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What Are Happy Chemicals and How Can You Benefit From Them?

While you may not think twice about walking and talking at the same time, the brain is hard at work calculating every move to help regulate thoughts, feelings and emotions. At the core of these feelings are brain chemicals that affect your happiness. As part of Mental Health Awareness, we’ll analyze these “happy chemicals,” provide you with tips on how to stimulate them and offer dietary suggestions to help maximize their production.

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How Parents Affect Their Child's Mental Health

Parenting styles and a parent’s mental health impacts their children. As part of Children's Mental Health Week, we discuss how a parent can pass down mental health disorders to children and which behavioral and emotional patterns can have a lasting impact on childhood development.

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What Causes Infertility in Women?

Conceiving a child is a complex physiological process. There are several intertwined parts that work together to produce a baby. To help highlight Fertility Awareness Week, we spoke to Andrea Partida, D.O., an OB-GYN at INTEGRIS Women’s Health Enid, to outline what causes infertility, how to manage infertility in women and how to cope with this difficult condition.

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A Brief History of Hospice Care and Palliative Care in the U.S. and Oklahoma

It’s a subject that isn’t easy to think about, but for every one of us, there comes a point when life must come to an end. Perhaps because it's a scary topic, most people aren't aware of the choices available to them and their loved one until they are in middle of dealing with a life-limiting illness. Two important care methods in these scenarios are hospice and palliative care.

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Preventive Health Care Appointments You Should Have Each Year

Preventive health care appointments are critical in helping detect and diagnose certain diseases, disorders and cancers. Too often, being reactive, instead of proactive, can lead to poor long-term outcomes. We’ll help educate you on which doctors you should see and which appointments you should make on an annual basis.

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Why It's Important to Allow Yourself to Rest

April is National Mental Health Awareness Month. With the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic weighing on people over the last year, it’s more important than ever to advocate for mental health resources and daily routines that promote physical, mental and emotional well-being.

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What is Advance Care Planning and Why Do You Need to Understand It Right Now?

If you should become incapacitated due to illness or from an injury, will the people you love know what kind of care you do or do not want? We are highlighting the importance of advance health care decision-making, an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. We share simple definitions that people hear but might not really know what they mean.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Alcohol

Nearly 80 percent of high school kids have tried alcohol. While it may not feel like it, parents have a significant influence on their children’s decisions. Kids who grow up with a supportive and nurturing parent relationship tend to make better decisions. The way you talk about alcohol with your kids will change over time. We share a few tips for adapting your messaging to their developmental stages.

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The Rise in Virtual Cooking Classes

It’s one thing to read a recipe online and rely on photos and text to guide you through the steps. It’s an entirely different experience when you can visualize how to make a dish through a recorded video or hands-on virtual class. We’ll walk you through the different types of virtual cooking classes, what you can expect and the options to choose from online.

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Different Cooking Oils and Their Health Benefits

The cooking oils section in your local grocery store seemingly grows by the day. No longer do you have one or two options to choose from to whip up a weeknight meal. While the expansive cooking oil selection is nice to have, it can also create some confusion. Knowing which oils are healthy or the best to cook with is the first step, and we’re here to help you understand it all.

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