to ease hot flashes in addition to other beneficial health effects. Natural or homeopathic medications include soy, black cohosh, or wild yams. Regular exercise (at your target heart rate for 30 minutes or more, several days of the week) and eating a healthy diet (including fat intake to less than 30 percent of daily calories) are all cornerstones to good health and healthy aging. D. Nelson Fong, M.D., is a member of the medical staff (OB/GYN) at Lakeside Women’s Hospital located at 11200 N. Portland Ave. Oklahoma City, OK For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fong call (405) 936-1000 www.lakeside-wh.com



Middle age often marks a time of great transition. Although often humorously celebrated with black tombstones inscribed with “Over the Hill,” reaching middle age should be celebrates as for many it is often a time of great career and personal success. At the same time, however, the rapid physical changes during the midlife transition from the age of 40 to 60 are nearly unparalleled to other life periods and can be exhausting and anxiety provoking. For women in particular, the specter of menopause can be greeted as a welcome joy or more often with worry about the uncertainty of “growing old.” Understanding the aging process and how to protect one’s health help one age with grace and happiness.


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Stillwater Medical Center

Adds Newborn Heart Defect

[by Jordan Ihrig]

In February 2012, Stillwater Medical Center (SMC) proactively began pulse oximetry screenings on all newborns. The screening provides information to pediatricians to make an informed decision on whether further diagnostic testing for possible heart defects is needed.


“The screening helps us spot indicators of newborn congenital heart defect (CHD),” Trica Gordon, director of SMC’s Maternal Child Health Unit, said. “CHD is the most common birth defect, impacting eight of every 1,000 infants born.” Gordon says the screening costs around $10 to $11 per child for the pulse oximeter probe. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the newborn pulse oximetry screening can detect many problems including the seven most critical forms of CHD. These are hypoplastic left heart syndrome, pulmonary atresia (with intact septum), tetralogy of Fallot, total anomalous pulmonary venous return, transposition of the great arteries, tricuspid atresia and truncus arteriosus. Gordon says she received information about the screenings from a statewide risk management group last year. Around the same time, a six-month-old baby who was born at SMC lost his tragic battle for life due to an undetected heart defect. Coupled together, these two events served as the catalyst to make the screenings a major priority at SMC. Greyson Moore was born at Stillwater Medical Center on March 1, 2011, with excellent Apgar scores and appeared healthy. Four days later at a routine weight check, Greyson appeared purple from the chest down with a temperature of 91.7 degrees. The SMC medical team began working immediately to stabilize him and called in a helicopter to transport him to The Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. “We were released from the hospital March 3rd and became concerned the next day because Greyson seemed cooler than he should be and wasn’t eating great,” Melissa Moore,


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Greyson’s mother, said. “We convinced ourselves we were overreacting and, as we had a weight check scheduled on March 5th, we waited.”

Oklahoma. For the screening to become a requirement for every hospital, the Oklahoma State Department of Health must add it to their list of mandatory newborn screenings.

Greyson was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, meaning the left side of his heart failed to develop completely and did not function at all. After one major surgery, numerous cath lab procedures and almost six months, Greyson passed away on August 26, 2011.

“Pulse ox screening is not going to catch every defect,” Melissa said. “But it is currently the best process available to find heart defects that may have been missed on fetal ultrasounds, and it often detects the seven critical CHDs. I have seen statistics that show prenatal ultrasounds may only catch around 50 percent of heart defects, so pulse ox screening is a great follow up post-birth.”

“I don’t know if the newborn pulse oximetry screening would have changed Greyson’s outcome at all,” Melissa said. “But had his defect been detected before we went home from the hospital, his body would not have started to shut down. He would have been in a better position to have the traditional surgeries, and we may have had more time with our precious boy.” Melissa says she is incredibly thankful that SMC made the decision to be a leader in this area for hospitals in smaller towns. Currently, a few large hospital groups in Tulsa and Oklahoma City routinely perform newborn pulse oximetry screenings, but it is rare for small or rural hospitals to routinely screen infants. “Our medical team has really embraced the process,” Gordon said. “They know why we are implementing the new screening and everyone is on board. It is absolutely in the best interest of the patient, which is always the priority at Stillwater Medical Center.” The Moore family is currently advocating for mandatory hospital newborn pulse oximetry screenings throughout

In September 2011, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius approved adding CHD to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel. Newborn pulse oximetry screening is the standard screening for CHD. This decision is strongly supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and March of Dimes. Melissa said sources list cost as the largest barrier to hospital implementation of newborn pulse oximetry screenings. According to Gordon, SMC had approximately 970 births in 2011 and averages about 1,000 each year.

For more information about Stillwater Medical Center’s Maternal Child Health Unit or newborn screenings, please call 405-372-1480 or visit www.StillwaterMedical.com. okhealthandfitnessmagazine.com


The pulse oximetry screening tests for oxygen levels in the blood and can detect congenital heart defects. The simple, noninvasive test is performed between 24 and 48 hours of age and takes only a few minutes. One at a time, a sensor is put on a finger and toe from the same side of the patient’s body. The patient’s pediatrician is notified to determine whether further testing is needed when the screening reports more than a 3 percent difference between the toe and finger reading or less than 90 percent oxygen saturation. Normal oxygen saturation is between 95 and 100.

The Biggest Little Non-Profit

[by Marianna Bryce] For the past 90 years, National AMBUCS, ™ Inc. has adapted their method of service but the focus has always remained the same: helping the disabled community. The first AMBUCS chapter was founded in Birmingham, AL in 1922 by William L. White. The funny name AMBUCS springs from the service organization’s original charter as “American Business Clubs.” AMBUCS identifies itself as a grassroots nonprofit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. There are around 5,500 AMBUCS members in more than 130 chapters in more than 30 states; each chapter is dedicated to serving their local area. One of AMBUCS’ most successful programs in recent years has been the distribution of the AmTryke® therapeutic tricycle. This unique tricycle can be hand or foot-operated and helps improve a rider’s muscle strength, motor coordination and selfesteem.

a rite of passage everyone deserves to experience. AmTrykes allow riders to be out in the neighborhood riding with their friends and family while improving health and fitness by giving the rider a sense of support and balance on a tryke platform. AMBUCS Scholar Since 1955, AMBUCS, Inc. has awarded scholarships to therapy students either in their junior/senior year in a bachelor’s degree program or in a graduate program leading to a master’s or doctorate degree. To date, more than $7.6 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 14,000 students pursuing degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and audiology. AMBUCS National Conference Comes to OKC

AmTryke Therapeutic Tricycles

Oklahoma City will be in for a fun surprise when AMBUCS comes to visit this July for the 2012 National Conference. Oklahoma’s own National President Rick Kerr and National President-Elect Kent Clingenpeel have been hard at work making preparations to ensure this will be the best conference yet. Rick issued a challenge to the membership to “Ask One, Bring One.” This effort asks members to encourage new and existing members to attend OKC this summer. New participants will begin to understand the value and importance of coming together for a fun-filled week of learning that will send each member home reenergized and ready to take on the next year.

AmTryke is about abilities, not disabilities. AMBUCS believes riding a bike is

Plans are already in the works to provide another great year of general

Many AMBUCS chapters are also committed to performing valuable civic service and improving their communities. Their niche is to provide small, meaningful projects that go unfunded by government or insurance such as home ramp building for people in wheelchairs and funding college scholarships for therapists by the AMBUCS Scholars program.


educational sessions as well as a second year of therapist sessions for continuing education credit. AMBUCS will fill the streets of Downtown Oklahoma City bright and early at 8 a.m. on July 14th as part of the AmTryke Celebration Day. 7th Annual Trek for Trykes After months of fundraising for sponsors, walkers donate gathered funds to provide AmTryke® therapeutic tricycles for children on the National Wish List. The walk is a fun way to raise money and awareness for the AmTryke program! 2nd Veteran’s Ride & 9th Annual AmTryke Rodeo More than 100 new riders will receive donated AmTrykes at these truly heartwarming events. These Trykes have the power to change not only the riders’ lives, but their families as well. To make such events possible, AMBUCS chapters from all over the nation are encouraged to sponsor Trykes for each Veteran and child. Many Oklahoma AMBUCS are pulling together to donate time and energy into assembling each Tryke prior to the event. On the day of the event, several local therapists will be on hand to ensure each rider is fitted properly to their new AmTryke. To donate to our mission of creating mobility and independence or to learn how you can join, please contact: Marianna Bryce mariannab@ambucs.org PO Box 5127, High Point, NC 27262 (800) 838-1845 x117 www.ambucs.org

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Hillbilly Pork Chop Mud Run

Set for Chandler

[by Chris Turner]

