• Practice using the Am I Hungry? Method for deciding when, what, how and how much to eat and where to invest your energy.
• Experience the pleasure of eating foods you love without fear or guilt.
• Discover the joy and rewards of moving your body mindfully.
• Set your intention to increase your health, energy and appetite for life.
• Create a self-care buffer zone.
The retreat will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.
It will be held at the Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma, 5911 W Memorial Road.
For more information or reservations, call the Integris HealthLine at 951-2277.
Dental health is commitment
February is National Children's Dental Health Month, a good time to emphasize the importance of regular brushing and flossing.
Dental health providers will make a special effort in February to encourage parents to focus on improving their children's dental habits. Dentists will be helped in that effort by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the American Dental Association.
The slogan for this year's partnership is “Get a Gold Medal Smile!”
Here are some tips:
• Do not feed a baby by propping up a bottle. Hold it in the proper position.
• Limit the use of sippy cups. Like baby bottles, sippy cups require children to suck up fluid, which can lead to cavities.
• Start brushing as soon as the first tooth emerges. Use a soft cloth to clean a baby's teeth or buy a soft toothbrush made for small children.
• Brush your child's teeth daily until the child can do it alone.
• Make sure your children get the fluoride necessary to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is a component of most toothpastes and is in many oral rinses. Dentists can apply fluoride treatments. Check your city's water system for fluoridation by contacting your public water utility or going online to http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/mwf/index.asp.
• Don't let children swallow toothpaste. Consider not using it at all or applying a thin smear for children under 2.
• Take your children for regular dental checkups. • Talk to your dentist about sealants.
• If your children play sports, ask their coaches if they can wear mouth guards.
• Discourage tobacco use and oral piercings.
• Encourage and provide proper nutrition. Limit access to sugary and acidic drinks, and dilute juice with water. Water is, in fact, the best drink.
• Sugary foods should be eaten with meals, when saliva production increases, neutralizing acid and rinsing away food particles. Limit between-meal snacks.
• If your children chew gum, make sure it's sugarless.
KEN RAYMOND, staff writer