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December/January 2012 Gov. Fallin: Oklahomans give a gift to our military 8 Staying Young and Healthy is a Family Affair 9
PRIME Fiscal Fitness: Planning Ahead To Avoid Christmas Credit Card Debt 10 The Gift Of Beauty Made Easy 12 A New Player Emerges In The Fight Against Wrinkles 13 Proper Nutrition May Be Beneficial In Cancer Prevention And Treatment 14 A Possible Alternative To Addictive Pain Medication 15 A Life Saved Thanks To The Gift Of Blood From Others 16 A Perfect Time For Varicose Vein Removal 18 A Healthy Body Is A Body In Balance 19
PET HEALTH A Man's Best Friend 19 A Message from C.A.T.S. 20
FITNESS Winter Workouts with Ben Coffman 23 Cervical Health what you should know 25 Anthony's Battle 27
SENIOR CARE Keeping your Brain Fit 28 A Prescription to a HealthY Immune System 29
FOODIES Holiday Feast Leftovers 31 Holidays Tuscan Style 33
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A visit with Avis Scaramucci, the first lady of Bricktown 42 Improving Healthcare 44 OKC Welcomes Whole Foods 46
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Hello my friends, Hello Everyone, I first want to say "Happy Holidays" to you all and I trust that your Halloween and Thanksgiving gatherings were an absolute blast for you. I am so happy that the Summer heat is long over as we all suffered during those trying times without rain and 65 days of straight 100 plus degree days. Our Fall weather is here and the trees are absolutely beautiful this time of year so make sure that you take some long needed walks with your loved ones and enjoy what mother nature has to offer. Winter is fast approaching though and we need to remember to do the things that we should always do during this time of year such as winterizing our homes and making sure that our four-legged loved ones are ready for the cold weather. Take advantage of the great weather that we are experiencing now by getting those outside chores done before it is too late. We have experienced some disasters this past month due to the earthquakes that rocked Central Oklahoma and my thoughts and prayers go out to those who were devastated because of the damages caused from the earthquakes. This December, remember to do something special for the less fortunate because they might need a hand up and someone to remember them. Doing something special for someone other than yourself always makes you feel good and it certainly makes the person that you are doing something for feel more like there
is still hope in their lives. Our elderly citizens are always in need of something special, so remember them during the winter months. Help them with their daily chores and drive them to where they need to go such as doctors appointments, grocery shopping and take time to listen to them when they speak of the "old days". OK Health and Fitness Magazine will continue to do its part to bring the best informative and incisive articles from around the state each issue, always remember that we are here for you! God Bless, Happy Holidays, stay safe and remember to "Think and be Healthy".
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Spiritual Health and Fitness: Building the Thunderbird Chapel at Camp Gruber [ By Governor Mary Fallin ]
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Progress on the Thunderbird Chapel.
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not only serve as a place for spiritual fellowship and counseling, but will also be a community center for military personnel and family members. The state of Oklahoma currently has 3,200 of its National Guardsmen deployed to Afghanistan. They are in a tough area where their lives are constantly at risk. Upon their return, we will have the beautiful gift of a chapel to thank them for their service. In the short time I have been governor of this great state, I have had the opportunity to meet with many members of our Armed Forces and the Oklahoma National Guard. While in Washington, I served on the House Committee on Armed Services and saw first-hand the rigors and responsibilities of people working to defend the freedoms we all enjoy. While these soldiers often times must leave their family and friends behind to defend our country, one characteristic many Oklahomans have in common with these heroes is that we value our faith. This foundation of faith serves as a sanctuary from the harsh conditions our men and women face every day on the front lines. Furthermore, the construction of the Thunderbird Chapel at Camp Gruber represents a precious long-term gift to these fighting men and women, allowing them a dedicated place of worship and a means of strengthening the faith that guides them. If Oklahomans will unite to give to this great cause, then we will complete this project by the time our troops return from Afghanistan in April 2012. I am confident Thunderbird Chapel will be one of the finest military chapels in the country. I want to thank the many Oklahoma volunteers who have already contributed to this effort through funds, in-kind donations or physical labor. All are welcome and encouraged to assist in this construction effort, regardless of construction experience. Please join us in giving this gift to our Oklahoma soldiers. The Ground Breaking Ceremony
hroughout our nation’s history, our liberty has been secured by the men and women of the Armed Forces. Because of their heroism at home and abroad, we live today in a nation where our citizens can freely pursue their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We can never fully repay the debt of gratitude owed to those who have served and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. But we can honor and support them by making sure they have the best training and equipment and the best facilities available to keep them healthy. I’m happy to be a part of another effort to honor our men and women of the military and to look after their spiritual health: the construction of the new Thunderbird Chapel at Camp Gruber in eastern Oklahoma. Camp Gruber is Oklahoma’s largest National Guard training facility and the premiere National Guard training facility in the Midwest. For many troops, it is one of their last stops before being deployed to combat environments overseas. When Camp Gruber was first built in 1942, it had 14 chapels. After a period of deactivation, many of its buildings were demolished and rebuilt. Since its reactivation in 1977, the men and women stationed at Camp Gruber have made due without the benefit of a chapel. I learned that Camp Gruber was without a chapel during a visit I took to the base several years ago. After my visit, I put together a committee to begin raising money to build one. That effort helped to spur the creation of the Camp Gruber Chapel Fund. Through our partnership with the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, the Camp Gruber Chapel Fund is now collecting private donations to raise enough money to construct an interfaith chapel and ensure its continued operation for many years to come. This is Oklahoma’s gift of thanks to our men and women who serve to protect our freedom. Once completed, the interfaith chapel will
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Oklahoma For The Holidays T [ by Lt. Governor Todd Lamb ]
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he holiday season is upon us! Many Oklahomans are hitting the road, traveling throughout the state visiting family and friends to celebrate this very special time of year. With a welcoming spirit, countless opportunities and unique places to explore, Oklahoma is a great holiday destination location. Oklahoma is rapidly becoming a state of excellence, a place to head for, not only a place to be from. We are on the cusp of a Renaissance, and we can be proud to show our state off. Visitors from across the nation and world who visit our state see firsthand the hospitality and quality of life we as Oklahomans enjoy. In addition to our open arms, Oklahoma is experiencing a true renaissance and there has not been a better time than now to visit our great state. Invite your out of state relatives to come to Oklahoma for the holidays. Our family continues to live out our belief that Oklahoma has enjoyable venues for a “stay-cation.” For our wedding anniversary, spring break and fall break, we chose to stay in Oklahoma. We love the outdoors and the opportunity to allow our kids to learn and experience their home state in various ways. Whether it is a lodge on a lake, hiking trails, a bed and breakfast, a spa, unique shopping and historic venues, Oklahoma has endless possibilities to be a destination location. Find your next family Christmas getaway right here in Oklahoma. With private destinations such as Lago Vista Bed and Breakfast and River’s Bend Resort in southeast Oklahoma, and public destinations like Quartz Mountain and Roman Nose in western Oklahoma, there’s something for everyone in the family. Many lake cabins rentals are also sprinkled throughout the whole state showcasing Oklahoma’s landscape and wildlife. Visit travelok.com to see all the options your family has for trips
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this holiday season. Oklahoma City and Tulsa have made the Christmas season even brighter, offering endless family friendly events. With Tulsa’s Winterfest and Oklahoma City’s Downtown in December, families can enjoy ice-skating, sledding, giant Christmas trees, food and live music. And for all your holiday shopping, think local! Give loved ones on your list unique Oklahoma gifts and products. Visit the Okie Boutique at travelok.com. Oklahoma proves time and again it is a perfect place to call home. We stand out from other states in the union. In my role in public office, I have the opportunity to not only be on the road visiting with Oklahomans, but also traveling the nation selling Oklahoma to other states and businesses encouraging them to invest in our people and our economy. Our family is very thankful for the blessings 2011 brought us, and the humbling opportunity to serve our great state. Some Oklahomans won’t be able to come home for the holidays. They are overseas in uniform preserving our way of life. Say a prayer for our men and women in harm’s way. May God bless them and may God bless Oklahoma. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Santa’s announcement should not come as a surprise to anyone. We do not need someone to set the date and announce it to us, or do we? The problem financially is we treat this time of year By Chris as one of those unexpected and Amy expenses. Oops, we forgot Petermann about the holidays. So, instead of making a plan right away, we go with abandonment of all financial responsibilities and pull out the credit card. We are a “kid in the toy store” throwing things in our shopping carts without thinking or caring about the consequences. Then, the credit card bill comes the next month and reality hits us hard. We have the final tally of our shopping spree, so we spend the next year(s) paying it off. Then guess what, Christmas comes again, and it becomes a vicious cycle over and over. There is hope! You can salvage this year. Sit down now and make a list of the people you want to make purchases for and what you may have already bought. Next, start crossing off names and leave behind the people you really need to buy for. The first list is the wish list and the second is your reality check. Now, figure how much you will spend on each person and get a total. Look over your budget and what you have in your checking account. You may have to recalculate until you have a workable amount to spend. Now, take your list and go shopping! Oh, and leave all temptation behind, take your
you several years to get your savings to the credit cards out of your wallet! level you want, because you have to pay off the We know you are probably saying to yourself, debt that you have accumulated over the years. “I cannot do this. I have to maintain my However, you can start making a difference in reputation. More important, I have to keep up your financial life, one step at a time. with the Joneses.” Did you know that the average Every year we do not plan to fail and put credit card debt per household is $15,799.* Yes, ourselves into debt; we just fail to plan. the “Joneses” may have nice things, their life on the outside may look perfect, but guess what, * calculated by dividing the total revolving debt in the U.S. the Joneses are up to their eyeballs in debt. Let ($793.1 billion as of May 2011 data, as listed in the Federal Reserve’s July 2011 report on consumer credit) by the estimated number of them envy you financially, because you cannot households carrying credit card debt (50.2 million) purchase wealth and prosperity, and you cannot achieve it by going into debt. After all the presents are unwrapped and the New Year has begun, you still have work to do. Take out your lists , gather all receipts and plan for next year, now! Make a list of everything that you want to do for next year (this is your wish list). Tally the costs and divide that number by 10. This number is how much you need to put into savings each Saving Tip #3: Reality check month to be able to do everything on Let’s say you charged $2,000 this year for your wish list. Then, when October Christmas on the credit card that has an APR comes around, sit down with your list and the actual amount of cash of 14.89%. Each month you make a payment of you have saved. Start crossing about $90, it would take you 26 months to pay off and recalculating until your off Christmas 2011 and the total amount you paid Christmas budget is balanced. Use the new list and cash to purchase for Christmas was not $2,000, but $2,352.32. your Christmas gifts. If you had saved that payment for a year, you Remember, you did not get would have had about $1,080. into the financial mess quickly, therefore, you cannot get out of it with a quick fix either. This is a financial marathon. It will take
For more information and savings tips visit: www.paynecountybank.com/savinghabit. 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 202 S. Main Perkins, OK 74059 405-547-2436
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Here’s a quick reference guide to some of the more popular surgical and nonsurgical procedures: Fillers and Neuromodulators
A variety of injectable materials used to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines, restore volume giving the face a more youthful appearance with little or no down time and results lasting from six months to two years. Neuromodulator is a fancy word for Botulinum Toxin A (Botox Cosmetic), well known for weakening some muscles of facial expression, eliminating unwanted wrinkles such as frowns and crow’s feet.
