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Feb. 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day, So Be Nice!

In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Day on Feb. 17, you can join thousands of people across the country who are choosing to make the world a better place – and getting healthier while doing it!

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Organ Donation in Oklahoma

Since Feb. 14 is National Donor Day, we are highlighting how easy it is to become a donor in Oklahoma. The process is simple, free and only takes a few minutes.

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A Heartwarming Heart Story for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is when many of us celebrate love. But for one family, this time of year brings thoughts of not just love, but gratitude and joy coupled with sadness for another’s loss. For the Amaral family, a Valentine’s Day heart will forever be much more than a symbol, because Paul Amaral received a donor heart for his emergency heart transplant.

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What is Cryotherapy? Is it Safe? Does it Work?

Cryotherapy spas have been growing across the U.S. in the last few years. At the spa, a person will sit or stand in a booth cooled to subzero temperatures for a few minutes. Supposedly, there are mental and physical health benefits. But is it safe?

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Reading Books is Good for Your Mental Health

When your mind gets absorbed in a good book, experts say it only takes six minutes for your body to begin to relax. In fact, when reading was tested against many traditional forms of relaxation, it reduced stress by 68 percent and was the highest ranked method among those tested.

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The Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

If you have a pet, you have a companion, a workout partner and someone who is always glad to see you — all in one furry package.

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The Benefits of Therapeutic Massage Go Beyond Relaxation

Rubbing areas that hurt is a natural human response. But beyond easing tension and sore muscles, did you know therapeutic massage lowers blood pressure, improves weight gain in preterm infants, can relieve migraine headache pain and even reduce scar tissue and stretch marks? Plus so much more!

Susan Hawkins

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10 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

Many cultures throughout Asia have harnessed the healing powers of green tea for thousands of years, but the Western world has gone crazy for green tea only in the last few decades. Lately it seems you can't pick up a newspaper or visit a health website that doesn't proclaim the supposed health benefits of green tea, from weight loss to preventing colds to fighting cancer. But should you believe the hype?

Juli Johnson

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How to Recognize Benign Skin Conditions

As the largest organ of your body, your skin acts as a defense mechanism protecting you against outside pollutants and harsh UV rays. While your skin works hard for you, you need to do the same in return. You can start by knowing some of the basic benign skin conditions and when to seek treatment.

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Can Spending Time in Nature Change Your Brain?

Recent studies have suggested the health benefits of nature are substantial and the stresses of city life can cause negative side effects both physically and emotionally.

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