INTEGRIS Health's mission is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. That's why we strive to provide you with the information you need to maintain good health. INTEGRIS offers dozens of monthly events with that goal in mind. We call these events “Health Essentials.” Check out our featured events below.
Reservations are required for all events unless otherwise noted. All events are held in Oklahoma City unless otherwise noted.
For more information on any of the events or to make reservations, click the “Register Online” button or call the INTEGRIS HealthLine at 405-951-2277 or 888-951-2277.
Fridays, March 3 to 24
Eat Well, Move More, Be Well
This informative four week program is aimed at helping older adults choose wholesome foods and adopt a more active lifestyle. Registered dietitian Karen Massey will make recommendations that focus on choosing a calorie-balanced diet with emphasis on a heart healthy eating pattern. You will also receive age appropriate exercise tips including reducing the risk of falling, strength conditioning and better balance. The class will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center, 5100 Brookline, Suite 100. There is no charge for the program, but registration is required.
Tuesday, March 7
Surgical Weight Loss Seminar
Since 2006, the INTEGRIS Weight Loss Center has performed hundreds of primary surgical weight loss procedures, exceeding the national average in all weight loss categories. The center is designated as an accredited center of excellence facility by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
Join Hamilton S. Le, M.D., medical director of the INTEGRIS Weight Loss Center, for a free informational seminar to learn more about the variety of surgical weight loss procedures available depending on your needs including the new ReShape procedure. ReShape is the first-of-its-kind non-surgical weight loss procedure that uses advanced integrated dual balloon technology to help people with mild to moderate obesity lose weight.
The free presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the James L. Henry Auditorium at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, 3300 NW Expressway.
Tuesday, March 7
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group
IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) is a progressive interstitial lung disease causing permanent scarring (fibrosis) of the lung tissue. Idiopathic means there is no known cause. Disease management can include supportive care, oxygen, medications and lung transplantation. Join our monthly support group meetings the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Rooms J, K and L at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, 3300 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. If you are on oxygen, please bring enough to last, as there are no oxygen outlets available in the conference rooms. Electrical outlets are available if you use a portable concentrator.
Wednesday, March 8
Put Your Best Fork Forward
This is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2017, which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tools to make healthier food choices. Making small changes during this month and over time helps improve overall health now and in the future.
Celebrate this occasion by joining community dietitian Karen Massey, RD, LD, for practical ideas and suggestions for developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This program is being held from 10 to 11 a.m. at INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center, 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100. There is no charge for the class, but reservations are required.
Wednesday, March 8
Better Breathers Club: Lung Disorders Support Group
Are you ready to breathe easier? If you have been diagnosed with a lung disorder such as COPD, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or cystic fibrosis, you could benefit from the Better Breathers Club at INTEGRIS Health Edmond.
Better Breathers offers you the opportunity to learn to cope with lung disorders and their symptoms while receiving the support of others who share in your struggles. Each session features educational presentations on a wide range of topics.
- Talking with your physician
- Breathing techniques
- Home health care
- Medical tests
This support group meets from 4 to 5 p.m. the second Wednesday every month at INTEGRIS Health Edmond in the Memorial Conference Room, 4801 INTEGRIS Parkway, Edmond, OK 73034. Reservations are required.
Fridays, March 10 to April 14
Tools for Living with Chronic Pain
This interactive program was developed for people who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain. Pain is defined as being chronic or long term when it lasts for longer than three to six months, or beyond the normal healing time of an illness or injury. You will learn techniques to deal with issues such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep. Exercise, medications, nutrition and treatments will also be discussed. The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital, 1205 Health Center Parkway, Conference Rooms A and B, Yukon. The workshop is free, but reservations are required.
Wednesday, March 15
Healthy Heart Walkers Club
Putting Heart and Sole into Good Health is the theme of the INTEGRIS Healthy Heart Walkers Club. This club is designed to provide our community with a structured walking and health education program. The program consists of monthly meetings featuring topics about health, wellness and fitness. Featured activities include monthly blood pressure checks upon request, scheduled group Walk-a-Bouts and other group events. There is a $5 one-time fee to join and you will receive a club T-shirt, walking log and handout materials. So why wait? Let 2017 be the year you walk your way to better health.
Please join us for a light continental breakfast and short education program from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the basement of the Medical Office Building at INTEGRIS Southwest, 4200 S. Douglas.
Wednesday, March 15
Seniors Helping Seniors / Senior Companion Program
Caring for and supporting one another, reaching out to a fellow senior. How do you spend your days, hours, moments? Making a difference in someone else’s life can make a huge impact in your own. Sunbeam Family Services invites you attend a one hour program where you will learn the many ways you can volunteer to help other seniors. The best way to personal happiness? Helping someone else be happy! Join us from 1 to 2 p.m. at 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100. There is no charge for the program. Enrollment is required.
Thursday, March 16
Enjoy a great meal and friendly conversation at the Senior Café from 4 to 5 p.m. at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center in the cancer center conference rooms. For only $5 per person, collected at the door, you will enjoy a Roast Beef dinner and Carrot Cake dessert, followed by Bingo with prizes! The evening’s presentation is Golden Not Olden – Seniors Sparkle and Shine When They Know How to Dine! with speaker Pam Patty, INTEGRIS community wellness dietitian. She’ll be sharing dietary recommendations and food choices that go a long way to help seniors keep that pep in their step. Call 405-951-2277 to reserve your place at the table.
