• After severe weather, it's important for Oklahomans to seek help for trauma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Severe weather can cause more than physical damage. The emotional toll on storm-weary Oklahomans can be just as devastating, according to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. People who were directly impacted by recent storms will experience a range of emotions and stressors that might create a need for mental health services, the […]

  • Is this what Russell Westbrook's medical mask will look like?

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Film producer/funny guy/Enid High School graduate Mark Potts shared an “exclusive” image of the medical mask Russell Westbrook is rumored to be wearing while he recovers from last week’s face injury: It’s just another example of why Bill Hader applauded Potts earlier this year.

  • Heroin deaths increased tenfold in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    The number of heroin deaths increased tenfold during a recent five-year period, according to a recently updated state Health Department report. Oklahoma’s heroin deaths increased from three deaths in 2007 to 29 in 2012. The report notes, in previous years, heroin deaths might have been underestimated and misclassified as morphine. “Heroin metabolizes completely into morphine, so […]

  • 'Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue' scheduled in Oklahoma City

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Each year, thousands of Oklahomans suffer in silence, battling untreated mental illnesses and addictions. Some Oklahomans might seek refuge in churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith-based institutions. To better understand how mental health and faith communities interact, The Oklahoman will host a panel discussion titled “Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue” at Crossings Community Church on […]

  • Thousands of Oklahomans struggle to pay heat bills each year

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Cari Crittenden has been at her job for seven years, and still, one story sticks with her. When Crittenden started working at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, a coworker training her told her about a man in southeast Oklahoma who was using a space heater in his bathroom. The man slept in his bathroom because […]

  • Most Oklahoma teens are not vaccinated for HPV

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Less than half of teenagers in Oklahoma counties have received a complete series of the HPV vaccine, state Health Department data shows. HPV is short for human papillomavirus and is a group of more than 150 related viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV is “the most common sexually transmitted infection […]

  • Oklahomans have lots of sex and eat lots of chocolate, but can do without champagne

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Apparently Oklahoma is for lovers after all.

  • Whooping cough cases rising in Oklahoma, especially Tulsa County

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Oklahoma has seen an increase in the number of residents sickened by vaccine-preventable diseases, state health officials said at this months’s state Board of Health meeting. For example, since 2004, Oklahoma has seen an increasing number of cases of pertussis, or whooping cough. Tulsa County saw a high rate of pertussis in 2010 — almost […]

  • Only about 6 in 10 Oklahoma children have receive recommended childhood vaccines

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Only about 6 in 10 Oklahoma children have receive the full dosages of recommended childhood vaccines, according to officials at the state Health Department. This is not enough coverage to attain community immunity, or “herd immunity,” for contagious diseases, a concern that Toni Frioux, deputy commissioner for prevention and preparedness at the state Health Department, voiced at this […]

  • Fallin: 'Our poor health outcomes are costing lives, not to mention money'

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Thousands of Oklahomans die each year from preventable causes — and it’s time to change that. That was one of the messages conveyed in Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State address Monday at the Capitol. “Our poor health outcomes are costing lives, not to mention money,” Fallin said during her speech. Oklahoma ranks among […]

  • 3 facts you should know about Oklahoma babies born with drugs or alcohol in their system

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Nearly 400 Oklahoma babies born in 2014 were born addicted to drugs or alcohol. Here are 3 quick facts you should know about the issue.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma cannot continue to be worst in the nation in health

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

      In her inauguration address, Gov. Mary Fallin said there are three areas that Oklahoma must resolve to make a priority: educational attainment, over-incarceration and health. Oklahoma’s health has long been failing. For the past several years, Oklahoma has ranked among the worst in the nation for high rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and a long list […]

  • 10 most popular Google searches of 2014

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Google has just shared what the top Internet searches of 2014 are, and none of them are too surprising. Google actually shares two lists: the searches that trended in the United States, and the searches that trended globally. This post will list both. Get to it! No. 10 – Ukraine Ukraine made headlines across the […]

  • The #Healthy65 Holiday Challenge, Day 33/65: Brianna gets straight and meditates like a Buddhist

    Brianna Bailey | Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Since I started the Healthy65 Challenge I have vowed to try and eat less like a 12-year old….like that time I ate pie at a luncheon…..and then also ate Steve Lackmeyer’s pie. Why don't you just come a little closer, @stevelackmeyer 's pie….closer…. pic.twitter.com/VZ25NGTDQV — Brianna Bailey (@briOKC) November 12, 2014 I’ve tried to cut […]

  • Want a chance to meet Kevin Durant? Take one of these health challenges

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Want to meet Kevin Durant? I would venture to guess most Oklahomans would answer, “Yes! Now! What do I do?” The answer: Take a video of yourself completing one of the health challenges posted on Shape Your Future’s KD MVP Challenge website, and post that video on Shape Your Future’s Facebook page. The contest is […]

  • #Healthy65 Holiday Challenge, Day 31/65: Pat wants to lighten up a bit

    BY PAT GILLILAND | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    My #Healthy65 Holiday Challenge goal started out as reducing my gum consumption by half for two days per week. It immediately became my desire to meet this standard every day. I’ve been going along pretty well with it, even as it has continued to take intentional thought. (If I didn’t think about it, I would easily slip back into continuous chewing, as annoying as that is, even to me.) For some reason, on Tuesday, Day 28 (I began my challenge  two days later than the rest of the group), I found myself wondering if I’m being honest. I think I may be playing mind games. For one, I was downplaying the amount of gum I previously chewed, and therefore set my target low. That means I’ve had some wiggle room,

  • The #Healthy65 Holiday Challenge, Day 24: Jaclyn's Tough Mudder Madness

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    For the past two years, I’ve subjected myself to a day full of jumping into ice-cold water, being covered head to toe in mud and being shocked by dangling electrical wires. And that describes only a handful of the several obstacles involved in the Tough Mudder run. My friends and I have done the Dallas […]

  • Patricia's #Healthy65 Holiday Challenge, Day 22/65: More than enough to chew on

    Pat Gilliland | Published: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    When I first read about the #Healthy65 Holiday Challenge, it piqued my interest. Over the years, with the support of church, family and a 12-step program, I’ve incorporated many healthy practices in my daily life, including eating fruits and vegetables and limiting fats and sugar; prayer, meditation and Bible reading; exercise; and journaling. But I’ve […]

  • #Healthy65 holiday challenge: Seeking a better vegucation

    Tiffany Gibson | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Just because you’re vegan, does not mean you’re healthy. Two years ago, I decided to try a vegan diet after watching the documentary “Vegucated.” I thought it might help with my fitness and overall health for roller derby. And even though, I’m in better shape now compared to then, I still find myself wanting to clamp down on my food choices even more. A lot of people might think vegans only eat lettuce and a few other leafy selections. So wrong. For one, we need protein, which we can get from beans, lentils, etc. And second, we also have a lot of fast food options. In fact, I’m pretty sure I had a higher intake of soy, tofu and bean burritos in the first year than greens.

  • Smoke-free bars in Oklahoma? This group hopes to make it so

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Oklahoma is one of a handful of states that has no regulation on a state, county or city level, regarding smoking in bars. Public health officials say this is largely because of a state law that does not allow cities to pass stricter smoking laws than the state’s law. But a recent effort started in Oklahoma hopes […]