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Free health classes help Oklahoma City residents live healthier lifestyles

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is offering a free health class for any Oklahoma residents interested in improving their health.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: July 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm •  Published: July 23, 2013

During the classes, participants learn about healthy food and how to find affordable healthy food in the Oklahoma City metro area. They learn about how to succeed in their goals, with lessons on topics like how to stay on a diet while at a party.

This is Robbins' second time to go through the classes. And her doctor is quite happy with her. Ever since being in the classes, she has seen her blood pressure and sugar levels improve.

Robbins, who is diabetic, has learned a lot about living a healthy lifestyle. Robbins said the classes also teach participants the importance of portion control — only eat half the pork chop, for example, and load up your plate with vegetables.

Since taking the classes, Robbins grills more food and tries out new recipes as often as the Total Wellness program leaders hand them out. She has learned recipes that help her incorporate more vegetables into her casserole recipes. And she learned that she likes cauliflower.

Overall, Robbins has lost 12 pounds since taking the classes and doesn't want to see 200 pounds on that scale ever again.

“I realized some weeks you can eat proper, but your weight might stay the same,” Robbins said. “But if you stay on the program and you watch your portions, the next week, two pounds comes off.”

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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