Gift of Beauty
hat if you could give your loved ones a gift that would make them look and feel better for months or even years to come? There is such a gift, and it’s become an increasingly popular choice over the past decade. A growing number of people now give gift certificates redeemable toward everything By Juan Brou, M.D. from wrinkle-reducing dermal fillers to breast enlargement and more as Christmas, birthday, Valentine’s Day and even graduation gifts. “I had wanted to have cosmetic surgery for some time, but I could never bring myself to take the initiative to do it,” said Stephanie, a patient of mine. “I had told my husband this many times. At first, I would just joke about it, but I think he knew that I was really unhappy about some of the changes in my body that had occurred since having children. I knew he loved me no matter what, but I didn’t love my body any more. So I was thrilled when I opened the box and it was a gift certificate for me to finally have my procedure done.” Even in tight economic times, the market for many of these procedures remains strong and there are a lot of unique gift options available to fit both large and small budgets. This is the time of year when my office welcomes calls from husbands, boyfriends, moms and others who need help choosing the perfect cosmetic gift package for that special someone on their list. Juan Brou, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Oklahoma City. A member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Brou is a skilled surgeon, specializing in a variety of cosmetic procedures from facelifts to full body lifts and more. He also offers non-surgical cosmetic procedures at the Medical Spa by Dr. Juan Brou, 5300 North Grand Boulevard, Suite 205, Oklahoma City, 73122.
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This continues to be the number one cosmetic surgical procedure undergone by women. The surgery is designed to enhance the size, symmetry and shape of a woman's breasts. Many women also seek augmentation to restore fullness and volume that has been lost after pregnancy, breastfeeding or major weight loss.
Also known as abdominoplasty, this surgical procedure is done to tighten abdominal muscles as well as to remove any excess skin that results from pregnancy or massive weight loss.
Technically known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the face by removing excess skin, tightening the facial tissues, trimming fat and sculpting the face to make it look more youthful. If done properly, the skin will look natural and not tight, scarred or “pulled.”
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery in which fat is carefully suctioned from the body. It is designed to provide better contouring of specific areas such as the abdomen, and is not designed to remove large amounts of fat. Typically, men will undergo liposuction on bellies, love handles, chest and chin. In women, it is more commonly done on hips, love handles, thighs, calves and arms.
In the past decade or so, microfat grafting has grown in popularity. This is actually two procedures in one. Fat is extracted from parts of the body where it is unwanted like the hips or stomach through liposuction. Then the extracted fat is used as a live graft to enhance facial features, augment or reconstruct breasts, augment buttocks and in multiple other exciting new applications. To view animations of these procedures, visit my website at www.plasticsurgeon-oklahoma.com
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This is a laser treatment that helps reverse or eliminate sun damage, acne scarring, age spots and other skin imperfections, while reducing pore size and improving overall skin texture. It can be used on the face, neck, chest and hands.
XEOMIN, the New
he great thing about the field of medical aesthetics is that it is constantly changing. Once or twice a year, a new product or device will emerge that “changes the game” By Dr. Harvey of aesthetics. Xeomin just Jenkins, MD changed the “Botox” game. In June of this year, Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat severe frown line or “11” lines between the eyebrows. Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) now has some competition.
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What is Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is a registered trademark given to Botulinum Toxin A, a toxin normally associated with condition Botulism. It is manufactured in the US by the company Allergan. At extremely low doses, Botox, is a safe and effective cosmetic agent used to relax or erase facial wrinkles and lines. Botox treatment, when performed regularly is also believed to slow the appearance of aging in the face. Botox works by entering the nerve cell endings in the area around the muscle causing the wrinkling, and disables the apparatus inside the nerve cell membrane that transmits the electrical signal to the adjacent muscle cell it controls. When this occurs the wrinkles, furrows and lines cannot be formed. The muscle cell then remains ‘still’ until branches from the nerve ending regenerates, a process that can take 3-4 months to complete. Botox is administered via injections through small needles into the area of wrinkling. The injections generally are painless and can be completed within 10 minutes. Although FDA approved for the “glabellar lines” between the eyebrows, Botox is commonly used to treat crows feet’, forehead wrinkles, and ‘smoker’s lines’ around the mouth. The effect of Botox is generally seen in 2-4 days, and will last 3-6 months. Botox is a 10-Billion dollar-a-year industry with the manufacture Allergan holding the majority of the market share in America.
What is Xeomin?
Like Botox, Xeomin is botulinum Toxin type A that is active in Botox. It performs the same actions on facial wrinkles that Botox does, in the same time-course and with the same results. The difference between Xeomin and Botox is not just in the brand name or the manufacturer that produces each product. Xeomin is a highly purified version of the toxin, that is produced in “naked” form, without additives or stabilizers, like the Botox product uses. Pure or not, the activity of botulinum toxin on wrinkles should not matter so long as the activity (or ‘units’) are the same. However, the fact that Xeomin contains fewer additives will probably mean less risk of an allergic reaction to those additives. If an allergic reaction or an immune response developes due to an additive, it may also be mounted against the ‘Botox’ toxin. The result of which could weaken the response of the Botox in future injections. Although serious allergic reactions to Botox are not usually seen, any effort to prevent the weakening response of the toxin is desirable and advantageous, particularly from an economic perspective. A weakened response may mean more Botox will need to be injected to achieve the desired cosmetic response. Botox ranges in price from $10-$12 per unit. Most clients will require 10 to 60 units for treatment.
Reasons to Choose Xeomin.
In a savvy business move, Merz Aesthetic has offered Xeomin at a cost that is more than 20 percent less than Botox per unit. The savings is passed on to the injector, who can then pass on the savings to the client. This means the consumer will get more for their dollar with this product. At BodyTrends, we have successfully introduced Xeomin to our clients. The initial reactions and responses has been great. Most clients see no apparent differences in effectiveness compared to Botox. The potential of this new toxin to the marketplace will probably mean that the price of Botox will go down as well. I predict a new pricepoint will be established that will make both products more economical for everyone. Now is a great time to get your wrinkles erased. The “Game” has been “Changed”! Visit www.facebook.com/bodytrends for additional details that accompany this story.
Dr. Harvey Jenkins is a Harvard-trained Orthopedist & Spine specialist, practicing in South Oklahoma City. He is a Wellness Blogger and is also Owner/Medical Director of BodyTrends, the ElectroSpa in OKC. For more info or questions contact Dr Jenkins at info@ bodytrendspa.com
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Can it Help in Cancer Prevention and Treatment? [by Jennifer Tatum ]
“Your body needs those components to keep your immune system strong. And keeping your immune system strong helps you fight.” In the last few years, research has indicated that agents in fruits and vegetables can target on a molecular level and interfere with cell-signaling pathways. Understanding cell signaling and how these foods interact with it could help us treat more diseases, including cancer, more effectively. The 2006 study identified risk factors associated with the heavy consumption of red meat and charcoal cooking or heavily smoked foods. In addition to avoiding these risks as much as possible, adding healthier choices to your everyday diet can also be beneficial for reducing your cancer risk. Reaching for antioxidant-rich foods first is the best bet; this includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. “When you’re looking for foods with antioxidants, you want to get foods with a very deep color, such as berries like dark blueberries, blackberries and raspberries,” said Dr. Bischoff. Some fruits and vegetables have been identified as having positive effects on health and wellness. These foods include:
• Eight licensed and registered dietitians are on staff, and almost all of them are certified in oncology nutrition. This training ensures that they are fully aware of the special needs cancer patients have. • When a patient first visits the hospital, a dietitian is assigned to their team. The dietitian sees them throughout every visit to the center and is also available by phone after the patient goes home. • The nutrition team educates new patients about how to use nutrition to help their bodies stay strong throughout their fight against cancer. They then work with patients to develop personalized nutrition goals and help them use nutrition to deal with side effects during treatment.
• Strawberries, blackberries, plums, raspberries and blueberries • Mustard/turnip/collard greens, kale, watercress, bok choy and spinach There are also many “superfoods” which may be more effective for fighting cancer, such as: • Yogurt • Carotenoids – examples include sweet potatoes, carrots and cayenne pepper • Bioflavonoids – examples include garlic, green tea and red bell peppers • Cruciferous or cabbage family vegetables, like broccoli and Brussels sprouts • Legumes or beans • Berries • Wild salmon • Flax • Brazil nuts • Ginger Also, while there is still some debate over the benefits of organic foods, eating organically as much as possible is preferable, as it may limit your intake of other unknown chemical compounds, including pesticides on fruits and vegetables.
How does Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa address the nutritional needs of their patients?
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If you find you are still at a loss when it comes to how to incorporate healthier foods into your diet, or if you need help in assessing your day-today nutritional needs, make an appointment with a licensed or registered dietitian who can conduct a thorough analysis of your specific needs. 1-Anand, Preetha et al. (2008) Cancer is a preventable disease that requires major lifestyle changes. Pharmaceutical Research 25(9):2097-2116. 2-Aggarwal, Bharat B and Shishir Shishodia (2006) Molecular targets of dietary agents for prevention and therapy of cancer. Biochemical Pharmacology 71:1397-1421.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center 10109 E. 79th Street (81st Street & Highway 169) Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133 Main Hospital: (918) 286-5000 http://www.cancercenter.com/ southwestern-hospital
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Hippocrates, the so-called “father of medicine” pioneered many moral principles that modern doctors rely on, most important the promise to “First, do no harm.” But it seems Hippocrates was also very interested in how food could affect health, and he is rumored to have said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Now, more than two millennia later, we are learning more about what Hippocrates advocated so many years ago. Food is indeed an important part of a healthy lifestyle. According to a 2006 study, 75-85 percent of all chronic illnesses are linked to lifestyle habits, including diet. Additionally, of all cancer-related deaths, as much as 30-35 percent could be linked to inadequate nutrition. That is why it is important to be mindful of nutrition as a preventative measure. Bette Bischoff, RD, MD is a physician at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before starting her work as a physician, Dr. Bischoff became a registered dietitian, and she continues to maintain her license – for good reasons. “It’s very important to look at nutrition when you assess a cancer patient,” said Dr. Bischoff. “There are a lot of very important components in food that help with the cancer process in terms of your body being strong.” As both a physician treating cancer patients and a dietitian, Dr. Bischoff is in a unique position to assess patients’ nutritional needs, as she also works with them through treatment. Many patients often worry how they can maintain a healthy weight while going through cancer treatment. “It’s critical to encourage patients to eat the right foods and to get adequate protein when they’re on chemotherapy and their appetite isn’t great,” said Dr. Bischoff.
