October Health Essentials

The INTEGRIS 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.

Sunday, Oct. 1
Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time

Join the INTEGRIS James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit for an evening with author Brigid Schulte, an award-winning journalist for the Washington Post – and harried mother of two. She began the journey quite by accident, after a time-use researcher insisted that she, like all American women, had 30 hours of leisure each week. Stunned, she accepted his challenge to keep a time diary and began a journey that would take her from the depths of what she described as the Time Confetti of her days to a conference in Paris with time researchers from around the world, to North Dakota, of all places, where academics are studying the modern love affair with busyness, to Yale, where neuroscientists are finding that feeling overwhelmed is actually shrinking our brains, to exploring new lawsuits uncovering unconscious bias in the workplace, why the U.S. has no real family policy, and where states and cities are filling the federal vacuum. Along the way, she was driven by two questions, Why are things the way they are and, how can they be better. The answers she found are illuminating, perplexing and ultimately hopeful. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. at Oklahoma City Community College, Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, 7777 S. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73159. Advance registration is required.

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Monday, Oct. 2
OUCH … What Should I Do?

You have aches and pains. Did you hurt yourself? Are these pains caused by some underlying medical problem? How long should you wait before seeing a physician? Erin Balzer, D.O., will discuss what you should keep an eye out for and what might be a sign that you should call your physician sooner rather than later.

Luncheon fee: $10; Boxed lunch with lemonade and cupcake. Advance payment is required. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Buttersweet Cupcakes, 817 S. Mustang Road, Yukon, OK 73099.

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Monday, Oct. 2
Don't Laugh

Do you worry that if you sneeze unexpectedly or you laugh too hard you might have an accident? Maybe you haven’t experienced this yet, but you want to be sure you never do! Benjamin Barenberg, M.D., and Dena O’Leary, M.D., are both urogynecologists, specialists who studied both gynecology and urology. They are pelvic health experts who will share the latest information on preventing problems, along with treatments for existing issues. Lauren Kelley, a physical therapist who works closely with pelvic health patients to develop an exercise program to strengthen the pelvic muscles, will share some exercises with you so you can start working right now.

Dinner fee: $15; Grilled fish tacos, chicken chili ramen or pad Thai • Advance payment is required. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Yokozuna, 13230 Pawnee Dr., #100, Oklahoma City, OK 73114.

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Tuesday, Oct. 3
Heated: High Blood Pressure and Hormones

If you have high blood pressure, worrying and stress aren’t good for you! But life can be stressful sometimes. Taking care of your self, eating healthy and knowing your blood pressure numbers are great places to start. Layne Keathly, M.D., will share some of the best ways to manage your blood pressure and what medications are available to help. Have your hormones gone haywire? Understanding the role estrogen and other hormones play in women throughout all stages of life from childbearing years to menopause can be valuable. Gregory Root, D.O., will explain their role and what therapies are available to help with various symptoms.

Luncheon fee: $10; Choice of Mandarin cranberry salad or baked potato • Advance payment is required. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler, 1700 Shedeck Parkway, Yukon, OK 73099.

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Tuesday, Oct. 3
Breast Cancer Prevention through Diet and Lifestyle

Join us for this informative presentation as Juli Johnson, APRN, integrative medicine practitioner, talks about how incorporating whole, plant-based foods in your diet and making simple lifestyle changes can help lower your risk of breast cancer.

The presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute, 5911 N. Memorial Road, Conference Room C, Oklahoma City, OK 73142. A light, healthy lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by calling the INTEGRIS HealthLine at 405-951-2277 by Sept. 22.

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Tuesday, Oct. 3
Loud and Wheezing

Have you ever been told you talk really loud or do you have to turn up the television constantly? Maybe not, but you always have earbuds in, listening to music. Will that cause problems down the road? Chris Barañano, M.D., will share the latest information regarding hearing loss. Learn the symptoms and ways you can prevent damage from occurring. A common problem in Oklahoma is allergies. They can be seasonal or sometimes year round. Asthma is another condition that can be mistaken for allergies, but often is much more serious. Saif Farooq, M.D., shares the differences along with the symptoms, diagnosis and management of this chronic disease.