Thursday, March 16
INTEGRIS Psychology Caregiver Support Group
This support group is offered strictly for caregivers of patients with any chronic medical condition. Caregivers will be able to connect with others, express their feelings, and gain insights from those going through similar challenges. Contact respite care, private duty caregivers or a trusted friend/family member to provide care for your loved one so that you may join us. Group sessions are facilitated by Allie Friesen, MRC, CRC, and Mary Ryan, M.S.W., and are held the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Jones Education Room, INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, 4219 S. Western Ave.
Friday, March 17
Rapid Readers Book Discussion
You are cordially invited to join the Rapid Readers book discussion of The Journey Toward Justice by Dennis Fritz. Bring a snack if desired and come join the group from 11:30 a.m. to noon at INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center, 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100. Everyone is welcome; there is no fee to join in and no registration is required.
Tuesdays, March 21 through May 9
Changing Your Weighs
Changing Your Weighs is a comprehensive program for adults 18 to 70 years of age that focuses on making lifestyle changes that foster better health. The program places great emphasis on the importance of healthy food choices while increasing physical activity. The course was developed and is taught by registered dietitians and exercise specialists at INTEGRIS Health. Participants are asked to keep food and activity journals as part of their learning experience.
This eight-week course meets once a week for one hour from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 21 through May 9, at the Yukon Middle School Library, 801 Garth Brooks Blvd., Yukon, OK 73099.
Wednesday, March 22
Ask a Dietitian
Do you have nutrition questions you wonder about, but don’t know who to ask? If so, please stop by from noon to 2 p.m. at 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100. No reservations are necessary; just come and go during the stated hours. The focus is on general nutrition and is not intended to address therapeutic diets or replace medical nutrition therapy. This monthly service is free of charge and open to the public.
Thursday, March 23
The Alzheimer’s Association presents the following program.
Know the 10 Signs of Early Detection – It Matters!
If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection gives you the chance to begin drug treatment, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. This interactive workshop features video clips and handout materials. Programs will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at Epworth Villa, 14901 N. Pennsylvania.
SeniorLife Wellness Monthly Shop Talks
Let’s talk shop!
Nutrition / Fitness / Health / Wellness Presentations
INTEGRIS SeniorLife Wellness is now offering monthly presentations to keep you informed of what is the newest and the latest information in managing a healthy lifestyle. Isn’t life all about making the MOST of our senior years?
Our staff members invite you to join us the fourth Friday of every month, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., for these enlightening and engaging classes. Please join us for interesting education and fun social engagement at the INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center, 5100 Brookline, Suite 100.
Friday, March 24
Bands and Balls Fitness
Join fitness instructor and trainer Kim Biggers for a one hour presentation on how to use bands as a strength training device (bands will be provided and are yours to take home!), and how small balls are used for adding variety to your exercise routine, as well. There is no charge for this class, but registration is required. The class will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center, 5100 Brookline, Suite 100.
Saturday, March 25
Veterans Outreach Mobile Vet Center
Veterans in south Oklahoma City will have access to a Mobile Vet Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center. Mobile Vet Centers, operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Services, are designed to provide nonmedical readjustment counseling and outreach to veterans and their family members by addressing the social and economic dimensions of post-war needs.
In addition to the Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Vet Center, Veterans Corner (Newcastle) veteran service officers will provide veterans and their family members with the opportunity to file claims for service-connected injuries or illnesses, apply for VA pensions and dependent and survivor benefits.
The Mobile Vet Center will offer veterans information on topics such as individual and group counseling, military sexual trauma, marital and family counseling, VA benefits and community education. Veterans must bring their DD214 or Military ID to get started.
Staff in the Mobile Vet Center look forward to engaging in face-to-face dialog with veterans in our community. Mobile Vet Center program staff members respect the privacy of all veterans and family members by maintaining all information in the strictest confidence. Staff will not communicate or transfer information to any third party or agency without the written consent of the veteran except in circumstances necessary to avert a crisis situation.
The MVC will be parked on the EAST side parking lot of INTEGRIS Southwest and all need to bring their discharge paperwork or military ID to sign up for benefits.
Monday, March 27, and Wednesday, March 29
INTEGRIS Senior FitClub
These are ongoing fitness classes specifically designed for seniors that focus on cardiovascular fitness, strength conditioning and flexibility. The 9 a.m. class is for the more active senior who can get up and down off the floor and the 10 a.m. class is done in a chair or standing behind the chair for balance. Wear loose comfortable clothes, and bring water. Classes will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m.
at Crossings Community Center, 10255 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
There is no charge and no enrollment for these classes. For more information, please call Cathy Patterson at 405-717-9812.
Tuesday, March 28
Not Your Mother’s Hysterectomy
New practices and technology are allowing women to return to life quicker with less downtime after a hysterectomy. Join OB/GYN Aaron Armstrong, D.O., Lakeside Women’s Hospital, to learn about new methods and options available for women. The presentation will be held at 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at Lakeside Women’s Hospital, 11200 N. Portland Ave.
Thursday, March 30
Effective Communication Strategies
As people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia progress, and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join this presentation to explore how communication can take place and learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone affected by these diseases. The presentation includes educational video clips of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
There is no charge for these programs and no registration is required. The program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at Epworth Villa, 14901 N. Pennsylvania.