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any of you may remember in October there were some disconcerting news articles about Oklahomans and pain medicine abuse. According to the articles and By Mark Triplett, newscasts, Oklahoma leads M.S.O.M. the nation in the abuse of pain medication and ranks ninth in the nation in suicides from overdose of pain medications. This is a staggering statistic! We beat out every other state in our nation in pain medicine abuse. What the news articles did not explain, is who are the individuals who get trapped in addiction and how do they get there. I also noted there was no explanation how the statistic was obtained or what changes we may need to make to make a difference. In my twenty years of working in health care as an EMT and as an acupuncturist, I have seen and treated many people who have suffered from addiction to pain medicine. I have met various individuals from all walks of life who have suffered from this addiction. I cannot think of one soul that I have encountered who had an addiction that began by wanting to “just get high.” Every person who I have dealt with in that time frame began taking pain medicine for a pain condition or injury that they had
sustained. They initially took pain medicine to help them heal but over time their pain did not go away. They began to take more and more medication to cope with the pain, yet they continued to suffer from chronic pain and were forced to take too much medication simply to survive day to day. I do not want readers to believe for one instant that I am lambasting pain medications or medications in general. Nor am I pointing a finger of blame at any person, profession, or industry. This is a reality and a burden that all Oklahomans share. Have you ever heard the saying “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result?” Is it possible that Oklahomans have succumbed to the statistical degradation because we are not looking at options? The fact that we need to make changes is obvious. We are on the verge of a new year, a time to seek change in our lives. Many of us make resolutions to do something positive in the New Year. If you are an individual who suffers from habitual use of pain medications, please, please get help. Do something different. If you are a health care professional, or in the industry, please consider looking at alternative treatment plans when assisting your patients in making decisions about their pain management.
Do I believe that acupuncture will help everyone who has a pain management issue? Sadly the answer is no, it is not going to help everyone. Do I think it has the potential to make a difference? Yes, I see it do just that every day. Will it work for you? I cannot answer that question, but only you can really decide if what you are doing now is working. Should you consider trying it? Yes. There are certain individuals who should not seek acupuncture. If you have a bleeding condition that is not under control, you probably should not try acupuncture until it is under controlled. That is pretty much it! What are its side effects? Patients may ocassionally experience bruising and soreness at the site of needle placement. Sometimes people feel fatigued after a treatment, so I usually recommend that they relax for a couple of hours post treatment. The late Thomas Edison said: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Have a blessed Christmas everyone, and a fantastic New Year!
Mark Triplett, MSOM, has a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine and has been practicing Oriental Medicine for over 8 years. Questions? comments? He can be reached at 405-514-0478 or by his website http://www.triplettacupuncture.com
December 2011/ January 2012
January is national blood donor month
“Lauryn and family with OBI staff, Aug 2011”
[written by Lindsay Cobb, Communications Manager, Oklahoma Blood Institute]
Oklahoma Blood Institute volunteer blood donors save lives. We all know it, but how often are we affected by it? Thousands of people in our state are alive today because blood donors helped them survive accidents, surgeries, chemotherapies or other serious
health threats. Oklahoma Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 135 medical facilities across Oklahoma. For instance, meet Lauryn Watkins. Lauryn is a vibrant six-year-old girl with a contagious smile and inspiring attitude. But in February of 2010, Lauryn’s family was faced with devastating news: Lauryn was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). It began with symptoms similar to a sinus infection. Rounds of antibiotics provided no relief, and intense leg pains were so terrible at times, Lauryn was forced to crawl. After two bone marrow biopsies, numerous spinal taps, doses of intense chemotherapy drugs and blood transfusions, Lauryn’s cancer is now in remission, and her treatment is in the maintenance stage. In August of 2011, Lauryn and her family were able to meet three of the six donors whose blood Lauryn had received. As with all OBI donors, they gave not knowing who would receive their blood or what kind of impact it would have. “I remember the first-time Lauryn received blood and all the many thoughts
“Lauryn Watkins with 3 of her 5 matched donors, Aug 2011”
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Getting older does not make people ineligible to donate. People who feel well and can do normal day-to-day activities can probably donate. People can give blood every 56 days. The need for blood is constant. Patients in Oklahoma hospitals have needs 365 days a year, whether it is for scheduled treatments or for emergencies. Because there is no substitute for human blood, supplies must be constantly renewed. To make an appointment to donate at an Oklahoma Blood Institute donor center or mobile blood drive, call (877) 340-8777 or visit obi.org.
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Blood donors save lives everyday in Oklahoma
and questions that were racing through my mind,” said Sherri Ellis, Lauryn’s mom. “It was such an honor to shake the hands and hug the necks of the individuals who took the time to donate blood to a complete stranger, someone you never expected to meet.” Thanks to Oklahoma Blood Institute blood donors, Lauryn now enjoys dance, gymnastics, school and friends. January is National Blood Donor Month – the perfect time for first-time blood donors and those who donate regularly to remember the reason for giving blood and the impact we can make for families like Lauryn’s. All healthy adults are encouraged to give blood. Age and weight criteria: • 16 years old; ≥ 125 lbs. with parental consent • 17 years old; ≥ 125 lbs. • 18 years or older; ≥ 110 lbs.
Examinations Are Important For Womens Health
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ervical cancer is the third leading cause of new cancer diagnoses for women worldwide with an estimated 529,800 new cases a year and By D. Nelson is the fourth leading cause Fong, M.D. of cancer death with 275,100 deaths annually. Fortunately, in developed countries such as the United States, routine screening and measures to prevent new cases of cervical cancer have dramatically decreased the incidence of this female specific cancer: the incidence dropped from 14.8 per 100,000 women in the United States in 1975 to 6.5 per 100,000 in 2006. Estimates in 2009 reveal 11,270 new cases of cervical cancer in the United States and 4,070 deaths. The cervix of the uterus or more commonly just the “cervix” is the lowest most portion of the uterus. It is a long cylindrical tube measuring on average and about two inches long. Although part of the cervix lies inside the belly cavity, the remainder of the cervix lies outside and can be seen at the far end of the vagina during a routine gynecologic examination. The cervix is an area prone to cancerous changes as two types of cells,“squamous” and “columnar” cells, interact in an area known as the transformation zone. The interaction between squamous and columnar cell causes the border of the transformation zone to change throughout a woman’s lifespan: a columnar cell can turn into a squamous cell and vice versa. Constant turnover of cells, known as metaplasia, causes the cervix to be more prone to cancer. Although metaplasia is a normal physiologic process, other factors will cause this normal process to change into a cancerous one. The human papilloma virus, also known as HPV, is known to be a necessary factor in the development of cervical cancer. HPV comes in a variety of strains known as serotypes; these serotypes have been arbitrarily numbered. Certain HPV serotypes, especially HPV 16 and 18, are considered high risk and are the causes of 70 percent of cervical cancer. HPV is spread sexually and is highly prevalent among sexually active adults and for many is without significant symptoms. Most women,
especially younger women in their twenties, are able to clear the virus through their immune system in 8 to 24 months. However, some women are unable to clear the infection themselves. Inability to clear an HPV infection coupled with certain high risk HPV serotypes and cigarette smoking can lead to the development of precancerous cell changes known as “dysplasia” or frank cervical cancer. Prevention of cervical cancer then focuses on preventing HPV infection and also early detection of precancerous lesions known as “dysplasia” before progressing to frank cervical cancer. Prevention of HPV infection is available through a vaccination of women and men under the age of 26 and is recommended by several large physicians' groups including the American Congress of Obstetrician Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Routine vaccination should be strongly considered in nearly every individual and can be done in most gynecologic or pediatric offices. The other arm of prevention of cervical cancer is detection of precancerous changes of the cervix known as dysplasia before they progress to cervical cancer. During an annual examination, your gynecologist views the cervix during a pelvic examination and collects a random sampling of cells from the transformation zone for a Pap smear. These exfoliated cells are then sent to be viewed under the microscope to examine for signs of dysplasia (precancer) or cancer itself. If the random cells collected during a Pap smear are abnormal, you will return to the office
so the cervix can be viewed again under a microscope in a process known as colposcopy and directed biopsies can be taken to confirm the presence of dysplasia or cancer. Depending on your age, severity of dysplasia and history an excision of a small portion of your cervix may be appropriate to prevent the progression of dysplasia into frank cancer. Cervical cancer itself is treated with hysterectomy in its earliest stages but otherwise requires chemotherapy and radiation in its later stages. Pap smears, or the collection of random cells from the cervix, should be started at age 21. Although Pap smears should be done at regular intervals, it is important to note that they are not done with every pelvic examination especially in Urgent Care or Emergency Room situations. Pap smears are necessary whether you or your partner have had permanent contraception such as a tubal ligation or vasectomy. Under certain circumstances, Pap smear screening may be spread out to every three years.Discussion with your gynecologist will ensure you have been properly screened and protected.
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
December 2011/ January 2012
The Link Between Varicose Veins,
Winter, and Depression W
people do not want to do the things they love anymore if it causes them pain. It is not unusual to see patients who are depressed and lonely because of this disorder. Face it, the combination of cold weather and not feeling at your best is a recipe for depression. The good news is that varicose veins are curable and it does not have to lead to an expensive hospital procedure. Todayâ€™s newest laser procedures can eliminate varicose veins in less than an hour and have you back on your feet in a matter of minutes. This method has a success rate of 99 percent and can help 98 percent of patients suffering from varicose veins.
Some tips to avoid the pain of varicose veins: 1) Try to avoid constant weight fluctuations. 2) Shower your legs with cold water in the evening. 3) Avoid wearing tight clothing or highheeled shoes. 4) If you are overweight, drop down to your ideal weight. 5) Do not smoke.
Varicose veins are not a cosmetic issue.
