Integris Health will host the first Oklahoma Men's Health Symposium on Jan. 25 in Oklahoma City.
Guys who attend will learn more about the state of men's health in Oklahoma, prostate health awareness, medical issues unique to boys and men, faith-based initiatives and the Affordable Care Act.
The event is designed to be an interactive workshop. It is being put on by Integris Men's Health University and the Men's Health Network.
The symposium will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Integris Baptist Medical Center Auditorium, 3300 Northwest Expressway. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m.
Admission and lunch are free.
For more information or to preregister, call the Integris HealthLine at 951-2277.
The Child Guidance program at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department will offer developmental screenings at area libraries for children from birth to age 5.
Individual sessions will last about an hour and will involve a child development specialist, speech language pathologist and/or a behavioral health specialist, according to a news release. Parents can learn more about early development and ask questions about any area of speech, language, development and behavior.
There is a small fee for the screenings, but Medicaid is accepted and no one will be denied services, even if they can't afford to pay.
Sessions are by appointment only. Call Child Guidance at 425-4412 to schedule.
Screening dates and locations:
1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 16, Bethany Library, 3510 N Mueller Ave.
9 a.m. to noon Jan. 23, Warr Acres Library, 5901 NW 63.
12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S Walker.
1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 23, Edmond Library, 10 S Boulevard.
9 a.m. to noon Jan. 24, Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122.
9 a.m. to noon Jan. 28, Del City Library, 4509 SE 15.
Event focuses on robotics
Learn more about robotic surgical options by attending a free presentation at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma, 5911 W Memorial Road. Dinner is included.
Dr. Michael Holzer, medical director of the Integris Robotics Institute of Oklahoma, will discuss the da Vinci SI surgical system, which provides surgeons with superior vision, enhanced dexterity and greater precision, according to a news release.
The robotic system help surgeons perform “minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction,” the release states. That equals smaller incisions, faster recovery times and less pain.
Robotic surgery works well for patients facing bariatric, colorectal, gynecologic and urologic surgeries, among others.
For reservations or more information, call 951-2277 or go to www.integrisOK.com/robotics.
Yonanas frozen treat maker
If you haven't heard of Yonanas, it's a safe bet you don't know anyone who's dieting.
The Yonanas machine, which purports to turn frozen fruit into something like ice cream, is a hit with the Weight Watchers set, in particular, because fruit is a “free” food; dieters can eat as much as they want.
But is it really like ice cream? No. The easy-to-clean machine turns frozen bananas and other fruits into a mushy puree. The consistency isn't far off from frozen yogurt, but the taste is only as sweet as the fruits you select, and some combinations seem bland. (Tip: Very ripe bananas, those dotted with black spots, are sweetest.)
Recipes included with the machine suggest adding chocolate chips or peanut butter, but while those add flavor, they also increase calories. Do some experimenting, and you'll probably find a happy balance.
The machine seems best suited for those who cannot consume dairy products and for dieters looking for a way to diversify their fruit intake. While Yonanas treats will never be as sweet and creamy as Braum's ice cream, they may come close enough to scratch the itch.
Compiled by Ken Raymond, Staff Writer