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Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for the Holidays

If you suffer from painful arthritis or live with an autoimmune disease, dealing with inflammation is a part of life. While some of your favorite seasonal foods may be triggers, you can still enjoy a healthy season full of flavor and inflammation-fighting foods! With a little research and culinary inspiration, you can create a wonderful holiday meal.

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Forgiving Yourself for a Holiday Overindulgence

For many people trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle, the sugary holiday season can cause some stress. Many feel guilty when they overeat or binge on sweets. How do you deal with these feelings in a healthy way?

Meagan Ballard, RD/LD

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Important Information About Hospice and Home Care

Hospice care and home health care are two options for long-term medical treatment. While they may seem similar, these are two different kinds of treatment plans.

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New Pediatric Adventure Loft Transforms Therapy Experience for Children

The twins were strong enough to leave the NICU after nearly four months, but their journey with INTEGRIS was just beginning. Scarlett was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and the now five-year-old girl began weekly therapy at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation in 2012 before she was even a year old. In 2014, her brother Ben was diagnosed with autism and began receiving weekly therapy at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, too.

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Are Essential Oils Worth the Hype?

You might have seen them in the news and on your Facebook feed. Celebrities sing their praises and your friends are distributors. But are essential oils as beneficial as people say? Are there any health risks you should know?

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Transplants in Oklahoma: The Gift of Life

If you’re looking for ways to give back this season, we encourage you to consider the 700 Oklahomans in need of a different type of gift this season: the gift of life. All you have to do is join the 58 percent of Oklahomans currently registered as organ, eye and tissue donors.

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15 Healthy Gadgets to Add to Your Holiday Wishlist

Being healthy is not only about working out or eating clean. Overall wellness is a fundamental component of living a healthy lifestyle. Check out these wish-list-worthy gadgets to improve your daily well-being in so many ways.

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The Five Nutrients Men Miss the Most

One recent study showed that men eat way more meat and bread than women. Learn more about the nutrients men are more likely to miss from eating a "manly diet."

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Why Are Sweet Potatoes a Holiday Superfood?

Why do so many people love sweet potatoes during the holidays? Are they good for you? Where do the sweet potatoes you find in the grocery store come from? Read on to learn more about this holiday 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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What You May Not Know about OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is one of the most misunderstood disorders in the U.S. Even though it affects one out of every 100 adults, most of what is commonly known about OCD is based on stereotypes and misconceptions. In reality, OCD is much more than a desire for things to be neat, clean and organized.

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An Interview with Dr. Murali Krishna about Arcadia Trails Center for Addiction Recovery

Dr. Murali Krishna explains the need for a new paradigm in the treatment of addiction and mental illness in Oklahoma, and describes the phases of recovery at Arcadia Trails.

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