Health Essentials Events

INTEGRIS offers these programs as part of our ongoing commitment to improve the health and life of every person in our community.

Total Approach to Wellness April 2014 Events

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 those events "Health Essentials."

A Health Essentials Preferred Members Special Event!

Tuesday, April 15

Arthritis is a condition that affects more than 46 million U.S. adults – a number that’s expected to increase to 67 million by the year 2030. Did you know there are many different types of arthritis? Since each type of arthritis is different, each calls for a different approach to treatment. That means an accurate diagnosis is crucial for anyone who has arthritis. With the proper diagnosis, you can be sure you’re taking the right steps to relieve the pain and continue to be active. Join family medicine physician Serena Anderson, M.D., INTEGRIS Family Care Memorial West, for a discussion of arthritis and the available treatment options. The seminar begins at 10 a.m. in the Edmond Senior Center at Mitch Park, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive, just off Covell Road between Kelly and Santa Fe, in Edmond.

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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, please visit us online at or call the INTEGRIS HealthLine at 405-951-2277 or 888-951-2277.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Beginning April 1
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute SurvivorFit

Join the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute and INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center for SurvivorFit, a free nine-week strength-and-fitness program for people who have completed cancer treatment. The program is a collaborative effort dedicated to helping cancer survivors take charge of their recovery and significantly improve their health and quality of life.

Participants in SurvivorFit will experience a wide variety of exercises designed to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility, boost cardiovascular endurance and improve your capacity to perform daily living activities, from work to play. The program will also address the spiritual dimension of recovery through mind-body awareness, sort out the causes of stress and anxiety, help manage emotional health and enhance the recovery process, help to reduce the severity of cancer side effects, prevent unwanted weight changes and improve participant’s energy level and self-esteem.

Classes will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Studio 2 at INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center, 5520 N. Independence Ave. A physician’s release to exercise is required.

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Thursday, April 3
A Gift of Wellness: Changing Your Weighs
Weight Management Program Now Offered Free of Charge

Changing Your Weighs first premiered in 1983 and has been available since then to INTEGRIS Health employees and the general public as one of the soundest weight control programs in the Oklahoma City area. Because our mission at INTEGRIS is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve, Changing Your Weighs is now offered free-of-charge to the community. As the name implies, Changing Your Weighs is a weight management program. The focus, however, is not just to change your weighs but to change your ways. Weight control is a life-long process. Changing Your Weighs is a comprehensive behavior modification program that focuses on weight loss as a reflection of making lifestyle changes that foster better health.

This eight-week program is taught by a registered dietitian and includes a one-on-one consult with a fitness coach. Changing Your Weighs is designed for individuals who are at least 18 years of age. Even though the program is free, registration is absolutely required. This gift of wellness is made possible by the INTEGRIS Health Department of Community Wellness, and is open to anyone who is ready to get started and commit to making positive changes in their lifestyle.

Classes meet once a week for one hour, on Thursdays beginning April 3 through May 22. Two class time sessions are offered: from noon to 1 p.m. or 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center, 5520 N. Independence Ave.

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Friday, April 4
Understanding Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious medical condition that requires careful attention, but it doesn’t have to rule your life! Learn to understand and take charge of your diabetes. In Part II of the Understanding Diabetes series, Pam Patty, RD, LD, will discuss diabetes medications and how they work in the body to control blood glucose. The seminar will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the basement auditorium of INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, 4401 S. Western Ave. The series will continue the first Friday of each month through June. Subsequent sessions will address how nutrition and lifestyle choices impact diabetes management.

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Saturday, April 5

Four of your awesome INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center cycle instructors will be putting the pedal to the metal in this challenging cycle workout. It’s 180 minutes of fun and exhilarating fitness! So join them for a great Saturday morning cycle workout! Class will be held from 8:30 to 10:20 a.m. in Studio 5 at INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center, 5520 N. Independence Ave. Cost: No charge for PACER members; $10 for non-members.

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Monday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 9
INTEGRIS Stroke Recovery and Resources Series
Tips for Life After Stroke

The Stroke Recovery and Resources series provides monthly programs presenting different aspects of stroke prevention, recognition, recovery and resources for stroke survivors and family member or caregivers. The series addresses the significant increase in younger stroke patients (20 percent of all stroke patients are ages 20-55 years); ways to get the most out of rehab for stroke, as well as the behavioral differences between a right or left brain stroke; specific ways to lower risk for another stroke; practical tips for living easier, simpler, safer and more affordable after stroke; and lots of stroke resources available in the central Oklahoma and metro Oklahoma City area.

April’s session will focus on tips for life after stroke. Register for the session date and location you prefer.

  • Monday, April 7, 10 a.m.
    Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation at INTEGRIS Southwest
    Jones Education Classroom
    4219 S. Western, First Floor
  • Wednesday, April 9, 10 a.m.
    INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center
    5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100
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Tuesdays, April 8 and 22
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 the only dual center of excellence in the state. Join Hamilton S. Le, M.D., medical director of the INTEGRIS Weight Loss Center, for a free informational seminar. All surgical weight loss procedures are carefully reviewed and explained and attendees are given the opportunity to have questions asked and answered. 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.