People with varicose veins often notice that they have small blue veins on their legs long before they become painful. Sometimes a life situation (like pregnancy or a new job) causes varicose veins to become more pronounced. The effect of varicose veins on your health is more critical than the way they look â€“which is why they are not a cosmetic issue! And in most cases, your insurance plan will pay for laser treatment of confirmed varicose veins. Early diagnosis is the best way to alleviate the painful symptoms. A knowledgeable doctor can quickly tell by looking at the veins if they are suspect and will confirm his suspicions with an ultrasound. If you are concerned about suspicious varicose veins, we invite you to come to our office for a FREE consultation. Call Dr. Pedulla at the Oklahoma Vein and Endovascular Center at (405) 947-2228 or visit us on the web at www.NoVeinOK.com Dominic Pedulla MD is a board certified cardiologist specializing in varicose veins. His office offers no obligation, free consultations for people interested in having their veins evaluated. Call his office today at (405) 947-2228.
6) Do not stand for extended periods. 7) Exercise. Walk, swim, jog or workout three times a week for 30 to 45 minutes. 8) Elevate your legs for 15 minutes every evening. This will relieve existing pain and slow down the progress of varicose veins by decreasing venous insufficiency.
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inter is here and as creatures of habit, we slowly begin going out less frequently due to the cold weather. Working people will choose to drink a cup By Dominic M. Pedulla of coffee wrapped in cozy MD, FACC blankets at home, instead of taking a walk after work. Those who do not work will want to have friends over instead of heading outdoors. Colder weather tends to make us homebodies. As a result, we become more detached from an active life due to cold weather. The lack of exercise results in various health problems, including varicose veins. Even when we do not mean to give up our active lifestyle, being indoors lends itself to relaxing more and exercising less. Varicose veins occur when the veins in our legs lose their ability to channel blood back to the heart. Many people find that varicose veins become more painful and bothersome in winter. Fortunately, it is also the best time to get them treated. Compression stockings are more comfortable and less noticeable under the layers of clothes that we are used to wearing in winter. Getting them treated is one thing, but living with them is quite another. Varicose veins are swollen, painful, purple and have an unappealing appearance. Under such circumstances, patients are embarrassed about how their legs look and most generally do not know what to do about it. When the veins become so engorged they are painful, people often quit doing activities that cause them to hurt. Runners quit running, and
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pet Health Companions for life.
ob and Elise had been married for many years. Their marriage was filled with love, compassion and a joy for life. Their children had grown and left home to make their mark By Dr. Steve on the world. Leaving Bob and Johnston Elise the time to enjoy their lives together as they did when they were younger. Upon returning from a cruise to “exotic places,” as Elise called them, Elise became gravely ill. She was admitted to the hospital and placed in intensive care. Bob believed that she would recover. Bob thought “She has to be ok, I can not live without her.” Two days later at the hospital, the doctor somberly walked up to Bob and told him that Elise had died in her sleep. Bob collapsed to the floor. His deep sobs could be heard throughout the hospital. Bob went to his now empty home. He had to make final arrangements for Elise. He aimlessly got out of his car and walked to the front door. Bob felt that he had nothing more to live for, and thought his final days were fast approaching. As he walked up the steps to his
porch, he was surprised by a dog sitting in front of his door. Bob paused for a second and his and the dog’s pleading brown eyes locked briefly. Bob said to the dog, “Go away, I have nothing more to give, go away!” The dog moved aside and Bob went inside. Something that Elise had always said flooded Bob’s thoughts. She said, “We must always try to care for those who are in need, the more we care and uplift them, the more will come back to us.” Bob took this to heart, filled a water bowl and gathered leftovers from the fridge and took them outside to the dog. To Bob’s dismay the dog was gone. However, he left the food and water. After Elise’s funeral Bob wanted to be alone. When he arrived home, the dog was again at his front door. This time however, there was a different look in the dogs eyes. When Bob tried to get into the house, the dog kept growling and blocked Bob’s path. The homeless dog was so abused and starving, that she could barely hold her head up. But, she refused to let Bob go into his house. Bob finally managed to open the front door and the dog suddenly bolted past Bob and ran barking up the stairs to the second floor. Vicious growls,
barking and human screams filled the air. Bob ran to the phone and called the police. Bob’s life had been saved by his one act of kindness to this stray dog who was willing to sacrifice her life for him. Five years later Bob and the dog named Lizziah are companions. “Lizziah has given me a new lease on life and something to look forward to every day, We are inseparable friends,” Bob said. Events like this happen all the time. We should all take heart to help those in need whether their human or animal. If a stray dog or cat comes to your house, give it some water and food. If you can take it in, please do so. How would you feel if the situation was reversed? Besides, you never know what or who could be lurking behind your door. Please spay or neuter your pets!! Yours in Humanity and Health, Rev. Dr. Steve Founder and Pastor of The Church of the Good Sumerian (founded in 1978)
Sometimes Being Too Clean Can Be A Bad Thing For Womens Health
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[By: Dr. Steve Johnston] Cervical Cancer is a prevalent and serious problem in today’s society. It is the second most common type of cancer in women and accounts for close to 11 percent of all cancers in the world. This cancer is most closely associated with infection from the human papiloma virus (HPV). What are the causes? Possible causes include: Unprotected sex, having multiple sexual partners, genital herpes, hormonal imbalance, taking birth control pills, nutritional deficiencies, fungal or continuous yeast infections and over cleansing of the vaginal area. The human body was designed
so that everything remains in balance. This includes our pH (Acid/ alkali) balance. If the body's pH balance is off one way or the other, we become prone to disease. A women’s vaginal area has a self cleaning capability. When you douche the acid/alkali balance is destroyed which leaves you open to infection. Over the years a great deal of my time is spent trying to educate people in the prevention of illness. Here are some suggestions that might help. Eat foods that promote good Ph balance in your system. Avoid foods high in fat, soft cheeses, white
breads and soy products. Eat plenty of Bok Choy, Brussel Sprouts, mustard greens, kale, carrots and if you like mushrooms, the Shiitake mushroom could be a good source of protection. Vitamins E, C and Folic Acid could also be beneficial. I also suggest that women have testing done because cervical cancer usually has no symptoms until later stages. So, the early discovery of abnormal (precancerous) cells is very important. Early detection and treatment can mean the difference between life and death.
Dr. Steve Johnston 4200 Perimeter Center Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73112 (405) 637-8586 www.drstevejohnston.vpweb.com
December 2011/ January 2012
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Houdini Domestic Short Hair-Orange Young, Male
Little G Domestic Medium Hair-Orange Tabby – Orange Young, Male
Chubby Tabby Grey Adult Female 9
Patches Domestic Short Hair-Black And White Adult, Male
Chewey Tortoiseshell Adult, Female
Penny Domestic Long Hair-Black Tabby – Orange
Peppi Tabby - Brown Adult, Male
It takes a lot of courage to get up and take care of abandoned animals everyday. Betty Ottaway does it everyday, rain or shine. She is the owner of C.A.T. S. (Cats Are Treated Special), a non-profit organization that looks out for abandoned cats and kittens. She has close to 20 cats in her shelter, and feeds many others at various feeding sites throughout Perkins, OK. Betty doesn't drive, she rides a bicycle and visits each site. She works with the cats and tends to their needs. If they need medical assistance, she takes them to the veterinarian. The City of Perkins does not have a shelter for cats, only dogs. Betty has unofficially become the cat shelter for Perkins. By working with local veterinarians, the cats are spayed or neutered, and receive their shots. Betty could use your help. She is raising money to build a bigger facility to house the cats until they are adopted. She could also use cat litter and gently used towels. She has several cats that need homes now. All of the cats have had their shots, have been spayed or neutered and have been microchiped. For a small fee, you can give these loving cats a home. Betty also has a return policy, if the cat does not seem to fit in, you can bring it back.
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Staying Hot For The Holidays Should you exercise when the weather outside is cold?
When the weather outside starts to get cold and foreboding, you may be tempted to stay inside by the fire with a cup of warm tea and some comfort food in your lap. However, you should know that heading out the door for some cold-weather workouts will reap great rewards if you take care to stay warm and safe. Read on to learn how to pump up when the wind is biting and your nose is bright red.
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Wear the appropriate clothing
Running and playing in the cold requires you to be very thoughtful about what you wear. Obviously, you can not take off in a T-shirt and shorts. Instead, you will want to wear layers of clothing. As you begin to sweat, remove a layer to keep your sweat from causing you to get cold later. Then put your outermost layers back on when you begin to grow cold. For best warmth, the layer against your body should be polypropylene or another synthetic material, followed by fleece and something waterproof and breathable on top. Besides staying warm, you should remember to stay safe. As it is often darker during the cold months, take precaution to remain visible to oncoming traffic. Wearing clothing with reflective surfaces will help others see you from a distance. You should also make sure your shoes have good traction to keep you on your feet as you run across various surfaces. Whether you are participating in skiing, snowboarding or other winter sports, wear appropriate safety gear to avoid injury.
Work with the wind.
Blowing, freezing wind is one of the hardest parts to overcome when you are trying to force yourself to work out in the cold. Keep the wind beneath your wings by facing the blowing breeze during the beginning of your run or bicycle ride. This way, you will be running with the wind on your way back home, making the return trip much more pleasant and making you more likely to want to do it again the next day.
While you will need to plan your wardrobe and wind sprints with the weather in mind. You will also need to change your mindset to a warmer climate to ensure good health during a winter workout. Wearing sunscreen in the cold may seem senseless, but the sun still has the power to burn your exposed skin during the winter. You may be at increased risk for sunburn if you are working out at a high altitude or in an area with a lot of snow. So be sure to use sunscreen before you head out for your cold routine. You will also need to think hot weather with regard to your hydration. Becoming dehydrated may seem to be a concern only during the hot summer months, but you need plenty of liquids in your system year round to keep your system hydrated. To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout even if you do not feel thirsty. Because once you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrated.