"Grab a pig and let’s get muddy!" That is the creed of the two brothers, Chris and Anthony Turner, owners of the Hillbilly Pork Chop Roundup. In June, the two brothers and their Hillbilly kin are planning a full day of family fun and excitement. The former Marine and true hillbilly are preparing an insane obstacle course to overcome, huge mud pits to crawl through, and all the food and drink you would want to stuff in your face. And as an added bonus, you have the option to scoop up and carry as many greased pigs as you can. Yes, greased pigs, and they are scattered throughout the entire course. Calm down, the little porkers are rubber, not real. The Hillbilly is a running event for those who are tired of the regular three-mile pavement pounding, the people who need a goal to get in shape, hillbillies who love to test themselves and everyone that just loves to play in the mud. A portion of the proceeds from the hillbilly events will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities. It will help support the Ronald McDonald Family Room, where kids and their families can stay to be more comfortable while at the hospital. "It's a really good organization that deserves to be known for the good they do, and we are trying to help any way we can," Anthony said. In addition to this event, the hillbilly brothers are putting on two other similar events for all the mud runners out there. Fort Smith, AR will be the starting location of the Pork chop tour, Chandler, OK is the second event in the series, and the last leg of the tour will be Kilgore, TX. You can register online at http://hillbilly5k.com for all locations. Entry fee is $45, slightly higher for late registration. okhealthandfitnessmagazine.com

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Varicose Vein Removal Will Not

Slow You Down

Women at risk for varicose veins

Varicose and spider veins affect roughly 50 percent of the female population and many women are quite embarrassed by them. The best ways to cope with varicose veins is to understand them, do what you can to prevent them, and seek treatments when they form. Ironically, it is not that the cardiovascular system is weaker in women, it the combination of all those factors mentioned previously that makes women a bigger target for the unsightly veins.

Know the difference between varicose veins and spider viens

Varicose and spider veins are dilated capillaries less than two millimeters in diameter located just below the surface of the skin, most commonly found on the legs and occasionally on the face. Spider veins are blue, red or purplish with a web-like or linear appearance, while varicose veins are abnormally swollen or stretched veins that protrude from the surface of the skin, typically in a rope-like manner.

Varicose veins are due to weakness in the veins

Weakening vein valves and vein walls can cause the blood to pool and stretch the vein,

which causes it to protrude. Running and exercise of any kind is essential to keep your body healthy and strong – and can reduce the risk of developing varicose veins. Treatments for varicose vein removal

Laser Vein Therapy and Sclerotherapy (injection therapy) can successfully treat 98 percent of all varicose veins and nearly 100 percent of spider veins safely, effectively and painlessly, with excellent cosmetic results. Laser Vein Therapy can be performed in less than an hour and have you back on your feet immediately. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a mild chemical solution into the affected vein, causing the walls of the vein to become irritated and collapse. The vein is then absorbed in the body's natural healing process. In both procedures, the blood from the closed vein is rerouted to a healthy vein, thereby restoring proper circulation. Over the next two to three weeks the treated veins begin to heal and disappear. These procedures require a small nick in the skin, local anesthesia and no hospital visit or stitches. While there is some pressure involved, most of our patients say that it is pain free.

Ways to prevent varicose veins

Although varicose and spider veins can never be completely prevented because of predisposition, there are ways to slow the progression of the disease. Get regular exercise, wear graduated compression stockings, monitor your hormone intake, elevate your legs, and eat a proper diet that is high in fiber and low in salt. Listen to your body when your legs feel heavy, and seek medical advice. When varicose veins are treated in the early stages, they are easier and more comfortable to remove.

Varicose veins are a health issue

Listen to your body when your legs feel heavy, and seek medical advice. When varicose veins are treated in the early stages, they are easier and more comfortable to remove. Untreated varicose veins can lead to conditions such as eczema, hyperpigmentation, sores, skin ulcers, swelling, painful rashes and even increased potential for blood clots that can travel to the heart or lungs.

What to expect during your exam

Like other clinics around the country, our clinic offers a FREE CONSULTATION so you have the opportunity to learn about your treatment options. Our Laser Vein Therapy is approved by most insurance carriers and is performed in our office. You will be amazed at how good, light and healthy your legs can look and feel!

Dr. Pedulla is the Medical Director at the Oklahoma Vein and Endovascular Center. His office has moved to 3300 NW 56th Street, just south of the Baptist Hospital Complex. You can still reach him at (405) 947-2228 or at NoVeinOk.com.


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This time of year, it seems like a lot of people start exercise regimens and for many people, that includes running or jogging. We all want to look better in summer skin bearing clothes, so it is not unusual for more people ask about their varicose veins during the spring and summer months. Getting in shape and varicose vein removal seem to go hand in hand for a lot of active people. So, the first question on everyone’s mind is always, “What caused these ugly veins?” Runners invariably think the pavement pounding is causing their varicose veins. Running is beneficial for people who have varicose veins because those pesky varicose veins are a result of poor circulation. When you run, the venous muscles in the calves and the feet pump the blood through the veins to the heart. It improves the entire cardiovascular system. But there are a variety of other factors that can increase the risk and appearance of varicose veins in the legs. These include: age, genetics, pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone therapy, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, weight fluctuation, and prolonged periods of sitting or standing.

You Are

AWESOME Have you ever thought of yourself as “AWESOME?” Be truthful.


Do you have that “I can overcome anything” attitude? Do you feel invincible? When you stand tall and proud can you honestly look down and see your feet?

We have all heard how FAT this country has become, and how diseases like Diabetes, heart disease, digestive problems and cancer is taking us down. Our children are getting fatter by the day. FAT IS NOT HEALTHY! It is up to YOU to do something about it. Here are some Helpful tips to get you started: Before we begin, remember “there are NO magic pills, powders, wands or beans. Losing weight can save you money in health expenses, time at the doctor and your life. Are you ready to really get fit? These are some of the steps I use to help people lose the ugly fat that has become a okhealthandfitnessmagazine.com

plague in our society.

1. Cleanse your intestinal tract and colon

A cleanse of the intestines and colon can help you eliminate waste that your body has not used. You can lose weight and it helps your digestive system deliver the nutrients to the body more efficiently.

2. Clean your liver

5. Every individual has their own unique basal metabolic rate.

Make sure you provide your body with the calories that it needs to function properly.

6. Movement is essential.

Walk, swim, work in the garden and in the words of many parents: “Get off of your bum and do something.” You don’t have to join a gym, buy expensive equipment or exercise yourself into oblivion. Do things that you and your family enjoy. Most important - MOVE.

A healthy liver will help your body fight toxins in your system and give your metabolism a healthy jolt.

7. Stay away from junk foods.

3. When you eat breakfast include protein

Why do they call it junk? You throw junk away, why would you eat it?

Please don’t be fooled by commercials that boast eating cereal (carbohydrates) is a healthy breakfast. Your body needs the protein. I eat 3 eggs every day.

Set small goals for yourself and really work to achieve them. Losing weight and regaining your health is not hard if you use the right approach and follow through.

4. Don’t be fooled by the term “diet”on food labels.

Be ready to meet the awesome new you at the end of the journey.

Did you know diet drinks contain aspartame? If you don’t know what the dangers and side effects of aspartame or other artificial sweeteners, look it up. Ingestion of aspartame by some individuals can cause some serious health problems.

Yours in Health, Steve Johnston N.D. Steve Johnston, ND 4200 Perimeter Center Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73112 (405) 637-8586 www.drstevejohnston.vpweb.com June/July 2012


A Meridian Made Education

Meridian Technology Center Educational Highlights 70+ career majors


College credit toward an AAS degree in many programs


Tuition-free classes for district high school students


Small classes


Hands-on learning


Leadership opportunities


Many self-paced classes


[by Dana Wallace]

“Someone who has initiative and sees something that needs to be done and does it. Someone who cares, has compassion and a strong stomach,” that’s the type of person who is successful in the health field and in Meridian Technology Center’s Health Careers program, according to student Sabra Stracener. “They also need the drive and want to excel in their career.” Sabra, a Perkins, Okla., senior studies half a day at Meridian and is home schooled the other half of the day. When she completes the Health Careers program this year, she will be prepared to take her Certified Nursing Assistant state certification and has hopes of working in the ER one day soon. Sabra’s teacher, Jeana Bateson, said, “Our coursework is challenging. Students work hard. They are going to be leaders in their field when they leave Meridian to impact the world.” Meridian Technology Center is one of 29 Career Tech schools across the state. The school district covers parts of Lincoln, Logan, Noble, Pawnee and Payne counties and offers customized education and training for individuals, industries and communities in four areas. They include full-time career training, short-term personal and professional interest courses, and business solutions in the areas of entrepreneur services and customized business consulting. Students like Sabra who study in one of the school’s 70 full-time career majors


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are prepared to go directly to work or to college for further education. In fact, 90 percent of Meridian’s students continue on to further education or to a field related to their course of study. The small class sizes have helped Sabra push through the demanding curriculum. “We can help each other before going to the teacher if something is challenging us. It’s a support system. We encourage each other,” she said, adding that the extra interaction with her teacher is also a plus. “Meridian is a place where students can take something they’re passionate about and become prepared to make a career out of it,” said Meridian Superintendent/CEO Dr. Doug Major. “Because all of our classes are hands-on, students don’t have to wait until they go to work to experience their field.” For example, students in the building trades programs work on a house that will eventually sell for a quarter of a million dollars. They construct the cabinetry, do the masonry work and install the electrical and air conditioning components. Each of the programs also has a strong technical curriculum, from the geometry involved in making sure ductwork is cut to exact specifications to the math that requires cosmetology students to mix hair color to proper proportions. “My class prepared me for all the skills I would need. I didn’t’ face anything at my clinicals that I hadn’t learned,” said Sabra.

