Institute will host tailgate
The Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma wants to make sure the only thing you smoke on Bedlam day is brisket or ribs.
To honor the upcoming football game and the Great American Smokeout, the institute will host “Lung Disease: The Great Equalizer.” The event is part tailgate party and part educational opportunity.
“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both Cowboys and Sooners across the nation,” according to an Integris news release. “In fact, more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. … Come show your team spirit. Join us for this free Bedlam bash tailgate party to learn more about your risks and the prevention and treatment of lung cancer.”
Attendees will enjoy a free meal. The first 25 people who register will get free flu shots.
Those who want to quit smoking will receive no-cost “quit kits” to help them kick the habit. Attendees also are encouraged to tour the institute and the ProCure Proton Therapy Center.
The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the cancer institute, 5911 W Memorial Road.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call 951-2277.
Help children who need care
Most Oklahoma fundraising runs take place under the blazing summer sun, when the main reason to run fast is to get out of the heat as soon as possible.
Soonerthon's second annual 5k race and 1-mile fun run take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17. It could be wet. It could be cold. It will be dark. And it should be fun.
The runs begin at the Oklahoma Memorial Union on the University of Oklahoma campus, 900 Asp Ave., Norman.
The events will benefit Children's Hospital Foundation, a local affiliate of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, an international nonprofit that helps raise money for children's medical services. All money raised in Oklahoma stays in Oklahoma.
“This year, our 5k's theme is ‘Run to the Rave!'” said John Fraser, Soonerthon overall chairman, in a news release. “It is a glow run hosted at night that will culminate in a fun glow rave hosted in the Oklahoma Memorial Student Union."
Runners are encouraged to wear neon, the release says, “and anything that glow: glow sticks, glow bracelets/necklaces, light-up shoes, etc.”
Registration is $20 for the 5k and $15 for the fun run.
The rave will be in the Molly Shi Boren room. Admission is free for runners; non-racers are asked to donate $15 or $20.
For more information, go to www.okchf.org.
Salt lurks in unexpected places
Consuming too much salt can lead to health problems, including high blood pressure. We all know that too many potato chips or French fries are bad for us, not only because of the fat and starch but also because of the sodium.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recently released a list of the “Salty Six” — common foods that contain a lot of unexpected salt.
• Bread and rolls. Most bread doesn't taste salty, a news release notes, but a single slice can contain as much as 230 mg of sodium. If you have two sandwiches in a day, the bread alone uses up most of your 1,500 mg daily allowance.
• Cold cuts and cured meats. Eating sandwiches made with deli turkey seems healthy, doesn't it? Problem is, deli meats contain a whopping amount of salt.
• Pizza. Doesn't take a nutritionist to figure out that pizza isn't the healthiest meal in the world. “But pizza's plenty salty, too,” the release states. “One slice can contain up to 760 mg of sodium, so two can send you over the daily recommendation.”
• Poultry. White meat is supposed to be good for you, but prepackaged chicken often contains significant salt levels. “Just 3 ounces of frozen and breaded nuggets,” the release states, “can add nearly 600 mg of sodium.”
• Soup. Sodium levels on many soups are through the roof. “One cup of canned chicken noodle soup can have up to 940 mg of sodium,” the release notes. “And remember that soup cans typically contain more than one serving.”
• Sandwiches. We now know that bread is salty. So are cold cuts, grilled cheese and hamburgers. Put 'em all together, add some ketchup and mustard, and you've got all your day's salt crammed into a single sandwich.
Thanksgiving can be a trying holiday under the best of conditions. After such a contentious presidential election, it may be even more difficult to smile through dinner conversations with people who don't share you opinions — especially if they're your spouse's family.
Deanna Brand knows all about coping with in-laws. She's the author of “Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law.”
In a news release, Brand offers these tips for surviving turkey day:
Be a team player. Participate in conversations. Ask questions. Compliment your in-laws. Offer help. Try to engage them in discussions about what they think.
Try not to take things personally. Hanging out with people you don't know well can be stressful. Being well-mannered assures that you're not the problem.
Laugh. If you can step outside your immediate emotional reactions, you'll be able to see the comedy in the situation. Worst case scenario: You'll have a funny (or appalling) story to share with your friends.
COMPILED BY: KEN RAYMOND