Learn how to prevent bullying
Bullies can turn school into a prison. Their victims will do anything to escape, sometimes with tragic results.
The problem always has existed, but now experts are recognizing exactly how widespread bullying is. An Integris news release cites surveys indicating that as many as half of all children are bullied as some time during their school years; at least 10 percent are bullied regularly.
The Integris Hispanic Initiative wants to spread the word about the bullying “epidemic” to Spanish speakers. Belen Rodriguez, public relations coordinator for Hispanic affairs, will discuss the issue tonight. Rodriguez will tell parents how important it is for them to discuss bullying with their children, share the warning signs of bullying and point out ways to identify bullies and their victims.
The presentation will be conducted in Spanish. It will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Medical Office Building at Integris Southwest Medical Center, Suite B-10, 4200 S Douglas Ave.
For more information or to register for the session, call 951-2277 and press 2 for Spanish.
More tips for enjoying holidays
The Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma hosts regular “fireside chats” to share health-related news and answer questions in an informal setting. The next chat, titled “Balancing Life Stress During the Holiday Season,” will be on Dec. 11.
“Are the holidays stressing you out?” asks an Integris news release. “Learn how to cope with major stressors and start enjoying the non-stressful details of your life during the holiday season! Stressful situations are often hard to avoid. They can even be happy occasions. Don't ignore the signs until you're mentally and physically worn down.”
It's kind of sad to think about how “the most wonderful time of the year” can be among the most difficult. Worrying about how to pay for all those Christmas presents, serving the perfect meal and hosting a large family get-together can become overwhelming.
They shouldn't be. At heart, the holidays are about togetherness, whether you're exchanging gifts with someone you care about or connecting with relatives you rarely see.
Dr. Charlotte Coyner of Integris Family Care Memorial West will teach de-stressing techniques to manage and cope with what stresses you.
During the presentation, enjoy free chair massages and hot cocoa. The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the cancer institute, 5911 W Memorial Rd. Attendees are invited to tour the cancer institute and the ProCure Proton Therapy Center.
For more information or to register, call 951-2277.
Web conference on stress is set
Home Instead Senior Care franchises in Oklahoma are sponsoring a free “Family Caregiver Support Web Seminar” to help caregivers deal with stress.
In particular, the seminar will teach caregivers how to help their older loved ones cope with loss of independence.
The online seminar will begin at noon Nov. 28. Preregister at www.caregiverstress.com/familyeducation.
The seminar is part of a monthly series developed with the American Society on Aging, a news release states. Preregistration is required for all seminars in the series.
“So many family caregivers are lacking the resources they need to cope with this fulfilling, yet stressful job,” said Jeff Huber, president and chief operating officer of Home Instead, Inc., in the release. “All topics provide the perspective of professionals who have background in and knowledge of the issues facing families caring for aging loved ones.
Keep gym clothes smelling fresh
A Nashville-based company has launched a line of laundry detergents designed for specific types of clothing.
Roux Maison, which provided samples to The Oklahoman, offers products for general clothes cleaning, as well as for delicates, athletic wear and swimwear. All detergents are “eco-friendly” and derive from natural ingredients.
The sports detergent and stain remover products are effective on sweaty, dirty workout clothes — removing odors without harming specialized fabrics. A news release notes that the detergent line “eliminates chemicals, toxins and irritants that can shorten the life span of garments.”
Prices vary, but a 16-ounce bottle of concentrated sports detergent costs $16.99. It is available in ambrosia, sweet tea and fragrance free options.
For more information or to buy, go online to www.rouxmaison.com.
Talks focus on diabetes, cancer
Learn more about healthy living at two free health discussions in Edmond. The talks will focus on diabetes and lung cancer.
At noon Nov. 26, Dr. Caroline Merritt will discuss diabetes prevention, risk factors and the latest advances for those living with the disease.
At noon Nov. 28, Dr. Thomas Showalter will talk about treatment options for lung cancer and how to cope with a lung cancer diagnosis.
Both events will be at the Integris Health Edmond Memorial Conference Room, 4801 Integris Parkway, Edmond.
Lunch will be provided. Hospital tours will be available after the presentations.
To sign up, call 951-2277.
Compiled by Staff Writer Ken Raymond