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For the most part, you can exercise in the cold and reap only benefits from your routine. Sometimes exercising in the cold is not a good idea. If you exercise outside when you should not, the results can be bone-chillingly bad. When should you get back inside? The following are signs that you need to get inside and stay there: The temperature is below 0. At this temperature, you are at risk of lowering your body temperature, which can have horrid results. You experience frostbite or hypothermia. The initial signs of frostbite include numbness, loss of feeling, paleness, or stinging in the fingers, face, and toes. Hypothermia is recognized by unstoppable shivering, fatigue, loss of coordination, and slurred speech. If these symptoms are present, seek emergency medical attention immediately. Ben Coffman is a ACE Certified Fitness Trainer. OKC Fitbody Bootcamp is located at 2604 Moore Ave Moore, OK 73160. 405.205.6001 www.okcfitbodybootcamp.com
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/4 cup honey
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cups whole wheat flour
2 egg whites
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/4 cup vegetable oil /2 teaspoon salt
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A life and death
struggle with weightloss All other photos supplied by Anthony Moore. Before, and after The Tulsa Run 5K
[By Brandy Morris] Many of us look at our own mortality with the loss of a loved one. Anthony Moore's father lost his life at the age of 50 due to complications of being over weight. The death of his father made Anthony take a long look at himself and his family and make a life changing decision. He had to lose weight. Anthony was living a lifestyle that most of us live. He lived around his work, eating on the go or late at night, going to bed with a full stomach, because he had to get to bed to rest before he went to work. The lifestyle he was living created a man that weighed more than 350 pounds and he could not tie his own shoes. And with the news he was going to be a father for a second time, he made the decision that he had to do something so that he would be around for his children. He tried the diets that were on the market including South Beach and Adkins, with no success. “I would lose a few pounds and then gain more than I lost,” Anthony said. With a 50 inch waist and weighing more than 350 pounds, Anthony made the decision to look into the lap band procedure. He had
the procedure done in 2006. Early in his progression to lose weight tragedy struck. Anthony was in a car wreck and sustained a kneck injury that sidelined him for more than two years. He had to put his lapband program on hold because he could not walk or run as the program called for. During the lapband procedure, the doctor placed a band around Anthony's esophogus above his stomach. Creating a new stomach that was smaller that empties into his regular stomach. The smaller stomach allows Anthony to eat smaller portions more often. He eats breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner and a snack. “I had to learn how to eat again, taking small bites and allowing them to process before moving on to the next bite,” Anthony said. “I also had to learn how when I eat not to gulp air or drink, because it is all about volume.” The total amount of food Anthony ingests amounts to about a cup of food everytime he sits down and eats. He avoids sodas, because of the sugar, and pays close attention to how much bread he eats, because of the starch. “If more people realized the amount of food
that they ate, we would be a lot skinnier nation,” Anthony said. Now almost a year later, Anthony has a 30 inch waist and weighs 175 pounds. He is enjoying his five-year-old daughter and has been bitten by the fitness bug. He exercises everyday. He walks everyday, and three days out of the week, he runs three miles. On Tuesdays and Thursdays he does push-ups, sit-ups, swims and does some type of cardio exercise. He also has taken up running 5K races. This year he ran in the Pistol Pete 5K run in Perkins, Oklahoma and finished with a time of 25 minutes and 41 seconds and finished in 41st place. He also ran in the Tulsa 5K Run, which had more that 2,200 runners and finished with a time of 27 minutes and finished in 38th place in the mens division. Deciding to lose weight is easy, its actually sticking to a plan and making it happen is the difficult part. Anthony fought through his setbacks and is finding success. You to can have success, make a plan, have a support group for encouragement, and if you stumble don't give up.
December 2011/ January 2012
Your Mental Edge
as You Age
If you’ve ever walked into a room to look for something but forgot what you were looking for, you’re familiar with the feelings of forgetfulness and frustration. Unless you take immediate action, these feelings may worsen each year. There are easy lifestyle choices you can make every day to sustain your mental edge as you age. Cognitive decline, including memory loss, is one of the top fears among people over the age of 55. More than half of baby boomers fear the loss of mental capacity, and 41 percent are afraid their brain fitness has decreased in the past 10 years, according to a 2010 report in Today’s Dietitian. “New research shows that by changing our lifestyle habits we can help grow key parts of our brains, resulting in better memory, improved learning speed and mental agility,” said Majid Fotuhi M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Neurology Institute for Brain Health and Fitness in Baltimore.
Give your brain a physical workout
Nourish your mind
Help protect your brain cells from memory loss by following a diet that includes foods rich in good fats such as DHA, a major structural fat accounting for up to 97 percent of the omega-3 fats in the brain. DHA intake has been associated with a decreased risk of mental decline associated with aging. The body doesn’t make DHA on its own, so you need to consume DHA though food or supplements. “The more omega-3 fat you eat, the more it is incorporated into brain cells, the more flexible your brain cell membranes become, the better you think, the more you remember and the happier you are,” said Elizabeth Somer, M.A., registered dietitian and author of “Eat Your Way to Happiness.” You can find DHA in certain foods, but another easy way to get it is by taking a daily DHA supplement like BrainStrong Adult, which contains 900 mg per serving of life’sDHA, which is clinically shown to improve memory in adults over 55, according to a study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Activate your mind through mental stimulation
Develop a “use it or lose it” philosophy when it comes to your brain. Studies have shown that brain cells, much like muscle cells, can grow bigger and stronger with cognitive challenges and stimulation. Pursuing education, learning a new language, reading, working crossword puzzles and even playing board games are fun ways to exercise your mind. Keep your brain active by engaging in brain-boosting activities you enjoy. Commit to learning something new each month.
Stay socially connected
Friends and family are often the key to happiness, and they just may be the key to brain health as well. Social interaction not only makes your life more fun and meaningful, but it also stimulates and protects your brain. Stay connected with others by being part of an in-person interaction, whether it’s in the workplace, a card club, a network of friends or a religious congregation. Seek out friends and family for emotional support to help manage stress and stay happy. Put your passions into action by volunteering for a cause you feel passionate about. By giving your brain a little more attention, you’ll not only lead a fuller life, but you’ll also be helping to keep your mental edge. For more about brain health, visit www.BrainStrongDHA.com.
Exercise helps maintain a healthy body and brain. Research has found associations between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline. Give your body and brain a workout by engaging in physical activities such as yoga, walking and weight lifting, at least 30 minutes every day. It helps keep cholesterol levels in check, maintains good blood flow and encourages the growth of new brain cells and connections.
Guide to Staying Well this Season
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To help maintain health this season, it’s important to get the nutrients your body needs every day, through your diet as well as through high quality vitamins and supplements. In a recent nationwide survey, three in four people agree they feel more confident about their health when they take vitamins and supplements. However, many people are not aware of what types of vitamins they need in order to support a healthy immune system. “Most Americans have nutrient gaps in their diet, but people can make up for the nutrients they lack by adding vitamins and supplements to a daily wellness routine,” says Suzy Cohen, registered pharmacist and author of “The 24-Hour Pharmacist.” “There are a variety of ways vitamins and supplements can support a healthy immune system, but when you’re in the vitamin aisle it is important to look for quality products.” As the number of products in the vitamin aisle can be overwhelming, Cohen recommends first looking at the brand, seeking only those committed to science-based protocols for product development, and those that are tested and verified by third-party public health organizations such as the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP). Only products that meet the stringent criteria set forth by USP are allowed to use the USP verified mark on their label. “I recommend Nature Made because of their quality standards and scientific rigor in product development. I know I can trust Nature Made to ensure what’s on the label is in the bottle,” says Cohen. She also adds, “Nature Made is the number one pharmacist recommended brand of letter vitamins, according to a 2011 Pharmacy Times survey.”
Immune Supporting Supplements
• Vitamin C – A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C helps maintain a healthy immune system and protects against damaging free radicals. Additionally, Vitamin C, such as the Nature Made Vitamin C 1000mg, is necessary for the body to manufacture collagen, which is essential for healthy skin. • Vitamin D – Supports teeth, bone and immune health, and healthy levels of Vitamin D in your body may promote your heart health as well. • Probiotics – Certain types of probiotics supply “good bacteria” that can help maintain immune system health. • Zinc – Maintaining healthy levels of zinc in your body is necessary for healthy growth, development and proper immune function. Zinc also provides antioxidant support which helps to protect the body against damaging free radicals. • Echinacea – Echinacea may support healthy immune function.
Additional Immune Boosting Techniques •
Strive to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
Practice relaxation techniques to get rid of stress and the harmful hormones it can trigger.
Wash your hands regularly, especially before meals.
Eat a balanced diet. Check out the new dietary guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at www.choosemyplate.gov.
Exercise regularly. According to Harvard Health Publications, exercise may additionally support a healthy immune system by promoting healthy circulation, moving immune system cells throughout the body.
If You Get Sick
If you do get sick this cold and flu season, there are a number of things you can do to stop the spread of the virus. •
Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
Wash your hands often.
Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
Try to avoid close contact with others to minimize the spread of the germs. For more wellness tips and information on vitamins and supplements to boost your immune system, visit www.NatureMade.com.
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Make sure you buy a big turkey this year, because you’ll want plenty left over to make these tasty post-holiday recipes. From a savory sandwich and hearty salads to easy turnovers and a simple casserole, there are plenty of delicious ways to finish off turkey leftovers. You can even keep the flavors of the holidays going with Bobby Flay’s recipe for moist and delicious “Stuffing” Crusted Turkey Cutlets. He uses leftover poultry seasoning for flavor and Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise to keep them tender and juicy. For more great ways to love your leftovers, visit www.hellmanns.com.
Turkey Casserole Serves: 6 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes 4 cups leftover prepared stuffing, divided 4 cups coarsely chopped leftover cooked turkey (about 1 pound) 3/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise, divided 1/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 6 ounces)
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Leftover Turkey Super Sandwiches Serves: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes
4 tablespoons Hellmann’s® or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise
8 slices whole grain bread
1/2 cup prepared stuffing 1/2 pound sliced leftover or deli turkey 1/2 cup cranberry sauce or whole berry cranberry sauce
1 small apple, cored and sliced
Spread mayonnaise generously on 4 bread slices. Layer stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce and apple on bread slices. Top with remaining 4 bread slices.
“Stuffing” Crusted Turkey Cutlets
A Bobby Flay Recipe Serves: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Combine bread crumbs, parsley, salt and pepper in large shallow dish; set aside.
2 cups panko or plain dried bread crumbs
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Spray 8-inch baking dish with no-stick cooking spray. Spoon in 2 cups stuffing, then top with turkey.
1/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise
Combine 1/4 cup mayonnaise with cranberry sauce; evenly spread over turkey.
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
4 turkey cutlets (about 1/2 inch thick)
4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
Combine remaining 1/2 cup mayonnaise, potatoes and cheese in large bowl. Evenly spread on turkey, then top with remaining 2 cups stuffing.
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Combine mayonnaise, mustard and poultry seasoning with wire whisk in small bowl and season, if desired, with salt and pepper. Season turkey, if desired, with salt and pepper. Brush 1 side of each turkey cutlet with mayonnaise mixture, then coat in bread crumbs. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook 2 turkey cutlets, bread side down, 3 minutes or until golden brown and a crust has formed. Turn over and cook an additional 2 minutes or until turkey is thoroughly cooked. Repeat with remaining oil and turkey.
Bake 40 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with dried cranberries.