Dinner fee: $20; Choice of hickory smoked chicken, filet of beef tenderloin or grilled Atlantic salmon • Advance payment is required. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m., at Iron Star, 3700 N. Shartel, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

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Tuesday, Oct. 3
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 held the first Tuesday of every monthly 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.

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Oct. 4, 13, and Nov. 3 and 14
Plans Change, You Change
Medicare Open Enrollment: One-on-one with John Vincent

During the Medicare Open Enrollment period (Oct. 17 to Dec. 8) you may change your Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for the coming year. John Vincent, certified senior health insurance counselor, is available by appointment, one-on-one, to help select a plan best suited to your situation during at the INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center, 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100. When you come for your appointment, bring a current list of medications and your Medicare and drug/health insurance coverage cards.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4 • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 13 • 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 3 • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14 • 1 to 4 p.m.

Register Online - Oct. 4  

Register Online - Oct. 13  

Register Online - Nov. 3  

Register Online - Nov. 14  

Wednesday, Oct. 4
Should I Get My Thyroid Checked?

People often don’t pay much attention to their thyroid. Sometimes the symptoms are mistaken for menopause, or others may feel it’s just a part of getting older, or stress. The thyroid regulates your body temperature, but your thyroid hormones also regulate metabolism, impact bowel functions and affect energy levels and mood. Perihan Dimachkie, M.D., will discuss the symptoms for thyroid conditions along with taking meds correctly.

Luncheon fee: $10; Choice of chicken salad sandwich or Hollie’s Big House salad • Advance payment is required. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Hollie’s Flatiron Steak, 1199 S. I-35 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160

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Wednesday, Oct. 4
Prevention

Prevention is key to avoid injuries, but also important to avoid serious medical events such as stroke. One simple way to avoid an injury is to warm up before sports or working out. But what exercises are good for you and what exercises should some avoid? And if you do experience minor pain are you supposed to use ice or heat? Zachary Nollin, D.O., will share some tips regarding targeting the various muscle groups and exercising safely. Strokes, while often life threatening, can be preventable for many people. A lot of it comes down to choices you make. Chad Stuckey, M.D., will discuss how diet, exercise, weight and smoking all factor in to your risk for having a stroke.

Dinner fee: $15; Pizza and salad buffet • Advance payment is required. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at The Hall’s Pizza, 1004 N. Hudson Ave., Ste. 106, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 * this location requires access by stairs.

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Thursday, Oct. 5
Breast Cancer 4-1-1

Personalized cancer medicine is matching treatment to an individual patient based on their genes and other factors. JaNae Clapp, M.D., will share details about how personalized medicine can benefit cancer patients and improve their treatment plan. As patients battle cancer, many find it beneficial to manage symptoms and side-effects with integrative medicine options. Seneca Dewbre, L.Ac., will discuss some of the acupuncture options available today, and Juli Johnson, APRN, will explore life after breast cancer.

Luncheon fee: $10; Bento Box lunch with choice of steak or chicken teriyaki • Advance payment is required. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at The Sushi Bar, 6432 W. Memorial Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73142

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Jueves 5 de Octubre
Menopausia Mitos y Realidades

La menopausia es una etapa natural e inevitable en la vida de las mujeres; diversos cambios hormonales ocurren que las hacen vulnerables a presenter varios y a veces poco agradables signos y síntomas. Únase a Ana García, Proveedora Avanzada (APRNCNP) de la Clínica de Medicina Familiar de Integris, en una cena informativa, que nos ayudará a esclarecer nuestras dudas y a recibir esta faceta de nuestras vidas hacia la madurez, con conocimiento y aceptación. Además se estará contestando todas sus preguntas. 6 p.m., Cancer Center conference room at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, 4401 S. Western, Oklahoma City, OK 73109. Reservaciones son requeridas. El cupo es limitado