Sabra has earned 30 college credit hours at Northern Oklahoma College while at Meridian for only a nominal administrative fee. This summer she’ll be moving to Oklahoma City to begin the next chapter in her life at Heartland Baptist Bible College where she’ll study elementary education and use her skills from Meridian to work at a hospital and help pay her way through school. “This way I’ll have options. Both health care and education are good because I love people. It wouldn’t be unusual for me to work with children in the ER either. I’ve always wanted to work in the health care field,” said Sabra. “I like interacting with patients and showing that I care.”

Dana Wallace is Director of Communications and Marketing at Meridian Technology Center, located at 1312 S. Sangre Road in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Meridian is a career and technology training center with more than 70 career majors and a wide variety of evening personal and professional development courses. Meridian also offers services to businesses in need of training and development. For more information or to enroll, visit www.meridiantech.edu or contact a career counselor by phone at (405) 377-3333 or toll-free at (888) 607-2509.



Perkins High School Student Succeeds in Health Care


More Than Just a Grocery Store

grocery store that could pay the bills and remain open. Through some give-and-take on both sides that deeply cared about having a viable grocery store operating in the city we signed a deal. Within seven days we had the store equipment repaired, and the inventory stocked for a July 1, 2009 opening, and what opening it was! With the holidays and the first of the month the City of Perkins showed this company that they were happy to have a grocery store back in the community.

Curtis Hay, store manager stocking shelves

[by Jeffrey D. Williams] President of Williams Foods Williams Foods was started in May 1971 in the small town of Tuttle, Oklahoma. My father, Don Williams and his brother, Max Williams bought a grocery store that was about 8,000 square feet. In 1989, my brother Steve and sister Wendi and I bought my uncle and father's interest in the store in Tuttle. Today we own and operate 15 grocery stores, 10 convenience stores and a hardware store. What began in 1971 as a Christian family business with six employees has now grown to more than 350 employees.

In the communities that we are located, we are actively involved in the schools, the Chamber of Commerce and as many organizations as financially possible. We have a successful company program that helps nonprofit organizations. Williams Foods will donate 1 percent of sales receipts to any nonprofit organization who collects them. We have given back thousands of dollars each year to those organizations, and the program continues to grow. We also have a fund-raising program

Over the last 41 years of business the question we are asked most is “why do you not sell beer in your grocery or convenience stores?� In 1988, we were sitting around the table discussing whether we wanted to buy our father's interest in the remaining stores. Our mother asked one thing of us and that was to not sell beer. We honored that request, over the years and continue that policy today.

We have been blessed over the years at Williams Foods and are excited about what is in store for us in the future. My sister and I really enjoy what we are doing and what we are a part of. We will continue to grow and do our part in every community we are associated with and that especially includes Perkins, Oklahoma.


Williams Foods had an opportunity to come to Perkins, Oklahoma a few years earlier. The negotiations ended without a deal when the store was in the planning stage. A few years and owners later, Williams Foods was given another opportunity to become a part of the City of Perkins. The store at that time was closed, the inventory had been sold and it looked as if Perkins would not have a

Since 2009, we have grown even more with the addition of two more stores, one in Piedmont, Oklahoma and one in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. We will also be breaking ground on a brand new 31,000 square foot location in Tuttle, Oklahoma that will replace the existing store that is more than 50 years old. The new location will include a deli-bakery and an expanded frozen food and produce department.

helps other clubs and organizations. We have a coupon booklet that has more than $55 worth of coupons and also a $5 off the purchase of $50 at our grocery stores. The booklet is an easy way for groups to raise money and the organization earns $5 for every booklet they sell.


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The Only Way to Lose Weight is the Healthy Way Healthy weight is a big deal. Here are some diseases that you are at risk for if you are carrying a lot of extra pounds: Heart disease ~ Stroke ~ Diabetes Cancer ~ Arthritis ~ Hypertension Losing weight helps prevent and control these diseases. It is better to rely on a healthy weight loss option which will provide lifetime results. You have to set realistic goals and not expect to lose a lot of pounds in a time. The quick weight loss methods that have spread like fire these days do not provide lasting results. Often, dieting methods that involve dietary drinks, foods and supplements or pills do not work. If they do, the results are just temporary. Here are some tips on how you can lose those unwanted pounds the healthy way:


Do not starve yourself The key to a healthier way of losing weight is: Do not diet. If you get used to skipping one or two meals a day, your stored calories will be used up instead of the energy that should have been provided by your meals. So if you just eat one huge sandwich in one day, it will end up straight to your problem area (the most common areas are thighs, buttocks, hips). You may feel happy and think that you are losing those unwanted flabs on your belly and thighs by skipping meals. But remember that this would not last long. Your body cannot tolerate having insufficient food to fuel the energy that you use up every day.


Start your day right Mothers always say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Have a healthy meal in the morning to jump-start your metabolism. Your food intake after you wake will be used to burn fat all day. Eat smaller, healthy meals frequently Five small serving snacks per day is better than three hearty meals. Eating more frequently, and in smaller servings, can prevent overeating. This will also increase your metabolism and make calories burn faster. Decide on how much weight you want to lose Keep your goals realistic. It is impossible for you to lose 40 pounds in 2 weeks. Have a mindset that you want to eat healthy to stay healthy for the rest of your life. Once you have decided on a weight loss plan or program, stick to it and make sure that you follow your own set of dieting rules. Drink plenty of water Your body needs sufficient water to burn fat and keep your cells hydrated and healthy.

overweight. You need this to keep your weight at the proper level. There is such a thing as healthy fats. Olive, peanut and canola oil have them. Tuna, salmon and mackerel have omega-3 fats that are good for the heart. Exercise Leave your car if you are only going a few blocks from home, take the stairs instead of the elevator, jog, cycle or skate. Use these activities and other home chores if you are too lazy to go to the gym and take exercise classes. If you do this regularly you will not notice that you are already shedding pounds with these mundane activities. It does not matter how much weight you plan or need to lose. What is important is that you set realistic goals for yourself. Go slow. If you have already lost 5 or 6 pounds, give yourself a break then try to lose the next 5 pounds. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water, exercise and get enough sleep. This will give you a greater chance of losing weight and improve your health, which would result to a new, healthier you.

Avoid too much sugar Plan your meals around fruits and vegetables, some bread, rice or pasta for that carbo fix that you need, plus lean meat and protein rich foods. Sweets, sodas and pastries should be a once-in-a-while indulgence. Watch your fat intake Fat is not the culprit to being

Ben Coffman is an ACE Certified Fitness Trainer. OKC Fitbody Bootcamp is located at 2424 N. Moore Ave, Moore, OK 73160. 405.205.6001 www.okcfitbodybootcamp.com

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Stretching Strokes Out of Your Game

[by Lynn Rowland]

Justin Rose tees off on hole 7 at the Master's Tournament, Augusta Georgia.

As we approach the first tee, talking with our buddies about the trials and tribulations of life, it goes without fail that someone in our group complains about back pain or some other chronic pain. Most of the time it is me complaining about lower back pain and comparing stories, tragedies and remedies with the more mature guys in the group. On those weekday nights when we finally have a chance to sneak in 9 holes between work and dinner, we often overlook stretching. Most of us believe that as long as we take a couple practice swings, crack our backs a of couple times, and drive it in play off the first hole, that we are good to go for the round. What we do not realize is that after sitting slumped over at our desk for 8 hours a day, our backs start to lose strength and flexibility. With the posture that most of us sit in while at our desks, hips back and relaxed, lower back rounded, and shoulders slumped forward over our keyboard, we are hurting our posture for life and our golf swings. This is why it is vital to stretch before and warm up our bodies and muscles before we play. Our bodies are used to being stationary all day, it is difficult, especially as we get older, to get our bodies ready to play.


