Event to focus on men's health
Integris Men's Health University invites men of all ages to attend a fun and informative health fair.
The ninth annual event will include free cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings, as well as free stroke assessments. Prostate, oral, skin and colorectal cancer screenings will be available by appointment.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15, at Crossroads Mall, 7000 Crossroads Blvd.
Reserve a spot by calling 951-2277 or by going to www.integrismenshealth.com.
Joining forces to fight cancer
Integris Health and the Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma is collaborating with C-Change for a symposium bringing together the nation's key cancer leaders from the government, business and nonprofit sectors.
The symposium will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom, One Park Ave.
The cancer leaders “share the vision of a future where cancer is prevented, detected early and cured or is managed successfully as a chronic illness,” according to a news release. “C-Change is both a forum and a catalyst for identifying issues and major challenges … and for initiating collaborative actions. … One of the underlying principles … is to leverage the leadership and expertise of all sectors of society to eliminate cancer as a major public health problem at the earliest possible time.”
Presenters include Dr. Brian Geister and Dr. Romeo Mandanas, co-chairmen; Tom Kean, president and CEO of C-Change; and a variety of others.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 951-2277.
School meals should be healthy and safe to eat
Brown-bagging it can be an economical way to make sure your children are getting more for lunch than junk food. But it can also be dangerous.
Many foods are fine remaining at room temperature. These include peanut butter and jelly, whole fruits and vegetables, crackers, pickles and unopened tins of meat or fish, according to the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension.
Foods such as deli meat and hot soups, though, don't take long to go bad.
“Harmful bacteria can rapidly multiply in temperatures between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F,” said educator Brenda Hill in a news release.
Lunch meats, even those found in prepackaged meat and cracker snacks, can sit at room temperature for only two hours. At temperatures of 90 degrees or higher, they're only good for about an hour.
If you decide to pack a hot dish, Hill advised, fill an insulated container with boiling water and wait a few minutes before dumping it out. Put your hot dish in the warmed-up container and seal it tightly. Don't open it until you're ready to eat.
Be sure to wash up thoroughly before handling food. Scrub your hands before slipping a sandwich into a plastic bag.
If possible, eschew plain paper bags and choose well-insulated, soft-sided reusable lunch bags. If you must use metal or paper, include an icy gel pack to keep your food cooler longer.
Integris Health's Hospice of Oklahoma County is looking for volunteers to help terminally ill patients. The volunteers will help out a mere two to four hours a week. They will not be involved in patients' medical care.
“Families who care for hospice patients spend their nights and days focusing on the patient's comfort, taking short breaks when they can,” the release states. “Many of those breaks are possible because of the generosity of patient care volunteers who may run errands for caregivers, stay with a patient while a caregiver takes a break (or) become a companion to a patient.”
Volunteers will receive training.
For more information or to enroll, call Ruth Ann Frick at 848-8884.
Race for a cause
Hitachi Computer Products (America) Inc. is hosting a 5k run/walk in Norman to benefit the Center for Children and Families Inc.
The event's theme is “Run for the Next Generation.”
“Hitachi is excited to partner with CCFI and raise awareness and funds to heal children, empower youth and strengthen families,” event director Tommy Fazendin said in the news release. “Children today are growing up in increasingly challenging times, and we want to extend a hand of support and help as many children and families in our community as possible.”
Katie Fitzgerald, the center's chief executive officer, has urged the Norman community “to lace up their running or walking shoes” and help children.
All ages are welcome.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Hitachi, 1800 E Imhoff, Norman. The run/walk begins at 8 a.m.
Registration is $25 per person. Register online at www.nextgeneration5K.eventbrite.com.