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Thursday, Oct. 5
Take Heart

Women are on the go, leading busy lives. But as the primary caregiver in many families, it’s important for women to take time and take care of themselves. One such way is to learn to recognize what your body is telling you. Zummera Bhatti, M.D., breaks down the symptoms of a heart attack in women and why you can’t ignore them. Another risk to keep an eye out for is peripheral artery disease. Cramping or pain in your legs, what is it and what you can do to avoid it? Zeeshan Khan, M.D., shares the details about this problem and what to watch for.

Dinner fee: $25 Farm Fresh 3-course dinner with choice of chicken and cheese melt, rotisserie farm bird or grilled Scottish salmon • Advance payment is required. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Whiskey Cake Kitchen, 1845 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

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Friday, Oct. 6
Time Won’t Stand Still

Aging occurs. Can we control how well we age, though? Phillip McGhee, M.D., details the importance of preventive medicine in keeping your body young and healthy. Medicine has also evolved and many medications have improved from those our parents took, especially hormone replacement therapy. Aaron Armstrong, D.O., breaks down what you need to know to determine what’s best for you and what your risks are.

Luncheon fee: $10; Italian sampler buffet • Advance payment is required. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Moni’s, 17200 N. May Ave., #700, Edmond, OK 73012.

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Friday, Oct. 6
What Would My Doctor Think?

We know, sometimes your annual visit to your OBGYN may feel a little awkward! You didn’t have time to shave or you worry about what panties you are wearing. They have really seen and heard it all, and it’s not a big deal to them. There are always those questions you’d like to ask but are too embarrassed. Lacy Parker, M.D., and Dana Stone, M.D., will share some insight to questions it’s OK to ask your gynecologist, but you might be too embarrassed. You’ll get the answers while you relax and enjoy a pedicure and some snacks, with zero embarrassment! Fee for event: $25; Includes a spa pedicure and light refreshments • Advance payment is required. The event will be held at 4 p.m. at Shellac Nails & Spa, 15001 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73134.

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Saturday, Oct. 7
African American Women’s Health Summit
A Union of Forces: Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion in Health Care

The demographics of patients in the U.S. are shifting. Health professionals are preparing to deliver care to the most diverse patient populations in our history. Providers and patients both face a different world today. Join Cheryll Albold, PhD., designated institutional administrator for the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, as she discusses how these shifts relate to health care, and how to improve the experience and outcomes for diverse groups of patients. She will examine the link between issues of patient population diversity, equity, cultural competency and health.

Dr. Albold received a master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from Fordham University, in New York and earned a doctor of philosophy degree in Higher Education and a minor Certificate in Educational Research Methodology, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Local physicians will also participate in a panel discussion that will address issues that exist in the Oklahoma City Metro area.

The free event will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m.at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, 4040 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 A continental breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. Tickets are required to attend the event. You may register for tickets by calling the INTEGRIS HealthLine at 405-951-2277. Online registration is not available.

Saturday, Oct. 7
Beary, NOT Scary, Checkup At The ZOO

Halloween is just around the corner and we have a fun family outing for you! It’s a great way to teach kids about the importance of being healthy. Kids can bring their teddy bear, doll or other favorite friend for a special checkup at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Kids get hands on experience checking their furry friend’s health. Physicians and staff will be ready with simple bandages so a favorite stuffed friend can have a mini checkup to see how they are doing. They will also be available to meet you and answer general medical questions. A pumpkin station will be available for children to decorate a small pumpkin to take home. Fee for event: $7 per child; Includes zoo admission, a pumpkin and light refreshments • Advance payment is required. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Oklahoma City Zoo, 2000 Remington Place, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.

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Tuesday, Oct. 10
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.

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Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Oct. 25
Ask a Dietitian

Do you have nutrition questions you wonder about, but don’t know who to ask? 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. No registration required.