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Blushing Cranberry and Pear Turkey Salad
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Combine all ingredients except crescent rolls in large bowl.
Prep Time: 10 minutes 1/2 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce or cranberry relish 4 cups torn romaine lettuce leaves 2 cups baby spinach leaves or mixed salad greens 2 cups diced cooked turkey 1 medium pear, cored and thinly sliced 1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
Cook Time: 12 minutes 2 cups shredded cooked turkey 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces) 1 cup chopped cooked broccoli 1 /2 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise 1 /2 teaspoon salt 1 /4 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 packages (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
Separate each package crescent rolls into 4 squares; press diagonal perforations to seal. Spoon turkey filling onto center of each square. Fold dough diagonally over filling to form triangles; press edges firmly to seal. Arrange turnovers on baking sheet; brush tops lightly with additional mayonnaise. Bake 12 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.
In medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and cranberry sauce; set aside. In large bowl, combine romaine, spinach and turkey. Just before serving, toss with mayonnaise mixture. Top with pear slices, pecans and onion. Garnish, if desired with dried cranberries.
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Fresh Blueberry and Cranberry Relish
Grape and Wild Rice Stuffing
Makes 12 (1/4-cup servings)
1 cup fresh Chilean blueberries 1 cup fresh orange juice 8 ounces fresh cranberries 1 tablespoon orange zest 3 /4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the sugar dissolves and the berries soften, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and chill. Best made in advance to let flavors blend.
1 /4 cup butter 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 6 1/2 cups vegetable broth 2 cups wild rice 2 cups long grain rice 3 cups fresh Chilean red and green grapes, cut in half 1 /2 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans, roughly chopped
In large saucepan, melt butter. Sauté onions and garlic. Add broth and bring to a boil. Stir in wild rice. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook 30 minutes. Stir in long grain rice; cover and simmer another 20 to 30 minutes until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, stir in grapes, parsley, pecans, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve stuffing warm as a side dish.
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Take holiday side dishes – and leftovers – from mundane to marvelous with the flavorful addition of fresh grapes and blueberries. Traditional cranberry relish gets a big taste upgrade and nutrient boost with the addition of “little blue dynamos” from Chile. The luscious, antioxidant-rich, fresh super berry transforms ordinary relish into something you’ll want to enjoy all season long. Not only does it make a delicious holiday side dish, but you can add it to leftover turkey and ham sandwiches, or spoon some into pretty glass jars, tie a ribbon around the lids and give them as healthy, homemade holiday gifts. Red and green Chilean grapes, freshly chopped parsley and toasted pecans are just a few of the ingredients that make this wild rice stuffing stand out from the rest. Not just for holiday meals, this is a wonderful accompaniment to any tofu, poultry or fish dish, too. For more holiday recipes that use Chilean fresh fruit, visit www.ChileanFruitOnline.com.
FOODIES Tuscan Roast Turkey Serves 16
1 16-pound young turkey Kosher salt, to taste 1 cup Tuscan Herb Paste 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed 2 teaspoons celery salt 3 fennel stalks with fronds, rough chopped 3 onions, large dice 1 stalk celery, small dice 2 1/4 quarts chicken stock, divided 3 ounces all-purpose flour Remove giblets from turkey’s cavity, rinse cavity and pat dry, set aside. Season turkey inside and out with kosher salt. Mix Tuscan Herb Paste with crushed fennel seeds and celery salt. Starting at the neck of the bird, slip your hand between the meat and the skin to loosen. Rub half the paste mix under skin, and rub remaining paste inside the cavity and over the rest of the turkey. Place two-thirds of the chopped onion and fennel stalks inside cavity. Truss bird. Place turkey in a roasting pan. Roast at 400°F for 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325°F and continue cooking the turkey to an internal temperature of 160°F, approxi mately 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Baste turkey often during cooking with juices from pan. If turkey begins to overbrown, cover it loosely with aluminum foil.
Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Prosciutto This holiday, serve an inspired meal bursting with the rich flavors of Tuscany. With these recipes — a moist and tender turkey along with savory sides — you can create an unforgettable experience with family and friends. These Tuscan-inspired recipes from Carapelli Olive Oil will enhance and lighten up your holiday favorites with the distinctive taste of heart-healthy olive oil. Naturally cholesterol free, olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, which makes it a healthful substitute for butter, shortening and other oils. Whether you are entertaining a large crowd or serving up a small family-style dinner, this Tuscan Roast Turkey will be the centerpiece of your holiday table. The juicy flavors and crisp, golden brown skin come from a Tuscan Herb Paste made with fresh herbs and a blend of olive oils. After you’ve tried Olive Oil and Herb Mashed Potatoes, you may never want to go back to plain mashed potatoes again. The creamy texture and robust flavor are a perfect complement to the turkey. For another amazing side dish, try sweet and salty Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Prosciutto — it just might become the family’s new favorite. The rich taste of olive oil promises to elevate your holiday cooking to delicious works of art. For more recipes that will turn any meal into an unforgettable feast, visit www.carapelliusa.com.
2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts, blanched, quartered 4 tablespoons Carapelli Premium 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 onion, julienned 1 1/2 ounces prosciutto, sliced into 1/2-inch strips 4 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar Sea salt Fresh cracked black pepper Trim stem end of Brussels sprouts. Discard wilted outside leaves. Boil in salted water until cooked through (about 7 minutes) and just tender. Shock in ice water. Quarter the cooled sprouts.
When turkey is done, remove from roasting pan and set aside to rest. Degrease roasting pan, reserving 3 ounces of fat to make a roux. Deglaze pan with a small amount of chicken stock. Transfer stock to a saucepot, and add remaining stock and broth from giblets. Bring to a simmer and degrease. Make a blond roux with reserved fat and flour. Add roux to the liquid, whisking well to prevent lumps. Simmer 15 minutes. Strain gravy through a finemeshed strainer. Adjust seasoning.
In large skillet over medium-high heat, caramelize onions in olive oil for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from pan. Place in bowl, mix with prosciutto. In the same skillet, over high heat, lightly brown Brussels sprouts. Add onion-prosciutto mix, toss. Deglaze by adding white balsamic vinegar and scraping bottom of pan. Season with salt and pepper.
Olive Oil and Herb Mashed Potatoes
Tuscan Herb Paste
10 8-ounce potatoes, (about 5 pounds) peeled and cut in half 3/8 teaspoon white pepper 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt 1/2 cup Tuscan Herb paste 1/2 cup Carapelli Premium 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 cup heavy cream, warmed Boil potatoes in salted water.
As turkey roasts, simmer giblets (neck, heart and gizzard), the other one-third of the fennel stalk, onion mix and diced celery in 1 quart chicken stock until tender, approximately 1 1/2 hours.
When cooked tender, mash potatoes. Mix salt and pepper with Tuscan Herb Paste, olive oil and warm heavy cream. Fold into potatoes.
Yield: 2 1/4 cups
1 tablespoon fresh basil 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary 1/2 packed cup fresh Italian parsley 1 tablespoon fresh thyme 2 tablespoons fresh sage 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 3/4 cup Carapelli Extra Light in Taste Olive Oil 1 cup Carapelli Premium 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blend herbs and crushed red pepper with light olive oil using a blender or food processor, then stir in extra virgin olive oil. Serving Ideas: Rub under the skin of turkey for Tuscan Roast Turkey. Use to flavor vegetables for grilling and mushrooms for roasting.
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Babies on Board Get Your
Little Ones to Love Reading
Here are some ways to get your young child to love reading: • Snuggle up. Kids love the attention and snuggle factor while reading a good book. The feeling of connection helps them calm down before nap or bedtime, and creates a sense of security that will help them build healthy relationships with others later in life. • Choose wisely. Bright colors and big pictures can be alluring for toddlers and children beginning to comprehend letters and numbers, so look for books with plenty of illustrations or photos. • Use voices. If you take on character voices while reading, you’re more likely to get a few giggles and further engage your child. Encourage them to repeat what you have said and participate in the story telling.
• Remember to play. For children who have an especially difficult time sitting still during reading time, begin to incorporate storylines into playtime. This will likely result in the child’s excitement to learn more of the plot during the next story time and will lead to a fondness for classic story characters. • Get creative. You can also follow your child’s creative play and help them write their own stories, using your child as the protagonist. Turn everyday activities into adventures and incorporate friends and family into the plotline. Allow them to draw illustrations to include in the book.
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• Engage your child. Go beyond just the copy on the page. Ask your child to find certain animals, plants, etc. Also ask them to identify colors, or to count the number of people on each page. Building these skills early will help your child think critically later. • Embrace technology. Another way to engage your child during story time is to look to new tech-savvy reading trends. Electronic readers, such as the V.Reader by VTech, have interactive stories that help kids love learning to read. Color touch screens with animated stories and spelling games bring books to life and let kids engage with reading in a whole new way.
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For parents with young children, it’s often hard to know when to start reading to your child, or teaching them colors and numbers. But the act of reading to even very young children can soothe them and lead them to love story time and enjoy reading for themselves as they grow. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), reading to children in the home sets kids up for success in school and in life. Providing a wide-range of reading materials they love, reading with your child and speaking with them about stories they’re enjoying all build excitement around reading. Learning to love reading is so important to a child’s success in life that VTech, a leader in electronic learning products for kids, has joined with First Book, a global social enterprise that provides books to parents who can’t afford them, by donating more than 4,000 new books to Head Start programs across the country. Kyle Zimmer, First Book’s founder and CEO, says reading at home makes a real difference, in a lot of ways. “It provides the bonding little ones will need to feel confident in school, as well as an affinity for reading on their own throughout their lives,” she says. Books help children succeed in life – every child. So if you’d like to join in helping kids read through First Book, you can make a donation or get books for your reading program at www. firstbook.org. And to find out about the latest learning tools to help kids love learning to read visit www.vtechkids.com.
WHY Breakfast Matters When the morning alarm sounds and the morning rush to get out of the house begins, breakfast often takes a back seat to other pressing matters. But eating a nutritious breakfast could be the best thing you do all day. While the majority of U.S. adults say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, nearly half (45 percent) say they don’t eat it due to lack of time, according to the Seneca Farms 2011 Children’s Nutrition Survey. The survey also found that:
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• Nearly 60 percent of moms admit their child skips breakfast. • More than half of moms wish their child ate a more nutritious breakfast. • 48 percent of American women say they’re either too tired or don’t have enough time to eat breakfast. “Skipping breakfast is a big mistake for anyone, but especially children,” said Elizabeth Somer, a registered dietitian and author of 11 books.
