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Health and fitness briefs for Oklahoma, August 28, 2012

Event to focus on men's health
by Ken Raymond Published: August 28, 2012


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


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.

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by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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