Frigid Five run is set for Feb. 9
The Edmond Running Club will host its 18th annual Frigid Five event on Feb. 9. Proceeds from the running event will benefit Allied Arts.
Races will be held at Edmond's Mitch Park, 1501 W Covell Road. The McMurtrie Children's 1-mile run begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 5-mile run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile fun run at 9:15 a.m.
The children's race will count as an official mile in the Oklahoma City Memorial Children's Marathon. There will be awards, door prizes, food and drinks.
Register online at www.signmeup.com or www.edmondrunningclub.com. Packets may be picked up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8, at a location that has yet to be determined. They also will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. race day at Mitch Park.
The 5-mile race costs $25 and includes an event T-shirt. You can skip the shirt and pay only $20. The adult 1-mile race is $20 with a shirt or $10 without one. The children's mile is free for those 11 and under.
You may also register at the event; race day registration is $28 and may not include a shirt.
Awards will be given in the 5-mile race to the standard USATF age groups. Youth awards will be given for these age groups: 12 and under; 13 to 15, and 16 to 19.
The adult 1-mile race will produce no awards.
“The Frigid Five is the first jewel in the Triple Crown of February/March racing,” according to an event news release, “followed by the Panera Jack Rector Beacon Run on March 2 (5k, 15k or 25k) and the St. Paddy's Day Great Race of the Great Plains 8k on March 16.
“Each racer's finishing position in that age group in each race is totaled and the lowest number for each age group wins the Triple Crown in that division. The male and female who have the lowest total points over the course of the three races will be the overall winners of the Dr. Tom Coniglione Chalice.”
Complicated enough? Bottom line: Run for fun and improved health; run faster for awards; run to support a good cause. Or simply donate to Allied Arts by calling 278-8944 or going online to www.alliedartsokc.com.
Relax and learn about food
Have you struggled with eating, dieting or body image? Do you wish you could be at peace with food? Would you like to have more time in your day to live instead of obsessing about what you eat?
Sign up for a three-day retreat this week led by Dr. Michelle May, author of “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” and founder of the “Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Workshops.”
The retreat costs $295. It includes May's workshops, books, four healthy meals, “mindful movement” opportunities, a chance to connect with others who understand what you're going through and support you and relaxation time.
A news release about the retreat promises that participants will have time to:
• 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