“Students who eat breakfast perform better on memory and recall tests, react faster, think more clearly, are in better moods, pay attention better, and are less restless compared to students who skip breakfast. They even score higher on IQ tests and have an easier time managing their weights.” Somer says that a nutritious breakfast should follow the “1, 2, 3” rule. The breakfast should have: 1) A whole grain to provide needed highquality carbs for the brain during the morning hours. 2) A little protein to keep your child satiated and maintain even blood sugar levels throughout the morning. 3) 1 to 2 colorful fruits and/or vegebles.
To help you out, here is a week’s worth of quick-fix, on-the-go breakfast ideas. Try them out, and you and your child will not only feel better, but you’ll both have a more productive day: • Quick-serve oatmeal, such as Seneca Farms Oatmeal, served with a glass of low-fat milk and a bowl of watermelon or berries. It takes just 45 seconds to make in the microwave and you don’t have to add milk or water, a great breakfast for people on the go. • A whole wheat tortilla with scrambled egg whites and salsa, a cup of low-fat milk and a small can of sliced pears. • Top a whole wheat English muffin with thick slices of tomato and thin slice of low-fat cheese and heat in the toaster oven. It’s like having a slice of pizza in the morning. Serve it with freshly-squeezed orange juice and you’re good to go. • A smoothie made with low-fat milk, orange juice concentrate, a banana, wheat germ, and frozen strawberries. • A toasted whole grain waffle topped with peanut butter. Serve with an individual serving of canned fruit (packed in its own juice). • Fill a 1 /2 cantaloupe with non-fat lemon yogurt and sprinkle with granola. Breakfast matters, for you and your child. And it’s easier than you think to get the day started off right. For more information about Seneca Farms Oatmeal, visit www.seneca-farms.com.
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I Let'em Play
The benefits of play on
baby brain development
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[Written By Lynda Halley]
A baby is born with more than 100 billion brain cells. Some are connected and some are not. The connections that do exist control heartbeat, breathing, reflexes and other functions needed to survive. During the first few months of life, the brain creates additional connections that shape thinking, feelings and behavior. By the age of three, a baby’s brain has created hundreds of trillions connections than the child will ever need, according to researchers. Although there are many things parents and caregivers can do to nurture brain development, including responding to a baby’s needs, talking to the baby, and reading to the baby, the American Academy of Pediatrics says play is important factor in healthy brain development. A 2007 report from the AAP says play “allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.” The report also states that unstructured play builds active, healthy bodies by encouraging physical activity. Benefits like this are tough to deny. However, as a result of hurried lifestyles and easy access to passive entertainment it seems babies and children are exposed less and less to the simple joys of this sort of play. Citing surveys by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, AAP reports
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that only 70 percent of kindergarten classrooms had a recess period in 1999. That figure is down from 96 percent 10 years earlier. Additionally, many school districts responded to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 by reducing time committed to recess, the creative arts, and even physical education in an effort to focus on reading and mathematics – a decision AAP says may have implications on children’s ability to store new information, because children’s cognitive capacity is enhanced by a clear-cut and significant change in activity. Since 2006, the Oklahoma WONDERtorium, Stillwater, Oklahoma, has operated a highly successful outreach program while working to raise funds to build a facility. Five "museum without walls" programs have been offered free to elementary schools and other child-focused centers in north-central Oklahoma. Each program is targeted to a different age group and incorporates stateapproved curriculum objectives to reinforce preschool and elementary instruction. More than 16,000 children have participated in this programming in the past five years. Through all programming, the Oklahoma WONDERtorium recognizes the importance of brain development and its connection with social and emotional bonding. In conjunction with Smart Start North Central Oklahoma in 2008, a program for babies birth to twelve
months was developed called Young At Art. As part of a strengthening families initiative, a series of fifteen activity kits were developed. Each kit includes an age appropriate activity along with developmental guidelines. Simple objects with different sensory aspects are included in each kit. These objects include different shapes, textures, colors and objects that make sounds including a CD of music. Kits are available for check out through local agencies. In October 2012 the WONDERtorium officially opened its doors at 308 W. Franklin in Stillwater (just north of the Stillwater High School Football Stadium). An important component of the museum is the Little Wonders Room. This space is specifically designed for birth to 24 months and provides a safe, clean environment for the museum’s youngest patrons. This area is one of the larger contained spaces in the museum. Debbie Williams, Programs Coordinator, explains the reasoning: “There are relatively few public places you can take a very young child and feel comfortable putting them on the floor to play. Our Little Wonders Room is a space full of soft surfaces, mirrors and age appropriate toys.” Future programming will include incorporating the Young At Art program into the Little Wonders room. . The Oklahoma WONDERtorium is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Closed on Monday. We are located at 308 W. Franklin in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Space is available for birthday parties, community meetings and field trips can be arranged. General admission is $6 per person. For more information, please call the museum at (405) 533-3333 or visit www.okwondertorium.org or www.facebook.com/okwondertorium
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Home fo the Holiday Perry Como sang â€œThere's No Place Like Home For the Holidays,â€? and that is so true. Oklahomans who decide to stay home for Christmas this year have many activities to choose from throughout the month of December.
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The City of Stillwater celebrates Christmas with their annual Christmas Festival and Car Show on Dec. 10. Lots of arts and crafts and fun for the family, held in downtown Stillwater. Country Artist, Bryan White will perform at the Stillwater community center on Dec. 9. The City of Guthrie celebrates “A Territory Christmas,” with their annual events including the Pollard Theatre's production of “A Territorial Christmas Carol,” now in its 22nd year of production. Candlelight Trolley Tours and the Historic Homes tour runs through December. To learn more about the holiday events, contact the Guthrie Chamber of Commerce at 405-2821947 or www.guthrieok.com. Devon Energy presents “Downtown in December,” in Oklahoma City. Children of all ages will have a ball. Devon’s Saturdays with Santa at the new Myriad Gardens pavilion. Children can visit with Santa, take pictures in his sleigh, create arts and crafts, enjoy sweet treats and mail their letters to the North Pole from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 10, and Dec. 17. Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens. The Devon Ice Rink is this year’s signature event and is expected to attract more than
30,000 thrill-seeking skaters beginning Nov. 25 and will offer live entertainment and special guests on the weekends. On Friday nights, a live DJ heats up the ice with popular and holiday musical favorites. Special guests and local radio personalities will broadcast live from the rink on Saturday nights. Chesapeake Energy Snow Tubing at RedHawks Field. Cruise down the nation’s largest man-made snow tubing slope. Presented by Chesapeake Energy, snow tubing sessions run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Nov. 25 and Dec. 12 (hours vary). Between Dec. 17 and Jan. 1, tubing is open seven days a week (hours vary). Session size is limited; admission is $10 for each one and a half-hour session. Private parties and groups sales are available by calling (405) 218-1000. For session times, dates and to buy tickets online, visit DowntownInDecember.com. Whether running or walking, skipping or hopping, the entire family will enjoy some holiday fun at the SandRidge Santa Run on Saturday, Dec. 10. The SandRidge Santa Run includes a 5K run that begins at 9 a.m. at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson) followed by the Santa Claus Kid’s Dash at 9:30 a.m. and the one-mile Fun Run at 10 a.m. Registration is open now through race day. After Nov. 30, register for $30 at the packet pick up, on Friday, Dec. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. at Schlegel’s Bicycles, 900 N Broadway Ave., or on race day at Leadership Square between 7 and 8:30 a.m. The one-mile Fun Run is $5 for children 12 and under and $10 for adults. There is no charge for the Kid’s Dash for children eight years old or younger. Participants can
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Sonic Segway Santa will visit downtown events on his Segway personal transport scooter. Santa will spread holiday cheer to all as he gives out special giveaways and treats. Watch for tweets from @DowntownOKCInc to find out where and when to get special prizes from Santa. Visit the OG&E Garden Lights and Free Crystal Bridge Sundays and rediscover the heart of the city. Visitors of all ages are invited to take a stroll through the renovated and beautifully illuminated Myriad Gardens each night during Downtown in December and enjoy a free tour through the newly enhanced Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory each Sunday between Nov. 27 and Jan. 1 (including Christmas Day) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Downtown in December is sure to be a hit with the family and out-of-town guests. The Bricktown Canal, Automobile Alley many of Oklahoma City's historic buildings are trimmed with holiday cheer. Don't forget Oklahoma City's Opening Night on December 31, brought to you by the OKC Arts Council. An Opening Night wristband allows attendees into all the venues. Wristbands are $8 in advance or $10 at the event, with children under 5 admitted free. Wristbands are available beginning December 5 at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, metro Homeland stores, MidFirst Bank locations, Science Museum Oklahoma or at the event. Several venues will have live entertainment as Oklahoma City waits to ring in the new year.
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Perkins,Oklahoma will celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas on December 8 with a tree lighting ceremony, hayrides, Bethlehem village with a reading of the nativity story, music, vendors and a visit from Santa.
register online at DowntownInDecember. com. There will be cash prizes for competitors in the costume contest and a free youth health fair that includes information on nutrition, exercise and healthy living, plus healthy giveaways.
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[By Brandy Morris]
Avis Scaramucci, the owner of Nonna's EuroAmerican Ristorante and Bar and the Painted Door gift shop, has carved a niche' in the fabric of Oklahoma City's Bricktown community. What began as a small gift-shop on south Western Avenue, has become a landmark business at the corner of Mickey Mantle Drive and Sheridan Avenue, in the Bricktown community. The Painted Door celebrated its 20th anniversary in September, and guests at the Historic Skirvin Hotel enjoy shopping in the Painted Door store, added in 2007. Avis is a hands-on business woman, the sixtyfive year-old grandmother is always around to welcome guests and shoppers of all ages. From checking on customers, working with her bakers and chefs who create delectable dishes and making sure the Painted Door has some of the best gift items, Avis does it all. In addition to spending nearly 70 hours a week on the job, she is the President of the Bricktown Association and serves on 12 different boards and several subcommittees, and works with many charitable organizations. “I think it is just a wonderful thing to be able to give back to the community, because the community has certainly supported me and what I have done,” Avis said.
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Avis Scaramucci owner of Nonna's and Painted Door Gifts Nonna's is intimate dining that feels like home. Some of the fabulous desserts from the bakery.
