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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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Ways You May Not Have Realized Stress Affects Your Body

The same stress you deal with when completing daily tasks can also affect your body in ways you never realized. We’ll highlight some common areas that stress can directly or indirectly impact, as well as how stress can affect your immune system.

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How To Start Your Own Garden

Gardening can be a richly rewarding hobby, but it can also be daunting if you’ve never tried to plant your own garden before. We will highlight the basics of vegetable gardening, how to pick the right site for your garden, how to create the right size garden and how to select which vegetables to grow to get your garden started quickly.

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What You Need to Know About In Vitro Fertilization

If you are struggling with infertility, you are not alone. About 12 percent of women in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. There are several services to help women get pregnant, including artificial insemination, embryo transfer, freezing of embryos or sperm, genetic testing and in vitro fertilization (IVF). To help clarify some of the options, we break down what you need to know about IVF.

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Tips For Healthy Lungs

Not a second goes by without your lungs hard at work. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year — that’s how often they’re behind the scenes ensuring your body receives the oxygen it needs to survive. Considering their importance, it’s easy to see why you should practice healthy habits to keep your lungs performing at an optimal level.

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Handling Peer Pressure as an Adult

Peer pressure doesn’t go away. What does go away are many of the excuses you could make as a teen or young adult. As an actual adult, there are fewer excuses, so what do you do? We share tips on dealing with adult peer pressure.

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Benefits of Drinking Water

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: drink plenty of water. Water is good for you. But how much? How often? Bottled or tap? Is eight glasses a day a good goal or is that a made-up thing? We break down the details and benefits of staying hydrated.

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Upcoming Virtual Races to Participate In

Virtual races use GPS technology and various running apps to track your individual course. While virtual races can’t replace the excitement of an in-person event, it can offer racing opportunities to more people. We’ve listed several upcoming races you can participate in right here in Oklahoma City. Mark your calendars, fill out your registration and get running!

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The Latest Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

As a way to promote awareness for colorectal cancer in March, we’ve covered some of the recent changes in preventive screening, outlined what you need to know if you fall in an at-risk category for colorectal cancer and touched on the importance of scheduling a colonoscopy.

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Spring Break in the COVID-19 Age

Is it safe to enjoy spring break during COVID-19? Many colleges and universities are cancelling spring break entirely, in hopes of lessening outbreaks. We break down the CDC guidelines on how to enjoy a safe spring break this year.

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Managing Your Child’s Screen Time

With more screens in more places, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to manage screen time for kids. How much is too much? What if it’s educational? How does screen time management change as kids get older? We address your biggest screen time concerns for kids of all ages.

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Understanding COVID-19’s Impact on Children

Around the world, everyone has been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you lost a job, a loved one or simply the comforts of normal life, the past year will have a lasting impact on all of us. Because of these disruptions, there will likely be significant and long-lasting impacts for kids who lived through this unprecedented year.

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Mindful Eating or Dieting: What's the Difference?

Mindful eating is the idea that is that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating may help us to enjoy our food more, choose more healthful foods and make us less likely to overeat. We explain the differences between mindful eating and dieting.

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How to Detect Senior Memory Loss Early

February is National Senior Independence Month, which focuses on giving senior citizens confidence and independence through household safety, use of technology and more. Forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. You may notice that you or your loved one forgets their keys or has trouble recalling names and dates. These types of things are a natural part of getting older, but not all memory loss is the same.

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Four Ways to Become More of a Morning Person

Some people are early risers by nature. Your natural predisposition, whether toward sleeping in and staying up late, or rising and going to bed early, is called your chronotype. We explain four ways to help you become more of a morning person.

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Impacts of Chronic Marijuana Use

While there are benefits of medical marijuana, it’s important to understand the long-term effects of chronic marijuana use. Jedidiah Perdue, M.D., medical director at Arcadia Trails INTEGRIS Center for Addiction Recovery, offers his expertise and shares what you should know about how marijuana impacts the body and mind over time.

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Common Orthopedic Injuries in Winter

To help keep you and your family safe this winter, David B. Parker, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, provides information and insight into common orthopedic injuries during the colder months some tips on how to stay safe.

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