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Wednesday, April 9
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 new 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
  • Nutrition
  • Breathing techniques
  • Home health care
  • Medical tests
  • Exercise

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.

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Sunday, April 13
CYCLING: Training for the Road

Competitive cyclist John Abasto will present this ‘how to’ session on preparing yourself for outdoor cycling. He will even discuss what it takes to start competing. This program will be followed by an indoor cycling workout with John, who’ll show you the difference between outdoor and indoor cycling and how to use the workout to your fitness advantage in both arenas!

Class will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in Studio 5 at INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center, 5520 N. Independence Ave. Cost: No charge for PACER members; $10 for non-members.

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Wednesday, April 16
Eggstra! Eggstra!

Spring is here! We’ll soon be celebrating Easter. Many families look forward to hiding eggs and making their favorite deviled egg recipe. So, are eggs healthy? Seems like the recommendations to eat (or avoid) eggs has flip-flopped through the years.

Join Karen Massey, RD, LD, for an update on the nutritional value of eggs. She’ll discuss nutrient benefits like protein, as well as potential caveats like cholesterol. The class will be held at 10 a.m. at INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center, 5100 N. Brookline Ave., Suite 100.

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Thursdays, April 17 through May 22
Tools for Living with Chronic Conditions

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? This Stanford Self-management program can help.

* Find practical ways to deal with the STRESS and anxiety in your life
* Discover better nutrition and exercise choices
* Understand your options and begin to Take Control of Your Life
* Learn better ways to communicate with your doctor and family about your issues
* Get the support you need to take control of your life

Whatever your ongoing condition – diabetes, arthritis, stress, high blood pressure, chronic pain, anxiety, etc. – this workshop can help you take control of your health and manage the issues that accompany that condition. Topics discussed include the following.

  • Getting a Good Night’s Sleep, the Mind-Body Connection, Creating an Action Plan
  • Difficult Emotions, Preventing Falls and Improving Balance, Problem Solving Techniques
  • Physical Activity and Exercise, Pain/Fatigue Management and Relaxation, Decision Making Steps
  • Better Breathing, Healthy Eating, Expressing Your Feelings
  • Medication Usage, Making Informed Treatment Decisions, Managing Depression
  • Weight Management, Partnering with Your Health Care Provider, Navigating the Health System

The Tools for Living with Chronic Conditions workshops are fun and free interactive sessions presented once a week for six weeks. Enjoy a warm and supportive environment where everyone is focused on ways to live a more fulfilling life. Each week, we will help you use tips and techniques from our Self-management Tool Box.

Join us each Thursday, April 17 through May 22, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Medical Office Building, Suite B-10. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
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Saturday, April 19
Foam Rollers – Stretch to the Max!

Want to learn a new way to stretch your muscles? Well, if you’ve never tried stretching with a foam roller, you’re missing out! Fitness expert Denise Burns will take you through a great workout for deep muscle stretching using the popular foam roller. It’s time to try something different! Foam rollers will be provided.

Class will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Studio 2 at INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center, 5520 N. Independence Ave. Cost: No charge for PACER members; $10 for non-members.

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Saturday, April 19
Balance at the Barre

Join INTEGRIS PACER instructor Carol Davidson for a program designed to improve your balance. You will learn to use yet another mode of exercise to increase core strength, improve your alignment and posture, and improve your balance!

Class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Studio 1 at INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center, 5520 N. Independence Ave. Cost: No charge for PACER members; $10 for non-members.

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Tuesdays, April 22 and 29
Memory: Use It or Lose It**

Memory loss often occurs with age, but it may raise some questions for the individual and family: What’s normal? Can anything be done to delay it? Could it be Alzheimer’s? Join Vicki Escajeda, INTEGRIS Mental Health, as she discusses these questions and other age-related memory concerns including the early detection and treatment of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will receive a checklist of warning signs and other tools to help assess whether you or a loved one needs further evaluation by a physician.

Pre-registration is required. Register for the date and location of your choice.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
    Sunnylane United Methodist Church
    2020 S. Sunnylane Road, Del City
  • Tuesday, April 29, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
    INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital
    1201 Health Center Parkway, Yukon
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Friday, April 25
Friday Night Line Dancing at PACER

Our fabulous INTEGRIS PACER line dancing instructors are once again ready for a fun filled night of line dancing at its best! Learn a variety of dance steps to a variety of music. All levels welcome!

Class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Studio 2 at INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center, 5520 N. Independence Ave. Cover charge: $10 per person; $15 per couple.

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Friday, April 25
Friday “Shop Talk” at PACER: Walk2BFit with PACER Staff

Fitness instructors Carole Holloway and Cathy Patterson will bring you an updated version of the oldest exercise known to man … WALKING! They will present some intriguing ways to spice up your walking program. A schedule of walks will be provided if you want to walk as a group!

Class will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Studio 1 at INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center, 5520 N. Independence Ave. Cost: No charge for PACER members; $10 for non-members.

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