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The golf swing is a fast, violent motion for our bodies. In about 1 second, our golf swing goes from 0 to more than 100 mph and back to 0. This puts an enormous strain on our body. With the golf swing being rotational we use our entire muscular system, from our toes to our fingers. This is why it is so vital to be flexible and warmed up so we can make a proper golf swing, while also minimizing the possibility of injuring ourselves. The main points of interest while stretching before we play or hit balls, comes down to realizing which joints and muscles we use and strain the most, during our swing. The first place to start is with our back and core. With our back being tight from work, we need to get both our upper and lower back loosened up before we swing. Stretching our upper back and chest allows us to get in the correct posture, being able to pull our shoulders back, not allowing them to slump forward. As we move farther down the back and spine, our low back is where the majority of golf injuries and problems arise. The amount of twisting that we put on our lumbar spine, pushes our lower back to the limits of motion our back was intended for. Many people fail to realize that from the back of our ankles up to the back of our neck is connected by one muscle system. This is evident by how many people suffer with back pain, but also have limited range of motion through their hips and legs. For people who struggle with lower back pain, they need to realize that stretching their hamstrings, on a normal basis, will help with their pain more, than trying to “crack” their backs. This also leads into the second most important part of stretching before we

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play our hips. Our legs and hips drive our golf swings from the ground up. The hips, work in conjunction with the lower back to provide the rotation necessary to produce adequate club head speed at contact. Without enough flexibility to rotate through the golf ball, our hips can stop turning, often putting undue stress on our lower backs. So next time you are walking to the first tee, take a few minutes to stretch, you might be surprised at how your golf game and pain level improves.

The Golf Club at Cimarron Trails is located 9 miles south of Stillwater, and is one of Oklahoma’s hidden gems. Located in the town of Perkins, Cimarron Trails offers a course playable enough for the beginner, but challenging enough to be enjoyed by better players. For a tee time call (405)547-5701.



Many times when we get a chance to hit the links, it comes at a time when we are just getting out of the office, or have a limited amount of time to get in the most possible holes of golf. Not only does this rush us into hitting shots before we are ready or not being able to fully enjoy the company that we are with, but it often causes us to skip a vital part of our pregame routine; stretching.


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Deliciously healthy Italian recipes Chef Mary Ann Esposito, host of the PBS television show “Ciao Italia,” knows all about the joys and benefits of cooking with olive oil. Olive oil is 100 percent natural, contains no cholesterol, trans fats, sodium or sugar. It adds a delicious splash of flavor to any recipe. As a rule of thumb, she says, substitute an equal amount of olive oil for other cooking oils.

www.ciaoitalia.com for more healthy, delizioso recipes from Chef Mary Ann. Devilish Chicken - Serves 4 1 1/4

Here are some more of her tips for eating deliciously with Filippo Berio Olive Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Has a rich, full flavor, fragrant aroma, low acidity and deep greenish-gold color. It’s ideal for salad dressings, marinades, sauces, roasting potatoes and dipping bread. Drizzle it over air-popped popcorn for a healthier snack, and use it in Chef Mary Ann’s recipe for Marinated Carrot, Caper and Sweet Red Pepper Salad.

Olive Oil: Has a rich golden color; perfectly balanced with a mild flavor. It’s ideal as a base for sauces and for sautéing meat, poultry, fish or vegetables. Try it in Chef Mary Ann’s recipe for Eggplant Rolls.  Extra Light Olive Oil: Has a subtle taste and light bouquet, which allows natural flavors of food to come through. It has a high smoke point, which makes it perfect for frying, stirfrying and baking. For a great breakfast, use it to scramble eggs. For dinner, try it in Chef Mary Ann’s recipe for Devilish Chicken.

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cup Filippo Berio Extra Light Olive Oil Fine sea salt Freshly ground black pepper



3 1/2 to 4-pound free-range, organic chicken, butterflied

Cayenne pepper or dried hot red pepper flakes 1

cup dry white wine Lemon wedges

To butterfly chicken, place it on a plastic cutting board, breast side down. With kitchen shears or a boning knife, cut along both sides of backbone and remove and discard the bone or save for stock. Turn chicken over skin side up and flatten it by pressing down with hands or a meat pounder.

so as not to burn the chicken.

Coat chicken completely with olive oil, then season with salt, pepper and cayenne to taste. Transfer chicken to a dish, cover, and marinate for several hours. This step can be done the day before.

About 10 minutes into grilling, begin basting chicken with wine. Continue basting every 10 minutes. The chicken is cooked when a meat thermometer inserted into the thighbone registers between 175°F and 180°F.

Preheat grill. When coals are white or a gas grill temperature reaches 500°F, place chicken on grill, breast side down. Cook, turning frequently, and keeping the fire under control

Transfer chicken to a cutting board, and cut into serving pieces. Serve hot with lemon wedges and a squirt of lemon juice. Use your fingers, not a fork, to eat.

Chef Mary Ann Esposito is an accomplished cookbook author and the creator and host of “Ciao Italia,” the longest-running cooking series on television.


Marinated Carrot, Caper and Sweet Red Pepper Salad - Serves 4 Marinade 1/3 cup Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 1/4 teaspoons salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/4

cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons salt-packed capers, well rinsed Salad 4

large carrots, peeled and cut into 2inch-long matchstick pieces


tablespoon salt


large sweet red bell peppers cut into thin, 2-inch-long strips


cup thinly sliced fennel bulb

1/4 2

cup minced flat leaf parsley tablespoons minced mint

Combine all marinade ingredients in a 12 x 9inch rectangular glass or ceramic dish. Mix well. Set aside. Fill a 12- to 14-inch sauté pan three-quarters full with water. Add carrots and salt. Bring to a boil and cook until a knife tip easily pierces carrots. Drain in colander and transfer to dish with marinade. Toss well. Add peppers and fennel and toss again. Let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour, tossing occasionally to meld the flavors. Just before serving, toss parsley and mint into salad. Serve at room temperature. Eggplant Rolls - Serves 8 1

large eggplant (7 to 8 inches long), stem removed, cut into 8 1/4-inchthick lengthwise slices


tablespoons Filippo Berio Olive Oil

2/3 1

cup minced fresh oregano or mint teaspoon fine sea salt


teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper


cup pine nuts

1½ 1

cups tomato sauce cup toasted bread crumbs, made from stale bread

baking sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes, or just until soft. Set aside to cool. Alternatively, grill eggplant slices on both sides until they soften and grill marks appear. Mix oregano (or mint), salt, pepper and pine nuts together in a bowl. Spread a couple of tablespoons of the mixture along length of each eggplant slice, and then roll slices into bundles.

Chef’s Secret: Purchase eggplants that are very shiny, have intact stem tops, show no bruising or soft spots and feel heavy.

Spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce in the base of a 12 x 9-inch casserole dish. Place eggplant bundles in rows in the dish and spread remaining sauce evenly over top.

Preheat oven to 350°F, or fire up the grill. Brush eggplant slices on both sides with olive oil and place in single layers on slightly oiled rimmed

Serve hot and sprinkle bread crumbs on top.

Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover, and bake 5 minutes longer.

Local Club Serves the Community [by Chris Petermann]

The Perkins Lions Club held its first meeting on January 17, 1950 and had 30 charter members. The motto of Lionism is “We serve.” For more than 60 years the Lions Club has served the community of Perkins in a variety of community projects.

restroom and concession stand for the local school system in the early 60s. The club has also installed street signs in Perkins and road signs across Payne County, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Perkins Library.

To name a few, they constructed a press box,

The Perkins Lions Club holds an annual Easter egg hunt and ensures that Santa makes a pre-Christmas visit to Perkins each year. The club also purchases gifts and puts together food baskets to distribute to families in need at Christmas. Every year the club holds a pancake supper the night of the high school football homecoming game.

Club meets each Wednesday at the Lions Den at 110 S. Main in Perkins from noon to 1 p.m. for a meal and program. During July and August, the club meets at various rural community buildings and churches for meetings and meals. The club allows individuals and groups to rent the Lions Den. It is $50 for a half day or $100 for all day. Frontier Realty handles the reservations for the Lions Club and can be reached at 405-547-2000.

They also help children and individuals in need of eye exams and eyeglasses. The Lions For more information about the Perkins Lions Club, please speak to any Perkins Lions Club member or contact the current Lions Club President, Chris Petermann, at 405-547-4825 or Chris@paynecountybank.com.


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is Always Going On at the [by Mandy Lyons] A great experience is reserved for you at Cimarron Casino! Starting the moment you enter our doors you are met with an air of friendly familiarity and enough smiles to make you feel right at home. Here you actually feel like you are a part of the Cimarron family. Every member of the Cimarron Casino team is committed to giving each of our guests the personal attention they deserve. The gaming floor at Cimarron Casino is full of the latest and most popular Las Vegas and Oklahoma-style games with progressive jackpots that pays more than $1million. We have the hottest new games and a lot of old favorites too! With more than 380 games to choose from, you will find popular games like Stinkin' Rich and Royal Reels. We are constantly updating the gaming selection; play at any of the recently installed new games including Gorilla Chief, Red Hot Ruby and many others. All guests are encouraged to join the Champions Player’s Club when they visit Cimarron Casino. Why would anyone want to join? For starters, it is FREE and every new member receives $10 in Free Play the day they sign up. Play with your card and receive benefits like points toward instant free play, bonus rewards in the mail or exclusive player’s club promotions. Cimarron Casino offers fantastic casual dining at the Cimarron Grille open 24 hours day, 7 days a week. You will not find a better meal at a better price anywhere. Cimarron Grille has what you crave serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day. Enjoy our Signature Steak n’ Eggs Breakfast available daily from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. that is sure


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to fill your stomach and leave your a budget? Try one of our Five Meals When you show your Champions Player’s Club card when ordering, you save 10 percent off your food purchase!

wallet full too. Eating on Under $5.