Avis and the Bricktown Association, with the support of the community, have turned Bricktown into one of Oklahoma's largest and best visitor attractions. That's what the Bricktown Association is about, a united community organization that works hard to maintain unity and organization within Bricktown. The association works to improve growth in the community, attract guests to the area, maintain the landscaping in the community and work together to solve any problems that arise for the merchants. “I enjoy being a part of a neighborhood, I loved where I was on south Western Avenue,” Avis said. “But there is more of a feeling of unity here and I have thoroughly enjoy being a part of it.” Nonna's and the Painted Door is the place for everyone to come and enjoy themselves. Nonna's features a fine dining experience that everyone can afford. The menu includes gluten-free items, fabulous steaks and a variety of items to satisfy any craving. It is a great place to take that special someone for dinner or lunch, prom dates, family dining, or entertaining business clients. The warm inviting atmosphere and decor is beautiful and relaxing, and Avis's philosophy of serving
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the highest quality food, paying attention to detail and taking good care of her customers, keeps people coming back.
When Avis started her business, she was a 44-year old homemaker with a degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma. She was a PTA president and a cub scout den mother while her two children went to school. She came from a family that had a business background, and her husbands family were also independent business people and with a good business background herself, she began to make the plans for her business the Painted Door. “I just love really pretty things, and I thought maybe I could sell something to somebody,”Avis said. “I didn't know, but I thought maybe I could, and I just love people and I love to take good care of people and that's how it all began.” It took her almost three years from the time she started looking for the location, buying the property, remodeling the existing building, hiring the right people and getting prepared. She took her time, acquired unique items,
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AA Visit Recipe For Success, With Avis Scaramucci
TALK moment and that day was just the beginning of a journey to see if perhaps I could make the dream come true and I have never looked back.”
Her dream grew a little bigger: The 4,000 square feet store at 8601 S. Western Ave. was doing great. Scaramucci had a great location and great customers. She expanded the store to make room for more lines of merchandise. The second addition came five years after she opened and was home to Nonna's Bakery. “I thought if people like to shop, maybe while they are here, they would like to get a cookie or piece of pie and have a cup of coffee, or just sit down and have a bite of dessert,” Avis said.
The Painted Door has many unique gift items for that special someone anytime of the year. and made the store what she wanted it to be. But there was one problem, she continually postponed the opening day. “I thought this is so beautiful and with all this work, people are going to come in and mess this stuff up, and it kinda bothered me,” Avis said. “I postponed the opening five times and finally my sweet husband said, 'Avis, you need to decide if this is going to be a museum or a retail store.'” She knew it was going to be a retail store. She posted the day and held to it. When opening morning came, Avis said she was nervous and afraid that no one would come. She went in the back, where she had a giftwrapping area and hid. A short time later her husband Phil came to the back and told her she needed to come out front because there were a lot of people wanting to meet her and learn how she had created the business. When she opened the door and took a peek, she really did cry. “I looked out across the building and there were people everywhere,” Avis said. “I pulled myself together, fixed my make-up, and I went out on the floor and just lost myself in the
Avis said she has always loved cooking, in fact she's been cooking since the age of ten. She had no restaurant experience, but decided to go to the restaurant supply house and buy a few things that she would need for the kitchen. She built the kitchen and added room for eight or nine tables and brought her recipe box from home. Avis hired a young woman to help her with the morning baking. They met every morning at 5 and she taught her the recipes and the bakery was born. She had all kinds of sweets, including Phil's chocolate chip cookies, snicker doodles, peanut butter cookies, coconut cream pie, chocolate pie, butterscotch pie, pecan pies and banana pudding and bread pudding. Avis did not advertise she posted a little sign in her shop and hoped people would stop in, and they did. “I loved the bakery, and I thought it wouldn't be hard to add a salad, soup and maybe a sandwich and maybe people would like to eat lunch while they are here,” Avis said. “But, I realized I had probably pressed the food thing as far as I could without hiring a chef that would have some idea about the equipment that I was going to need and how to order food from a supply house.” Avis hired her first chef and together they decide on a little lunch menu. Her goal was to fill her sitting area during lunch. Nonna's Bakery had now become Nonna's Bakery and Cafe. She added a few more items to the menu, and over a period of time they were doing a tremendous lunch business. They were so busy, her chef told her they could not consider adding more items to the menu. But she grew the lunch to double what they
had when they started. During this time, Avis also added another clothing store to the business, which had grown to 14,000 square feet and she and her husband Phil started a greenhouse operation called Cedar Spring Farms. The greenhouse was going to supply the cafe with the fresh produce and vegetables it required.
Opportunity rises: Avis was enjoying success on Western Avenue and had many friends. One in particular, Jim Brewer, kept insisting that she should come visit Bricktown. “Why would I want to come to Bricktown? I have grown my business here, why would I want to pick up and go somewhere else?” she asked him. He told her “You just need to come to Bricktown,”Avis said. Avis took a Saturday and went to Bricktown. It wasn't the beautiful Bricktown visitors see today. Bricktown was in its infancy and needed a lot of work but progress was being made. Avis could see the opportunities that would come. Not only would she have local visitors and regular customers, but she would also gain tourists and visitors who were in town on business. After several visits she and Phil looked the area over and found the perfect location, an old warehouse at the corner of Mickey Mantle and Sheridan Avenue, where Nonna's Euro-American Ristorante and Bar and Painted Door currently are located. Valentine's Day will mark the 7th anniversary of opening the Bricktown location. “I thought this was going to be my dream of Hollywood and Vine right here in Bricktown,” Avis said. Nonna's has had its fair share of stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Kristen Chenoweth, Harrison Ford and others. Next time you dine at Nonna's look around, who knows who might be dining at a table across from you. Publishers Note: I have had the pleasure of interviewing many people and getting to know them and they have touched my life. What was supposed to be a scheduled hour with Avis turned into several. I asked her to tell me a story, her story. I left the interview with a warm wonderful feeling and learned many things, but the most important: don't be afraid to dream..
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Technology Helps Improve Healthcare Regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, race, education or location, the number of Americans who are obese, diabetic or suffer from heart and other chronic diseases continues to rise. But new technology is helping to improve patient wellbeing. By using mobile health products and services, such as those offered by mHealth, the wireless industry is dramatically reforming healthcare via the three pillars of reformation: improving access and quality of care while decreasing costs. According to CTIA-The Wireless Association’s semi-annual survey, there are more wireless devices (322.9 million) than Americans (315.5 million), so it makes sense to connect health and wireless technology.
When doctors monitor their patients remotely, patients save time and money by cutting down on in-office doctor’s appointments. If there are irregularities with the patient’s health, doctors are made aware via wireless monitoring, and can properly address the matter by alerting their patient to visit the emergency room, or prescribe medication. In a field in which every second counts, doctors can improve care by receiving real-time delivery of medical tests and other vital information. With these tech innovations, patients can be prompted by text message to check their glucose level or take their blood pressure. Remote monitoring also means medical professionals can detect health problems such as cardiac arrhythmias.
To learn more about the future of mHealth and the wireless industry’s need for more spectrum, please visit: http://www.ctia.org/ advocacy/policy_topics/topic.cfm/TID/59.
Wireless Healthcare Benefits For Patients
• A recent CTIA and Harris survey found that physicians believe more than one quarter of their patients would benefit from wireless services. In addition, 80 percent of doctors and 89 percent of specialists said they want to see continued investment in mHealth as wireless technology is able to improve and promote better healthcare. • Wireless medical devices are especially beneficial for people in rural and remote areas who do not typically have readily available access to the best healthcare professionals. Regardless of one’s location, mHealth solutions eliminate inconsistency in healthcare by offering patients the opportunity to receive the best access and care. • Currently, there are more than 17,000 mobile apps available for consumers to track weight-loss, exercise and fitness progress or to help manage chronic disease. For example, some apps help diabetics record their daily blood sugar levels. If the levels entered are harmful or dangerous, a text message alerts users with suggested steps and tips to prevent the condition from getting worse. • Expecting and new mothers can receive free weekly text messages via text4baby. These messages coincide with the baby’s due date or date of birth. Started in February 2010, and led by National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition, text4baby has sent more than 250,000 medically underserved people health tips.
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Wireless Healthcare Predictions
• According to international consulting and marketing firm Global Partners Inc., it is projected that 60 million people will benefit from using tools like remote patient monitoring devices by 2013 to prolong and improve their health. • The U.S. currently spends more than any other industrialized country in the world on healthcare, approximately $2.2 trillion every year, but mHealth solutions could help save as much as $21.1 billion per year. Thanks to the proliferation of mobile products and services, ease-of-use and continued innovation by the wireless industry, mHealth can dramatically revolutionize our healthcare system. But in order for mHealth to make a significant impact, the wireless industry needs more spectrum. It fuels the wireless industry so we can meet consumers’ demands for everything from accessing the mobile Internet to powering mHealth solutions.
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[By Brandy Morris]
Whole Foods sponsors several events throughout the month be sure to check online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/oklahomacity/ store-calendar/ for guest lectures, special tours and cooking events. Whole Foods is at 6001 N. Western Ave. Oklahoma City, OK. 405-879-3500
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Whole Foods prides itself on being able to satisfy their customers. If you have a question or problem, an employee is there to help and make it right. Store Manager, Steve Cramer has been with Whole Foods for seven years and came to Oklahoma City from the Tulsa store. “Whole Foods empowers it employees to give our guests the best experience they can possibly have and make a difference in their lives every day,” Cramer said. Team members have WOW stickers that they can give to any guest. The WOW sticker corrects something wrong, or if you find something that you have never tried, they can place the WOW sticker on the UPC label and the customer can get it for free.
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Whole Foods opened its doors on the Classen Curve on October 12. Shoppers lined the sidewalks outside, hours before the opening as if it were Black Friday. If you haven't been to Whole Foods, the holiday season is a great time to come check out the new store. Whole Foods features more than 300 products made in Oklahoma, including Oklahoma's own grain-fed beef, fresh vegetables and freshcut flowers. Shoppers can get help from guest services that include personal shopping, value tours, special diet tours, and their health starts here tours. “Our special diet tours help our guests find the items that they may need, say for instance, if someone is looking for gluten-free items, our concierge can show them where to find them throughout the store,” said Sarah Innerarity, spokesperson for Whole Foods. Customers who don't have time to shop, can call or e-mail their grocery list and give their credit card information and the concierge will do the shopping for you. All you have to do is park, let them know you are there and the groceries are delivered to your car. Whole Foods sets themselves apart from other stores with several elements. They have a prepared food section that features fresh prepared foods. Shoppers can grab lunch or dinner from the hot bar, which also has hot soups, or build their own salad from the salad bar. Shoppers can also get barbecue and pizza ready to eat or a cup of coffee from the coffee bar. The Marine Stewardship Council oversees their seafood and rates the seafood based on the sustainability of how it's harvested or fished. “This is one way our customers can trace how the seafood is raised and harvested,” said Innerarity. Their meats are also rated through the Global Animal Partnership, so customers can make informed decisions about where their food is coming from.
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