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4200 S. Douglas, Medical Office Building, B10
  • Noon to 2 p.m., 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100

Wednesday, Oct. 11
Hearing Screenings with Perrine Pham, Au.D.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, it is estimated that one in eight Americans has hearing loss in both ears. The rate increases to one in three by the age of 65. Come meet Dr. Perrine Pham, from the Hough Ear Institute, for a free hearing screening.

Screenings will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center, 5100 N. Brookline Ave., Suite 100. Very limited openings. You must call early to register and receive a screening appointment time. Each person will need their own appointment time.

Wednesday, Oct. 11
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
  • 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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Tuesday, Oct. 17
The ABCs of Managing Diabetes

Brenda Rice, RN, INTEGRIS community health educator, will present an overview of managing diabetes. The presentation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Edmond Senior Center, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive.

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Wednesday, Oct. 18
Healthy Heart Walkers Club

Putting Heart and Sole into Good Health! This club is designed to provide our community with a structured walking and health education program. The program consists of monthly meetings and featured activities including monthly blood pressure checks.

Please join us for a light continental breakfast and a short health and fitness education program from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the basement of the Medical Office Building at INTEGRIS Southwest, 4200 S. Douglas, Suite B-10. Registration is required.

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Wednesday, Oct. 18
Adding Added Sugar

October is a month featuring lots of sweets and treats. While Halloween candy is an obvious source of sugar, many other foods also contain added sugar. New Nutrition Facts Labels are coming, and they will include more specific information about added sugars. Join Karen Massey, RD, LD, for tips on using the new label from 10 to 11 a.m. at the INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center, 5100 N. Brookline Ave., Suite 100. There is no charge for the class. Registration is required.

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Thursday, Oct. 19
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 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 through Dec. 7, at the YMCA Healthy Living Center – INTEGRIS, 5520 N. Independence Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

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Thursday, Oct. 19
Caregiver Support Group
Psychology Supporting Positive Outcomes
INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation

This support group is offered only 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.

Classes are facilitated by Allie Weaver, 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. Registration is required.

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Friday, Oct. 20
INTEGRIS Senior Day of Wellness
“Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

Please join INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center for its very first of what will be an annual Senior Day of Wellness. It will be an informative, fun-filled day of health and wellness with activities, physician education, chair fitness (bands will be provided that you can take home), box lunch, goody bags and great door prizes.

  • Head to Toe Physician Presentations
  • Bands and Balance Chair Fitness
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Relaxation Techniques
  • Health Information Area

The program will be held at from 9 a. m. to 2 p.m. at Crossing Community Center, 10255 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73120. There is no charge for this special day. Registration is required. Space is limited.

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Friday, Oct. 20
Rapid Readers Book Discussion Club

You are cordially invited to join the Rapid Readers book discussion of The Last Goodnight, by Howard Blum. Bring a snack if desired and come join the group from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center, 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100. Everyone is welcome; there is no fee to join in. No registration required.

Friday, Oct. 27
Tai Chi for Better Balance

Tai Chi is a centuries old Chinese practice designed to exercise mind and body through a series of eight flowing postures and forms. This is an easy to learn program that will help with your balance, posture alignment and coordination. Join certified fitness instructor Carole Holloway for this interactive fall prevention program. This class will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at INTEGRIS Third Age Life Center, 5100 N. Brookline Ave. There is no cost for the class. Registration is required.

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Calling all Senior Mentors!

We are compiling a list of seniors who want to be involved in volunteer mentoring. If you are a former basketball player / tennis player / golfer / computer whiz / retired teacher, or just want to help mentor kids or even other seniors, now is your chance. So, dust off your bats, balls, clubs, skates, books … anything in which you feel qualified and comfortable to tutor or mentor. Please call or email Cathy Patterson and she will get you on the referral list. Mentoring is good for your health! cathy.patterson@integrisok.com / 405-717-9812



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