Get in on all the excitement happening all month long. You be can a lucky winner in our regular weekly promotions. This summer we are giving away a 2012 Dodge Ram and $2,000 cash prize. Come in during June and July every Thursday through Saturday for a chance to win $50 in Free Play and a qualifying entry into the big truck drawing at 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 28th. Don’t miss out on all the fun happening at Cimarron Casino. Check out our website at CimarronCasino.com for all the latest exciting promotions or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cimarronfeeling . Cimarron Casino is located in the heart of Cowboy Country in the town of Perkins, OK, off Highway 33 and 177. Just 10 miles south of Stillwater, it provides a great small town feel with easy access from both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Cimarron Casino contact us by phone at 405-547-5352.




Tips for parents and kids Parents' concerns about Internet safety used to be confined to the computer. Today, kids have more access to the Internet through smart phones and gaming devices so the potential for cyberbullying is greater than ever. Cyberbullying is when one minor uses technology as a weapon to target another young person. According to StopCyberbullying.org, elementary and middle schools report cyberbullying as the most frequent problem they face. Most people think of cyberbullying as girl to girl. Girls become the more prevalent cyberbullies in middle school, harassing other girls and boys. Cyberbullying at the elementary school level is typically boy to boy due to the higher percentage of boys who play online games as opposed to girls. Twenty percent of kids in the fourth through sixth grade have reported one type of cyberbullying when playing games, including:   Password theft   Accessing and stealing virtual items   Mean messages

What parents can do Parental involvement is key to preventing cyberbullying and keeping kids safe online. Marsali Hancock, president and CEO of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (www.ikeepsafe.org), recommends the following tips for parents to keep their children safe online:  Keep current with technology. You don't have to be an expert, but a little understanding goes a long way towards keeping your child safe online. Get basic technical training and learn about new products as they are released.  Keep communicating with your child about what he or she is experiencing on the Internet and with technology in general. Know their lingo, and ask when you don't understand something. Work to keep communication lines open.  Keep checking your child's Internet activity. Know where they go online. Let them know that you will keep checking because you want them to understand that the Internet is a public forum and never truly private.

"When we ask our kids what is going on at school they often reply 'not much,' but when we play online games with them, they start to talk about other things going on in their lives, too - it is a great way to ease into conversations that may otherwise be difficult to get started," said Mary Heston, director of the Wiredsafety's Wiredmoms program.

What kids can do "Cyberbullying starts early and lasts a lifetime," said Parry Aftab, founder and Executive Director of WiredSafety, home of StopCyberbullying.org and Wiredkids.org. "We have to teach our children good digital hygiene - about password safety and following the Internet Golden Rule - don't do anything online that you wouldn't do offline." Continued on pg. 34


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 Keep participating with your child's online activities. They are the experts, so you can ask them to help you. Not only will your knowledge of the digital world be strengthened - so will your relationship with your children.

Continued from pg. 32 Here are some other things kids can do to help prevent cyberbullying:   Protect your identity and reputation by being careful not to share your name, contact information, or pictures.  Realize that what is put in the digital world can stay there forever. Only post pictures that you would want your parents, peers and school to see.  Create secure passwords. Passwords should be easy to remember, hard to guess. If you have to write it down, it's too hard to remember. If it's a pet's name, your middle name, your favorite sports team, etc., it's too easy to guess. Remember, a combination of numbers and letters is always best.   Don't share your passwords. Don't allow kids to give out their password to others. Eighty-five percent of elementary school students and 70 percent of teens polled said they shared their password with at least one

friend. That's one friend too many. Friends can be cyberbullies too, signing onto your account, impersonating you and possibly embarrassing you. They can also change your password, locking you out of your account. A place where families can play together online

In 2010, Build-A-Bearville received the Inaugural StopCyberbullying Award from StopCyberbullying.org. In 2009 the site earned the WiredKids Best of the Web Award sponsored by WiredSafety.org and in 2008, Build-ABearville received the I-Parenting Award.

For a fun and safe place for kids, parents and even grandparents to play together online, visit buildabearville.com, the Build-ABear Workshop virtual world. Build-A-Bear Workshop is committed to working together with kids, parents, educators, industry experts, policymakers, and law enforcement officials to make the Internet a safer place for kids through education and awareness. The tools that are currently available at buildabearville.com for kids to learn about Internet safety include:   Cyber Safety Quiz   Landing page with tips and suggestions on playing safe online  Events throughout the year to promote safe play

Educare, Day Care, Early Education A child's early learning begins at home and these days as parents have to work, at day care. Perkins has several day care and early learning facilities. The largest in Perkins is the First United Methodist Educare Learning facility across the street from the Perkins-Tryon Elementary school. Educare is a two star center, licensed by DHS, faith-based day care facility that does more than just babysit.

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for Educare, Weems worked for Head Start for 10 years, seven years as a teacher and another three as an administrator. As with any day care, the children are separated by age-group and each group has their own classroom. Educare is filled to its licensed capacity with 75 children and a few part-time children. The facility recently updated the students computers for the facility.

“ We are a ministry of the church, our kids have chapel time every morning, said Betty Weems, Educare's Director. “We take the children into the chapel and we sing songs and have some kind of life lesson story every

day, then they have class activities in their regular classrooms.” Weems has been with Educare for 10 years. Before taking over as administrator


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Educare is looking to grow and improve upon its facilities. Educare is trying to raise

Each age-group has its own designated play area to ensure the safety of the children

Educare is located inside the First United Methodist Church

Each age-group has its own designated play area to ensure the safety of the children

children are, Educare pays for,” Weems said.

Educare hosts several events and activities for the children. One day in August, Educare will reserve the Cushing Aquatic Center for two hours so the children and their families can have some fun. A picnic lunch will be held in the park afterward, before the group heads back home. “We are self-sufficient, even though we are a ministry of the church, we pay the church for using the facility, whatever is needed as far as maintenance in the areas where our

$20,000 to build a safe room with a large enough capacity to hold all of the children and its staff during an emergency. The safe room could also be used as another classroom to allow the facility to expand and take in more children. Weems said the facility has a “designated area for the children and faculty during an emergency,” but the area is a small hallway and a safe room would be an added benefit for the facility and the community.

For more information on Educare or to donate to the safe room fund, please contact Betty Weems at 405-547-8306. Educare is located at 1005 E Kirk in Perkins, Oklahoma. okhealthandfitnessmagazine.com


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The Perkins Ministerial Alliance Church of Christ 1100 Lovers Lane Church phone: 405-547-5393 Pastor: Bro. Richard Poe The Christian Church of Perkins 121 E. Stumbo Church phone: 405-547-2004 Pastor:David Pock David's Email: 65diamonds@gmail.com Church Email: christianchurchperkins@cox.net Eden Chapel United Methodist Church 9211 S Fairgrounds Rd. Church phone: 405-547-1179 Pastor: Bro. John Curtis Email: jcurtis@fumcstw.org Church email: edenchapel@hotmail.com Immanuel Baptist Church 2415 E l04th St. Church phone: 405-547-1222 Pastor: Bro. Robin Foster Email: pastor.ibcperkins@sbcglobal.net Web: www.immanuelbaptistchurch.org First United Methodist 1005 E Kirk Church phone: 405-547-2481 Pastor: Bro. Kip Heatley Email: kipheatleyS2@vahoo.com Food Pantry Available First Assembly of God 304 N Main Church phone: 405-547-5lll

is here to serve the community and its citizens. Through the donations of the community the ministerial alliance is able to help those who are in need of food, clothing, assistance with shelter and utilities, as well as spiritual guidance. If you, or someone you

know in the Perkins Community is in need of assistance the alliance is here for you. If you have gently used items that you wish to donate, or a monetary donation, please contact a member of the alliance and they can assist you.

