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Sweet Potatoes: The Thanksgiving Superfood

Why do so many people love sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving? Are they good for you? Where do the sweet potatoes you find in the grocery store come from? Here is what you need to know about this Thanksgiving superfood.

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Mouthwatering Insta-Pot Recipes for Fall

With a chill in the air, what sounds more enticing than a house full of delicious aromas and gathering around for a hearty meal? Cooking fall favorites, like pot roast and chili, can turn into quite a time commitment. Enter: the instant pot.

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COPD: A Leading Killer in Oklahoma and the U.S.

It is estimated that 30 million individuals in the U.S. have been affected by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); however, only 15 million of those individuals have been officially diagnosed with the disease. As one of the leading causes of death in both Oklahoma and the United States, COPD goes undiagnosed or mistaken for other lung conditions more often than not.

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The Great American Smokeout Is Thursday, November 16

It’s time for Oklahomans to toss those cigarettes -- at least for one day. This Thursday, Nov. 16, smokers in Oklahoma and across the country are challenged to quit smoking for one day during the annual Great American Smokeout. Hopefully, this one-day success will show smokers they can kick the habit for good.

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Why the Spare Tire Happens and What It Means for Men

While often termed differently, muffin top, belly fat and spare tire are all essentially the same - excess abdominal fat. No matter what it’s called, it can be a frustration for many men because it's one of the most difficult areas to slim and tone.

Brent Wilson, RD/LD

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How to Eat Complete Proteins in Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

Eating more veggies and fruits is never a bad idea, just be sure to incorporate enough complete proteins. Without them, you might feel sluggish and lose muscle mass. Fortunately, a little menu planning can help you include enough complete proteins in your diet.

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Boot Camp Workout 101

Group exercise classes tend to go in and out of style. From jazzercise to barre, trendy workout classes often pop up in the fitness industry. However, there’s one fitness class that seems to have withstood the test of time—boot camps. Here's what you need to know.

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What's Your Risk of Inheriting Breast Cancer?

You might be overwhelmed by the number of breast cancer stories you've seen in the last four weeks. But there is one more very important story you need to know. If one of your close relatives has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may have an increased risk yourself. Knowing your genetic red flags that might increase your risk of inherited breast cancer is key and will help you decide if genetic testing is a good choice.

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Why Reading Books is Good for 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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Recommended Resources for the Journey Toward Recovery

Addiction is the leading cause of unintended death for Oklahomans between the ages of 25 and 64. Nearly 600 Oklahomans are on a statewide waiting list for residential substance abuse treatment every day. If you are looking for help now, here are some good available resources, recommended by a professional.

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