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Breast Cancer Survivor: Traci Cook

A breast cancer diagnosis is scary for both patients and their families. Traci, a business development specialist at INTEGRIS Health, is proud to call herself a breast cancer survivor. With the help of her family and the team at the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute, Traci was able to overcome the most difficult journey of her life. This is her story.

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Tips to Boost Mental Health

A person whose mental health is in good shape is resilient, able to feel and express a full range of emotions (positive and negative) and to form and maintain positive relationships with others. Mentally healthy people can learn new things and cope with unusual events and situations. None of us can prevent the unexpected, but we can take good care of our mental health so that when surprises or challenges happen, we can process and cope with them.

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What Older Adults Should Know about Eating Bad Carbs

Aging brings about many changes. Your metabolism slows down, aches and pains become more commonplace and your mind may not be as sharp as it once was. It can be easy to let your food awareness slip and focus less on nutrition. We talk about the importance of eating healthy as you age. More specifically, we explain the impact bad carbohydrates can have on your body and mind.

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Exercises to Improve Balance for Seniors

Balance and coordination are key aspects of your health as you age. Older adults are more at risk at falls than any other demographic, accounting for 25 percent of falls each year. To help prevent falls, we’re highlighting nine different exercises that can help seniors improve their balance.

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Plant-Based Jerky You Can Make at Home

You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy plant-based jerky. People following the flexitarian diet use it as a healthier snack alternative, while others may eat plant-based jerky if they’re trying to cut back on their animal protein intake due to cardiovascular health risks such as high cholesterol. We’re here to offer insight on this new food trend and provide plant-based jerky recipes for you to try at home.

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September is National Recovery Month

Mental health and substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. They need to know that help is available. These individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally, with the support of a welcoming community. We asked Courtney Hays, Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager II at Arcadia Trails, a few questions about addiction and, more specifically, her role as a caregiver.

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Foods That Give You Energy

If you plan it right, what you eat can help keep you healthy and energized all day long. The key is to maintain balanced blood sugar levels and to eat meals made up of low glycemic index carbohydrates combined with protein and small amounts of healthy fats.

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Common Causes of Premature Aging

Premature aging can happen as a result of common lifestyle factors and behaviors, all of which can be corrected or altered. We’ll explain how premature aging can affect you and discuss some simple tips on how you can avoid it.

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What is Cancer Rehabilitation?

Cancer treatment can be intense, physically and mentally. Part of making the most out of your treatment is rehabilitating from it so you can be as independent, comfortable and active as possible. We sat down with Sarah Becker, PT, DPT, Rehab Therapy Supervisor at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Outpatient Rehabilitation to better understand cancer rehab, what to expect and how it works.

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How To Avoid Frailty As We Age

Frailty makes daily life more difficult, uncomfortable and dangerous. Frailty syndrome is a diagnosis defined by age-related decreases in normal/daily function. It sounds a little vague, but what it comes down to is loss of muscle, stamina, endurance, general fitness and sometimes weight. Diagnostic criteria also include easy exhaustion, slowness and low levels of physical activity. The definition also may include the presence of two or more chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer or others.

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Nutrition for Kids: How to Incorporate Healthy Foods

Ninety percent of children don’t eat enough vegetables and 60 percent of children don’t eat enough fruits, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest analysis from 2014. That’s why we’re delving into how you can incorporate more healthy foods into your child’s diet. We’ll discuss how to talk to your child about nutrition, go over which nutrients your child needs to grow and share easy recipes you can try at home.

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What Causes Brain Fog?

Knowing what brain fog is and what causes it are the first steps in returning to mental clarity. We outline common brain fog symptoms to be aware of, what you can do to remedy it and how it has become more prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Natural Oils for Skin Care

With consumers moving away from processed skin care products with dozens of ingredients to try natural skin care products, natural oils have grown in popularity. We’re covering some of the best natural oils for your skin, what you should look for and how you can avoid suffering from adverse or allergic reactions.

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Make End-of-Life Planning a Priority with a Living Will

Why should everyone, regardless of age, have a Living Will? Think of it as a gift to your family so they don’t have to agonize over health care decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself.

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Managing Grief

Grief is something most of us will experience during our lifetimes, whether grieving the loss of someone we love, or the loss of a job, or even losses of familiar routines due to the pandemic. That is not to say that these types of grief are equally weighted, only rather that grieving is not limited to losses due to death. Grief is an umbrella term for the sum all the feelings you have when someone or something important to you is no longer a part of your life. There is only one cure for grief, which is to grieve.

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Stress-Fighting Foods: What are Adaptogens?

With more stress comes an increased sense of urgency to find stress-relieving remedies, ranging from calming activities to breathing routines. Many people also turn to foods and herbal supplements, such as adaptogens, to help fight stress for them. But do these plants really work and should you try them? We will answer these common questions and provide you with information about side effects and risks to consider.

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When a Loved One Dies by Suicide

When someone you love dies by suicide, grieving their death can be especially complex and traumatic. The devastating grief experienced after a suicide is often compounded by feelings of guilt, anger, abandonment, confusion and betrayal. Feelings of sadness, loss and loneliness are often magnified. Attempting to understand why your loved one died by suicide and trying to make sense of it can be overwhelming.

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Camping Safety Tips for Your Summer Adventure

Summer is almost always associated with the great outdoors. Uncover a barbecue pit, throw a body of water into the mix, a few hiking trails and a campsite, and you have a relaxing weekend trip to take your mind off the daily grind. We put together a guide with camping safety tips, how to teach your children about camp safety and five spots in Oklahoma to check out this summer.

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How to Find an Online Personal Trainer

While there are endless online classes and fitness subscriptions, personal training can provide you with a customized workout plan, nutrition guidance and one-on-one support from a certified professional. So, how can you determine if online personal training is right for you, and where should you look for an online personal trainer?

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Intuitive Eating

The idea behind intuitive eating is this: eat what you want, as much as you want, whenever you want. No foods are restricted or off-limits. That’s a heady plan. It’s kind of no plan, a sort of free-range approach to eating. According to its adherents, food becomes something to enjoy, not something to constantly measure, regulate and evaluate.

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