First Baptist Church 500 E. Knipe St. Church phone: 405-547-2494 Pastor: Marty Voelker Email: mvoelker@fbcperkins.org Clothes Closet available Friends Chapel 12212 S Redland Rd. Coyle, OK 73027 Church phone: 405-466-2582 Pastor: Bro. Merl Kinser Email: mdkinser@provalue.net Liberty Church of Perkins East Hwy 33& Fairgrounds Rd. Church phone: 405-547-1200 Pastor: Sis. Carol Lowe Email: llandclowe@gmail.com or llandclowe@sbcglobal.net Lost Creek United Methodist Church 8002 S Washington Church phone: 405-377-0927 Pastor: Bro. Max Rudd Email: pastor@lostcreekumc.org Good News Community Church currently meets at E Kirk & NE 3 Pastor: Bro. Bob Johnson Church phone: 405-747-0448 Email: fcc@provalue.net Oak Park Retreat Center (Free Methodist Campground) 805 E Kirk Retreat phone: 405-547-5935 Director: Mrs. Shannon Mills Email: shannon_mills@yahoo.com

Perkins Ministerial Alliance community assistance needs requests are to be funneled through Mrs. Shannon Mills, Oak Park Retreat Center, and are for Perkins residence only at this time. 36

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Valley Cimarron Real Estate the

t h Realtor to Call g i R

[by Brandy Morris]

When it comes to Perkins real estate Ashley Stuck, broker and owner of Cimarron Valley Real Estate is the Premier Real Estate agency to call. Ashley graduated from PerkinsTryon High School, lives in the area and knows Perkins and the surrounding communities. When you are looking to buy a home, you want someone knowledgeable of the area and can help you get into your dream home. Ashley is that broker. She is a member of the Stillwater Board of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and the Oklahoma Association of Realtors. “I personally handle my transactions from the listing to the closing, I coordinate with the lender, closing company and cooperating realtor (if any) to make sure that the transaction goes as smooth as possible,” Ashley said.

When you work with Ashley, you have more than just a 9 to 5 realtor. She is available for her clients. Her calls are forwarded to her cell phone, so if she misses your call, she returns the call as soon as possible seven days a week. Customer satisfaction is her number-one priority. “I believe that every client's needs are unique and I work to the best of my ability to meet those needs,” Ashley said.


All her listings are syndicated to Realtor.com and various other online search engines, allowing her listings to be viewed nationwide not just locally. Ashley chooses to purchase additional advertising options allowing her to feature her properties at the top of the search for all of the Perkins area searches on Realtor.com and showcase her listings with additional information, headings and detailed descriptions. Not all real estate companies choose to have this enhancement, which sets her listings apart from plain listings with minimal information and 1 to 4 pictures. There are more than 80 listings in the Perkins market. Listings include new homes, empty lots, existing homes, acreages and mobile homes on acreages. Price ranges vary, new home prices range from $140 thousand to $160 thousand for a 1,600 square foot home. Existing older okhealthandfitnessmagazine.com

home values range from $60 thousand to $120 thousand. Homes less than five years old are listing from $130 thousand to $155 thousand. Home listings around the golf course range from $188 thousand to $212 thousand and up. Lots in the area are going for around $15 thousand and up depending on the size and location.

“When people are looking for a new home, they often interview several realtors to find the one that is right for them. I also would advise doing the same with lenders, shop around and find the one with the options that will work for you,” Ashley said. Ashley believes the housing market in the Perkins area was not hit as hard as other markets. The proximity to Stillwater and Oklahoma State University and major businesses in the area makes Perkins the perfect place to live.

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You can contact Ashley Stuck and Cimarron Valley Real Estate by calling her cell at (405) 334-7272. Her office number is (405) 547-5200. The Cimarron Valley Real Estate office is located at 505 E. Highway 33 Suite 200 Perkins, Oklahoma. Website: http://www.cimarronvalley.com June/July 2012


Students Have a Variety of Educational Opportunities With Proper Planning

The Life of a Community is its Children [by Brandy Morris]

The Perkins-Tryon school district has an excellent system in place. The PerkinsTryon school system meets the educational needs of more than 1,400 students in the area.

Elementary The elementary school serves more than 500 students from pre-k to third grade. The average size of each class is 20 students per teacher. The teachers at Perkins-Tryon elementary work hard to develop each student's individual talents and provide them with the necessary basic skills that they need to succeed at the next level. Principal Bobby Simma carefully oversees the students and maintains a close relationship with the students, faculty and parents of PerkinsTryon Elementary.

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Intermediate The Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School has more than 300 students in the fourth through sixth grade and 27 teachers on staff to meet the needs of its students. Students are challenged academically and an early foundation is laid for junior high and high school transitioning from classroom to classroom. Principal, Donna Boles is there for her students anytime, if they have any questions, her door is always open.

Junior High School The new Perkins-Tryon Junior High School prepares the student for high school. Eligible students who meet certain requirements may enroll in honors math and science classes. Students can represent the school in a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, track and golf. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of organizations including 4-H and FFA.

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As a parent, you look to the school system in your community to provide a quality education that will serve the child well into the future.

Perkins-Tryon High School

State, Langston University or Northern Oklahoma University. Students concurrently enrolled in college courses attend those classes via the video conferencing classroom next to the high school library.

Successful Athletic Programs Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School

High School The Perkins-Tryon High School offers a variety of programs for students. “We are one of the feeder schools to Meridian Technology Center, said Superintendent James Ramsey. “Between 60-65 students attend either a morning or afternoon session at the vo-tech during the school year.” Ramsey says the student can attend half a day at the vo-tech and half a day at the school and gain valuable skills in a variety of fields that include programs in biotechnology, nursing, ITT training and many more. Students also have the opportunity to gain college credit through Northern Oklahoma College while they are in high school when they enroll in these programs, giving them a leg up and a head start on their college careers. Perkins-Tryon Junior High School

Aside from the great opportunities for technical training at the vo-tech, students also have t h e opportunity t o b e concurrentl y enrolled in Oklahoma

Perkins-Tryon High School has football, basketball, fast-pitch softball, baseball, golf, track and wrestling. Last year the girls basketball team made it to the semi-final round in the state high school playoffs for the 4A division and finished with a 24-6 record. The football team plays in the 3A division and finished as division champs this year with an 8-3 final record through the state playoffs. Aside from all of the sports and educational opportunities, the Perkins-Tryon Schools have active support from the community and merchants in the area. Several organizations sponsor many of the events for the school and actively fund raise for items needed for the schools. Whether it is purchasing uniforms for the softball teams or manipulatives and school supplies for the class room the community is there to support the school. “The safety and education of our kids is the top priority at our schools,” said Ramsey. The school has policies in effect to deal with such issues as bullying and other problems children face today. Anytime a situation arises it is dealt with according to school policies. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Superintendent James Ramsey at 405547-5703. His office is located at 503 SW 2nd St. For more information on the schools and activities visit http://www.p-t.k12.ok.us.

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Art of Dance

Studio Brings Fitness and Fun to Dance

According to the National Obesity Action N e t w o r k , [by Shelby Eidson and Cylene Walker] childhood obesity rates in Oklahoma have grown to more The Art of Dance Studio in than 28 percent. AOD recognizes the Stillwater, Oklahoma has been working hard importance of getting children and adults to spread the joy of dancing in the Oklahoma involved in a creative art form that helps keep community. They believe dancers come in them active. every form: “young and old,” small and tall,

and from every corner of the world. Dancers are storytellers, entertainers, athletes and ultimately the interpreters of the world for all time. Every culture around the world has a dance and it is up to you to discover yours. Dancing has many benefits including fostering physical and emotional well-being, building confidence, and stress reduction, contributing to an overall improvement in an individual’s health.


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Adults are always looking for ways to lose weight or improve their fitness routine, and many are turning to adult dance classes to give their regimen variety or to improve specific skills. Techniques such as ballet and jazz can radically improve one’s balance, control and agility. For this reason football players have been known to seek training in ballet in the offseason. Former RB Herschel Walker worked with this discipline to improve his

footwork and though it is not offered publicly, many athletes have followed in his footsteps. The Art of Dance challenges the community this summer to get active though dance. Whether it’s a fast and fun hip-hop class, a ballet boot camp, or just turning up the music in your living room and dancing around with the kids, get moving and get dancing! AOD will offer a variety of programs to serve the community with dance, including summer classes, weekend workshops for children and adults, and week-long summer dance camps like Princess Camp for toddlers, pom & cheer, and theater & Broadway jazz. Dancing is challenging, rewarding and pure fun so join your dance community today and get fit through dance! www.artofdance.jigsy.com artofdance@att.net 405.714.1355 okhealthandfitnessmagazine.com

Making a Difference

for Our School Children [by Amy Petermann]

In 2009, 4 Kids and Community began as a ministry under Eden Chapel UMC. We wanted to get everyone in the community working together to provide school supplies for students in need. More important, we are a servant leadership program; we ask the schools what they need, then develop programs to meet those needs. In 2012, 4 Kids and Community became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are excited to be able to increase aid to the Perkins-Tryon Schools, because we want to constantly change. The 4 Kids and Community organization has relied solely on the support of businesses, organizations, churches, individuals and volunteers. Without everyone coming together for a common goal, we would not be able to do the following programs: Book Bag Program At the beginning of the school year we provide books bags with all the necessary supplies for the students. To date we have

provided more than 310 book bags and 140 binder sets for grades Pre-K through 12th. Teachers distribute the bags to the students. Classroom Supplies Program This program helps all the students in classrooms. This program developed when the 5th and 6th graders needed planners, but had no funds. For three years, 4 Kids have purchased the planners. We buy classroom sets to reduce the Intermediate school supplies lists. At the Junior High, we have bought the pencil sharpeners for the classrooms and other supplies. At the High School, we have supported various class projects: dissecting animals, database for research projects, art supplies, and copy paper at the end of the year. This is just a short list of what we have done. Snack Packs Program This program provides snacks for several classes at the Intermediate and Junior High. Currently, we are feeding about 40 students a day. Holiday Food Packs Program

The Elementary and Intermediate Schools use the Food Bank to give students weekend food packs. The 4 Kids organization provided enough food for this years long breaks during the school year that included : Labor Day, fall break, Thanksgiving break and Christmas break. Hygiene Kits Program For the past 2 years, 4 Kids has provided hygiene kits for the Lion’s Club Christmas baskets. The kits included: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hairbrushes, hair & body wash and deodorant for the older children. More than 240 kits have been passed out.

