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by Ken Raymond Modified: February 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm •  Published: February 26, 2013

Endorphins aren't the only benefit of regular activity. “Exercise strengthens the heart, increases energy levels, lowers blood pressure, and improves muscle tone and strength. Just glancing in the mirror and seeing results will keep a pep in your step all day.”

Make fitness friends. Folks who exercise regularly tend to be less nervous, stressed and tense. That may make them into ideal friends. Joining a gym or group fitness class allows you to interact with people in a positive, active environment. Try taking up a sport again — play pickup basketball games or gather your friends for a flag football game. Go dancing; it's a great aerobic exercise. All are fun, social ways to get in motion and build relationships.


Retirement center gives back

Touchmark at Coffee Creek wants to say thank you to the social workers in our community. As part of national Social Worker Appreciation Month, the retirement community in Edmond will provide dinner March 5 to social workers and their families.

Touchmark Chef Timothy Stiltz will prepare a freshly cooked hot meal for social workers to pick up after work. Two entree options are available: lemon pepper white fish or grilled chicken breast. Dessert is coconut cream pie.

Reservations with choice of entree are needed by noon Thursday. To reserve a dinner, call 340-1975 or fax 340-1451.

“Social workers are a vital part of our community,” Touchmark Executive Director Melissa Mahaffey said in a news release. “They compassionately serve seniors, children and families throughout the community, and we honor them and their many contributions.”

Touchmark is located at 2801 Shortgrass Road in Edmond. For more information, visit

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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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