If you would like more information or would like to donate please contact us at: fourkidsandcommunity@yahoo.com PO Box 13 Perkins, OK 74059 405-547-2663. Program Director and President of the Board Amy D. Petermann.

Summer is here, is your air conditioner ready ? [by Brandy Morris]

Oklahoma’s summers start early most years. Many homeowners will need to call a service technician and pay for costly repairs to restore cooling to their homes even as the cooling season is just beginning. David Lara, owner of Country Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. and a Trane Comfort Specialist Charter Member, has been doing such work since the 70’s and has owned his own Perkins based business since 1985. He offers some valuable advice for keeping your air conditioner in top working condition that might save you some costly repairs during the treacherous summer heat. “Most problems can be attributed to lack of maintenance,” Lara said. “A new high efficient air conditioner with lack of maintenance can cost more to run than it did

during its first year if you fail to keep up with the maintenance.” A routine maintenance program can save you money in energy usage and keep your air conditioner in top working order. If neglected, any of the above can cause loss of efficiency, capacity and premature failures. Engineering studies have shown that even slightly low or high refrigerant charges can significantly reduce efficiency of operation-and are common conditions found during field investigations. The same can said of dirty coilseven when only slightly dirty they have a negative impact on the performance of the system. Whether you are building a new home or replacing your older system give David and his team a call. When the heating and

Lara said the maintenance is not limited to these but should involve these three critical items: 1. Cleaning the condenser coil and checking the indoor coil to ensure there is no debris restricting the air flow and heat transfer between air and refrigerant. 2. Changing the air filter with a high quality pleated filter. 3. Make sure your unit has the proper amount of refrigerant specified for the unit.


cooling needs of your new home are calculated properly to fit the design of the home the equipment will provide the highest comfort level. A scaled floor plan of the home showing the orientation of the structure and placement of windows and doors along with insulation Rvalues for walls and attics, size and U-value of windows and the tightness and sealing of the structure are essential. With this information David can calculate room by room heat loss/heat gain loads and custom duct design by using industry standard ACCA Manuals J and D to make the home as comfortable and efficiently heated or cooled as possible. Anytime these steps are omitted you get a “by guess and by golly” installation. If you have ever lived in a home where you had to turn up the TV when the air conditioner came on, it is a good indication the house had the “by guess and by golly” installation of the heating and cooling system.

David Lara can be reached by calling 405-547-5046. His office is located at 122 E. Thomas Street in Perkins, OK. For more info visit: http://countrycomfort-hvac.com/ June/July 2012


Quality Homes, Affordable Living in Perkins

[by Brandy Morris]

The contractors who build homes in Perkins take pride in what they build and build high-quality, efficient homes meant for any budget. One of the newest home editions to the Perkins community is the Kinder-Wells Edition, less than a mile from Highway 33 and off Highway 177 is the perfect place for a family to live.

“There is not a bad home builder in Perkins, we all have different styles and techniques when it comes to building a home,”said Home Builder Roger Matheson. Home builder Jacob Foote builds custom and starter homes that compare to homes you would find in communities such as Norman, Mustang and Oklahoma City. “Every house unless it's a custom build, comes with stainless steel Whirlpool ® appliances. That includes the range, microwave and dishwasher, not only are you getting nice features but sharp appliances as well,”Foote said. The cabinets are not premanufactured they are custom built on-site. Foote's homes usually consist of three-bedroom sometimes four, always two full-baths granite countertops throughout, tile showers, and a whirlpool bath in the master bathroom. In the living rooms, you will find built-in bookcases with an entertainment center. Custom crown molding throughout the house. Roger Matheson has had tremendous success building in Perkins.

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His homes feature recessed pan ceilings in the living room, quality appliances in the kitchen and custom cabinets that have no dead space. The closets in a Matheson home are well built with shelves and several racks for hanging items of all lengths and easy access. You will find plenty of storage space in a Matheson home. He gives

the owner nice pantry's for food storage, coat and broom closets and cabinets for linen storage. “I like to 'wow' the potential buyer when they walk through the home,”Matheson said. Matheson seems to do that and it is seen in the number of homes he has sold in the area. Matheson has been in the business many years and has made home building somewhat a family affair. His son, Jamey, is the framer and runs a crew and his daughter Brooke, is the trim carpenter. Quality homes at affordable prices with all the amenities is what every home buyer looks for and they are here in Perkins. For more information from our featured home builders, please contact, Jacob Foote Construction Jacob 405-226-4030 Roger Matheson Homes call Roger 405-612-1192 or Jamey 405-714-8409 okhealthandfitnessmagazine.com


Building homes in Oklahoma is a big business. Oklahoma home builders pride themselves on building a superior quality home that buyers can afford. The community of Perkins has many businesses that make it an attractive place to live. The convenience of shopping, medical professionals, school systems, entertainment and a hometown community spirit is what makes Perkins special. Centrally located, Perkins is just 10 miles from Stillwater shops and Oklahoma State University, 56 miles from Oklahoma City, 43 miles from Edmond and 66 miles from Tulsa.

Finished Home Jacob Foote

A Look Inside the

Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch

[by Bryan Larison]


Beginning in 1952 as the IOA Youth Ranch, the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch (OLBR) has a long history and tradition of turning young lives around. We have been home to more than 1500 boys between 12-18 years of age who were in DHS custody and had not been successful in traditional foster care. The Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch is located near the Cimarron River in Perkins, Oklahoma. The OLBR occupies approximately 725 acres of land where the boys experience “Country Living” with the benefits of being close to a large Vo-Tech school and a major state university, which allows them the opportunity for the best in higher education. Boys ages 12 to 17 come to live at the OLBR and may stay until high school graduation. The boys are referred by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. The OLBR consists of an administration office and two houses. Each house was specifically designed with the intent to hold six residents and includes apartments for the house-parents and the relief houseparents. Our goal is to provide the “love of a family” to each boy who lives at the Ranch. A married couple lives at each home and serves as surrogate parents to the boys in their care. For many, this may be the first home in which they feel safe and loved. The home family environment helps promote success in their emotional, academic, vocational, recreational, physical, and spiritual development. Within the context of a nurturing, supportive, and structured environment, the house-parents and counseling staff work with each resident. Some okhealthandfitnessmagazine.com

of the focused areas of teaching are responsibility, independent living skills, accountability, respect, empathy, and social skills. The boys at the OLBR work as a family to perform daily chores and maintenance of their home as well as Ranch projects. The boys attend Perkins-Tryon public schools and are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as FFA, band and school sports. Most boys show an improvement in school performance, many for the first time. This is attributed to regular class attendance, regular study time, houseparent assistance and the regular use of tutors. Boys are active in school extracurricular activities as well as church activities. By living here at the Ranch, the boys are the recipients of generous gifts and donations, and because of this, we encourage involvement in community service projects sponsored by the Ranch, local churches, and service organizations. Boys typically stay approximately two years and return home or to a foster home as a productive member of the family and society. Some boys stay and live at the ranch until they turn 18, with the ranch helping them make the transition to successful adulthood. Residents receive weekly group counseling and individual counseling as needed. However the focus is not on therapy, but instead on providing a therapeutic environment where our boys feel safe enough to try new ways of interacting with others free from exploitation or violence.

We have found success at providing strategies for adolescents to be successful in a family setting and prepare them for adulthood, and we want to continue the good work. The first step forward is to take the successful parenting strategies we have developed here at the OLBR to struggling families in the community through the Lions Family Resource Center (LFRC). In the future, we will be providing home-based therapy to families in the Perkins/Stillwater area. The LFRC will also offer continued support to our alumni and other former state custody youth as they transition into adulthood. The second step is to open the Lions Foster Home Community right here on the Ranch property. This will provide a family for an additional 12 youth, which may include boys, girls, and sibling groups. We are a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations to cover a large portion of our annual budget. We are also in need of mentors to help guide our boys into becoming young men. Please contact us if you are interested in helping the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch.

Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch P.O. Box 400 Perkins, OK 74059 Office: (405) 547-2462 Email: info@olbr.org www.olbr.org June/July 2012


City Looks Out for Citizens’ Health and Safety [by Cindy Sheets]

The community of Perkins has enjoyed remarkable growth over the past couple of decades, and city services have kept pace with that growth. Perkins City Manager Pete Seikel said the health and safety of citizens is foremost in the minds of community leaders and city staff.

Perkins Chief of Police Bob Ernst leads a staff of seven full-time officers and five reserve officers, plus one K-9 officer, a Belgian Malinois named Atilla. The dog’s specialized training includes drug detection, attack, and tracking. “We’re working on getting an eighth officer to serve as a school resource officer,” Ernst said. “This is not an area we can afford to cut. The safety of our children is of utmost importance.” The department patrols the community 24-hours a day, working closely with the Iowa Tribal Police Department and the

Perkins Volunteer Fire Department

Perkins Volunteer Fire Department boasts 25 trained firefighters who serve a 75-squaremile district, covering the City of Perkins and the surrounding rural area in southern Payne and northern Lincoln counties. The fire department maintains two stations. The main station is located across the street from City Hall at 119 N. Main, and a new substation is located on East Highway 33 in Perkins. The department operates two engines, two tankers, two brush trucks, one ladder truck, one medical unit, and one rescue truck, and various personal equipment for each firefighter. These response vehicles are maintained by the firefighters. Many of the units are older firefighting vehicles that were entirely rebuilt and placed back into service by the volunteer firefighters during their free time. The most recent example of their

Payne County Sheriff’s Department.

than with a traditional radio dispatch system.

Ernst said his officers are trained and certified with the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET). All patrol officers are equipped with Tasers, and patrol cars utilize the “Mobile Cop” computer system, which consists of laptops connected with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (OLETS).

Ernst said the city is now finalizing an agreement with the Payne County Sheriff’s Office that will allow Perkins officers to transport and hold all municipal prisoners at the county jail.

“This allows officers to run tags, driver’s licenses, and communicate with other officers on the system statewide,” Ernst said. The system allows officers to access information much more quickly Barta said that labor saved the department thousands of dollars while adding an important new piece of equipment to the fleet. Currently, Perkins boasts an ISO rating of 5, Barta said.

Perkins Volunteer Fire Department also helps its members stay fit with the use of a fitness room, which provides firefighters an opportunity to use weights, a treadmill, and other fitness equipment.

handiwork is the department’s new tanker truck, which was placed into service earlier this year. The truck, which started life as a 1983 military all-wheel drive cargo truck, was torn down by the firefighters, who then spent hundreds of hours installing the 2,500-gallon tank, wiring, welding, and repainting it.

Perkins City Hall hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To contact City Hall, call (405) 547-2445, or drop by 110 N. Main during business hours. Perkins Public Safety Building, located right next door to City Hall, houses the offices of Police Department, Fire Department, and Emergency Management. The building lobby is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reach any of these offices at (405) 547-2445, or call Police Chief Bob Ernst at (918) 541-5455.


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Perkins Police Department


Are YOU at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease? [by Ben Cordle]

Let’s talk about what is killing more Americans than anything else, cardiovascular disease. It is not an infectious disease that you catch while on vacation somewhere exotic, but a disease usually caused by a poor diet. While exercise can greatly affect it, the saying of many personal trainers still holds true. You cannot out train a bad diet. What are the factors that could put you at risk of cardiovascular disease? Your answers to the following questions will help you decide if a change is in order.


1. Is it hard to put on your shoes on because your tummy is in the way? 2. Do you get short of breath when you climb stairs? Better yet, when was the last time you took the stairs? 3. When you wave good-bye to someone, does your underarm wave good-bye? plague?

4. Do you avoid 360° mirrors like the

5. When was the last time you exercised? Was it when you played a sport in high school? 6. When you shop at a grocery story, do you get most of your food from the aisles or do you primarily shop the walls of the store? 7. When was the last time you had something to drink that was not flavored or filled with sugar? Although these are meant to be okhealthandfitnessmagazine.com


humorous, these questions will be familiar for many people. To be exact, it will ring true for almost 36 percent of all Americans and over 30 percent of Oklahomans that are obese. If you find yourself in this category, how can you change course? First, if you know you are obese and you have high blood pressure, your first goal is to get your blood pressure under control. After consulting your doctor, the first supplement that I recommend is an Larginine supplement.* L-arginine is an amino acid that necessary for nitric oxide production by the endothelium. Your endothelium is the lining of your blood vessels throughout your body. This lining is what creates nitric oxide. The nitric oxide causes the smooth muscle in your blood vessels to relax and enlarge. Dilation of your blood vessels can help bring your blood pressure within the normal range. The next step is to further reign in your blood pressure through fat loss. Your focus should be fat loss, not weight loss. When you put your body through caloric restriction, you will lose muscle mass and not just fat. When you lose muscle mass, you are further lowering your resting metabolic rate, which is like taking two steps forward and one step back. Evidence points to a predominantly plant based diet as the best diet for good health, and the best diet to start reversing the damage that many years of following the typical American diet has caused. You do not have to completely cut out meat, but you should reduce animal based protein and get most of your protein from low calorie and low fat sources. If

you eat meats, stick to lean meats such as chicken breast, turkey, and fish. If you are finding it difficult to plan your meals, then you should look at a high quality, low calorie meal replacement shake that has a full nutrient profile with high protein and fiber. You can replace two meals per day with a meal replacement shake and have one healthy meal with a lean protein (egg, chicken or fish), and two to three colorful vegetable sides. This method makes it easy to consistently control your caloric and nutrient intake and puts the difficult task of getting the right balance of lean protein, carbohydrates and fats, into the hands of the nutrition company that you purchase your nutrition products from. With that said, be sure you are using a reputable company that maintains high standards of consistency and quality control for their products. Find a support system that will encourage and advise you through this journey that you are about to undertake. * Always consult your doctor prior to taking an over the counter dietary supplement.

Ben Cordle is an ACE and Cooper certified fitness trainer Lemon Tree Nutrition Lounge is located at: 10600 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 19, Oklahoma City, OK 73170 405-378-8223 www.facebook.com/lmntreenutrition June/July 2012



Falls Are


[by Sara English]

Falls can happen to anyone and are not just the result of getting older. However, many falls can be prevented by making a few changes around your home. You can reduce your chances of falling by following some simple tips:

Remove Home Hazards Look around your home. Identify items that you use and items that can be placed in cabinets. Organize the items you use daily and place them where you will be able to easily reach them and are out of your walking path.

Light up Your Space Place light-sensitive night lights and/or motion detecting lights that will automatically turn-on when you need them and guide you through your home. Your bathroom, bedroom, hallway and stairs are good places for added light.

Keep Moving Regular exercise improves strength, joint mobility, balance and agility. Appropriate exercise may also help reduce pain. Using resistant bands, such as Thera-Band, allows you to complete daily exercises without the need for equipment. Review your medications with your pharmacist or physician, including ALL prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements for potential side-effects or interactions that could contribute to a fall. Cimarron Medical Services provides various aids for daily living to help you with selfcare and around the house tasks. Toilet aids: Equipment to help you be more independent and come in a variety of types from frames, raiser, and bedside commodes to bidets. This added support will help reduce falls while allowing you to maintain your independence. Walking aids- Assistive devices, such as canes or walkers may improve your balance and allow you to safely navigate your home. Lifeline is a secure personal medical

alert emergency response service that gives peace of mind. A press of the button signalsLifeline4 hours a day, 7 days a weekend connects you to the Response Associate. The Auto Alert option provides an added layer of protection by automatically placing a call for you if a fall is detected and you cannot push your button. Through Cimarron Medical Services, we are able to provide this much-needed service to our community and maintain the equipment to ensure it stays in good working condition. With the advancements of technology, we can provide services at the touch of a button. Stillwater Medical Center Home Health services can provide care with the help of a Telehealth monitoring system. Telehealth is a remote monitoring technology that send your

vital signs and other important information directly to your healthcare provider through a phone line. It measures blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen level, weight, temperature, and blood sugar. Your healthcare provider can even customize questions specific to your needs. It is an easy to use, round the clock service available through SMC Home Health Services. Providing quality care to patients in their homes is the primary goal of Stillwater Medical Center Home Care team. We strive to support our patients and their families as they transition through our services and work to safely regain their independence.

Stillwater Medical Home Health Services is located at 824 S. Walnut. We are open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. We can be contacted at 405-624-6578. For more information you can visit our website at www.stillwater-medical.org. Cimarron Medical Services is located east of Stillwater on Highway 51 at 723 Eastgate, just south of the John Deere dealership. We are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, and on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. We can be contacted locally at 405-377-9735, toll free at 800-368-1346, or on our website www.shopcimarronmedical.com.


June/July 2012




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OK Health & Fitness Magazine June/July 2012  

Our Healthy Destination for this issue is Perkins, Oklahoma

OK Health & Fitness Magazine June/July 2012  

Our Healthy Destination for this issue is Perkins, Oklahoma


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